CFLA-FCAB Executive Director’s Report
The following is an overview of new developments in activities since my last report
dated May 31, 2018.
Copyright Act Review
Meetings with Members of Parliament and Government Officials
V. Owen and K. McColgan were scheduled to meet with Mary Ng in her riding office on
July 18th however this was cancelled as she had been called to Ottawa for a cabinet
shuffle where she was appointed Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion.
C. De Castell and N. Marelli were working to meet with INDU representatives over the
summer but this proved difficult to schedule. Work has begun to meet with government
officials throughout the fall.
The committee will resume its regular meetings in September. The next meeting of the
committee will be looking in to the issue of E-book access and pricing and the Heffel
Gallery ruling and the effects to cultural property in Canada amongst other things.
These discussions will help guide CFLA-FCAB’s next steps on these issues.
A statement on Crown Copyright has been developed by the committee and is
awaiting Board approval.
This committee has developed its terms of reference and has a draft work plan for the
CFLA-FCAB has adopted the IFLA Code of Ethics statement and is encouraging libraries
and library organizations to consider doing the same.
The next meeting of the committee will be looking at recommendations from the
Annual Challenges Survey
Donna Bowman and Katherine McColgan have written a Freedom to Read article
based on the data collected for the 2017 challenges survey which will be published in
The committee has revised the survey to make it easier to collect data, more
information on this will be sent out in the fall.
Canadian Committee on Metadata Exchange
The Canadian Committee on Metadata Exchange (CCM) met on June 11, 2018 by
teleconference. This is CCM’s usual summer meeting, to consider the summer round of
MARC 21 proposals and discussion papers and prepare a Canadian position on each,
informing the Canadian representative (this time Sarah Stacy from Library and Archives
Canada) who will attend the MARC Advisory Committee (MAC) and the MARC
Steering Committee that meets in conjunction with ALA.
For this meeting CCM reviewed 4 proposals and 5 discussion papers. The papers are all
posted and can most conveniently found through the MAC agenda
CCM has prepared and sponsored two of these proposals:
1. Proposal No. 2018-02: Subfield Coding in Field 041 for Accessibility in the MARC 21
2. Proposal No. 2018-03: Defining New Fields to Record Accessibility Content in the
MARC 21 Bibliographic Format
Both are concerned with aspects of metadata needed to record information relating
to accessibility features of resources. Both follow up on previous discussion papers
prepared by CCM. Proposal 2018-02 follows from Discussion Paper 2018-DP02 (Subfield
Coding in Field 041 for Accessibility in the MARC 21 Bibliographic Format) which was
discussed at the January 2018 CCM meeting.
CFLA-FCAB’s representatives to CCM are Trina Grover and Pat Riva (chair of CCM).
Working Group on Alternate Format Materials for Canadians with Print Disabilities
The final report of the Working Group was submitted to the government at the
beginning of June 2018.
As a result of the Prime Minister’s cabinet shuffle, the accessibility portfolio has shifted
from Canadian Heritage to Public Services and Procurement and we are working to
schedule meetings with the Minister’s office.
The CFLA-FCAB Board, Executive Committee and Governance Committee continued
its work throughout the summer working on various administrative, policy, and
governance issues. The Board has been exploring revenue diversification options to
help grow the Federation. Strategic Planning Working Group worked to develop a
survey as part of the initial consultation with members and the greater stakeholder
community in the development of a Strategic Plan for the Federation.
National Union Catalogue
A survey has been developed to conduct an environmental scan of the Canadian
library community to assess the impacts of the move of the National Union Catalogue
to OCLC’s Voilà service and the help determine what support and tools are needed for
this new service.
More information on these activities and the surveys will be sent out in the coming
Administration & Outreach
New on the website
2019 Pre-Budget Brief https://bit.ly/2ph7YYB
2018 CFLA-FCAB Brief to INDU on the Copyright Act Review https://bit.ly/2MJhVXW
Meetings with Members
K. McColgan met with the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries’ (FOPL) Board of
Directors on June 8th to discuss both organization’s activities and share in information.
In the Community
On June 18th K. McColgan attended a panel discussion hosted at Library and Archives
Canada on misinformation online, part of Facebook Canada’s Hard Questions
Roundtable series. The panel, comprised of Nathaniel Gleicher (Director of
Cybersecurity Policy, Facebook); Chris Dornan (Associate Professor, School of
Journalism and Communication, Carleton University); Jeremy Kinsman (former
Canadian High Commissioner to the UK and former Canadian ambassador to the EU,
and to the Russian Federation); and, Jennifer Anderson (Archivist, Science, Environment
and Economy, Archives Division, Library and Archives Canada) who discussed
challenges and solutions for misinformation online and how safeguard personal privacy
online, what is the meaning of free expression, and looking at the future of journalism
Camille Callison,Vice-Chair of CFLA-FCAB attended the IFLA World Library and
Information Congress in Kuala Lumpur in August 2018. She attended the Annual
General Meeting and co-hosted the Canadian Caucus, along with ASTED, on behalf of
On August 14, 2018, T. Kyle, CFLA-FCAB Board member and K. McColgan met with The
Partnership to discuss current activities of CFLA-FCAB and The Partnership and to
explore where there are areas for further collaboration. It also provided CFLA-FCAB an
opportunity for early feedback on our Strategic Planning process and discussions of
national advocacy and policy issues.
CFLA-FCAB 2018 National Forum
Powerpoint presentations, table notes and videos of the keynote address by Bruce
Walsh, artificial intelligence panel and intellectual freedom panel can be found on the
CFLA-FCAB website at http://cfla-fcab.ca/en/meetings/national-forum-2018/.
A summary of the recommendations from participants at the Forum has been prepared
with suggestions of what CFLA-FCAB can do in support of the recommendations. Items
have been referred to the CFLA-FCAB Board and Intellectual Freedom Committee for
consideration and action. A call for interest to partner with CFLA-FCAB in a future Forum
was circulated to members in June 2018. If you did not receive it or would like further
information, please contact K. McColgan at email@example.com.
August 31, 2018