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New CEO at Kitchener Public Library Announced


April 20, 2015

It is with great pleasure that the Kitchener Public Library Board announces the appointment of Mary Chevreau as Chief Executive Officer of Kitchener Public Library, effective May 11, 2015. Ms. Chevreau is a library consultant and founder of MEC Consulting, with a long history of leadership and business experience, and a demonstrated commitment to Kitchener Public Library.

As the founder of MEC Consulting, Ms. Chevreau offered services to public library directors and their teams, improving customer experience, programs and collections, and integrating e-content.

She also served as Vice President of North American Sales for a total of eight years at Innovative Interfaces and Innovative Enterprises, which create and support library systems. In these roles, she recruited, hired and trained effective teams, created new product and service options, and was a key player in the creation of the Public Library Directors’ Symposium. As chair and vice-chair of the planning and building committee and the finance committee, Ms. Chevreau took on many key roles during her term of service on the Kitchener Public Library Board from 1991 – 1996. She also served as vice-chair of the Kitchener Public Library Foundation from 1994 – 1997. She has a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario and is a member of four library associations.

“She’s a dynamic professional with the business experience and technological knowledge that will allow her to lead Kitchener Public Library through its continuing evolution,” said Wayne Buchholtz, chair of the library board.

“She also has deep roots in this community and a passion for community engagement. We’re looking forward to working with Mary Chevreau to ensure we deliver cost-effective library services while creating opportunities for our customers to discover, learn, and connect.”

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the Kitchener Public library – to build on the foundations established by the Board and residents of this great community, and to work with a top-notch team of library professionals," Mary Chevreau said.

"This is an exciting time for the library, as we forge new partnerships, employ new technologies, and develop creative services to better serve our customers; I’m looking forward to getting started!"

The Kitchener Public Library Board engaged in an international search and worked closely with the executive search firm Ken Haycock & Associates Inc.

For further information, contact Wayne Buchholtz, Chair, Kitchener Public Library Board


CARL FORUM. Open to PL Staff

Leviathan North: Long-term Access to Government Information in the Digital Era

As you well know, libraries, archives, and other memory institutions ensure that government information – vital for historical research and informed policy-making – remains accessible for current and future generations of researchers. Yet, the vast scale of the information that governments produce and collect today, together with the inherent fragility of digital media and the complexities and costs of digital stewardship, threaten the survival of key information resources. The long-term preservation of digital government information was recently raised as a concern in reports from a Royal Society of Canada expert panel, the Auditor General of Canada, and a Canadian Council of Academies expert panel.

Leviathan North: Long-term Access to Government Information in the Digital Era, to be held in Toronto May 14th-15th, will convene a range of stakeholders in the long-term preservation and use of government information, providing a forum to explore the dimensions of the challenge, and collaborative opportunities for the future.

Attached is more information on the event. I very much hope that a number of representatives of large public libraries, which truly play such a vital role in public dissemination of federal and provincial government information, will be able to attend. Please feel free to share information about this event with your CULC/CBUC members.

The event begins with an opening keynote address by Dr. Janice Stein on Thursday, May 14th at 4:00 p.m., followed by a reception. A full day of presentations and discussions will follow on Friday, May 15th.


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