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LAC-BAC identifies 12 key modernization initiatives

Following the last October Stakeholder's Forum at LAC-BAC that CULC/CBUC participated in, which National Librarian and Archivist Daniel J. Caron described as ”a valuable opportunity to gather some of the most engaged and innovative voices of the library, archival and historical research communities to examine the challenges we face together in assessing, acquiring and preserving Canadian documentary heritage. The lively discussions that took place will enable us to develop a concerted approach in building a pan-Canadian documentary heritage network.”

He has now shared the draft of the twelve modernization initiatives that he has established with his Management Board. Those priorities will form the heart of our action plan for the next few years.


  1. By April 2011, LAC will have implemented an external engagement strategy.
  2. By April 2015, LAC will have fully implemented a coherent “whole of society” approach in order to appraise and preserve the most appropriate representation of Canadian documentary heritage of all kinds (public, private, published, un-published, etc.) and to determine where best it should reside.
  3. In April 2011, LAC will begin to apply a whole of government appraisal framework to guide the development of RDAs.
  4. Beginning in April 2011, LAC will conduct a systematic review of the relevance of its holdings based on its mandate and using the whole-of-society appraisal approach.
  5. By April 2011, LAC will develop and begin implementing a workforce strategy and will have implemented an engagement strategy for employees.
  6. By September 2011, develop a business architecture reflective of modernization and ensure that IT priorities are closely aligned with modernization.
  7. By April 2012, LAC will have modernized its reprography services by providing all copies in digital format only and by re-purposing content to make it available on-line.
  8. By April 2011, LAC will implement a tiered approach to serving Canadians (citizen services).
  9. By April 2014, LAC will have shortened the time between acquisitions and access and will ensure that all of its holdings are discoverable.
  10. By December 2011, in the context of its Pan-Canadian approach, LAC will have reviewed its service to documentary heritage institutions/organizations.
  11. By April 2017, LAC will become a trusted digital repository, providing assurance that Canada’s digital documentary heritage is being preserved for the long term.
  12. Beginning in 2011, LAC will develop and propose a single framework for description of all content, leveraging meta-data created by creators, donors and users.


Bill C-32 Goes to Committee & Writers Groups launch full-scale attack

A coalition of writers groups have launched a full-scale attack on C-32 reforms such as fair dealing, interlibrary loans, the remix exception, and format shifting Their brief to the Ministers is posted below.
Writers Rights to Ministers Brief

Michael Geist has provided a lengthy response at the following:

CULC/CBUC's Copyright Committee will meet to discuss and next steps. Below are notes from Paul Whitney, the Chair of the Copyright Forum:

  • The Bill was referred to the as yet named Legislative Committee on Friday November 5th.
  • “Take-aways” from the Copyright Forum meeting that was held on Thursday, November 4th.
  • It was stated that user rights advocacy is not being heard by the legislators and bureaucracy.
  • The view was expressed that the key time for focussed advocacy is during the Committee hearings not necessarily now in the press.
  • There was general agreement that as many user rights associations as possible should apply to appear before the Committee. We should not defer to “umbrella” organizations but take a collaborative but multi-pronged approach. This might help avoid panels.


  • Dispel doomsday claims; e.g. the inclusion of education in fair dealing does not mean the end of licensing as we know it.
  • We need to go on the offensive rather than adopting defensive positions: e.g.
    • the inclusion of education in fair dealing will still have Canadian educators having fewer and less extensive rights in using content than US educators.
    • We need more extensive access to remedies for circumvention including individuals acting in good faith (sec 41.2)
    • Do away with provisions which turn library staff and educators into cops
    • Remove self destruction requirements
  • We need to support notice and notice as it is being attacked

The suggestion was made that we consider a collaborative “Day on the Hill” which focuses exclusively on copyright issues. While many Forum member organizations are coordinating “Days on the Hill”, too often copyright has a low or no presence given other pressing issues which vary group to group. There was no immediate consensus on this proposal which arose late in the meeting and I agreed to poll the membership on the desire for such an effort and the feasibility of pulling it together. Clearly in order to make this work we would have to draw on in-kind and possibly financial resources from members.

Members are encouraged to post information, links, briefs etc as things move forward with C-32. A conference call/in-person meeting will be scheduled when we know who is appearing before the Committee.

The Parliamentary Information and Research Service has created a detailed Legislative Summary of Bill C-32.

The Legisinfo site also includes links to all the Major House speeches and the status of the Bill.


BPLMobile puts the library in the palm of your hand

Use your mobile phone to find what you want at Burlington Public Library starting December 2.

BPLMobile is the new mobile application for your smart phone that allows library members to take Burlington Public Library with them wherever they go. Burlington Public Library Mobile (BPLMobile) users can browse the collection, reserve items, manage their accounts, check the library’s hours and locations, and connect to the library’s social media sites.

“BPLMobile takes the most popular features from our website and puts them instantly in our customers’ hands,” says Maureen Barry, chief executive officer. “As one of the first libraries in Ontario to offer this service, we can now open the doors to the library even wider to serve our community better.”

Get started using this app in four easy steps:

  1. Make sure your device has wireless Internet access
  2. Go to your device’s app store and search for BurlingtonPL (iTunes, Blackberry App World, Android Market)
  3. Download the application – it’s FREE!
  4. Start using BPLMobile features:
    • Search the Catalogue using smart search to find anything in our collection fast
    • Access My Account to place holds, check due dates, get library hours and contact information, and map a location
    • Go to BPL’s Facebook page to connect with other library users
    • Go to BPL’s YouTube page to view video and book reviews posted by BPL

BPLMobile is compatible with Internet ready mobile devices such as iPod Touch, iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, Android, HTC, Samsung and more. Learn more about BPLMobile, including compatible phone models and operating systems at

BPLMobile video