Canadian Urban Libraries Council/Conseil des Bibliothèques Urba

CULC in The News

CULC/CBUC signed on to the Fair’s Fair – Fair Dealing in Canada

CULC/CBUC signed on to the Fair’s Fair – Fair Dealing in Canada after consulting with Paul Whitney, and others.  The letter to the Ministers Moore (Heritage) and Clement (Industry) was from a range of groups under the auspices of the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic.  CIPPIC Staff Lawyer Tamir Israel acknowledged CULC/CBUC support and indicated to acknowledge to our members that we are recognized as a supporter.  However, they decided to keep it as an open letter and add names of organizations as they come in.  The short turn around they provided to organization for submissions led to this decision.


Adele Kostiak Brampton Public Library CEO retires

The Brampton Public Library Board, at its meeting of February 23, 2010, received the notice of retirement from the Chief Executive Officer, Adele Kostiak effective July 31, 2010.

Adele joined the Library in September 2001 and has been passionate in her commitment to provide exemplary library services to the citizens of Brampton. Her commitment to public library services was recently recognized by the Ontario Library Association at its annual conference in Toronto. At that time, Adele received the W. J. Robertson Medallion for Public Librarian of the Year.

It should be noted that under Adele’s leadership, Brampton Library has successfully completed three strategic plans emphasizing the Library in the community. Brampton Library is now noted in the public library community for its innovative approach to increasing computer access to the internet through in-house laptop loans; for its floating collection that shortens wait times for material held across the Brampton system of libraries and for its unique and successful approach to the One Book One City literacy initiative.

The Library has focused its efforts on connecting with the community through a concerted and targeted effort at outreach. Library staff is engaged with newcomers and the diverse population of Brampton as well as youth. The Library has developed a host of partnerships including the Brampton Arts Council, Brampton and Area Community Foundation and its most important partner the City of Brampton.

Adele is a graduate of the University of Toronto where she earned a Master Degree in Library Science. She began her career in 1976 working for Etobicoke Public Library and then Toronto Public Library. She moved to Vaughan Public Library in 1981 where she began as Children’s Services Coordinator culminating in the position of Deputy Chief Librarian in 1994. Adele became the Director of Library Services at Barrie Public Library where she built a 42,000 square foot new library with a successful fundraising campaign by raising $1.2 million for the building.

Adele is a member of the Ontario Library Association, Canadian Library Association and the Canadian Association of Public Libraries. She has served as a Board member of the Brampton and Area Community Foundation, Board member of the Brampton Arts Council as well as treasurer of the Brampton Arts Council and a partner in the Cultural Planning process of the City of Brampton. Adele was winner of the first Innovative Librarian Award for a Youth Fair.


CULC/CBUC launches a new website

One of the recommendations that was put into the CULC/CBUC Strategic Goals document in October 2009 was the improvement of the organizations web resources.  The new site will launch in late February.

The new site will feature member libraries, be reflective of the strategic plan activities and accessible to those in and out of CULC/CBUC.  In addition to the public side of CULC/CBUC there will also be a Member's Only area with password protection where discussion, policies and projects in development can be shared and accessed.


2009 CULC/CBUC KPI Collection to begin March 1, 2010

CULC/CBUC is pleased to report that.

Jennifer Marriott will be supporting:

  • Barrie Public Library
  • Brampton Public Library
  • Burlington Public Library
  • Burnaby Public Library
  • Calgary Public Library
  • Cambridge Public Libraries
  • Coquitlam Public Library
  • Edmonton Public Library
  • Greater Victoria Public Library
  • Hamilton Public Library
  • London Public Library
  • Markham Public Libraries
  • Mississauga Library System
  • Oakville Public Library
  • Oshawa Public Library
  • Regina Public Library
  • Richmond Public Library
  • Richmond Hill Public Library
  • Saskatoon Public Library
  • Toronto Public Library
  • Vancouver Public Library
  • Vaughan Public Library
  • Vancouver Island Regional Library
  • Whitby Public Library
  • Windsor Public Library
  • Winnipeg Public Library

Janet Russell MacLennan will be supporting:

  • Bibliothèque de Gatineau
  • Bibliothèque de Laval
  • Bibliothèque de Montréal
  • Bibliothèque Ville de Québec
  • Fraser Valley Regional Library
  • Halifax Public Libraries
  • Kitchener Public Library
  • Ottawa Public Library
  • St. Catherines Public Library
  • Surrey Public Library
  • Thunder Bay Public Library


SIA Audit Tool and Toolkit Published

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The Canadian Urban Libraries Council is pleased to announce the completion of the Social Inclusion Audit project. CULC/CBUC has worked on this for a number of years. It is comprehensive and a first of its kind for libraries anywhere in the world. There is a companion website Support for the project came from CULC/CBUC members, plus The Laidlaw Foundation and the Wellesley Institute.

The 132 page final report is available for $109 (members $79) and can be ordered from

Le Conseil des bibliothèques urbaines du Canada a le plaisir d'annoncer la conclusion du projet de vérification de l’inclusion sociale. Le CBUC/CULC a travaillé sur ce sujet pendant de nombreuses années. Il s’agit d’un document complet et unique en son genre parmi les bibliothèques partout dans le monde. En outre, un site annexe a été créé. Le soutien à ce projet a été fourni par les membres du CBUC/CULC, ainsi que la Laidlaw Foundation et le Wellesley Institute.

Le rapport final de 132 pages se vend à 109 $ (79 $ pour les membres) et peut être commandé auprès de