Free PLA Webinar #eBooksForAll Campaign Update

If you are having trouble viewing this mailing, please click here for our online version. Free PLA Webinar #eBooksForAll Campaign Update Tuesday, December 17, 2019 | 1-2 p.m. Central More than 200,000 people have raised their voices to oppose Macmillan Publishers’ embargo on new eBook titles to public libraries, and the American Library Association (ALA) has filed its first report with Congress about restrictive licensing and unfair pricing for digital content. Now what?   Join the ALA Public Policy & Advocacy Office and the Public Library Association (PLA) for a free webinar to update you on the #eBooksForAll campaign, planned next steps with Congress and data gathering to build the library case, and specific actions you can take to advance these efforts. Bring your questions and your front-line experience to inform national planning and communications. REGISTER NOW   Note: ALA and PLA may not discuss nor provide a forum for discussing a boycott or similar activity based on our tax status. Learning Outcomes At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to: Understand the current state of #eBooksForAll policy advocacy with Congress; Engage the public and key library stakeholders to oppose embargoes or other unfair digital content licensing terms; and Contribute to ALA/PLA’s collection of data and stories related to the value of public library promotion of reading, authors and titles, as well as the impact of restrictive digital content licensing terms on libraries and our patrons. Speakers Wanda Brown, ALA President Ramiro Salazar, PLA President Larra Clark, Deputy Director, PLA and ALA Public Policy & Advocacy Sari Feldman, ALA Senior Policy Fellow Alan Inouye, Senior Director of Policy and Government... read more

CFLA-FCAB Webinar: AI for All Canada/Webinaire de la FCAB-CFLA : L’intelligence artificielle pour tout le Canada

Bilingual message — Message bilingue Artificial Intelligence (AI) is ubiquitous and consequential in everyday life but many Canadians are largely unaware of how it works or its implications. AI for All Canada is a partnership of CFLA-FCAB, Ryerson University, and Toronto Public Library to develop an instructional program for libraries on AI. Please join this one hour panel discussion to learn how the AI for All project proposes to assist Canadians, the nature of the curriculum, resources, and instructor training, and the central role that public libraries can play. Date: Wednesday December 18, 2019 Time: 12:00pm ET Please use this link to access the webinar ————- L’intelligence artificielle (IA) est omniprésente et influe sur notre quotidien, mais de nombreux Canadiens ignorent en grande partie son fonctionnement et ses répercussions. L’initiative IA pour tout le Canada est un partenariat entre la FCAB-CFLA, la Ryerson University et la Bibliothèque publique de Toronto visant à élaborer un programme éducatif sur l’IA pour les bibliothèques. Nous vous invitons à participer à cette discussion en groupe d’une heure afin d’en apprendre plus sur la façon dont le projet IA pour tout le Canada propose d’aider les Canadiens, la nature du programme, les ressources et la formation des formateurs, ainsi que sur le rôle central que les bibliothèques publiques peuvent jouer. Date : Mercredi 18 décembre 2019 Heure : 12 h (HE) Veuillez vous inscrire... read more

Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library and Cultural Centre Hires New CEO

Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library and Cultural Centre Hires New CEO   Bradford West Gwillimbury, November 22, 2019 – The Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library Board is pleased to announce that Matthew Corbett has accepted the position as the Library’s new CEO. Mr. Corbett brings with him progressive management and leadership expertise, a proven track record of success and a passion for providing excellent customer service. As the current CEO of St. Mary’s Public Library and Adult Learning Centre, Mr. Corbett is responsible for the development and delivery of library services including annual and capital budgets, implementing  strategic priorities, conducting a facility feasibility study and executing significant building renovations.  Mr. Corbett has earned a Masters of Information Studies from the University of Western Ontario, and a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts from Laurentian University.  He is a certified Teacher in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers and also holds an Advanced Leadership and Management Certificate from Mohawk College. “The Board is excited to welcome Matthew, who joins us at a critical point in the Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library’s development,” says Board Chair, Jennifer Harrison. “As we complete the new strategic plan for the next four years, it will be very helpful to have Matthew, with his experience, clear vision and innovative approach, lead that process.” Mr. Corbett will join the Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library as CEO on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. Mr. Corbett will succeed current BWGPL CEO Terri Watman, who is retiring at the end of the year. “It’s wonderful to have Matthew bring his expertise and passion to this Library and the... read more