Canadian Federation of Library Associations Brief to Parliament on Copyright Review

Canadian Federation of Library Associations Brief to Parliament on Copyright Review The Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA) recently submitted a brief to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Trade of the Canadian Parliament, a committee that is reviewing the Copyright Act. The document outlines the CFLA’s positions on issues such as fair dealing, contract override, technological protection measures (TPMs), Crown copyright and indigenous knowledge. Among the recommendations made by the CFLA are: “That Parliament amend the Copyright Act to make it clear where the Act provides that an activity is not an infringement of copyright no contract can override the Act, using the Irish legislation as a model.” “That Parliament amend the Copyright Act to make it clear that the Act is technologically neutral and that circumvention of TPMs is permitted for non-infringing, digital and analog uses (…)” “That Parliament eliminate Crown copyright on all publicly accessible government works or make those works openly licensed by default and examine section 12 to clarify the need for Crown copyright in other government works.” “That the Copyright Act respect, affirm and recognize Indigenous peoples’ ownership of their traditional and living respective Indigenous...

Copyright in Canada: IFLA Submits Comments on the Review of the Copyright Act

Copyright in Canada: IFLA Submits Comments on the Review of the Copyright Act Via Gary Price at LJ InfoDocket https://www.infodocket.com/2018/10/08/copyright-in-canada-ifla-submits-comments-on-the-review-of-the-copyright-act/ “From the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA): With the right copyright laws key to library activities, IFLA actively advocates for positive reforms at the international, regional and national levels. In light of the current review of Canada’s copyright law, IFLA has submitted comments in order to strengthen the voice of libraries in the process. Canada currently has some exemplary copyright legislation in terms of responding to the needs of libraries while respecting the interests of rightsholders. In its submission, IFLA therefore advocates for the current very positive provisions to remain unchanged, especially as concerns the right to use works for education strengthened in 2012. There has been much talk of a loss of revenues in the Canadian publishing sector to the adoption of this provision. However, Canadian libraries, especially university libraries, are investing a growing share of their budgets in digital content, a point reflected in publishers’ own reports. Indeed, it is the shift from physical to digital media that seems better to explain falls in photocopying licence fees. The education fair dealing should therefore not be removed. It gives libraries flexibility to operate, allowing many uses of works that respond to a public interest need and do not unreasonably harm the legitimate interests of rightsholders.” Read the Complete Summary Direct to Full Text of Submission (5 pages; PDF)...

FOPL’s Get Out The Vote Videos

Here are some non-partisan, shareable videos about libraries and the October 22nd vote. First – check out the Municipal Elections Toolkit here: OLA’s Municipal Elections Toolkit Then, either share the links from FOPL’s Facebook and Twitter accounts or use the embed code on our YouTube channel.   Stephen  ...

Confused about the upcoming city election? The library is here to help

Toronto Public Library does it again.  And they’ll share the code with you! Confused about the upcoming city election? The library is here to help https://www.thestar.com/news/toronto-election/2018/10/03/confused-about-the-upcoming-city-election-the-library-is-here-to-help.html “If your head is still spinning from all the changes to the wards boundaries and candidates in the upcoming municipal election, Toronto Public Library has got your back. The library has created an interactive website called Know Your Vote T.O., complete with non-partisan info on what ward you’re in, who the candidates are and what they have to say, and even summaries of the major issues. While it’s the first time they’ve offered such a resource, Vickery Bowles, the city librarian, says she sees it as a natural part of their role as “a cornerstone of democracy.” “We’ve been a democratizing force in the modern world and people sometimes don’t think about that when they think about libraries, but that’s absolutely an important essential part of the work that we do,” she said. The website was in the works well before Premier Doug Ford shook up the election by unexpectedly chopping the wards almost in half, and aligning them with provincial ridings. It’s been “challenging” to create the site amid the uncertainty of shifting ward boundaries, Bowles said, but that makes it “probably a more important resource than...

FOPL Summary of Ontario Public Library Statistical & Metrics Projects

Here’s what FOPL, OLA, SOLS, OLS-North and our members been doing in Ontario for the last three years: 1. We re-analyzed the official Ontario public library data collection data on a per capita data in order to make valid peer comparisons.  You can see the report at:   2018 Federation of Ontario Public Libraries Ontario Public Library Operating Data 2008-2017 Overview, Primer on Library Statistics, and Collected Tables   http://fopl.ca/news/2018-federation-of-ontario-public-libraries-ontario-public-library-operating-data-2008-2017-overview-primer-on-library-statistics-and-collected-tables/   2017 FOPL Statistics and Peer Analyses http://fopl.ca/news/2017-ontario-public-library-statistics/   Released Oct. 3, 2018 First Nations Public Libraries: A Peer Study, 2014-2017 http://fopl.ca/news/released-oct-3-2018-first-nations-public-libraries-a-peer-study-2014-2017/   Public Library and First Nation Public Library Technology Needs in next two years from 2017 Public Library and First Nation Public Library Technology Needs in next two years from 2017 Annual Survey 2017 Ontario Public Library Statistics Special Textual Data Reports Technology projects in the next two years, reported in the 2017 Annual Survey Significant Achievements reported in the 2017 Annual Survey of Public Libraries / 2017 Ontario Public Library Statistics Significant Achievements reported in 2017 Ontario Public Library Statistics – text field Aug 2018 Reciprocal Borrowing Agreements and Policies where there are no Non-Resident User Fees Reciprocal Borrowing Agreements from 2017 Annual Survey, Aug 2018 report Non-traditional circulating library collections http://fopl.ca/news/non-traditional-circulating-library-collections/ Public Library and First Nation Public Library approved Capital Project Plans for completion in next two years reported for 2017 Ontario Public Library Statistics Capital projects in the next two years, reported in 2017 Annual Survey Aug 2018 Our basic data measurements (limited by the data collected but we’ve gotten the government to improve what they collect!) fall into these buckets: The data presented...