CFLA June 2018 Update

CFLA-FCAB Executive Director’s Report May 2018 The following is an overview of new developments in activities since my last report dated February 28, 2018. Advocacy Copyright Act Review Victoria Owen and Katherine McColgan appeared before the INDU Committee on April 26th on behalf of CFLA-FCAB. We also worked with our members and other stakeholders to coordinate appearances before the committee in its cross-Canada consultations that began on May 7th in Halifax. We have developed a website with links to briefs, presentations, videos and the Blues from this process and are continuing to post new documents as they become available. Meetings with Members of Parliament and Government Officials On March 1, 2018, I was invited to join CARL to attend meetings they had scheduled with Dan Ruimy, Liberal MP Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge and INDU Chair; Peter Van Loan, Conservative MP York—Simcoe and Heritage Committee Vice-Chair; and Pierre Nantel, NDP MP Longueuil—Pierre-Boucher and Heritage Committee Vice-Chair. These meetings focused primarily on the fair dealing aspect of the Act review. On May 17, 2018, Alix-Rae Stefanko and I met with Chris Cohoe (Policy Advisor) and Shae McGlynn (Special Assistant) of the Office of the Minister of Sport and Disabilities to discuss CFLA-FCAB’s role in the work of the Accessible Formats Working Group and to discuss national strategies moving forward. Committee Updates Copyright The Copyright Committee developed a fourth position statement that was approved by the CFLA-FCAB Board on April 30, 2018: Indigenous Knowledge and the Copyright Act   The committee holds regular monthly meetings and is now in the process of drafting CFLA-FCAB’s brief on the Copyright Act Review as well as...

FOPL Board Member PC Amanda Simard elected in Glengarry–Prescott–Russell

Congratulations to FOPL Board Member PC Amanda Simard elected in Glengarry–Prescott–Russell. PC Amanda Simard elected in Glengarry–Prescott–Russell CBC News · Posted: Jun 07, 2018 10:59 PM ET | Last Updated: 8 hours ago http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/glengarry-prescott-russell-ontario-results-2018-1.4691195 http://ottawacitizen.com/news/politics/basement-glengarry-prescott-russell “Amanda Simard reacts to winning in Glengarry-Prescott-Russell. (Denis Babin/Radio Canada) Russell Township councillor and Progressive Conservative Amanda Simard has been elected in the provincial riding of Glengarry–Prescott–Russell As of 1 a.m. Friday,  with 98 per cent of polls counted, Simard has 40.7 per cent of the vote, 4,174 more votes than her closest competitor, Russell Township mayor and Liberal candidate Pierre Leroux.” Play PC Amanda Simard wins election LISTEN 00:00 00:29 “Progressive Conservative Amanda Simard wins in Glengarry-Prescott-Russell 0:29 Simard replaces Liberal incumbent Grant Crack, who announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election. Glengarry–Prescott–Russell includes a portion of Ottawa’s most eastern population with the communities of Navan, Cumberland and Vars. Another segment of the riding’s population lives outside Ottawa but commutes to the capital for work. There’s also a significant francophone population, with the most recent census indicating 66 per cent of the population is able to conduct a conversation in both official languages. Also running in the riding were: New Democratic Party’s Bonnie Jean-Louis. Daniel Reid for the Green Party. Joël Charbonneau, an independent candidate. Darcy Neal Donnelly, running for the Libertarian...

W3C Issues Updated Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1

W3C Issues Updated Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 June 5, 2018 W3C Issues Updated Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 “The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) today announced an updated Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1, expanding existing coverage of mobile accessibility, and adds more provisions in the areas of low vision, and cognitive and learning disabilities. W3C Issues Improved Accessibility Guidance for Websites and Applications Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 expands provisions for mobile, low vision, and cognitive and learning disabilities; international uptake in progress https://www.w3.org/ — 05 June 2018 — Today W3C announces a significant update to W3C’s internationally-recognized Web Content Accessibility Guidelines which addresses accessibility of web content, websites and web applications on desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 expands upon guidance developed by W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) over the years, and is used widely around the world to make web content more accessible to people with disabilities. “Developed through W3C’s consensus process and WAI’s strong multi-stakeholder engagement, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 helps Web designers and developers better meet the needs of users with disabilities and older users. The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AG WG) addressed new requirements towards a goal of coordinated international uptake and standards harmonization.” — Jeff Jaffe, W3C CEO Enables Website Developers to Reach a Broader Audience WCAG 2.1 expands existing coverage of mobile accessibility, and adds more provisions in the areas of low vision, and cognitive and learning disabilities. “WCAG 2.1 improves support for interactions using touch, including guidance for complex gestures and for avoiding unintended activation of a touch interface. For low vision, WCAG 2.1 extends...

FOPL Discount: U of T iSchool Symposium: Cybersecurity: Libraries ARE a Target!

Cybersecurity: Libraries ARE a Target! FOPL Members Receive a 20% Discount on registration. U of T iSchool Symposium July 19-20, 2018 https://www.doitourselvesfuture.com/ What do you need to have in place to have a secure library?  What do your libraries need to recommend to their clients so they are safer online?  No matter what type of library, public institution, museum or community organization you are with, you need to be prepared and knowledgeable about cybersecurity.  Join our experienced, knowledgeable practitioners and leaders in cybersecurity to up your game in your organization. Scary things are happening in our library technology spaces! Ransomeware, DDOS, viruses and securing your enterprise and personal privacy and safety are hot topics today. Whether you’re working in the academic or public library sector this is the workshop for you.  If you’re training end users on how to surf smart, then you’ll learn a lot. If these issues challenge your management team, or you unsure if your knowledge is current on cybersecurity, then this is the symposium for you to explore new ways to develop your organizations’ threat avoidance and response strategies for the coming years. More details including speakers and schedule are on the website, https://www.doitourselvesfuture.com/. Please register and join us or send someone from your system to this event!...