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Lori Kelly leaving Mississauga Library

The City of Mississauga is pleased to announce Lori Kelly as the new Director, Human Resources effective April 6, 2020. Kelly is the Director, Library, a position she has held since 2018.

“I am very delighted to welcome Lori to Corporate Services where she will be leading the Human Resources division,” said Gary Kent, Commissioner, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer. “Lori is a great example of home-grown talent, having started her career at the City and managed various portfolios. She has strong interpersonal skills, a passion for continuous improvement and building positive employee culture. The workplace is impacted by rapidly changing demographics and technology. Lori has all the right skills, working with her team, to continue to ensure the corporation attracts and retains the talent required to support Council and the community.”

Under her leadership as Director, Library, Kelly secured approval for the Library’s 5-year vision (Future Directions Master Plan) including funding for the renovation of Central Library; expanded the Library’s lending program to include hot spot and Chromebooks; modernized the collection with investments in electronic resources and formalized the Open Window Hub, the Library’s homelessness prevention and outreach initiative.

Prior to her position in the Library division, Kelly was Senior Manager, Talent Management in HR and Manager, Strategic Community Initiatives where she helped develop the City’s 40-year Strategic Plan.

Reporting to the Commissioner, Corporate Services, Kelly will be responsible for promoting excellence in people by delivering innovative HR strategies and programs that enable internal clients to successfully achieve their business goals. Areas of focus include talent management, compensation, health, safety and wellness as well as employee and labour relations and human resources information systems.

Kelly has an honours degree in Political Science from Western University, certification in Human Resources Management and a Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership from Schulich. She is a member of the Human Resources Professional Association.

She replaces Sharon Willock who retired earlier this year.

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Media Contact:
Carley Smith
Supervisor, Media and Public Information
Strategic Communications
City of Mississauga
905-615-3200 ext. 4203
carley.smith@mississauga.ca

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I Read Canadian Day – February 19, 2020

The inaugural I READ CANADIAN DAY is a national day of celebration of Canadian books for young people. This is a day dedicated to ‘reading Canadian’ and will empower families, schools, libraries and organizations to host local activities and events within the week.

For example, libraries or book stores can create a local I Read Canadian display for a month, or host author and illustrator visits during the week of the I Read Canadian day. Schools or communities can create challenges to get more readers involved – see how many readers can read Canadian.

GOAL: The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of Canadian books and celebrate the richness, diversity and breadth of Canadian literature.

WHEN: February 19th, 2020.

ACTION: We challenge the nation to “Read Canadian” for 15 minutes and to share their experience at their library, in their school, with their families and friends, or on social media Young people are encouraged to read, or be read to, a Canadian book of their choice.

Sign Up Your Readers for Free

For more information: ireadcanadian.com/day

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Laura Carter appointed Chief Librarian/CEO at Kingston Frontenac Public Library

November 11, 2019

After a nation-wide recruitment process, the Board of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Laura Carter to the position of Chief Librarian/Chief Executive Officer effective December 1.

Ms. Carter has held the role of Director, Branch Experience with the Kingston Frontenac Public Library since 2015. She has a Master of Information Studies from the University of Toronto and a Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University. Additionally, Ms. Carter actively contributes to local organizations and is a strong advocate of community relationships. She currently sits on the Board of Kingston Literacy & Skills and is a member of the Kingston Waterfront Rotary Club, where she was recently awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship. Laura has also served on the Board of the Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation.

With strong ties to the library community, Laura serves as Chair of the Conference Planning Committee for the Ontario Library Association’s (OLA) Annual Institute on Library as Place. She has also served as the Eastern Region Councillor for the Ontario Public Library Association, and as Treasurer of the Administrators of Urban-Rural Public Libraries of Ontario. “I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to lead the Kingston Frontenac Public Library’s exceptional staff and to work with the Library Board, City of Kingston and County of Frontenac to provide relevant, timely and community-focused collections and services to our residents.”

Laura’s appointment was unanimously approved by the Board of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library and she assumes her new role in December. Monica Stewart, Chair of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library Board said, “The Board is very confident in Laura’s ability to take on this new position and looks forward to working with her.” In addition, the Board extends its appreciation to Lester Webb, Interim Chief Librarian/CEO for his support through this transition.

We are delighted to make this announcement to our patrons and the community. Laura brings valued experience to the role and will continue the great tradition of excellent library service to the communities we serve.

Sincerely,
Monica Stewart, Chair, Kingston Frontenac Public Library Board

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Press Release: Statement on Ebook Equity

North American Elected Officials Send Message to E-Book Publishers: Price Gouging Public Libraries Is Unacceptable

Mayors from major urban jurisdictions sign statement urging e-book publishers to institute equitable and transparent pricing for public libraries.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 6, 2019

TORONTO and WASHINGTON – Seventy-nine elected officials from North American cities and counties have signed the joint Canadian Urban Libraries Council / Conseil des Bibliothèques Urbaines du Canada and Urban Libraries Council’s Statement on Equitable Public Access to E-Books, championing the urgent need for equitable e-book pricing and access for public libraries. The statement has been signed by mayors and county executives from some of the largest urban jurisdictions in North America – together, these leaders serve over 44 million citizens.

The statement has been issued in direct response to Macmillan Publisher’s embargo on e-book sales to libraries that went into effect on November 1. With this new policy, libraries cannot purchase more than a single copy of new e-book titles from Macmillan for the first two months after the book’s initial publication. The Macmillan embargo will prevent libraries from providing equitable access to digital learning opportunities, widening the digital divide, and creating even greater obstacles for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“Multinational Publishers are price-gouging taxpayers and intensifying the gaps between the haves and have-nots in communities of all sizes with their restrictive licenses and excessively high prices. Most concerning is the new e-book embargo imposed by Macmillan Publishers, which results in an intentional erosion of digital equity by severely restricting e-book access for library patrons,” said CULC/CBUC Chair Pilar Martinez and ULC President & CEO Susan Benton. “By signing the Statement on Equitable Public Access to E-Books, North America’s mayors and county executives are sending a powerful message they will not stand for the extreme restrictions e-book publishers are placing on public libraries, which limit/jeopardize their essential role as engines for democracy.”

Developed by CULC/CBUC in partnership with ULC, the statement serves as a platform for city and county leaders to show their support for the vital role that libraries play in building educated communities, and to add their voices to the call for e-book publishers to eliminate discriminatory lending models for libraries. The statement reads as follows:

Major publishers have introduced severe restrictions to e-book and e-audiobook lending for public libraries, including embargoes on the sales of new titles and unreasonably high prices, which far exceed the prices offered for print books. As a result, libraries will be unable to fulfill their core functions in building educated, literate communities. These restrictions will be most harmful for populations who already face significant barriers to equitable knowledge and information access in our communities – including youth, people living with disabilities, and those with limited financial means.

Public libraries play an essential role in leveling the playing field and strengthening the foundation of our communities. As digital technologies become increasingly inseparable from the ways that people learn, work, and interact, the library’s unique ability to create onramps for information and knowledge access is more important than ever. There is significant, rising demand for e-books and e-audiobooks from public library users – overall, digital content circulation is increasing by 30% per year.

As elected public officials and trusted leaders in our communities, we are committed to protecting and supporting the capacity of public libraries to:

  • Provide equal access for individuals to gain knowledge and become proficient with digital tools, regardless of their income, physical abilities, age, gender, sexual orientation, race, citizenship status or religion.
  • Support lifelong learning and foster empathy, curiosity, civic engagement and a love of reading among community members.
  • Educate community members about the rights, responsibilities and implications of their lives online, including data privacy risks when accessing online learning resources and digital content.
  • Serve as valued partners to local government in advancing city/county outcomes for digital inclusion and as institutions that support informed citizens.

Our cities and counties are strongest when all individuals have the same opportunities to further their personal, educational and professional goals. Our democracy is non-negotiable. We stand with all who are urging e-book and e-audiobook publishers to institute fair, transparent, and flexible lending models for public libraries.

Encourage your local mayor and council to sign: CULC/CBUC & ULC Statement on Equitable Public Access to E-Books Signature

The following mayors and county executives (USA) have signed on to the above statement:

IN CANADA

Jeff Lehman, Mayor
Barrie, ON

Andy Adams, Mayor
Campbell River, BC

Rhona Martin, District Board Chair
Columbia Shuswap Regional District, BC

George V. Harvie, Mayor
Delta, BC

Sylvia Pranger, Mayor
District of Kent, BC

Michelle Staples, Mayor
Duncan, BC

Don Iveson, Mayor
Edmonton, AB

Ron Oszust, Mayor
Golden, BC

Cam Guthrie, Mayor
Guelph, ON

Fred Eisenberger, Mayor
Hamilton, ON

Leo Facio, Mayor
Harrison Hot Springs, BC

Gordon Krantz, Mayor
Milton, ON

Bonnie Crombie, Mayor
Mississauga, ON

Leonard Krog, Mayor
Nanaimo, BC

Kevin Acton, Chair
Regional District of North Okanagan, BC

Rob Burton, Mayor
Oakville, ON

Dan Carter, Mayor
Oshawa, ON

Jim Watson, Mayor
Ottawa, ON

John Vassilaki, Mayor
Penticton, BC

Dennis Dugas, Mayor
Port Hardy, BC

Gabriele Wickstrom, Mayor
Port McNeill, BC

Kris Olsen, Mayor
Queen Charlotte, BC

Karla Kozakevich, District Board Chair
Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District, BC

John MacDonald, Mayor
Sayward, BC

Cliff McNeil-Smith, Mayor
Sidney, BC

Maja Tait, Mayor
Sooke, BC

Walter Sendzik, Mayor
St. Catharines, ON

Doug McCallum, Mayor
Surrey, BC

John Tory, Mayor
Toronto, ON

Christine Fraser, Mayor
Township of Spallumcheen, BC

Victor I. Cumming, Mayor
Vernon, BC

Kevin Acton, Mayor
Village of Lumby, BC

Dave Jaworsky, Mayor
Waterloo, ON

Gord Milsom, Mayor
West Kelowna, BC

IN THE UNITED STATES

Keith Carson, County Board of Supervisors Vice-President
Alameda County, CA

Ethan Berkowitz, Mayor
Anchorage, AK

Steuart Pittman, County Executive
Anne Arundel County, MD

Steve Adler, Mayor
Austin, TX

Bernard Young, Mayor
Baltimore, MD

John A. Olszewski Jr., County Executive
Baltimore County, MD

Nelson Wolff, County Judge
Bexar County, TX

Marc McGovern, Mayor
Cambridge, MA

Thomas Bernabei, Mayor
Canton, OH

Vi Lyles, Mayor
Charlotte, NC

Lori Lightfoot, Mayor
Chicago, IL

John Cranley, Mayor
Cincinnati, OH

Stephen K. Benjamin, Mayor
Columbia, SC

John Gioia, County Board of Supervisors Chair
Contra Costa County, CA

T.C. Broadnax, City Manager
Dallas, TX

Nan Whaley, Mayor
Dayton, OH

Steve Schewel, Mayor
Durham, NC

Wendell Davis, County Manager
Durham County, NC

Mark C. Poloncarz, County Executive
Erie County, NY

Bryan Hill, County Executive
Fairfax County, VA

David Parish, City Manager
Greensboro, NC

Nancy B. Vaughan, Mayor
Greensboro, NC

Denise Driehaus, County Commissioner
Hamilton County, OH

Luke A. Bronin, Mayor
Hartford, CT

Sylvester Turner, Mayor
Houston, TX

Calvin B. Ball III, County Executive
Howard County, MD

Eileen Weir, Mayor
Independence, MO

Frank White, County Executive
Jackson County, MO

Bobby Hopewell, Mayor
Kalamazoo, MI

Frank Scott Jr., Mayor
Little Rock, AR

Eric Garcetti, Mayor
Los Angeles, CA

Tina Skeldon Wozniak, County Commissioner
Lucas County, OH

Satya Rhodes-Conway, Mayor
Madison, WI

Anthony Traficanti, County Commissioner
Mahoning County, OH

Dena Diorio, County Manager
Mecklenburg County, NC

Marc Elrich, County Executive
Montgomery County, MD

Nancy Navarro, County Council President
Montgomery County, MD

Deborah Kafoury, County Chair
Multnomah County, OR

John Cooper, Mayor
Nashville, TN

Toni Harp, Mayor
New Haven, CT

LaToya Cantrell, Mayor
New Oreleans, LA

Breea Clark, Mayor
Norman, OK

Jim Kenney, Mayor
Philadelphia, PA

Bill Peduto, Mayor
Pittsburgh, PA

Paul Livingston, County Council Chair
Richland County, SC

Lovely Warren, Mayor
Rochester, NY

Melvin Carter, Mayor
Saint Paul, MN

Jenny Wilson, Mayor
Salt Lake County, UT

Ron Nirenberg, Mayor
San Antonio, TX

London N. Breed, Mayor
San Francisco, CA

Sam Liccardo, Mayor
San José, CA

Gleam Davis, Mayor
Santa Monica, CA

George Van Dusen, Mayor
Skokie, IL

Sam Page, County Executive
St. Louis County, MO

Richard Regula, County Commissioner
Stark County, OH

Wade Kapszukiewicz, Mayor
Toledo, OH

Muriel Bowser, Mayor
Washington, DC

Jamael Tito Brown, Mayor
Youngstown, OH

Visit urbanlibraries.org for more information about the statement and the most up-to-date list of signatories.

About the Canadian Urban Libraries Council / Conseil des Bibliothèques Urbaines du Canada

The mission of the Canadian Urban Library Council/ Conseil des Bibliotheques Urbaines du Canada (CULC/CBUC) is to work collaboratively to build vibrant urban communities by strengthening the capacity of Canada’s urban libraries. For more than 25 years CULC/CBUC has worked to ensure better library service within this nation’s populated urban areas. To achieve the mission the organization is dedicated to the following: Research; Capacity Building; and Knowledge Transfer.

The members attend to the needs of over 7.5 million active users who on an annual basis make more than 380 million uses of our near 700 locations and virtual services. The membership employs more than 12,000 library workers, more than 70% of all Canadians are served by a CULC/CBUC member library and the associated activity comprises more than 80% of Canada’s public library activity. The mandate is ambitious and the reach significant.

About the Urban Libraries Council

The Urban Libraries Council is an innovation and impact tank of North America’s leading public library systems. ULC drives cutting-edge research and strategic partnerships to elevate the power of libraries as essential, transformative institutions for the 21st-century. More than 150 urban member libraries in the U.S. and Canada rely on ULC to identify significant challenges facing today’s communities and provide new tools and techniques to help libraries achieve stronger outcomes in education, digital inclusion, workforce and economic development, and race and social equity.

Encourage your local mayor and council to sign: CULC/CBUC & ULC Statement on Equitable Public Access to E-Books Signature

CULC/CBUC Press Contact
Jefferson Gilbert, Executive Director
416-699-1938
jgilbert@culc.ca

CDN Press Release CULC/CBUC Statement on Ebook Equity

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