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Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship is seeking Nominations

The Steering Committee of the Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship is seeking Nominations to consider for the award.  Please consider nominating somebody and feel free to share with other networks of like-minded colleagues.  

How to apply:
  • Please submit a letter explaining why the nominee meets the criteria below.  Please provide specific examples.  A nominators name and contact information.  The Nominees name and contact information.  
  • Submit to: with SUBJECT containing NOMINATION and person’s name.
  • Apply by December 1, 2017 @ 12:00 noon Eastern Time.


The Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship is awarded to a candidate who has demonstrated exceptional success in enhancing the public recognition and appreciation of librarianship. This may have been accomplished through:

  • Exceptional practice as a librarian;
  • Teaching the profession in formal and informal settings;
  • Writing;
The selection will also be based on the nominees demonstrated actions as an Ambassador and role model for librarianship.

Other considerations

  • The award recognizes exceptional achievement outside of the usual awareness activity a professional is expected to do.
  • Nominees may be from any Canadian province or territory. 


Autumn 2017 Hotel Information

This hotel has been recommended by Margie and her team at Vaughan Public Library.  

The group block is now active, CULC/CBUC embers can start reserving rooms by calling directly to 905-660-0212 or toll-free 1-866-630-2680 or email their reservation request to on or before Friday, September 1, 2017 by mention as the part of Canadian Urban Libraries Council.



200 Bass Pro Shop Drive, Vaughan.


Victoria Owen appointed to WIPO Accessible Book Consortium

Canadian Librarian Appointed to WIPO Accessible Book Consortium Board

The Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Victoria Owen to the Board of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Accessible Book Consortium for a three-year term. Ms. Owen, who is chief librarian at the University of Toronto Scarborough, was nominated by the International Federation of Library Associations, one of the founding partners of the Accessible Books Consortium.

Welcoming her appointment, CFLA Chair, Peter Bailey said:

“I am delighted to announce Victoria Owen’s appointment to the Board of the WIPO Accessible Book Consortium. This appointment reflects the Canadian library community’s commitment to the implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled and its appreciation of the Government of Canada in acceding to the treaty and bringing it into force. Canadian librarians are eager to make use of the legislative changes to make literary, musical, artistic or dramatic works (other than film) accessible to persons with print disabilities.”

Ms. Owen served as Director of Library Services at CNIB Library for the Blind prior to joining the University of Toronto. She holds a Master’s in Library Science and a Master’s in Law, specializing in intellectual property. She has been an adjunct faculty member and guest lecturer on information policy at the University of Toronto’s iSchool. Her research focuses on the policy space occupied by libraries and librarians and the representation of the public interest in copyright. She is the current chair of CFLA’s Copyright Committee, a member of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries’ Policy Committee, a member of the Ontario Library Association’s Copyright Users Group, an elected Governing Board member of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions’ (IFLA), and past chair of IFLA’s Copyright and Other Legal Matters Committee.


LAC/BAC CIP Self Publisher Update

LAC have recently ended the cataloguing in publication service for self-publishing in Canada. You will find attached an information backgrounder, as well as Qs and As for libraries.

Nous avons recemment mis fin au program de catalogage en publication pour l'autoedition au Canada. Vous trouverez ci-joint de l'information explicative, ainsi que des questions et reponses pour bibliothèques.

The self-publishing industry in Canada has grown rapidly in the past few years. Library and Archives (LAC) has supported the self-publishing industry in Canada through its Cataloguing in Publication (CIP) program.

In-depth analysis of applications received during the last year showed that very few self-published titles catalogued through the CIP program were acquired by Canadian libraries. , To support self-publishing, we have created a two-fold process:

  1. Continue to assist self-publishing through the ISBN program, and provide cataloguing for self published works that are brought into the collection through the Legal Deposit program, and,
  2. Focus the CIP program on cataloguing those self-published titles that more Canadian libraries will be acquiring more frequently for their collections.

This new approach is in keeping with the practices of other National Libraries, such as the Library of Congress.

As Canadian libraries have established multiple connections with the self-publishing community, we welcome suggestions as to how LAC can provide ongoing support to self-published authors.

Library and Archives Canada’s remains committed to working collaboratively with Canadian libraries to improve our programs and services so that they continue to meet your needs. LAC is aware that Canadian libraries depend upon its cataloguing services, and will keep libraries informed of any changes in its programs and services.

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FAQ for Writers

Q: Will libraries be less likely to purchase my book because there is no CIP data?

Most libraries do not use CIP data as a factor in determining whether or not to purchase a book for their collection. CIP data is simply intended to provide a catalogue record for the library.

Libraries have collection development policies that provide the parameters for the types of materials they purchase. If you are wondering what criteria a particular library uses, check their website for their collection development policy.

Q: How did CIP data contribute to libraries finding out about my book?

CIP data does not contribute to libraries’ discovery of your book. Libraries generally discover books through reviews, catalogues, and suggestions or requests to purchase the book by community members.

Q: How can I ensure libraries know about my book?

If your book does not have a review in a standard review source, as in the past, you will need to promote your book to libraries. Many self-published authors email libraries to alert them to the publication of their books.

Some libraries, such as Greater Victoria Public Library and Vancouver Public Library, have special programs to collect and promote works by local authors or about their communities. Information about these types of programs and/or how to suggest a library purchase a book are usually found on a library’s website.

For Libraries

Q: Where can I find cataloguing data for self-published works?

You can check the catalogues of larger public libraries in the home province of the author – they often intentionally collect works by local authors. Otherwise, you may need to create the record yourself.


L’industrie de l’autoédition a crû rapidement au Canada ces dernières années. Bibliothèque et Archives Canada (BAC) a soutenu cette industrie au Canada grâce à son programme de catalogage avant publication.

Une analyse approfondie des demandes reçues durant la dernière année montre que très peu d’ouvrages autoédités catalogués par l’entremise de ce programme ont été achetés par des bibliothèques canadiennes. Afin de soutenir l’autoédition, nous avons donc créé un processus en deux volets.

  1. Continuer de soutenir l’autoédition grâce au programme d’ISBN et fournir le catalogage des ouvrages autoédités ajoutés à la collection par l’entremise du programme de Dépôt légal.
  2. Axer le programme de catalogage avant publication sur le catalogage des titres qu’un grand nombre de bibliothèques canadiennes sont susceptibles d’acheter pour leurs collections.

Cette nouvelle démarche respecte les pratiques adoptées par d’autres bibliothèques nationales, par exemple la Bibliothèque du Congrès.

Comme les bibliothèques canadiennes ont tissé de nombreux liens avec la communauté des autoéditeurs, nous serons heureux d’obtenir leurs suggestions quant à la meilleure manière pour BAC de continuer d’appuyer les auteurs dont les ouvrages sont autorités.

Bibliothèque et Archives Canada demeure résolu à collaborer avec les bibliothèques canadiennes pour améliorer les programmes et services offerts, et continuer de répondre à vos besoins. BAC reconnaît que les bibliothèques canadiennes comptent sur ses services de catalogage et tiendra donc celles-ci informées de tout changement apporté à ses programmes et services.

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Foire aux Questions pour les Auteurs

Q : Les bibliothèques sont-elles moins susceptibles d’acheter mon livre si celui-ci n’est pas associé à des données de catalogage avant publication?

Pour la plupart des bibliothèques, la présence ou l’absence de ces données ne joue pas dans la décision d’acheter ou non un livre pour leur collection. Les données de catalogage avant publication visent simplement à fournir une notice catalographique à la bibliothèque.

Les bibliothèques se dotent de politiques sur le développement des collections qui établissent les paramètres quant au type de documents qu’ils achètent. Si vous souhaitez connaître les critères qu’applique une bibliothèque donnée, consultez sa politique sur le développement des collections sur son site Web.

Q : Comment les données de catalogage avant publication aident-elles les bibliothèques à connaître l’existence de mon livre?

Ces données n’aident pas les bibliothèques à découvrir votre livre. Les bibliothèques apprennent normalement l’existence de livres par l’entremise de comptes rendus, de catalogues et de leurs membres, qui suggèrent ou demandent l’achat de certains ouvrages.

Q : Comment puis-je m’assurer que les bibliothèques connaissent l’existence de mon livre?

Si votre livre n’a pas fait l’objet d’un compte rendu par une source habituelle, vous devrez, comme ça a toujours été le cas, en faire la promotion auprès des bibliothèques. De nombreux auteurs autoédités envoient des courriels aux bibliothèques pour les informer de la publication de leurs ouvrages.

Certaines bibliothèques, par exemple les bibliothèques municipales de Victoria et de Vancouver, disposent de programmes spéciaux visant à acquérir et à promouvoir les ouvrages d’auteurs locaux ou ceux qui traitent de leur collectivité. Vous pouvez habituellement vous informer sur ce type de programme ou apprendre comment suggérer l’achat d’un livre en consultant le site Web des bibliothèques.

À L’Intention des Bibliothécaires

Q : Où puis-je trouver les données de catalogage d’ouvrages autoédités?

Vous pouvez consulter le catalogue de grosses bibliothèques publiques de la province d’où vient l’auteur : elles collectionnent souvent intentionnellement les ouvrages d’auteurs locaux. Sinon, vous pourriez devoir créer vous-même la notice.


Professor Lynne Howarth joins PLLeaders Advisory Board

As we finalize plans for the forthcoming – and exciting – PLLeaders session with Chicago Public Library (YouMedia), John Chrastka (EveryLibrary), and Lita Barrie (Instructional Session on Technology and Collections), I am thrilled to advise you all that Prof. Lynne Howarth, Professor and former Dean, Faculty of Information, has agreed to join our Advisory Team.

Prof. Howarth brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership experience in Library and Information Science Education, and a strong commitment to the future of the profession to this Program.  I’ve referred to her before as the “North Star” of LIS education in this country.  In her formal biography on the iSchool Web site (see link below), you will see, for example, her leading role in the IMLS-funded “Envisioning our Information Future and How to Educate for It”. Executive education, as we know through our work on developing PLLeaders, is a huge piece of our future readiness. I’ve assured Lynne that we work through consensus and informal meetings by teleconference that are energizing and fun (and not too much work!) See

So a warm welcome and a huge “Thank You” to Lynne.   And iSchool CAO Glenn Cumming will remain an active member of the Advisory Team, so we continue to have the benefit of his knowledge, wise counsel, and practical support at the University.