“Public Libraries as Platforms For Civic Engagement”

New Report: “Public Libraries as Platforms For Civic Engagement” Via Gary Price at LJ InfoDocket https://www.infodocket.com/2018/05/24/new-report-public-libraries-as-platforms-for-civic-engagement/ “The following report comes from the University of Washington Information School’s Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA). Title Public Libraries as Platforms For Civic Engagement Authors Chris Coward Colin Maclay Maria Garrido Source University of Washington Information School’s Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA). May 2018 Abstract What role should the world’s public libraries have in civic engagement? In recent years, traditional media have weakened, the civic space has become increasingly divisive, and society has become ever more divided socially, economically and politically, yet public libraries have stood strong. They have long fulfilled a vital need for communal spaces where people can engage and exchange ideas and served as a “civic commons” where people can work together toward what they perceive as the public good. With democracy in crisis in many parts of the world, public libraries and librarians are asking how they can re-envision and nourish the role of libraries in promoting civic engagement. To this end, the University of Washington Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) and the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Innovation Lab invited a select group of thought leaders for a conversation aimed at sparking new ideas and solutions for global action. This gathering brought together a cross-section of leading thinkers from public libraries, civic media, collective action, peace building, the arts, media and data literacies, civic technology, gaming, and other fields, to explore ideas and practices to advance civic engagement. This report documents the discussions of this event. Direct to Full Text Report 24 pages; PDF. See Also: Blog...

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...