CFLA Position Statement on Intellectual Freedom

As you may be aware, there has been much in the news as of late, especially in the USA, regarding censorship in schools. It appears as though there have been some regressions here by way of intellectual freedom. The Canadian Federation of Library Associations has published an official statement, developed by the Intellectual Freedom Committee and approved by the Board of Directors on January 7, 2022. It provides valuable guidance by interpreting our Statement on Intellectual Freedom and Libraries as it pertains to the question of the right to protest and dissent regarding library materials and other forms of expression. La FCAB-CFLA est ravie de partager avec vous notre énoncé de position le plus récent, développé par la Comité sur la liberté intellectuelle et approuvé par le Conseil d’administration le 7 janvier. Cet énoncé fournit de précieux conseils en interprétant notre Énoncé sur la liberté intellectuelle et les bibliothèques en ce qui a trait au droits de protestations et de désaccords concernant les collections et autres formes d’expression dans les bibliothèques.... read more

Support for Official Languages in Canadian Libraries

A message from our friends at Library and Archives Canada:   Subject : Report on Provincial and Territorial Measures to Support Official Languages in Libraries in Canada Dear colleagues, I want to inform you of the publication of the report, entitled Study of Provincial and Territorial Measures to Support Official Languages in Libraries in Canada. As you know, libraries are certainly among the most present institutions in our diverse Canadian communities. It is also the case for Official Language Minority Communities (OLMCs). Yet, as Commissioner of Official Languages Raymond Théberge stated in May 2021, while “our expectations of the resources and services that libraries provide are also evolving,” “aspects of heritage and libraries as indices of vitality have not been considered in the same way as demographic and geographic indices, for example.” In order to fill this gap, Library and Archives Canada’s (LAC) Network of Official Language Minority Libraries (OLMC), which brings together libraries and librarians working in these communities, identified as a priority the need to examine how official languages issues in libraries are addressed across Canada. More specifically, the research aimed to identify the various legislative, regulatory and policy measures – including strategic orientation documents- that affect public libraries, while also taking a look at academic and community libraries. With this support, LAC launched the research project, respecting existing jurisdictions but with the hope of fostering best practices across the country. In the end, the report, written by Alain Roy, consists of two parts: Part 1: an overview, which presents the main features of the study and the findings proposed by the committee of experts who validated its... read more

Another Push for Fair E-Book Pricing

The pandemic has our communities consuming e-books and e-audiobooks at a record pace. But many publishers highly inflate prices for e-books or won’t sell to libraries at all; which of course means that not everyone has the same access to information through their local public library. Librarians in Massachusetts have had enough and are teaming up with lawmakers to demand a new deal for libraries: read more