This Spring has been a very difficult time for a number of libraries in Canada through natural disasters and other crisis. Various CULC members have been in touch and what is clear is that they are all at different stages of recovery. They all need support, and all need money the most. Please see the various links that have been established to provide this support.
Fire and Total Destruction of Lac-Mégantic (QC)
Flooding in High River (AB)
Fire in Bella Bella (BC)
Flooding of Calgary Central Library
Flooding of Toronto Public Library – Richview Branch (Etobicoke)
CULC/CBUC encourages you to support.
A number of members have been asking about hotel accommodation in Montreal for the Autumn meeting. October is apparently a very busy time in Montreal. However, I was able to get a block of rooms relatively close to the meeting location.
A block of bedrooms have been blocked for CULC/CBUC members at the SpringHill Suites in Old Montreal. The rate is $159 for single; $169 for double (two beds). There is a limited number of rooms, so please book as soon as possible.
SpringHill Suites Old Montreal
445 Rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste
Montreal (Vieux Montreal), H2Y 2Z7
or use these online links:
Rooms need to be booked by September 10.
Our meetings will be about 3 blocks away in a Montreal government building (some will remember meeting here many years ago):
La salle 6A-35, 6e étage, de l'édifice Chaussegros-de-Léry, au 303, rue Notre-Dame Est
The following motion was moved at the Spring CULC/CBUC meeting in Winnipeg, on May 29, 2013.
In the interests of the print-disabled and visually impaired Canadians, the Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC/CBUC) strongly supports moving forward with a solution as proposed by the CULC Working Group in their Concept Paper, and empowers the Working Group to negotiate aspects of the solution to best meet shared service objectives
Mover: Paul Takala, Hamilton Public Library
Seconder: Edel Toner-Rogala, Burnaby Public Library
In response to the recent resignation of the Librarian and Archivist of Canada, Daniel j Caron, CULC/CBUC joined a large list of library, archival, and history organization in endorsing a Statement on the Qualities that would be seen as “Success Qualities” for a future Appointment of the Librarian and Archivist of Canada. This will be discussed further next week at the CUlC/CBUC meetings and it there are furhter points needing to be made that will be covered in an additional letter to the Minister of Heritage, the Heritage Committee and the Privy Council.
Other signatories to the Joint Statement include: Canadian Library Association, Ontario Library Association, Library Association of Alberta, Quebec Library Association, Canadian History Association, Canadian Council of Archives, Association of Canadian Archivist and many more.
The statement can be read here; the French version is here.
Click Here for a Communique from the CULC/CBUC Working Group on Alternative Formats. It is titled Canadian Public Library Accessible Formats Initiative, but this is not a presumed title for the project. We are hoping to name the new service when it is closer to the final iteration.
There seems to be considerable misunderstanding within the broader library and end user community about the work CULC/CBUC has been undertaking on this file and the availability of options being considered by various library stakeholders.
Since June 2012 CULC/CBUC has been in discussions with CNIB about alternative format production and service provision. There is an exciting and sustainable service model has been developed. We are very pleased to have a meeting scheduled at the end of May with the PTPLC to see how NNELS/CALS and the solution CULC/CBUC has been working on can come together; or compliment each other. In order to respond to the questions we have been receiving, please see the attached brief that outlines the service model that has been developed.
Thank you for the significant support of this project and the encouraging words that many have sent in to keep the focus on the outcome that has been described.
CULC Alternative Format.pdf (149.40 kb)
CULC Alternative Format