Canadian Urban Libraries Council/Conseil des Bibliothèques Urba

CULC in The News

Rebecca Raven new CFLA/FCAB Executive Director

It is with great pride in the work of our Search Committee that I can announce that we have chosen and installed Rebecca Raven in the position of CFLA-FCAB Executive Director.

Rebecca starts today (July 2) and is on a one year contract with CFLA-FCAB until July 1 2021.

Please join me in welcoming Rebecca to her new role – we are so pleased to have her with us!

Best wishes to all,


Bonjour à tous et à toutes!

J’ai le plaisir d’annoncer, avec tant de fierté en notre Comité de sélection, que nous avons choisi et installé Rebecca Raven en tant que Directrice générale de la FCAB-CFLA.

Rebecca commence aujourd’hui (le 2 juillet) son contrat d’une année qui se terminera le 1 juillet 2021.

Veuillez me joindre en accueillant Rebecca dans son nouveau rôle. C’est un plaisir qu’elle soit avec nous!

Julie McKenna
Chair - Présidente
Canadian Federation of Library Associations / Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques


Expression of Interest – CELA Executive Director

Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA/CAEB)

Since October 2019, under the direction of our Executive Director Rina Hadziev, CELA has made significant strides to improve the user experience of the CELA website, develop new partnerships and continue expanding the collection of accessible materials and services CELA offers. As a board we have been very pleased with the progress thus far and look forward to the remainder of her term. We are grateful to the Greater Victoria Public Library for allowing Rina to devote this year to CELA, and it is with mixed emotions that we prepare for her return to her position there in the fall. Rina will be available to serve as a resource for the incoming Executive Director.

In order to ensure a smooth transition for our patrons, partners and staff, a sub-committee of the Board of Directors of the Centre for Equitable Library Access has been tasked with determining the market interest in the soon to be vacated position of Executive Director.

Interested individuals and/or organizations are encouraged to submit an expression as outlined below.

The Board is open to a secondment or non-traditional arrangement. The staff are decentralized and thus there is no requirement to be based in the Greater Toronto area. A successful candidate could be hosted by a public library; and will likely develop some local administrative and accounting support structure.

The job descriptions and operating requirements are attached. Please submit or ask questions of the sub-committee through

Call for Expression of Interest - CELA - Executive Director

Déclaration d’intérêt – Candidats

Directeur Général / Directrice Générale Centre d’Accès Équitable aux Bibliothèques (CELA/CAÉB)

Depuis octobre 2019 et sous la houlette de notre directrice générale Rina Hadziev, le CAÉB a pris des mesures importantes en vue d’améliorer l’expérience des utilisateurs de son site Web, de créer de nouveaux partenariats et de continuer à développer la collection de matériel accessible et les services qu’offre le CAÉB. Notre conseil d’administration est très heureux des progrès enregistrés à ce jour et compte poursuivre sur cette lancée jusqu’à la fin de son mandat. Nous sommes reconnaissants envers la Bibliothèque publique du Grand Victoria d’avoir permis à Rina de consacrer cette année au CAÉB, et c’est avec émotion que nous nous préparons à son retour dans ses fonctions précédentes à l’automne. Rina est tout à fait prête à offrir ses conseils au prochain directeur général.

Afin d’assurer à nos usagers, à nos partenaires et à nos employés une transition harmonieuse, un sous-comité d’administrateurs du Centre d’accès équitable aux bibliothèques a été chargé de déterminer l’intérêt du marché pour le poste de directeur général à pourvoir sous peu.

Les personnes et/ou les organisations intéressées sont invitées à manifester leur intérêt selon la procédure décrite ci-dessous.

Le conseil d’administration est disposé à accepter un détachement ou une entente non traditionnelle. Le personnel du CAÉB étant décentralisé, il n’est donc pas nécessaire d’occuper ses fonctions dans la région du Grand Toronto. La candidate ou le candidat retenu(e) pourra être rattaché(e) à une bibliothèque publique et sera probablement appelé(e) à créer une structure locale de soutien administratif et comptable.

La description du poste et les exigences opérationnelles qui s’y rattachent sont décrites ci-dessous. Vous pouvez adresser vos questions au sous-comité à l’adresse

Déclaration d’intérêt - CAEB - Directeur Général Directrice Générale


Congrats to Darren Solomon, new CEO, Richmond Hill PL

June 25, 2020 – The Richmond Hill Public Library Board is excited to announce Darren Solomon as the new CEO of Richmond Hill Public Library (RHPL), effective July 6, 2020. Solomon was chosen after an extensive search of leaders in various industries.

“Throughout our recruitment process, Darren presented himself as a strong believer in the power of knowledge to enrich and change lives,” says Greg Beros, Board Chair, Richmond Hill Public Library Board. “As our library pivots to the needs of our growing community, I’m confident that Darren’s expertise will provide us with strategic leadership, innovative practices, and modern efficiencies that will continue to keep libraries relevant.”

A longtime resident of Richmond Hill, Solomon becomes the Library’s CEO after 13 years in leadership roles with Cineplex, one of Canada’s leading entertainment and media companies. Solomon was most recently the Senior Vice President, Growth & Experience Strategies for Cineplex Digital Media, an industry-leading digital experience agency for retailers. He also has extensive experience in connecting with communities and developing content through various roles at CTV and CBC. Solomon’s dedication to customer-driven innovation and his experience with positioning, branding and scaling business will support the Library’s vision of delivering continued growth and value to the community.

“Libraries have such a rich heritage as a cornerstone of any community, and I have always felt they are an accessible and inclusive source for curiosity and personal development for all ages and stages of life,” says Solomon. “Like many other industries, libraries have been disrupted and have opportunities to adapt and grow in the changing landscape of our world. I’m excited to join the Richmond Hill Public Library team to reimagine the possibilities of what the Library can mean for our community in the future. I look forward to engaging with our residents, supporting our staff, and building on the amazing services the Library already provides.”

Upon assuming his new role, Solomon will work closely with the City of Richmond Hill and the RHPL Board, staff and community to form the Library’s new strategic plan, while also guiding the Library through Ontario’s framework for reopening the province.

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CULC/CBUC AGM July 9 at 1 pm ET

CULC/CBUC 2020 AGM will be held virtually on July 9 at 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm ET

Racism and Culture and Your Institution

When diversity and cultural differences lead to misunderstandings or distrust, they are often viewed as challenges to manage within our work environments. Shadell will help your library to develop strategies for working with communication challenges, power differentials, and experiences of discrimination.

Shadell Permanand

Shadell PermanandBased in Chicago, Shadell has more than 20 years of experience in the areas of leadership, conflict resolution, and cultural diversity. She has a Master of Laws (LL.M) specializing in Dispute Resolution from Osgoode Hall Law School. Shadell has worked as the Executive Director of a conflict resolution and restorative justice organization, and been in senior leadership roles at York University and University of Toronto related to conflict resolution, crisis management, developing student conduct programming, equity/diversity, and public education. She is an engaging trainer and consultant who is passionate about developing environments that support equity, inclusion, and constructive conflict resolution. Shadell believes that fostering a healthy workplace climate provides the context for employees to thrive in their pursuit of organizational goals.

Meeting login information to follow.


COVID-19 Toolkit Presentations are online

Audio, video, and PDF copies of the webinars hosted by the various Working Groups from the CULC/CBUC Toolkit on Recovery & Reimagined Public Library Services Post COVID-19 are available here: