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Spring CULC/CBUC Meeting – Hamilton

The Executive has made some changes to the upcoming meeting schedule and I promised to get it out to allow as much time to plan as possible. The CARL Board met last week and supported and approved the concept. Given the Summit in December it is a good chance for collaboration.

DATE: May 17/18, 2017 (start on 17th @ 10:00 am; Finish on 18th after lunch with optional area tours being planned)
WHERE: Hamilton Public Library, Central Library
CONNECTION: Some elements will be done jointly with colleagues from Canadian Association of Research Libraries

Please mark your calendars. The Executive has been working on some changes to the format whereby we will use some of the time together to work on issues/projects in smaller groups. With the Spring one some of that work will be done with CARL colleagues on the 18th.

A block of rooms have been reserved at the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel (116 King Street West) in downtown Hamilton. In fact attached to the Jackson Square Complex that also houses Hamilton's Central Library where we will be meeting. There are a couple of room configuration options at either $129 or $149 per night. Parking is an additional $12.50 per car per night.

Reservations can also be made by contacting our 24 hour, toll-free reservations line at 1-888-627-8161 and asking for the ‘CULC/CBUC Spring Meeting’ group block.

Future Meetings (as currently planned)

  • Autumn 2017 – Vaughan (October 2/3)
  • Spring 2018 – Regina


The Ottawa Declaration

The following was generally agreed to be an outcome from the Taking it to the Streets Summit held in Ottawa on December 5 and 6.

The Ottawa Declaration (December 6, 2016)

Gathered in Ottawa for the Taking it to the Streets Summit, members of the library, archival and museum communities commit to find new ways of working together to increase the visibility and impact of memory institutions.

By adopting this Declaration, we commit to continually adapt and reinvent our institutions and to promote the full value of libraries, archives and museums to Canadians.

Together, we will:

  • Increase collaboration between our institutions and our networks at the local and national levels to catalyze new partnerships that spark creativity and enhance engagement;
  • Develop innovative programs and services, and adopt technologies that empower us to engage our publics; and
  • Enrich and expand access to our collections to ensure that our institutions contribute significantly to the public good and sustainable development.


La Déclarations des bibliothèques Québécoises

Bilingual message / message bilingue


Ci-joint, vous trouveriez La Déclaration des bibliothèques québécoises déposée à l’Assemblée nationale le 19 octobre, 2016. Vous pouviez trouver plus d’information sur le site web de BAnQ.



Enclosed is a Declaration (French only) from Quebec Libraries that was tabled in the Quebec National Assembly on October 19, 2016. You can find out more information about this Declaration on the BAnQ website

Thank you.


Francesco Manganello
Directeur par intérim, Relations avec les intervenants et affaires internationales
Bibliothèque et Archives Canada / Gouvernement du Canada / Tél. : 613-462-8359

Acting Director, Stakeholder Relations and International Affairs
Library and Archives Canada / Government of Canada / Tel: 613-462-8359

The following translation was quickly created for CULC/CBUC members for reference purposes only.

Declaration from Quebec Libraries

The library is a public good and a place which develops a relationship to knowledge made of exploration, trade, knowledge, culture and enrichment.

By providing the place, the resources and the personnel capable of supporting them, the library allows all individuals throughout their lives and regardless of age, social status and their background to train and meet their knowledge, information and development needs. The library is the heart of people's lives.

Whether it be for public, professional or educational needs, the library occupies a fundamental place in its community and acts as a driving force for development social, economic and cultural development. It is that door that is always accessible and open to the world. As UNESCO proclaimed, the purpose of the library is to provide “a free and unlimited access to knowledge, thought, culture and information.”

Crossroads of access to information, documentation, and culture

The library is the place “par excellence” where access to information and cultural resources is made freely and without discrimination. This accessibility stems from the activities or organization, processing and structuring of information which are specific to the technical and professional expertise of qualified staff. It allows individuals to learn and to improve themselves according to their interests and goals.

The library equips its users and makes it accessible and disseminates knowledge so that users can develop skills in research and evaluation of information. These skills are also useful in the exercise of democratic rights and can help citizens to play an active role within their community.

Centre of learning and research support

The library, whether it be public, in the workplace or educational is an essential learning center for anyone wishing to enrich his/her career and develop skills.

Regardless of the nature of learning goals during different stages of life, the library contributes to the training of individuals and the achievement of their objectives by providing appropriate professional support. It articulates and develops according specific needs of its users.

Use of Space and technology

Digital mediation is a core service of libraries, whether through training or the provision of tools and digital library resources. Thus, it helps to reduce the digital divide and promotes the acquisition of technological skills. In addition, thanks to technology, the library expands its access and provides services remotely. It connects users anytime and anywhere.

Socioeconomic lever

The library has a positive and direct impact on the socio-economic activities of its environment.

The library is a collective and social investment. By promoting instruction, education, development and social integration, it contributes tothe development of individuals and of society, in particular by being a vehicle for reducing inequality. Libraries show a significant return on investment, and this, in terms economic, educational, social, cultural and professional. Libraries demonstrate significant return on investment through enabling individuals to contribute to the development of their communities.

Place of meeting and exchanges

The library is an open living area, playful and inclusive, a place of socialization, a place of collaborative work offering spaces to share, teach, inspire, train and promote the transfer and sharing of information, knowledge and learning. It is a place that is conducive to enrichment, discovery and creativity.

Place of mediation and cultural development

Through the development of collections without censorship, which promotes intellectual freedom, the library contributes to the development of general culture.

It disseminates and promotes various forms of cultural expression, contributes to artistic education and allows users to explore different forms of creative expression. It showcases documentary and cultural resources, and this benefits creators from here and elsewhere. It promotes harmonious cultural development based on the enriching contribution of various communities.

Finally, it preserves our documentary heritage, providing access to our shared stories.


Librarian and Archivist of Canada announces National Heritage Digitization Strategy collaboration

June 3, 2016—Ottawa—Library and Archives Canada (LAC)

Dr. Guy Berthiaume, the Librarian and Archivist of Canada, today announced the launch of the National Heritage Digitization Strategy (NHDS) at the Canadian Library Association Forum in Ottawa.

The strategy will reposition Canada and provide a cohesive path toward the digitization of Canadian memory institutions’ collections, thus ensuring the institutions remain relevant in the digital age by making their collections easily accessible.

The strategy will ensure the long-term viability of documentary heritage records by encouraging quality, standards-based efforts. It will complement the strategies developed by Canadian memory institutions and assist them in fulfilling their goals, while ensuring that a national plan of action is in place.

The NHDS will cover published and unpublished analogue material of national, regional and local significance and will draw from the collections of public and private archives, libraries, museums, galleries, associations and other memory institutions.

A National Steering Committee will be created in the fall to develop digitization initiatives and will include creators, writers, cultural communities and end users as well as representatives from libraries, archives, museums, galleries and universities.  Library and Archives Canada has established a secretariat to support the work of the National Steering Committee.

Quick Facts

  • Several organizations collaborated to develop the strategy and will be among the early adopters when it is implemented. These early adopters include the Toronto Public Library, Vancouver Public Library, University of Toronto libraries, the Ottawa Public Library and the Bibliothèque de l’Université Laval.
  • Funding will come from different sources, both governmental and non-governmental. The Salamander Foundation, which donates funds to programs related to Arts and Culture and the Environment, has already pledged to support the Strategy.




Meeting Dates – October 3/4.


CALL: 902-428-1900 ask for Reservations. Let them know the group is called: CANADIAN URBAN LIBRARIES COUNCIL

Marriott Halifax Downtown, 5120 Salter Street, Halifax, NS. It is a short walk to the Central Library.

Rate is $159 plus taxes

Cancellation up to 24 hours before arrival.