Canadian Urban Libraries Council/Conseil des Bibliothèques Urba

CULC in The News

Penguin Audiobooks withdrawn for library purchase through OverDrive and other Platforms

Dear Library Partner,

Effective immediately, Penguin Group has suspended the availability of download audiobook titles for library purchase across all vendors. This change does not affect any Penguin audiobook titles currently in your library's catalog. Your library will be able to purchase additional copies of titles released before 11/14/2011. However, titles released after this date and new releases will not be available, per instruction from the publisher.

If you have questions or comments, please contact Erica Glass at Penguin Group directly:

OverDrive's Collection Development team


Salary Survey for PL Positions Coming in February 2012

The sub-committee working on the 2012 Salary Survey is finalizing the draft questionnaire.  The basis will be similar to the 2007 version, but will add a number of new positions that have relevance in today's urban libraries, plus there will be a questions about the Position level within the institutional hierarchy (exempt and management positions only); and a Hierarchy level at your library.  

Members will be given 45 days to complete with a preliminary report coming to the membership at the Spring Meeting in Ottawa.  


Toronto Budget Committee Votes for $7M more from Library Board

UPDATED: The Toronto Star reported on January 12th that the Executive Committee reversed some of the decisions by the Budget Committee including lowering the cut to the Toronto Public Library by $3.1M. The Board had offered 5.9% of cuts totally $10M. The Budget Committee voted on Monday to force the Board to choose how to come up with an additional $7M in cuts. The full Council has not yet voted and they may reverse the decision of the Budget Committee. The likely cuts to meet the $7M, as reported in The Toronto Star are: "Chief librarian Jane Pyper says the only realistic options are cutting branch hours and the collections budget, or eliminating services such as literacy programs and the Bookmobile." The Budget Committee continues to meet.


National Book Count to go in February 2012

The second annual National Book Count sponsored by the National Reading Campaign working group is scheduled to go in February 2012. It was originally scheduled for January, but a last minute hiccup connected to retail eBook sales forced a change. Learn more about the National Reading Campaign here: CULC/CBUC's participation is expanding with many member institutions signing on for 2012 who were not part of the 2011 count. So far these members have said YES: Toronto; Vaughan; Oshawa; Winnipeg; Windsor; Saskatoon; Kitchener; Calgary; Richmond; GVPL; Burlington; Regina; Surrey; Coquitlam; Thunder Bay; Markham; Whitby; Burnaby; London; Vancouver The 2011 National Book Count was a first-time benchmark set and was made up of large public library circulation, plus retail sales in both French and English book retailers. More than 2.5 million were bought or borrowed in mid-January 2011.