Canadian Urban Libraries Council/Conseil des Bibliothèques Urba

CULC in The News

Positive movement on Marrakesh Treaty by Canadian Government

CULC/CBUC and other interested organizations, including CELA, has noted that the Government has introduced (on April 24th) a bill that will make amendments to the Copyright Act to allow Canada to accede to and implement the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled. This treaty fosters, on a global basis, equitable access to published works, and as such, aligns with the values upheld by our member libraries, and sister organizations and libraries.  

Bill C-11, “An Act to amend the Copyright Act (access to copyrighted works or other subject-matter for persons with perceptual disabilities),” sponsored by the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, received First Reading in the House this morning, and is expected to take a few months to work its way through Parliament.   


LAC Stakeholders Forum (March 23, 2016)

Message bilingue / Bilingual message


Veuillez trouver en pièce jointe la documentation pour le prochain Forum des partenaires du 23 mars 2016 qui aura lieu par téléconférence WebEx de 13 h à 15 h (HAE). Ces documents seront également disponibles dans les prochains jours sur le Portail du Forum des partenaires à l’adresse suivante :

  • Liste des participants
  • Ordre du jour final (23 mars 2016)
  • Compte rendu des décisions (12 novembre 2015)
  • L’état des suivis (document interne – disponible en anglais seulement)
  • Présensation
    • Mise à jour sur le droit d’auteur
  • Présentation
    • Le point sur Bibliothèque et Archives Canada (BAC)
  • Présentation
    • Les acquisitions à BAC – Cadre de politique et Stratégie 2016-2019
    • BAC – Extraits du Cadre de politique d’évaluation et d’acquisition
    • Documenter la société canadienne – Stratégie d’acquisition de BAC 2016-2019
  • Présentation
  • Vers l’adoption de la Stratégie canadienne de numérisation du patrimoine documentaire
  • Élaboration d’une stratégie canadienne de numérisation du patrimoine documentaire

Je vous remercie et nous sommes impatients d’entamer la discussion avec vous.



Good day,

Please find attached the documentation for the upcoming March 23, 2016 Stakeholders Forum that will be held by WebEx teleconference between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. These documents will also be made available in the coming days on the Forum Portal accessible at:

  • Participants list
  • Final agenda (March 23, 2016)
  • Record of decision (November 12, 2015)
  • Status of action items
  • Presentation
    • Copyright update
  • Presentation
    • Library and Archives Canada (LAC) update
  • Presentation
    • LAC Acquisitions – Policy framework and Strategy 2016-2019
    • LAC – Evaluation and Acquisition Policy Framework
    • Documenting Canadian society – LAC acquisition strategy 2016-2019 (Available in French only – English version to follow)
  • Presentation
    • Moving forward with the Canadian National Heritage Digitization Strategy
    • Building a Canadian National Heritage Digitization Strategy

Thank you, and looking forward to our discussions.

EN_Documenter la société canadienne v09_FINAL.PDF (793.89 kb)


Playback for Webinar.

The link to the webinar recording.  It can be accessed at any time and can freely share with their colleagues.


Urban Libraries Outcomes Management Webinar Date: Monday, February 29, 2016

Members — please share with appropriate staff who might be interested in seeing that webinar which is being conducted by Counting Opinions.  As you know they are the provider of the KPI system CULC/CBUC uses to collect annual data.  

Urban Libraries Outcomes Management Webinar

Date:  Monday, February 29, 2016
Time: 11:00 am PACIFIC; 12:00 MOUNTAIN:  13:00 CENTRAL; 14:00 EASTERN; 15:00 ATLANTIC.  Will be 60 minutes.  
For webinar details, click here:

The comprehensive, web-hosted Reading Club App (RC App) from Counting Opinions (CO) automates the capture and management of registrations, activities and “outcomes” (summer, teen, adult, etc.) including an engaging, interactive experience for participants. The RC App is easily configurable to meet any reading club requirement, and also includes pre-configured options for TD SRC, BC SRC and others, complete with program images, suggested titles and data reporting requirements.

The RC App includes fully integrated “outcomes” measurement (aligned with the PLA Project Outcome) that is part of the broader outcomes measurement platform available from CO.

Benefits to CULC members include:
  1. Effectively measure and demonstrate outcomes!
  2. Quick and easy implementation
  3. Easily configured for local requirements or to meet predefined standards (e.g., TD SRP, etc.)
  4. Deliver one or more reading clubs, throughout the year
  5. Emphasize fun and engagement including suggested titles, badges, loot, certificates, progress tracking, contests and more
  6. Reduce staff administrative burden so they can focus on encouraging literacy and lifelong learning
  7. Supports CASL standards for privacy
  8. Enables group and individual registration and participation
  9. Supports engagement with community organizations e.g., schools, museums. etc. 
  10. Data is not subject to the U.S. Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (sequel of the Patriot Act).

Childrens/Teens/Adult coordinator(s are welcome to attend.

Reminder: CULC members are eligible for a subscription discount.

For webinar details, click here:


IFLA President's Meeting - April 7-8 / TORONTO

Participate in the interactive IFLA President’s Meeting planned for April 7-8 at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto including tours and receptions with library leaders from around the world both the day before and after the meeting.  Registration fee is $200. Canadian.


With the theme, Call to Action: Building the Change Agenda for the Information Profession, we want to ensure the meeting provides some concrete opportunities/actions for moving forward.  Discussions will focus on how libraries and the profession are responding to current societal trends outlined in the IFLA Trend Report,  Your observations on the issues in your area that need response and any possible actions or opportunities you might recommend will contribute greatly to the discussions.  We think of this meeting as more of a summit or working meeting than a conference.  We expect hard questions to be put on the table for discussion.  So please join us.  Register now.

And if you need a hotel, book it soon as our room block at $179./night disappears in early March.


We have arranged different topic panels,

Where speakers talk for 10 minutes, followed by some Q&A and then facilitated table discussions.


Donna Scheeder, IFLA President &

Jane Dysart

IFLA President’s Meeting,Program Director & Logistics

April 6-9 in Toronto, Canada

IFLA Standing Committees: Knowledge Management & Continuing Professional Development & Workplace Learning