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    Spring 2020 Member Meeting

    The CULC/CBUC Executive is meeting on Friday to firm up the Agenda.  The timing has been roughly set though for planning travel, etc.  

    Monday, April 6 - Meeting begins with the TD Summer Reading Luncheon @ 12:30 pm @ The Delta Hotel.  CULC/CBUC Members will be seated at pre-reserved tables.  

    At 1:45 Meeting will begin in Charleswood B Room at the Delta.  Day will end at 5:15 pm.  

    Social Event for members scheduled for 6:30-8:30 pm (new format)

    Tuesday, April 7 - Meeting will be at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (about 15 minute walk) in MTS Classroom A&B - Meeting begins at 9:00 am and ends at 4:45 pm.  

    Tuesday, April 7 - Opening Reception for CFLA National Forum at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.


    Delta Hotels Winnipeg, 350 St Mary Avenue Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 3J2

    Conference rate ($189/night).
    Register online.



    CULC/CBUC Supports Freedom to Read Week

    This year the Canadian Urban Libraries Council / Conseil des Bibliothèques Urbaines du Canada (CULC/CBUC) made a special contribution “in honour of the great careers and contributions of Bill Ptacek (Calgary), Rebecca Raven (Brampton), Louise Procter Maio (Richmond Hill), Patricia Enright (Kingston) and Susannah Hubbard Krimmer (London). Great champions of intellectual freedom."

    Freedom to Read Week is February 23–29 2020.


    CULC/CBUC Spring Meeting Hotel Information – Winnipeg

    The CULC/CBUC Spring meeting will be on in Winnipeg in conjunction with the Manitoba Library Association Conference and the CFLA Forum

    Manitoba Library Association Conference: April 6 – 7, 2020 –

    CULC/CBUC Meeting: Monday, April 6, 2020– Tuesday April 7, 2020.

    CFLA–FCAB National Forum: Wednesday April 8, 2020

    Delta Hotels Winnipeg
    350 St Mary Avenue Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 3J2

    Conference rate ($189/night).
    Register online.

    2020 is Manitoba’s 150th celebration and it will be a busy year with hotels – book early!


    8Rs Human Resources Study

    CULC/CBUC has commissioned the 8Rs Canadian Library Human Resources Research Team to conduct a follow up study of our membership workforce. The original 8Rs Study conducted in 2004 was a comprehensive examination of the human resource situation in Canadian libraries across all sectors (public, academic, special and school) that culminated in a groundbreaking collection of extensive data.

    The current project aims to replicate key components of the original research among CULC/CBUC libraries. In mapping change, the study results will allow the community to respond to human resource trends.

    Focus groups and surveys have already been conducted with library leadership and the 8Rs Team is now poised to launch an anonymous survey of staff (called the Practitioner Survey). Participating member libraries will be distributing a link to the survey on behalf of the 8Rs Team in early January.

    Broad participation is a vital part of this research project and will greatly contribute to the success of the study.

    This research has received ethics approval from the University of Alberta (Pro# 000923185).

    The study results will be presented in a report to be circulated in 2020 and may be presented at conferences.

    Please direct any questions about the study to:
    The 8Rs Redux CULC/CBUC Library Human Resources Research Team