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Apply for NHDS funding to digitize your collections / Demande de financement dans le cadre de la SNPD pour numériser vos collections

Dear colleagues, The National Heritage Digitization Strategy (NHDS) Steering Committee is thrilled to announce the launch of the Digitizing Canadian Collections funding call. This one-time opportunity will provide funds to organizations to digitize, make accessible and preserve documentary heritage material of national significance. Archives, museums, libraries, universities, colleges and other cultural heritage institutions can apply to receive funding of up to $100,000. Read more about the funding call and about the NHDS. The deadline to apply is June 12th, 2018. This initiative is made possible thanks to a generous gift from a private donor. We encourage you to apply and to share this news with your networks. Through digitization, we can advance knowledge and innovation in Canada and contribute to a better understanding of our identity. Warm regards, Martha Whitehead, Chair On behalf of the NHDS Steering Committee   Chers collègues,   Le Comité directeur de la Stratégie de numérisation du patrimoine documentaire (SNPD) est fier d’annoncer le lancement de l’appel de financement Numérisation des collections canadiennes. Grâce à cette occasion unique, les organisations pourront recevoir des fonds pour numériser, rendre accessible et préserver le patrimoine documentaire d’importance nationale.   Les archives, musées, bibliothèques, universités, collèges et autres institutions du patrimoine culturel peuvent présenter une demande de financement jusqu’à concurrence de 100 000 $.   Vous trouverez en ligne des renseignements supplémentaires sur l’appel de financement et la SNPD. La date limite pour présenter une demande est le 12 juin 2018. Veuillez noter que cette initiative a été rendue possible grâce à la générosité d’un donateur privé.   Nous vous encourageons à soumettre une demande et à diffuser la nouvelle sur vos réseaux....

Cross Canada Copyright Consultation — Consultations à travers du Canada sur le droit d’auteur

Message bilingue – Bilingual message Dear CFLA-FCAB Members, We now have confirmation when the hearings will be held. May 7th Halifax 8th Montreal 9th Toronto 10th Winnipeg 11th Vancouver The agenda is not entirely clear at this point but it is believed there will be afternoon and evening consultations. These may also include an open mic session. The appearance before the committee lasts two hours; 5 minutes for each witness to speak and the remainder of the time to do question and answer. If there are open mic sessions, people will be allowed 2 minutes to present their case. Please contact the Clerk of the Committee, Michel Marcotte at INDU@parl.gc.ca at your earliest convenience to indicate your interest in participating. DO NOT reference CFLA when making the request as this may deter the Clerk from inviting you to attend. CFLA is appearing in Ottawa on April 26th and we are currently preparing briefing notes and background documentation for that meeting. We will be sure to share this information with you once finalized. As always, please contact me at any time if you would like additional information. Best Katherine   ————————   Chers/Chères membres de la FCAB-CFLA,   Nous avons maintenant une confirmation des dates des consultations.   7 mai Halifax 8 mai Montréal 9 mai Toronto 10 mai Winnipeg 11mai Vancouver   L’ordre du jour n’est pas tout à fait clair à ce stade, mais on croit qu’il y aura des consultations en après-midi et en soirée. Ceux-ci peuvent également inclure une session de micro ouvert.   La comparution devant le comité dure deux heures ; 5 minutes pour chaque présentation et le reste est réservé pour une...

Library and Archives Canada: Introducing Co-Lab

Library and Archives Canada: Introducing Co-Lab   Crowdsourcing has arrived at Library and Archives Canada (LAC). Users can now transcribe, add keywords and image tags, translate content from an image or document and add descriptions to digitized images using Co-Lab and the new Collection Search.   Introducing Co-Lab: your tool to collaborate on historical records Posted on April 17, 2018 Crowdsourcing has arrived at Library and Archives Canada (LAC). You can now transcribe, add keywords and image tags, translate content from an image or document and add descriptions to digitized images using Co-Lab and the new Collection SearchBETA. Take on a challenge To make it even more interesting, we will launch what we call “challenges”.  These challenges are content put together under a theme. For example one of our first challenges is on Rosemary Gilliat (Eaton)’s. Your challenge will be to transcribe her diary and describe her photographs from her Arctic travels. Or instead, try your hand at transcribing the love letters from Sir Wilfred Laurier to his sweetheart and future wife, Zoé – another challenge now available. Contribute using Collection SearchBETA When you are conducting research using our new search tool and find images, you’ll see that you have the option to “enable this image for Co-Lab contributions”. After answering just a few short questions, you can enable an image found in Collection SearchBETA for Co-Lab use and transcribe/translate/tag/describe to your heart’s content. If an image has already been enabled for Co-Lab use, you’ll be able to add your own or edit the contributions of others’. If you create a user account, you will be able to keep track of...

Addition of a new feature to Ontario’s Newborn Bundle Service

Hello, The Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario have recently launched a “Referral Service” as part of ServiceOntario’s online Birth Registration Service to support parents of newborn children in learning about and beginning the process of opening a registered education savings plan (RESP), and requesting the Canada Learning Bond (CLB) for their eligible children. The “Referral Service” allows new parents to consent to be contacted by the promoter of their choice to open an RESP and request the CLB for their child. Money saved in an RESP can be used to help pay for education expenses at a trade school, college, university, or apprenticeship program. No personal contributions are required for an eligible child to receive the CLB. Community-based organizations in Ontario can encourage parents of newborn children to use the service to get help to open an RESP and request the CLB for their children. Building on Budget 2017 measures, the Government of Canada allocated $500,000 to work with the Province of Ontario to make it easier for parents to start saving earlier for their children’s education after high school, by presenting educational savings options at the time a baby’s birth is registered. For more information, please refer to the attached Backgrounder as well as the related news release at the following address: Government of Canada partners with the Government of Ontario to add a new feature to the province’s Newborn Bundle Service.     Pierre Labbée Gestionnaire, Programme canadien pour l’épargne-études Emploi et Développement social Canada ( 819-624-7647 + pierre.labbee@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca   Manager, Canada Education Savings Program Employment and Social Development Canada ( 819-624-7647 + pierre.labbee@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca...

Blogs for Programming Librarians

Blogs for Programming Librarians http://programminglibrarian.org/articles/best-blogs-programming-librarians “As a programming librarian, it can be hard to consistently provide creative, original ideas for your patrons (you can only host so many book talks, right?). But there’s a simple solution for librarians seeking support and inspiration: the blogosphere.” 5 Minute Librarian Bacon’s favorite librarian blogs: RA for All, Super Library Marketing and YA Books and More Hafuboti Her favorite librarian blogs: Bryce Don’t Play, Tales for the Tiny and Jbrary The Neighborhood Librarian Her favorite librarian blogs: Bryce Don’t Play, Hi, Miss Julie, At the Intersection, Fat Girl Reading and Hafuboti Teen librarians Ontarian Librarian Her favorite librarian blog: Jbrary  Hi, Miss Julie Her favorite librarian blogs: Fuse #8, Bookshelves of Doom, Stacked, JBrary, Bryce Don’t Play and At the Intersection The Loudmouth Librarian Her favorite librarian blogs: Oregon Young Adult Network, Teen Librarian Toolbox, Teen Services Underground and Jbrary  Children’s librarians Jbrary Their favorite librarian blogs: Mel’s Desk, Storytime Katie, the ALSC Blog, Ontarian Librarian, Tales for the Tiny and The Lego Librarian The Show Me Librarian Her favorite librarian blogs: Bryce Don’t Play, Hi, Miss Julie and Library Makers Thrive after Three...

Merger of Canadian Research Knowledge Network and Canadiana.org

“Merger of Canadian Research Knowledge Network and Canadiana.org https://www.crkn-rcdr.ca/en/crkn-and-canadianaorg-merge-combined-organization The Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) and Canadiana.org merged operations earlier this month: “Merger discussions began in June, 2016 in recognition of a changed research environment and with the goal of building on the strengths and complementary activities of two of Canada’s most impactful content-based national organizations serving Canada’s digital research infrastructure. This merger allows CRKN and Canadiana to cohesively pursue a united and coordinated strategy that is envisioned and directed by member libraries, and works in partnership with research and memory institutions, funders, and other partners, broadening and expanding Canada’s vision and impact in digital scholarship.” CKRN is a partnership of Canadian universities that undertakes large-scale content acquisition and licensing initiatives to help its member institutions. Canadiana.org is a not-for-profit, charitable organization made up of public libraries, archives, research institutions, and other organizations committed to digitizing, preserving, and providing access to Canada’s documentary heritage. The press release announcing the merger provides some “quick facts”: CRKN has worked with Canadiana since 2006 to provide subscription access to the Early Canadiana Online (ECO) collection, which is a large collection of full-text historical content about Canada, including books, magazines and government documents. Currently, 54 CRKN members have subscriptions to Canadiana Online or the ECO collection. CRKN members provide the bulk of Canadiana’s funding through subscriptions and membership fees. In 2013, CRKN and Canadiana collaborated on the Heritage Project, a 10-year initiative to digitize and make accessible online some of Canada’s most popular archival collections encompassing roughly 40 million pages of primary-source documents. This project was funded by 46 CRKN members. The merger...

Cross Canada Consultations on the Copyright Review Update — Le point sur les consultations pancanadiennes sur l’examen du droit d’auteur

Messasge bilingue –Bilingual message Dear CFLA members, As you may have heard, on March 29, 2018, the INDU committee officially launched its consultation process. See the Press Release here:http://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/INDU/news-release/9752040. The consultations are expected to be completed in early 2019. The Government is also now accepting Brief submissions which can be done online http://www.ourcommons.ca/Committees/en/INDU/StudyActivity?studyActivityId=9897131 or directly to the Committee Clerk at indu@parl.gc.ca. Cross-country consultations Although we do not have any more detail on the timing (still believed to be May) and government process for the cross-country consultations, we wanted to reach out to you today to provide you more information of what CFLA’s role will be to support you in these consultations.  1)      Talking points: The CFLA-FCAB Copyright Committee has been working over the last several months and continues to work to develop positions statements relating to various parts of the Copyright Act that affect libraries. These statements will be sent to you in advance in order to provide you with background information on each of the subjects. 2)      Coordination: In order to get the broadest representation possible; both from within the library community as well as with the content delivered, we will work with you to ensure that the library community will be well represented at each of the cities visited, and to ensure the committee has an opportunity to hear about a wide range of topics related to the Copyright Act that drive an educated and informed Canadian population. 3)      Support: Many of you will have experience in advocacy activities and know the subject matter well. There may, however, be those who would benefit from a briefing or...

FOPL & OLA Election Toolkit coming week of April 23rd!

We’ll have the toolkit live likely the week of the 23rd of April. Please share the outline of the toolkit and the below draft of the “key questions” that we will be using with your staff and Boards.:   OUTLINE PT 1 – ONTARIO ELECTION 2018: COMMUNICATING THE VALUE OF LIBRARIES OLA & FOPL’s ELECTION KEY MESSAGES IMPORTANT GUIDELINES TO ENSURE SUCCESS ENGAGING DURING ELECTIONS APPENDIX A – HOW DOES THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT IMPACT ONTARIO’S LIBRARIES? APPENDIX C – TEMPLATES PT 2 – SUPPORTING CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AT YOUR LIBRARY: HOST AN ALL CANDIDATES FORUM ENCOURAGE NON-PARTISAN VOTER ENGAGEMENT ENGAGING STUDENTS AT UNIVERSITY AND COLLEGES ENGAGING STUDENTS AT SCHOOL LIBRARIES   KEY QUESTIONS These reflect the issues identified in OLA & FOPL’s Ontario Libraries Election Brief. Public libraries continue to serve more members of the community and evolve to meet changing needs, but provincial base funding for public libraries has been frozen for over 20 years. This year, public and First Nations libraries received a much-needed increase of $17 million to their annual provincial base funding. This investment is vital for ensuring that our libraries – in rural communities, small towns and cities like – are sustainably funded. Do you support maintaining this critically important provincial funding for public and First Nations libraries? Access to online resources is an increasingly important part of the mix of services that public and schools libraries provide. Ensuring that students and the public have equitable access to accurate, comprehensive online resources is more important than ever with the growing presence of misinformation, questionable sources and “fake news”. But these resources are expensive. Ontario is...

CFLA-FCAB’s Statement Against the FairPlay Canada Application to Disable On-line Access to Piracy Sites

Message bilingue – Bilingual message Veuillez le distribuer à volonté – Please distribute widely CFLA-FCAB’s Statement Against the FairPlay Canada Application to Disable On-line Access to Piracy Sites In response to the recent website blocking proposal submitted to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the Canadian Federation of Library Associations/Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques (CFLA-FCAB) is hereby submitting its response, and expressing concern, over the proposed, online anti-piracy blockers being requested by the FairPlay Canada Coalition. CFLA-FCAB has grave concerns that without proper oversight, once approved, internet service providers would be required to blacklist suspected sites, without judicial review or oversight of any kind. CFLA-FCAB wishes to mitigate the negative impact on net neutrality, fair dealing, and Canadian’s right to privacy and freedom of expression online. The proposed scheme will harm consumers, censor legitimate content, and ultimately be used to protect outdated services like cable TV packages. FairPlay Canada, a coalition of more than 25 organizations, including Bell, Rogers, Quebecor, the Directors Guild of Canada, and CBC/Radio Canada, is urging the CRTC to create an anti-piracy website blocking plan, by establishing an Independent Piracy Review Agency (IPRA), which would be responsible for reviewing complaints, identifying websites engaged in piracy activities, and reporting them to the CRTC for approval. CFLA-FCAB recommends that the government and the CRTC proceed with caution over the requests of the FairPlay Canada Coalition and its proposed website blocking plan. It is CFLA-FCAB’s view that Canadian’s access to free and valuable information is at great risk. Specficially, the proposed scheme will have detrimental effects on educational institutions and would leave them with little recourse...