Canadian Urban Libraries Council/Conseil des Bibliothèques Urba

CULC in The News

Charlotte Meissner appointed CEO of Oakville Public Library

The Oakville Public Library Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Charlotte Meissner to the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Oakville Public Library effective Friday, July 27, 2012.

“With over 26 years of experience at the Oakville Public Library, Charlotte is extremely passionate and knowledgeable about the role libraries play in building vibrant communities." says Lisa Csele, Chair of the Oakville Public Library Board.  "The depth of her experience and her strong relationships with key stakeholders will give the library a solid base from which to begin the exciting work driven by our new strategic plan.”

Since joining the Oakville Public Library in 1986, Charlotte has held a variety of positions including the Director of Corporate Services position which she has held since 2002.  Her extensive background in management, financial planning, facility development, and risk management has been instrumental in creating the successful organization that exists today.  Charlotte holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Commerce from the University of Toronto’s Trinity College.

“This is a very dynamic time for public libraries,” says Charlotte.  “I am excited to be working with the Oakville Public Library Board, the excellent staff, the Town of Oakville and the community to lead the library toward its future vision - one which embraces transformation while respecting the past.”


Autumn 2012 Meeting Information - October 1 and October 2, 2012

The Autmn 2012 meeting will be held in Port Credit, ON (MIssissauga) on October 1-2, 2012.  The meetings themsleves will be at the Port Credit Branch of the Mississauga Library System.  

Port Credit is a small section of older Mississauga on the shores of Lake Ontario.  It is a port community.  It is about 15 minutes (18 km) from Pearson Airport.  The library is very near the Go Train Station (Port Credit) - approximately 700 m.  

CULC/CBUC has arranged for a block of rooms at The Waterside Inn <15 Stavebank Road South> which is within walking distance of the Port Credit Branch.  The rate is $179 per night including high-speed internet and fitness facilities.  Rooms must be booked before September 2, 2012.  After this date they will be on an as-available basis.  To book please call 905-891-7770.  

Meetings are scheduled to run from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm; followed by an evening dinner event (walking distance to the hotel); Tuesday's meeting will resume at 9:00 am and be completed no later than 2 pm.  Details still be worked on.  



City of Winnipeg endorses major library development plan

Library Redevelopment Strategy targets eight libraries for replacement

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg Public Service is recommending that eight Winnipeg Public Library facilities be replaced beginning in 2013, with seven new facilities. The recommendation was made under the Library Facility Redevelopment Strategy report released today.

Library facilities that the report identifies as needing replacement include: Charleswood, St. Vital, Windsor Park, Transcona, River Heights, Westwood, St. James, and West Kildonan.

“Libraries are a tremendous asset in our communities. In addition to being places of learning and research, they are gathering places, where everyone is welcome and there is no cost to participate,” said Mayor Sam Katz. “At the City of Winnipeg, we believe that’s something to protect and treasure. This report calls for the replacement of some of our older, cramped library facilities with modern, accessible buildings that can easily accommodate community activities and programming.”

Of the eight branches identified in the report as needing replacement, all are approaching 50 years or older, require renovation and maintenance, and have significant accessibility and functional layout issues. The eight locations also lack many of the amenities that modern public libraries provide their customers.

If approved, the first steps in the redevelopment process would see the Charleswood, St. Vital and Windsor Park Libraries replaced starting in 2013 at an approximate cost of $6,776,000. Funding for these library replacements is in the current capital budget.

The report being released today outlines a strategy for Council’s consideration as part of the capital budget process with an estimated cost of just under $21 million. Each new facility would be strategically located for maximum visibility, be universally accessible to meet the needs of all citizens, support the City’s Green Building Policy and be aesthetically attractive buildings that are key destinations points in the community.

Proposed dates for the replacement of the facilities are as follows:

  • Charleswood (2013)
  • St. Vital / Windsor Park (amalgamation of existing facilities) (2013)
  • Transcona (2014)
  • River Heights (2015)
  • Westwood (2017)
  • St. James - Assiniboia (2018)
  • West Kildonan (2020)

The Standing Policy Committee on Protection and Community Services will consider the report on July 5, 2012.


Media inquiries should be directed to the City of Winnipeg Media Inquiry Line at 204-986-6000 or via email at


Joint acquisition of S & B Books


Aurora, ON, July 3, 2012

New development improves services for Libraries across Canada

United Library Services Inc., of Calgary, Alberta (“ULS”) and Whitehots Inc., (“Whitehots”) of Aurora, Ontario have jointly acquired S&B Books Ltd. of Mississauga, ON, effective July 12, 2012.

ULS and Whitehots are leading Canadian library service providers serving Public and School Libraries across Canada.

The S&B Mississauga operation will continue to operate with the current staff as a division of Whitehots and the S&B operation will focus largely on the Eastern Canadian market. ULS will assume 100% of the existing S&B customer orders for Western Canadian-based libraries and schools, and the Canadian distribution rights for Thorndike Large Print.

Russ Culver, CEO Whitehots, said “This strategic move will allow us to continue to invest in our people and technology. We will now be in an excellent position to expand the services we provide to public and school libraries in Canada.”

Robin Hoogwerf, General Manager of ULS added “this acquisition allows ULS to further consolidate its core Western Canadian market which will provide for significant additional investment in technology and human resources.”

S&B Books has a twenty-year legacy of serving library institutions in Canada and both ULS and Whitehots have enjoyed a positive and professional relationship with S&B over the years. This joint acquisition will greatly improve the supply channel to the benefit of all the stakeholders and further enhance an already vibrant library community in Canada.

Neither ULS nor Whitehots anticipates any disruption with respect to order fulfillment.


For additional information, please contact:

Whitehots Inc.
Canadian Library Services
205 Industrial Parkway North, Unit 3
Aurora, ON. L4G 4C4

Russ Culver, CEO


United Library Services Inc.
7140 Fairmount Dr. S.E.
Calgary, Alberta
T2H 0X4

Robin Hoogwerf, General Manager