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CULC in The News

Member Meeting - June 3rd

There will be an all-day meeting on the Wednesday. preceded by a Member Social Event on the evening of the 2nd in downtown Ottawa.  More details to follow.  

WRT Hotels.  It is being suggested to use the CLA Block that is set-aside at the Westin Ottawa.


Gates Foundation – Cultivating Global Library Leadership

New report on library leadership programs

The Global Libraries program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently released a report on library leadership programs around the world. The Cultivating Global Library Leadership report is the first of its kind – highlighting important trends in international library leadership programs and providing recommendations for improving the state of the field. It is a resource for those focused on building library leadership to ensure that libraries continue to be critical community assets. The report explores 30 leadership programs around the world and offers practical ideas for strengthening leadership development opportunities. Among other things, the report finds that leadership programs have reached over 6,000 librarians worldwide and have offered transformative experiences that have equipped librarians to lead their libraries. At the same time, the research highlights that access to programs is limited, particularly in less economically developed regions. Significant variation exists in program structure and content, and programs and participants are not well connected, which limits opportunities to learn from one another. Anyone interested in library leadership programs can access this valuable resource as a starting point for better understanding leadership development opportunities for librarians that can deepen the impact of libraries in their communities.

Cultivating Global Library Leadership - January 2015.pdf (5.53 mb)


Leading in the Digital World: Opportunities for Canada's Memory Institutions

The Council of Canadian Academies Releases a New Report

Leading in the Digital World: Opportunities for Canada's Memory Institutions

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Council of Canadian Academies, I am pleased to announce the release of a new evidence-based report, Leading in the Digital World: Opportunities for Canada's Memory Institutions.

This report represents the work of a 13-member expert panel, chaired by Dr. Doug Owram, FRSC, Professor and Former Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus. The Panel was asked to conduct an evidence-based assessment that addressed the following question: How might memory institutions embrace the opportunities and challenges posed by the changing ways in which Canadians are communicating and working in the digital age?

Canadians value their past, but traditional ways of acquiring, preserving, and accessing historical materials are no longer adequate. The Panel’s report surveys the challenges faced by today's memory institutions, from technological change to shifting public expectations. It also discusses opportunities to help institutions navigate this period of change, including those related to enhanced public participation and those that can be realized through collaboration with other organizations.

The Panel's evidence-based report provides an up-to-date and comprehensive sampling of national and international success stories that will support memory institutions of all types as they rethink how best to adapt to the digital environment. We believe it will be a central resource for those involved in safeguarding Canada's past.

The full report is available for download, free of charge, on the Council's website.


Janet Bax
Interim President
Council of Canadian Academies

About the Council of Canadian Academies

The Council of Canadian Academies is an independent, not-for-profit organization that began operation in 2005. The Council supports independent, authoritative, and evidence-based expert assessments that inform public policy development in Canada. Assessments are conducted by multidisciplinary panels of experts from across Canada and abroad. The Council’s blue-ribbon panels serve free of charge and many are Fellows of the Council’s Member Academies: the Royal Society of Canada; the Canadian Academy of Engineering; and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. The Council’s vision is to be a trusted voice for science in the public interest. For more information visit

Le Conseil des académies canadiennes publie un nouveau rapport :

À la fine pointe du monde numérique : possibilités pour les institutions de la mémoire collective au Canada

Chers amis,

Au nom du Conseil des académies canadiennes, j'ai le plaisir de vous faire parvenir un exemplaire du rapport intitulé À la fine pointe du monde numérique : possibilités pour les institutions de la mémoire collective au Canada. Ce rapport a été produit par un comité de 13 experts présidé par Doug Owram, PhD., MSRC, professeur et ancien vice-chancelier adjoint et recteur, campus d'Okanagan, Université de la Colombie-Britannique. Le comité avait le mandat d'effectuer une évaluation visant à répondre à la question suivante : De quelle manière les institutions de la mémoire collective peuvent-elles, en cette ère du numérique, tirer parti des possibilités et relever les défis liés à la transformation des modes de communication et de travail de la population canadienne?

Les Canadiens accordent de l'importance à leur passé, mais les modes traditionnels d'acquisition et de conservation d'objets et documents historiques, ainsi que d'accès à ceux-ci, ne sont plus adéquats. Le rapport du comité d'experts passe en revue les difficultés que connaissent les institutions de la mémoire collective concernant les changements technologiques et l'évolution des attentes du public. Il aborde aussi les éléments qui peuvent aider les institutions à réaliser cette transition, notamment grâce à une participation accrue du public et à la collaboration avec d'autres organisations.

Fondé sur des données probantes, le rapport du comité d'experts fournit une description complète et à jour de succès obtenus au pays et à l'étranger. Cela aidera tous les types d'institutions de la mémoire collective à concevoir comment s'adapter au mieux à l'ère du numérique. Nous croyons que ce rapport constituera une ressource importante pour ceux qui cherchent à sauvegarder le passé du Canada.

Le rapport intégral peut être téléchargé sans frais à partir du site Web du CAC.


Janet Bax
Présidente intérimaire
Conseil des académies canadiennes

Au sujet du Conseil des académies canadiennes

Le Conseil des académies canadiennes (CAC) est un organisme indépendant à but non lucratif qui a été mis sur pied en 2005. Le CAC soutient des évaluations spécialisées indépendantes, faisant autorité et fondées sur des données probantes, qui alimentent l'élaboration de politiques publiques au Canada. Ces évaluations sont menées par des comités pluridisciplinaires formés d'éminents experts de partout au Canada ainsi que de l'étranger, qui participent bénévolement aux travaux des comités du CAC. Plusieurs d'entre eux sont membres des académies du CAC – la Société royale du Canada, l'Académie canadienne du génie et l'Académie canadienne des sciences de la santé. Le CAC vise à être une voix respectée du savoir scientifique au service du public. Pour en savoir davantage, veuillez consulter le site Web du CAC à l'adresse


The Oshawa Public Libraries Introduces New CEO, Frances Newman


Frances Newman, CEO, Oshawa Public Libraries

Oshawa Public Libraries, January, 2015

The Oshawa Public Libraries, a leading community provider of inclusive and accessible collections and spaces, proudly welcomes Frances Newman as its new Chief Executive Officer.

“We look forward to working with Ms. Newman, and are confident that she will be instrumental in leading our organization, and library services in Oshawa, to new heights.” said Gil Paterson, Oshawa Public Library Board Chair.

Frances Newman was most recently CEO of the Annapolis Valley Regional Library in Nova Scotia. She brings over 25 years’ experience in public and academic libraries. She believes that a healthy public library is a sign of a strong and vibrant community.

“I am very proud to be leading such a talented team,” says Frances Newman. “The Library has undergone many changes over the past few years, and the Library Board and Staff have been very forward-thinking. What more could a CEO want?”

New CEO Frances Newman brings a fresh outlook on engaging residents of all ages to rediscover the Oshawa Public Libraries.

Frances Newman began as CEO on January 5, 2015.

For more information, visit our website: or contact us at 905-579-6111 ext. 5200

Oshawa Public Libraries serves the City of Oshawa through 4 branches. Every year, almost 700 thousand visits occur at our branches across the City of Oshawa and almost 2 million items are borrowed. To learn more about the Oshawa Public Libraries, visit our website at To get the most current updates on what's happening at the Library follow us on Twitter @oshawalibraries.

Media Contact:
Dina Pen
Marketing Coordinator
Oshawa Public Libraries
(905) 579-6111 ext. 5214


LAC's Strategic Research Daily

Library and Archives Canada’s (LAC) Strategic Research Division carries out current and long-term analysis of trends, drawing from sources in librarianship, archival science, information technology, computer science, publishing, public administration and social sciences.

The Division produces Strategic Research Daily , an e-newspaper drawing on social media sources. We hope that this resource might be of interest to the community, and are pleased to provide access to it. To register for the Strategic Research Daily, please follow the instructions below:

  1. Go to the e-newspaper home page:
  2. Enter your email address in the section "Subscribe to updates" (top right), and follow the instructions to complete registration.
  3. The system will send an automatic confirmation message. Once the registration is confirmed, the e-newspaper will be received daily by email.
  4. To simplify navigation, select “All Articles” (last option in the system generated list located just below the title Strategic Research Daily). Note that “All Articles” appears under the header "More – All Articles".