Canadian Urban Libraries Council/Conseil des Bibliothèques Urba

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A Date with the New Calgary Central Library

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Thursday, September 4th, 6-8 pm
Calgary TELUS Convention Centre, Hall E

Come see a preview of Calgary’s New Central Library, a key landmark in East Village, and one of the most open and welcoming gathering places in the city.

Register for this free event. Reserve your seat today, as space is limited. First come, first served! Please pass this invitation on to your colleagues.

On September 4, we are delighted to invite you to attend a one-of-a-kind evening of design discussion in the company of some of the world’s best library architects and some of the world’s most enthusiastic library users. (You may count yourself among them!) You’ll get an up close look at the design features, amenities and function of the New Central Library, which is imagined as a new cultural and educational landmark in the downtown core and East Village.

The evening will bring together Calgarians and architects Craig Dykers of Snøhetta and Rob Adamson of Calgary’s DIALOG, who were announced as Prime Design consultants in November, 2013. Since then, the two renowned firms have been busy creating a 21st century civic institution – one that’s designed to be the heart of Calgary’s public library system for the next century, and one that’s built on the input of some 16,000 Calgarians. Snøhetta and DIALOG took the results of the surveys, questionnaires, events and interviews that happened throughout the city in 2012 to 2014 and have designed an inspired (and inspiring) hub of community service and lifelong learning.


CULC/CBUC Teleconference BRIEFING on CASL Legal Opinion (Wed, Sept 10)

Wednesday, September 10 @ 1:30 Eastern / 10:30 Pacific

CULC/CBUC partnered with Ontario’s Federation of Ontario Public Libraries on a legal opinion on the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) and the implications for public libraries. The Executive decided to pursue this after a number of conflicting opinions had been received from various sources including City Solicitors. There are a number of recommendations made in the Legal Opinion. A proposed Library Policy is being worked on as an extension.

The document will be sent to all CULC/CBUC Members on August 26. It will be embargoed as a CULC/CBUC Member Benefit for 90 days. Same applies for FOPL Members. The document is just over 50 pages. There are a number of recommendations for libraries to pursue in the document.

CULC/CBUC has arranged for a Member-only Presentation and Q&A session with Mannit Zemel, the lawyer who wrote the opinion. Maanit Zemel is the founder of MTZ Law, an internet law and commercial litigation boutique law firm in Toronto. Ms. Zemel has substantial experience and expertise in internet law, including Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), online defamation and cyberbullying. Ms. Zemel regularly advises businesses, charities, and non-profits on practical and effective CASL compliance policies and procedures. Prior to starting MTZ Law, Ms. Zemel was a partner at a large national law firm.

Call is open to all CULC/CBUC Members. CEOs and Senior Staff as approved by CEO. Format will be a presentation followed by Q & A.


Wednesday, September 10 @ 1:30 Eastern / 10:30 Pacific
Sent directly to members.

There will be a PowerPoint presentation distributed in advance of the call. The call will be recorded and archived in the Member Only Area of the CULC/CBUC website.