Canadian Urban Libraries Council/Conseil des Bibliothèques Urba

CULC in The News

Freedom to Read Week Event for all CULC/CBUC Libraries

And Join Us for a Cross Country Twitter Chat

Libraries across Canada lead a discussion about surveillance and the limits to free expression. With investigative journalist Andrew Mitrovica. Connect with #telltplFreedom and join in the conversation.

Tues. Feb. 25, 7 pm


Member Update Briefing

The Steering Committee and Governing Board would like CULC/CBUC member libraries to participate in a Briefing Update on the new Not-for-Profit to serve Canadians with print disabilities through Canada’s public libraries. The briefing will focus on the following:

  • Partnerships with CNIB and others
  • Funding Models and timing
  • Service Levels and timelines
  • Government Relations and jurisdictions where support is needed

WHEN: Tuesday, March 4th @ 11 am (Pacific) / 12 noon (Mountain) / 1 pm (Central) 2 pm (Eastern) / 3:30 (Atlantic). Approximately 1 hour.
KEY AUDIENCE: CEO/Library Director and Senior Staff
WHO: Sandra Singh (Vancouver Public Library) and Senior Project Director Andrew Martin will provide the update.
FORMAT: Audio Teleconference, with PPT Presentation made available

The audio recording (a link to it) and the PPT will also be sent out to all CULC/CBUC members within 24 hours of the call. This can be shared among key staff within your institution.

Call in information will be distributed closer to the call.


Hotel Options for CULC/CBUC Member Meeting in Victoria, BC

Here are some options that the staff @ the Greater Victoria Public Library have suggested would be convenient for the meeting on May 28.


CLA Announces New Executive Director

Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliothèques

For Immediate Release

(OTTAWA) January 8, 2014. The Canadian Library Association / Association canadienne des bibliothèques is pleased to announce the appointment of Valoree McKay to the position of Executive Director.

Ms. McKay, a resident and native of Ottawa, comes to CLA/ACB with a strong background in national association leadership and management with an emphasis on advocacy, strategic planning, fundraising and membership development. Her experience includes executive directorships with the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants and the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians. She has also worked for the Canadian Lung Association. Ms. McKay has also been an active volunteer with such organizations as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa, and the Ottawa International Jazz Festival. “CLA/ACB is thrilled to have Ms. McKay join our team in the role of Executive Director”, said CLA/ACB President, Marie DeYoung. “We believe that the experience and qualities that Ms. McKay brings to our organization is exactly what is needed to lead CLA/ACB through the challenging times ahead. The CLA/ACB Executive Council looks forward to working closely with her.”

“I am delighted to join CLA/ACB in my new role,” stated Ms. McKay. “I am looking forward to advocating on behalf of CLA/ACB and collaborating with library communities across Canada on issues of importance to them and on building partnerships with and within those communities.” Ms. McKay was selected after a nation-wide search. She has a Baccalaureate of Arts from the University of Ottawa, is certified by the Canadian Society of Association Executives and is fully bilingual. Ms. McKay will assume her position on Monday, January 27, 2014. One of her first duties will be to attend the Ontario Library Association Conference January 29-Feb 1, 2014. This will be immediately followed by the first meeting of the 2014 CLA/ACB Executive Council to be held at Ryerson University on Feb 2-3, 2014.

The Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliothèques (CLA/ACB) is the national voice for Canada’s library communities, representing the interests of libraries, library workers, and all those concerned about enhancing the quality of life of Canadians through information and literacy. For more information, please visit

For information, contact:
Marie DeYoung, CLA President, 902-420-5532
Barbara Clubb, CLA Interim Executive Director 613-232-9625 x306
Geraldine Hyland, CLA Member Services Manager, 613-232-9625 x301

L’Association canadienne des bibliothèques annonce la nomination de la nouvelle directrice générale

Pour diffusion immédiate

(OTTAWA) le 8 janvier 2014. L’Association canadienne des bibliothèques / Canadian Library Association (CLA/ACB) est heureuse d’annoncer la nomination de Valoree McKay au poste de directrice générale.

Mme McKay est résidente et native d’Ottawa. Elle se joint à la CLA/ACB avec une vaste expérience en matière de leadership et de gestion de l’Association nationale et un intérêt particulier pour la sensibilisation, la planification stratégique, les activités de financement et le développement de l’adhesion. Au cours de sa carrière, elle a occupé des postes de direction administrative au sein de l’Association canadienne des adjoints au médecin et de l’Association canadienne des médecins d’urgence. Mme McKay a aussi travaillé pour l’Association pulmonaire du Canada et a également joué un rôle actif en tant que bénévole auprès des organisations telles que la Fondation de recherche du diabète juvénile, les Grands frères Grandes soeurs d’Ottawa et le festival international de Jazz d’Ottawa.

« La CLA/ACB se réjouit d’accueillir Mme McKay à titre de directrice générale », a affirmé la présidente de la CLA/ACB, Marie DeYoung. « Nous croyons que l’expérience et les qualités que Mme McKay apporte à notre organisation sont exactement ce qui est nécessaire pour aider la CLA à relever les défis à venir. Le Conseil exécutif de la CLA se réjouit à l’avance de travailler en étroite collaboration avec Mme McKay ».

« Je suis enthousiaste à l’idée de me joindre à la CLA/ACB dans le cadre de mes nouvelles fonctions, » a indiqué Mme McKay. « J’attends avec intérêt de préconiser au nom de la CLA/ACB et d’aborder avec les communautés des bibliothèques à travers le Canada au sujet des questions qui leur ses tiennent à coeur, de même que d’établir des partenariats avec et au sein de ces communautés ».

Mme McKay a été la candidate retenue après avoir effectué une recherche à l’échelle nationale. Elle détient un baccalauréat ès arts de l’Université d’Ottawa, est certifiée par la Société canadienne des directeurs d’association et est parfaitement bilingue. Mme McKay occupera son nouveau poste à compter du lundi 27 janvier 2014. L’une de ses premières fonctions sera de participer à la conférence de l’Association des bibliothèques de l’Ontario qui aura lieu du 29 janvier au 1er février 2014. Cela sera immédiatement suivi de la première réunion du Conseil exécutif de la CLA /ACB de 2014, laquelle se tiendra à la Ryerson University le 2 et 3 février 2014.

La Canadian Library Association / Association canadienne des bibliothèques (CLA/ACB) est la voix nationale pour les communautés de bibliothèques du Canada, représentant les intérêts des bibliothèques, des employés de bibliothèque et de tous ceux qui se préoccupent d’améliorer la qualité de vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens par le biais de l’information et de la littératie.

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Coquitlam Public Library Appoints Library Director

The Coquitlam Public Library Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Todd Gnissios as Director of the Coquitlam Public Library effective December 9, 2013.

“We are very pleased to welcome Todd to the Coquitlam Public Library,” said Board Chair Jack Trumley.  “With his experience developing new services and leading organizational development, he will bring strong leadership to the library team.”The public library continues to be the first choice for quick and reliable information as well as the most popular cultural resource in the city. Our relevance in the community is vibrant and strong.

Gnissios spent 24 years with the Vancouver Public Library before moving to Lethbridge, Alberta as the Associate Director of Branches and Outreach Services for the Lethbridge Public Library. He was appointed acting Director, and in 2010 became the permanent Director and CEO. Gnissios earned his Bachelor’s degree in Humanities and Business through Simon Fraser University, and his Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies through the University of British Columbia.

“Books have been a passion of mine since I was a teen, although being part of the library world was a bit of a surprise for me back when I started working. Libraries have come a long way since that time, and they have a great future as they develop services and facilities that meet the needs of today’s customers, as well as planning for tomorrow.”

The Board wishes to express its thanks to Silvana Harwood, the Deputy Director of the Coquitlam Public Library, for her ongoing leadership and interim service as Acting Director.