Canadian Urban Libraries Council/Conseil des Bibliothèques Urba

CULC in The News

CULC/CBUC participating with the eye to better understanding the challenges facing LAC-BAC

On May 22, the Executive Director will attend, at LAC's invitation, a day-long program on how they are planning on fulfilling their mandate in these ever changing times. 

Documentary heritage institutions face key challenges in the 21st Century. Traditional assumptions and practices that held fast for many years no longer hold true, as the ways that society produces and consumes information are radically shifting. The climate of economic austerity and the demands for relevance and efficiency are changing the way that many documentary heritage institutions operate. The impact of today’s digital environment is destabilizing our understanding of information, and how it is created, shared, and used in society. This situation has prompted an innovative, comprehensive and professional examination at LAC of new approaches to the fulfillment of its mandate: deciding what has value and what to acquire.

LAC has developed a Whole-of-Society model (WoSM), based on social theory, which uses a representative illustration of Canadian society to justify the valuation and the acquisition of information resources. Societal analysis is the foundation of the model. The WoSM is used to document fundamental societal discourses in Canadian society through the agents / structures / networks active in those discourses. Through the WoSM, LAC acquires representative documentary heritage of Canadian society. 



Annual Institute on the Library as Place

The Annual Institute is a Libraries 2020 initiative.  Our second Institute is coming this July; early bird registration runs to June 1. There is lots of interest for public library staff, trustees and partners, with discussions about collaborative and interactive spaces, new technologies, joint use and heritage buildings, planning basics, design challenges and hiring an architect.

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Statements on LAC-BAC Budget cuts

CARL and CLA have both released statements on the cuts to federal libraries and Libraries and Archives Canada.


Windsor Public Library wins CLA/OCLC Award for Innovative Technology

The Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliotheques is pleased to announce that the 2012 recipient of the CLA/OCLC Award for Innovation Technology is Windsor Public Library for their project Tomorrow Today. The award is given in recognition of the ground breaking and innovative use of technology to provide exceptional library service to their community members.

Windsor Public Library has changed the way that libraries offer services and how they are perceived and valued by their community. This innovative project has shown libraries that there are limitless ways to reach current and future patrons.

One of the most innovative aspects of their project was how they used portable devices to create a mobile branch which enabled staff to create library cards, check out books, offer instruction and reference services, and more!

The CLA/OCLC Award for Innovative Technology is presented annually to honour a member or members of CLA for innovative use and application of technology in a Canadian library setting. The Award is generously sponsored by OCLC Canada and will be presented at the closing ceremonies on 2 June during the CLA 2012 National Conference & Trade Show in Ottawa, Ontario at the Ottawa Convention Centre, May 30 - June 2, 2012.

The Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliotheques is Canada’s largest national and broad-based library association, representing the interests of public, academic, school and special libraries, professional librarians and library works, and all those concerned about enhancing the quality of life of Canadians through information and literacy.


CLA releases CAP Toolkit

The federal government recently announced that it is cutting the Community Access Program (CAP). All CLA members are encouraged to contact their Members of Parliament to protest the cut and urge them to reconsider the value of the program.

The CLA Member Toolkit for CAP provides you with a sample letter to send to your MP, details on requesting a meeting, key speaking points, and information on how to contact MPs.

Do you have stories about the impact of CAP in your community? Share them with your MP, in a letter or in person. These stories provide strong evidence of the importance of the program.

Contact your MP today!

Click here for the CAP Toolkit

Click here for the CLA Press Release on the cut to CAP