Canadian Urban Libraries Council/Conseil des Bibliothèques Urba

CULC in The News

Danielle McDonald new CEO of Ottawa Public Library

Councillor Jan Harder, Chair of the Ottawa Public Library Board, is pleased to announce on behalf of the Board the appointment of Danielle McDonald to the position of Chief Executive Officer, Ottawa Public Library effective March 5, 2012.

Danielle holds a Master of Arts, Public Administration from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies, Honours, Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo. Her educational background is complemented by more than 25 years of management experience, including strategic planning, finance, human resources and technology with the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Public Library.

“The Board has complete confidence that Danielle is the right person to be the next Chief Executive Officer,” said Chair Harder. “Danielle’s extensive experience within Ottawa and the OPL have been marked by outstanding performance. In this time of technological challenge and change, her leadership and management skills will be invaluable.”

Since joining the Library as Division Manager, Facilities and Business Services in January 2009, Danielle has led significant initiatives in library facilities planning and development including the delivery of $5.75M in renovations and new construction of branches; business services where she has been responsible for OPL budgets, finance, and risk management, as well as for public services in 18 Library branches, including all those which serve Ottawa’s rural communities.

Serving more than 900,000 residents, Ottawa Public Library helps to build a strong, vibrant and sustainable community by supporting literacy and lifelong learning, fostering inspiration and enjoyment, and connecting people to each other and the world.


Shared Spaces: Funding and Managing Libraries and Parks in Tough Times Session 2

IMFG News, Urban and Regional Planning

March 01, 2012

Venue: Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility at the Munk School of Global Affairs

This series of three lectures explores the importance of shared public spaces such as libraries and parks to the health of our city. In an era of fiscal restraint, shared spaces are often vulnerable to funding cuts. To date, however, there has not been extensive public conversation on the long-term solutions to the funding problems. Are there new models of public, private, and hybrid funding to meet these challenges? What are the conditions for success, and what are the pitfalls? Where are innovative models being implemented, and are they viable in the GTA?

Session 2: Turning the Page: The Role of Libraries in the Digital Age

This session will examine the changing role of libraries in the digital age along with their role in the broader public learning continuum. In an era of fiscal austerity, are there new operating models for libraries which could prove more effective at responding to changing civic needs and rapid changes in information technology? These models might include, for example, partnerships with other cultural institutions, new business ventures, and strategic and financial partnerships across different sectors. Who are suitable partners, and what are key areas of decision-making? How can public support be mobilized?

Guest Speaker: Martín J. Gómez, City Librarian, Los Angeles Public Library

The Los Angeles Public Library serves over four million people—the largest population of any library in the United States. As City Librarian, Martín J. Gómez oversees the Central Library, 72 branches, 800 employees, and the library’s $130 million budget. Throughout his career, Gómez has championed expanded access to library resources in urban communities. Previously, he served as President and CEO of the Urban Libraries Council, which supports research, continuing education, and programs that strengthen the public library as an essential part of urban life. As director of the Oakland Public Library, Gómez led a successful effort to establish the African American Museum and Library at Oakland as a major division of the library. He also spearheaded a digital revolution at the Brooklyn Public Library, the country’s fourth largest library system, where he served as Executive Director. Currently, he is chairman of the board of the Poets House in New York City, and also serves on the board of the non-profit Sesame Workshop based in NYC. His honours include: 2001 Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Arizona; 2000 Honorary Doctor of Humane Letter, St. Francis College, Brooklyn; 1999 New York City Council Man of Hope Award; and 1998 Honorary Doctor of Laws, St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn, among many others.

Moderated by: Gillian Mason, former chair, Toronto Public Library Board, and Executive Director, Centre for City Ecology

Sponsored by TD Bank Group

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eBooks @ OLA; and ACP Winter Meetings

More than 170 people came to hear what CULC/CBUC has been doing on the eBook file since the last public meeting in June at CLA-Halifax. The task force members gave some updates and talked about the challenges that the sector is seeing in Canada and abroad.

CULC/CBUC was fortunate enough to have been debriefed by incoming ALA President Maureen Sullivan on the morning of the presentation following ALA's meetings in New York with US publishers about similar issues that CULC has been having for more than 18 months.

The presentation PPT is available here:


Spring CULC Meeting is pre-CLA

The Spring meeting, scheduled for Ottawa, will take place in the afternoon of May 29 and the morning of May 30 in advance of the CLA Annual Conference. The meetings will be in downtown Ottawa. Location to be determined.

The decision had been made to collapse the meeting to one full-day in advance of CLA (rather than 1.5 days after CLA). However, CLA has requested that CULC/CBUC push back by half-a-day to lend support to their "CLA Advocacy on the Hill" Advocacy Afternoon on the 30. More information here:

They will be communicating shortly about the nature of the involvement they would like CULC/CBUC Member Library Directors and CEOs to have to make this a success.

The plan will be for CULC/CBUC to meet from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm on the 29 with a social event in the evening, following by 8:30 am to 12:30 pm on the 30.

The Executive is meeting on March 5 to start forming the Agenda and to use the time we have together to the maximum benefit. If any member has a topic they would like the Executive to consider, please send along prior to March 5.


National Book Count 2012

The numbers are in and the press coverage is beginning. See below.

7 new CULC/CBUC members contributed there numbers. On the systems that contributed for a second year in a row, the print collection circulation increased by an average of 8% and the eBook usage doubled. Not surprising for those in and around the front line of Canada’s public libraries.