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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


Partnership between LAC and the Ottawa Public Library

Message bilingue / Bilingual message

Partenariat entre BAC et la Bibliothèque publique d’Ottawa

Le 12 janvier 2016, une annonce a été faite lors d’une réunion du conseil d’administration de la Bibliothèque publique d’Ottawa : cette dernière institution et BAC examineront la possibilité d’établir un partenariat novateur dans le but de construire une nouvelle bibliothèque centrale emblématique au cœur de la capitale nationale.

Bien que nos organisations aient leurs caractéristiques propres, elles offrent des services complémentaires au public. Nous voulons donc voir s’il est possible de nous associer dans un édifice commun pour offrir des services à valeur ajoutée à nos publics.

Nous étudierons les modalités d’un tel partenariat au cours des prochains mois. Certains des services et des activités actuellement offerts au 395, rue Wellington, déménageraient dans le nouvel édifice construit à proximité, au centre‑ville d’Ottawa.

La possibilité d’élargir considérablement notre clientèle m’emballe.

Je profite de l’occasion pour vous assurer qu’aucune diminution de personnel n’est prévue dans le cadre de cette opération.

Les prochains mois s’annoncent passionnants pour BAC, la Bibliothèque publique d’Ottawa et toute la région de la capitale nationale, d’autant plus que le lancement de ce projet extraordinaire coïnciderait avec le 150e anniversaire du Canada.

Je vous tiendrai au courant au fur et à mesure des développements de ce dossier.

Guy Berthiaume
Bibliothécaire et archiviste du Canada

Partnership between LAC and the Ottawa Public Library

At a meeting of the Ottawa Public Library Board on January 12, 2016, it was announced that the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) and Library and Archives Canada (LAC) will explore a potential and innovative partnership opportunity with respect to the new Central Library project and the development of a landmark facility in the nation’s capital.

While acknowledging the differences and unique qualities respective to our two organizations, we both provide public services that are a source of tremendous synergy. Our goal is to explore the possibility of partnering together in a shared-use facility to offer value-added services to our clients.

Over the coming months, we will consider the terms of an innovative partnership opportunity that would allow LAC to move some activities and services from 395 Wellington Street to a joint facility with the OPL at a site in close proximity to our current location in central Ottawa.

I am very enthusiastic about this opportunity to significantly expand our client base.

I also want to assure you that there are no plans to reduce staff as part of this initiative.

This is an exciting time for LAC and the OPL, and for the National Capital Region, as we explore opportunities on this incredible city-building initiative on the eve of Canada’s 150th birthday.

I will keep you informed as we move ahead.

Guy Berthiaume
Librarian and Archivist of Canada


LAC approves $1.5 million in funding for 65 documentary heritage projects

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Le 14 décembre 2015 – Gatineau (Québec) – Bibliothèque et Archives Canada (BAC)

L’honorable ministre du Patrimoine canadien, Mélanie Joly, et le Bibliothécaire et archiviste du Canada, Guy Berthiaume, ont annoncé aujourd’hui les résultats du premier cycle de financement du Programme pour les collectivités du patrimoine documentaire (PCPD). Ce nouveau programme de Bibliothèque et Archives Canada (BAC) apportera un soutien financier de 1,5 million de dollars à quelque 65 projets menés par des archives, des bibliothèques locales et des institutions patrimoniales situées au Canada.

Le PCPD a été mis sur pied en 2015 dans le but d’offrir un soutien financier aux activités qui font connaître et rendent plus facilement accessibles les collections des institutions s’occupant du patrimoine documentaire canadien. Il favorise aussi l’accroissement de la capacité des institutions locales de préserver le patrimoine documentaire du Canada de façon durable. En vertu du PCPD, 7,5 millions de dollars en contributions financières seront versés au cours des cinq prochaines années aux organismes admissibles afin de favoriser la réalisation d’une vaste gamme de projets qui permettront aux citoyens d’avoir accès à l’histoire de leur pays et de s’y intéresser comme jamais auparavant.

Au moyen du PCPD et de ses autres activités, BAC soutient le développement des bibliothèques et des archives locales, et contribue à la stabilité ainsi qu’à la pérennité du patrimoine documentaire canadien.

December 14, 2015 – Gatineau, Quebec – Library and Archives Canada (LAC)

The Honourable Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly, and the Librarian and Archivist of Canada, Dr. Guy Berthiaume, today announced the results of the first funding cycle of the Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP). This new Library and Archives Canada (LAC) program will provide $1.5 million in funding to 65 projects led by archives, libraries and heritage institutions across Canada.

The DHCP was created in 2015 to provide financial assistance for activities that augment the visibility of and access to materials held by Canada’s local documentary heritage institutions. It also aims to increase the capacity of local institutions to sustainably preserve the country’s documentary heritage. The DHCP will provide $7.5 million in contributions over the next five years to eligible applicants across Canada for a variety of projects that will also allow citizens to access and engage with their nation’s history like never before.

Through the DHCP and its other activities, LAC is supporting the development of local library and archival communities, and contributing to stability and sustainability of Canada’s documentary heritage.

Hilary Morgan

Directrice, Relations avec les intervenants et affaires internationales
Bibliothèque et Archives Canada / Gouvernement du Canada
Nouveau – / Tél : 613-894-4087

Director, Stakeholder Relations and International Affairs
Library and Archives Canada / Government of Canada
New – / Tel: 613-894-4087