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Updated CULC/CBUC Paper on eBooks and Public Libraries

April 24 – Today CULC/CBUC released and up-to-date white paper on eBooks and Canadian public libraries. Written by Christina de Castell (Vancouver Public Library) this updates the White Paper that was originally published by CULC/CBUC in August 2011. The new paper is entitled “eBooks in 2014: Access and Licensing at Canadian Public Libraries”.

CULC/CBUC has invested a lot of member time in improving access to eBook content over the last few years. Working with eBound Canada, the eContent Task Force concluded a RFP process without a pilot late in 2013. This new paper chronicles all that has happened from 2011 to 2014 and where public libraries currently sit in terms of access to eBook content and leading technology. It is the most up-to-date document of it’s kind in Canada for public library perspectives. Please share with your staff to keep them informed of the current status of this work. The CULC/CBUC Task Force continues to explore ways to effectively work with eBook and eContent for Canadian public library access, in collaboration with Canadian publishers and the library vendor community. The CULC/CBUC Task Force includes members from Hamilton, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver public libraries.

CULC/CBUC wants to thank the entire task force, Christina and Vancouver Public Library for the development of this resource.

eBooks in 2014: Access and Licensing at Canadian Public Libraries.pdf (553.41 kb)


Linda Cook receives CLA's Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award

2014 Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award Announced by the Canadian Library Association

(Ottawa, April 8, 2014) – The Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliothèques is pleased to announce that the 2014 CLA Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award is being presented to Linda Cook of the Edmonton Public Library. The CLA Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award is generously sponsored by ProQuest.

Linda Cook is an extraordinary, recognized Canadian leader whose achievements, dedication, and service to the library community has propelled librarianship and library services forward, enhancing the lives of many individuals. Linda has been recognized locally, nationally, and internationally for her role as a librarian, as an astute and business-savvy CEO, for her leadership at Edmonton Public Library and the city of Edmonton, as well as her leadership nationally.

As CEO she has led Edmonton Public Library to be a trailblazer among its peers. Many firsts in Canada and North America have been initiated by Linda’s vision and leadership. EPL was the first large urban library to: implement a system wide self-check-in and returns system that freed up staff from focusing on transactional tasks to concentrate on qualitative customer interactions; hire an Aboriginal Services Librarian to meet the needs of a growing urban Aboriginal population; initiate a system wide community-led service philosophy with eighteen community librarians across the city to bring library services beyond the library walls; establish eplGO in the University of Alberta’s Cameron Library, the first public library in Canada contained inside an academic library; establish the first lending machine located in an LRT public transit stations; and employ outreach workers at the Stanley Milner branch through the Safe Communities Initiative Fund program to positively impact Edmonton’s downtown community by assisting high risk individuals using the library.

While fully engaged with her role as CEO, Linda has dedicated herself to supporting other librarians and library staff. She has been very generous in sharing her knowledge, experience, and strategies with her colleagues. For fifteen years she was an Adjunct Professor teaching and mentoring new librarians at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta.

She has been a mentor for the Northern Exposure to Leadership Institute, a voluntary role she has performed over the past ten years. Similarly, Linda has volunteered with many library associations, serving as president of the Canadian Library Association, the Library Association of Alberta, and vice-chair of the Canadian Urban Public Libraries Council and chair of The Alberta Library. She makes a point of attending and participating in many conferences to keep her mind, her practices, and her institution sharp and forward thinking.

Linda has also contributed the library perspective and values through her involvement in other organizations, including the Glenora Rotary Club, President of the Downtown Business Association, Legal Aid Alberta board member, and Canadian Public Lending Commission board member. Linda was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her leadership and oiutstanding services to the Capital Edmonton region. The Diamond Jubilee Medal recognizes citizens who have made real and lasting contributions to the quality of life in Alberta and Canada.

As the Mayor of the City of Edmonton, Don Iveson, says, “through her community involvement locally, provincially, and nationally, Linda demonstrates her vision and passion for public libraries and how they make a difference in people’s lives.”

The CLA Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award will be presented at the CLA Closing Ceremonies, to be held Saturday May 31 during the CLA National Conference and Trade Show in Victoria. The Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliothèques is Canada’s largest national and broad-based library associations, representing the interests of public, academic, school, and special libraries, professional librarians and library workers, and all those concerned about enhancing the quality of Canadians through information and literacy.

Media Contact:
Keith Walker, Chair, 2014 CLA Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award Jury

Press Release at


The Future of Libraries - Eastern Canada Edition

The Future of Libraries: Do We Have Five Years to Live?

Thursday & Friday, May 1-2, 2014

Fairmont Royal York in Toronto

A two-day institute for CEOs and University/College Librarians, and their senior staff, to get beyond the nostalgia, platitudes and cliches and explore the significant challenges facing library leaders. A unique program planned by and for public library CEOs/Directors and University Librarians and their senior staff.

In a world filled with turbulent change, are libraries keeping pace? Are they innovating and engaging their communities with all the opportunities available? Are they choosing the right focus and priorities? Join us for spirited discussions and interactive problem-solving!

For more information:

CULC/CBUC Members are entitled to discounted registration fees.


Public Library Leadership Fellows Program - Deadline coming on April 15

CULC/CBUC Members — please consider either sending applicants from your institution or sharing with staff who might be interested in self-funding their development. The application period for the second cohort is closing on April 15, 2014.

The first cohort (19 Fellows) completed in January 2014 with presentation of their iSchool Certificates. The goal is to begin the second cohort this June in conjunction with the CLA Meetings and Conference being held in Victoria. The PLLFP sessions will be the day before CLA in the Lower Mainland.

Link to the PLLFP information on CULC/CBUC website is here:

Thank you to those who have already indicated they are sending or submitted applications. Please let me know if you have an application or applications in process so I can share with the PLLFP Advisory Group who is planning the schedule and faculty. Cohort participants must attend 4 of the 6 Site Visits and complete all of the Instructional Units. Instructional Units are available through distance learning for those not at the Site Visit.

Proposed Schedule for Site Visits (subject to change), including locations

Site Visit #1
Location: May 2014 in conjunction with CLA event (Lower Mainland being proposed)
Topic: HR and Changing Workplaces
Instructional Unit: Issues in HR Development

Site Visit #2
Location: October 2014 in Greater Cleveland Area
Topic: Changing Libraries, Changing Communities
Instructional Unit: Partnerships, collaborations, and advocacy

Site Visit #3
Location: January 2015 in GTA in conjunction OLA Super Conference
Topic: Technology
Instructional Unit: Leadership in technology, visioning, collaboration

Site Visit #4
Location: May 2015 in conjunction with CLA event (National Capital Region)
Topic: Finance
Instructional Unit: Issues in Finance

Site Visit #5
Location: October 2015 in Calgary, Alberta
Topic: Physical Space
Instructional Unit: Government and government relations

Site Visit #6
Location: January 2016 in GTA in conjunction with OLA Super Conference
Topic: Partnerships, collaborations, and advocacy
Instructional Unit: Leadership based on personal strengths


Jane Pyper steps down from Toronto PL

City Librarian Jane Pyper Stepping Down

Toronto ( March 19, 2014) –The Toronto Public Library Board announced today that City Librarian Jane Pyper will be stepping down from her role at the end of June 2014.

“The entire Board joins me in thanking Jane for her significant contribution to the library over the years. She has built a successful and distinguished career at Toronto Public Library and we thank her for her many accomplishments,” said Michael Foderick, Chair of the Toronto Public Library Board. “While I received Jane’s news with regret, I share her optimism that it presents an opportunity to introduce new leadership that will continue to help us achieve our ambitious goals.”

Pyper assumed the role of City Librarian in 2008. Under her leadership, Toronto Public Library has grown significantly:

  • Borrowing of ebooks and emagazines has grown tremendously, by almost 1300% since 2009. The library has responded to this growth by expanding its collections and supporting the Board’s advocacy efforts to ensure improved access to e-content from all publishers. All this while, demand for print materials has remained strong and consistent.
  • Library services have also evolved as the library has transitioned to the digital age. Free wireless internet access is now available in all branches and express checkout has expanded to many branches. Library customers now have the option to do more online – join a book club, pay fines or receive notifications. The first digital innovation hub opened at the Toronto Reference Library earlier this year, offering the public access to new and emerging technologies.
  • The Bram and Bluma Appel Salon opened in 2009. Literary and cultural programming has flourished since – at the Salon and in branches across the city - furthering Toronto Public Library’s role as a cultural and creative destination.
  • Children’s services have been strengthened, including the introduction of the Ready for Reading services. This focus on early literacy includes collections, programs, and spaces for the very young, fostering an early love of books and reading.
  • The groundwork has been laid for the 99th and 100th Toronto Public Library branches, Fort York and Scarborough Civic Centre, to open later this year.

“I am proud of the work that has been accomplished by the Toronto Public Library in recent years. It is the result of joint efforts by the Board, library staff, the Toronto Public Library Foundation and the many community partners who have all contributed to the vision and reality of a busy, successful and great library that serves a great city,” said Jane Pyper. “I have enjoyed my time at the library immensely and look forward to contributing to the life of this city in other ways.”

At its March 24, 2014 meeting, the Toronto Public Library Board will begin the process of hiring Pyper’s replacement.

Toronto Public Library is one of the world's busiest urban public library systems. Every year, 19 million people visit our branches in neighbourhoods across the city and borrow 32 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library, visit our website at or call Answerline at 416-393-7131. To get the most current updates on what's happening at the library, follow us on Twitter @torontolibrary.

Media Contact:
Ana-Maria Critchley

TPL City Librarian-March 2014.pdf (30.28 kb)