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CULC in The News

Hamilton library accesses new Optical R&E network

Ontario’s advanced network connects its first library

Hamilton Public Library joins ORION

HAMILTON – Hamiltonians will soon have access to the global grid of research and education networks, as the Hamilton Public Library – the first library to join – connects to the Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network, Ontario’s advanced R&E network.

“Libraries are changing to become even more relevant to the customers we serve. Hamilton Public Library customers look to us for so much more than books and DVDs alone. Public computer usage is growing and we need to find ways to meet the bandwidth requirements and that of wireless users,” said Paul Takala, Director of Digital Technology at the Hamilton Public Library. “ORION’s high quality, secure network will allow us to do that and so much more in a cost-effective way. HPL is thrilled to be the first public library system in the province to make ORION available to our customers.”

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Burlington Public Library hosts national launch of LAC's Lest We Forget

It was a proud moment in Burlington today. BPL hosted, as a pilot library, a workshop for 30 students from Nelson High School (Halton District School Board), using WWI and WWII military records that are part of the National Library and Archives. The students were greeted by National Librarian and Archivist Daniel J. Caron and Assistant Deputy Minister of Resource Discovery Jean-Stephen Piche. The workshop is part of a pilot program between LAC-BAC and CULC/CBUC and the Canadian War Museum. Burlington PL CEO Maureen Barry and her staff did a brilliant job showcasing the library and the program.

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Changements au sein du Conseil de direction de Bibliothèque et Archives Canada / Changes at Library and Archives Canada's Management Board

Dans la foulée du dévoilement des priorités de l'Initiative de modernisation de Bibliothèque et Archives Canada (BAC), j'ai le plaisir de vous annoncer des changements au sein de notre Conseil de direction. 
J'aimerais souhaiter la bienvenue à Mme Cecilia Muir qui se joindra à nous à titre de Sous-ministre adjointe responsable du Secteur de l'exploration des ressources. Mme Muir a débuté sa carrière dans la fonction publique au sein de la Bibliothèque nationale du Canada et détient une maîtrise en bibliothéconomie. Jusqu'à tout récemment elle occupait les fonctions de Secrétaire adjointe du Cabinet au Bureau du Conseil privé.  M. Jean Stephen Piché prendra la direction du Secteur des acquisitions sur une base intérimaire alors que M. Doug Rimmer prendra la direction du Secteur de la gestion de la collection. Ces changements seront en vigueur à compter du 22 novembre, 2010. M. Fabien Lengellé assumera les fonctions de Directeur général des communications par intérim. M. Richard Brown occupera sur une base intérimaire le poste de Directeur général, Recherches stratégiques. Ces changements seront en vigueur à compter du 8 novembre, 2010.
Je  remercie Mme Zahra Pourjafar Ziaei d'avoir contribué à relever divers défis au sein de BAC en tant que Sous-ministre adjointe par intérim. Mme Pourjafar Ziaei sera maintenant responsable de mener les initiatives de collaboration avec nos partenaires provinciaux dans le domaine des réseaux numériques fiables. Elle se rapportera à M. Jean-Stéphen Piché et travaillera de près avec M. Sean Berrigan. J'aimerais aussi remercier M. Fabio Onesi, pour sa contribution au développement des orientations de l'équipe des communications. M. Onesi se joindra au Secteur des acquisitions. 
Veuillez vous joindre à moi pour leur souhaiter le meilleur des succès.

Daniel J. Caron
Bibliothécaire et archiviste du Canada


In the wake of unveiling the priorities associated with the modernization initiative at Library and Archives Canada (LAC), I am pleased to announce changes in our Management Board. 
I would like to welcome Ms. Cecilia Muir, who joins us as Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for the Resource Discovery Sector. Ms. Muir started her public service career at the National Library of Canada and has a master's degree in library science. Until recently, she held the position of Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet at the Privy Council Office.  Mr. Jean-Stéphen Piché will head up the Acquisitions Sector on an interim basis, while Mr. Doug Rimmer will manage the Collections Management Sector.  These changes will be effective November 22, 2010.  Mr. Fabien Lengellé will take on the duties of Director General, Communications Office on an interim basis. Mr. Richard Brown will become the interim Director General, Strategic Research.  These changes will be effective November 8, 2010.
I would like to thank Ms. Zahra Pourjafar-Ziaei for her contribution in relation to the many challenges that she has addressed as Acting Assistant Deputy Minister. Ms. Pourjafar-Ziaei will now be responsible for leading collaborative initiatives with our provincial partners in the field of trusted digital networks. She will report to Mr. Jean-Stéphen Piché and work closely with Mr. Sean Berrigan. I would also like to thank Mr. Fabio Onesi, who contributed to the reorientation of the communications team. Mr. Onesi will join the Acquisitions Sector.
Please join me in wishing them every success. 

Daniel J. Caron
Librarian and Archivist of Canada