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ICC and CULC/CBUC Team Up on a Pilot Program to reach new Canadian Citizens

Following a very informative presentation at the Spring CULC/CBUC meeting by CEO of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, Gillian Hewitt-Smith, the two organizations have agreed upon a six month pilot in three communities to act as distribution and information points for the Cultural Access Pass that ICC offers new Canadian Citizens in many urban areas across Canada. As part of the pilot the ICC will specifically promote the value of the library and the availability of library cards.

The three pilot communities that ICC identified, and the libraries agreed, to be of high interest and concentration are Markham (ON), Burnaby (BC) and Vaughan (ON).

The libraries are working with ICC on the mechanics. There will be initial feedback to the members at the November meeting. The pilot is expected to take six months. The goal is to prove the concept and to offer it to more communities across Canada.

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European Study Tour

On September 25th 15 members, 3 architects and a Head of a College Library will begin an eight-day Study Tour of more than 25 facilities in Copenhagen, Malmo, Amsterdam and Helsinki Sweden. The Executive Director will accompany the group to handle logistics and trouble-shooting - of which he expects none. The purpose of the trip is to visit institutions who have international reputation for excellence in innovation, service delivery and building design. A presentation will be done to the whole membership at the Autumn meeting in Surrey and another option to hear about the advances and opportunities will be at the OLA Super Conference where a presentation inside of the CULC/CBUC Stream will be done. Participants received their final confirmations and trip details on September 7th and 8th by email. Watch the CULC/CBUC website for posts and pictures as the group moves through the Tour.

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Listservs to be launched in mid-September

At the Spring meeting it was decided that a series of listservs for CULC/CBUC member libraries. The lists that are going to launch this new service are for subject-matter experts who work in:

* Finance

* Collections

* Human Resources

* Facilities

* Information Technology

* Marketing

* Branch and Central Library Heads

The lists will be closed to members only, as approved by the CEO.  The lists will be unmoderated.  The goal is to maximize the ability to share information that can help libraries build their capacity and profile in their urban communities.  The existing CULC/CBUC listserv will continue to be vibrant and will focus on leadership and strategic and policy issues.  

The mechanism for inclusion will be through the CEO's Office.  Communication from CULC/CBUC is expected to commence on September 12th.  

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