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Steve Kraft appointed Guelph Public Library CEO

Guelph Public Library Welcomes New CEO

The Guelph Public Library welcomes its fourteenth chief executive officer in the 132-year history of the library. The Library Board appointed Steve Kraft as CEO effective October 1st, 2014.

In making the announcement, GPL Board chair Anne MacKay said, “Continuing the tradition of great leadership at the Guelph Public Library, Steve brings his enthusiasm, knowledge and the support of the staff to his new position. The board looks forward to working with him as we maintain our commitment in connecting people to the wealth of resources that libraries have to offer all residents.”

Steve was born and raised in Dashwood, Ontario and received his master’s degree in Library and Information Science from University of Western in 1983. Over the past 30 years, he has worked his way through the Guelph Public Library, serving as Children’s Reference Librarian, Manager of Information Services, Director of Main Library and since April 2013, as Assistant CEO.

“With knowledgeable staff, a vast collection, online research tools, and numerous community events for all ages, the library will continue to provide new and innovative lifelong learning opportunities. I am truly honoured to serve the needs of our Royal City and grateful for the support of the GPL Board” said Steve Kraft upon news of the appointment.

Everyone is invited to join the GPL Board to show your appreciation for the significant contributions and time Kitty Pope has spent with the GPL and welcome Steven Kraft into his new position as CEO on Wednesday, October 1st from 10 AM to Noon and 4 to 6PM at the Main Library.


Åsa Kachan Named New Head of Halifax Public Libraries

We are delighted to introduce Halifax Public Libraries’ new Chief Librarian and Chief Executive Officer.

Halifax, NS– The comprehensive, cross-Canada search has ended. Åsa Kachan, currently an Assistant Vice-President at Dalhousie University, has been named the new Chief Librarian and Chief Executive Officer for the Halifax Public Libraries.

With excitement and pride, Paul Bennett, the Chair of Halifax Regional Library Board, made the announcement at the Alderney Gate Public Library on Tuesday, September 23.

“Åsa Kachan is an innovative, strategic, and collaborative leader,” said Paul Bennett. “She has a passion for libraries and a demonstrated understanding of what it takes to serve diverse communities. Halifax Public Libraries is entering a pivotal time in its history and now our team of bright, progressive leaders is complete. This is an exciting time for Halifax Public Libraries.”

Åsa Kachan (pronounced O-sa Katshun) brings senior management experience to the role as well as a commitment to public libraries. In her role as Assistant Vice-President, Enrolment Management & Registrar at Dalhousie University, Ms. Kachan has twice helped Dalhousie receive the Canadian Association of University Business Officers' Productivity and Excellence Award; in 2011 for improving web communications and strategy, and in 2007 for improving service to students. In addition, she has a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario, has worked in Saskatchewan public libraries, and, early in her career, she was President of the Saskatchewan Library Association and selected for the Northern Exposure to Leadership program.

“In taking on this position, I am drawn to the diversity and relevancy within Halifax Public Libraries,” said Åsa Kachan. “We have 14 branches serving many unique communities and a new Central Library that is creating local, national, and worldwide interest. I have an opportunity to play a part in transforming Halifax in new and interesting ways. That is exciting.”

Åsa Kachan begins as Chief Librarian and Chief Executive Officer on November 1.


Libraries and Cross-Canada Check-up

CBC Radio One's Cross Country Checkup will be doing a live call-in show on Sunday, September 28 with special guest host Peter Mansbridge, that might be of interest.

The topic will be "What is the future of the library in the age of Google."

Chief Correspondent of CBC News, Peter Mansbridge, will be joined by staff and students from the digital humanities program at University of Waterloo Stratford Campus for a peek into the future of libraries and learning. Former Hamilton Public Library CEO Ken Roberts will be an in-studio guest.

Do we still need to collect and keep printed books, and to pay to maintain the buildings to house them?

Listen to the discussion and voice your opinion live on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 4 pm ET / 1 PT / 2 MT / 3 CT / 5 AT on CBC Radio One.


A Date with the New Calgary Central Library

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Thursday, September 4th, 6-8 pm
Calgary TELUS Convention Centre, Hall E

Come see a preview of Calgary’s New Central Library, a key landmark in East Village, and one of the most open and welcoming gathering places in the city.

Register for this free event. Reserve your seat today, as space is limited. First come, first served! Please pass this invitation on to your colleagues.

On September 4, we are delighted to invite you to attend a one-of-a-kind evening of design discussion in the company of some of the world’s best library architects and some of the world’s most enthusiastic library users. (You may count yourself among them!) You’ll get an up close look at the design features, amenities and function of the New Central Library, which is imagined as a new cultural and educational landmark in the downtown core and East Village.

The evening will bring together Calgarians and architects Craig Dykers of Snøhetta and Rob Adamson of Calgary’s DIALOG, who were announced as Prime Design consultants in November, 2013. Since then, the two renowned firms have been busy creating a 21st century civic institution – one that’s designed to be the heart of Calgary’s public library system for the next century, and one that’s built on the input of some 16,000 Calgarians. Snøhetta and DIALOG took the results of the surveys, questionnaires, events and interviews that happened throughout the city in 2012 to 2014 and have designed an inspired (and inspiring) hub of community service and lifelong learning.


CULC/CBUC Teleconference BRIEFING on CASL Legal Opinion (Wed, Sept 10)

Wednesday, September 10 @ 1:30 Eastern / 10:30 Pacific

CULC/CBUC partnered with Ontario’s Federation of Ontario Public Libraries on a legal opinion on the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) and the implications for public libraries. The Executive decided to pursue this after a number of conflicting opinions had been received from various sources including City Solicitors. There are a number of recommendations made in the Legal Opinion. A proposed Library Policy is being worked on as an extension.

The document will be sent to all CULC/CBUC Members on August 26. It will be embargoed as a CULC/CBUC Member Benefit for 90 days. Same applies for FOPL Members. The document is just over 50 pages. There are a number of recommendations for libraries to pursue in the document.

CULC/CBUC has arranged for a Member-only Presentation and Q&A session with Mannit Zemel, the lawyer who wrote the opinion. Maanit Zemel is the founder of MTZ Law, an internet law and commercial litigation boutique law firm in Toronto. Ms. Zemel has substantial experience and expertise in internet law, including Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), online defamation and cyberbullying. Ms. Zemel regularly advises businesses, charities, and non-profits on practical and effective CASL compliance policies and procedures. Prior to starting MTZ Law, Ms. Zemel was a partner at a large national law firm.

Call is open to all CULC/CBUC Members. CEOs and Senior Staff as approved by CEO. Format will be a presentation followed by Q & A.


Wednesday, September 10 @ 1:30 Eastern / 10:30 Pacific
Sent directly to members.

There will be a PowerPoint presentation distributed in advance of the call. The call will be recorded and archived in the Member Only Area of the CULC/CBUC website.