Federation of Ontario Public Libraries

CFLA-FCAB Executive Director’s Report
November 2017

The following is an overview of new developments in activities since my last report
dated September 21, 2017.

Advocacy
Consultation on the Copyright Board Review
CFLA-FCAB Copyright submitted its response to the review on September 29, 2017. The
document can be found on the CFLA-FCAB website at http://cfla-fcab.ca/wpcontent/uploads/2017/10/CFLA_FCAB_Copyright_Board_Submission_September_2017_F
inal-1.pdf

CRTC Community Programming Public Proceedings
CFLA-FCAB along with the Ontario Library Association delivered a joint presentation on
October 18th to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
(CRTC) public proceedings on the Renewal of the broadcasting licences for terrestrial
broadcasting distribution undertakings that will expire in May 2018. The panel expressed
great interest in the role that libraries could play in this area, posing a number of
questions. We prepared a letter to respond to those questions more fully which was
submitted by the end of October.

Canadian Library Workers’ Day
On October 20, 2017 the Canadian library community celebrated Canadian Library
Workers’ Day across the country. There were a number of events planned throughout
the library community.

#Your Budget 2018
On December 5, 2017, CFLA-FCAB submitted it 2018 Pre-Budget Brief (August 2017) to
the Honorable Minister Morneau’s office in response to the Minister’s own launch of PreBudget
Consultations tagged # Your Budget 2018. We reiterated the need to Invest in
library services and infrastructure, for Funding to support the Library Materials Service, to
support Digitization of archival materials and funding for Library services targeted at
Indigenous peoples.

A Creative Canada
On November 21, 2017 CFLA-FCAB submitted a letter to the Honorable Mélanie Joly in
response to her announcement of an additional investment of $300 million dollars to the
Canada Cultural Spaces Fund highlighting the role that libraries play in providing the
foundational infrastructure that supports creativity and the sharing of cultural
expression. The letter advocated for making libraries an eligible recipient to receive
funding from the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.

Position Statements
On October 24, 2017, CFLA-FCAB issued a statement on Québec Bill 62 : An Act to
foster adherence to State religious neutrality maintaining that diversity and inclusion is a
core value of libraries and central to our country’s identity. http://cflafcab.ca/en/advocacy/cfla-fcab-statement-on-quebec-bill-62-an-act-to-fosteradherence-to-state-religious-neutrality/.

On December 14, 2017 CFLA-FCAB issued a statement expressing concerned about the
proposal to eliminate net neutrality in the maintaining that the future of intellectual
freedom, access to information, and information sharing globally could be put at risk if
net neutrality is no longer protected. http://cfla-fcab.ca/en/advocacy/gatineaudecember-14-2017-canadian-federation-of-library-associations-cfla-fcab-concernedabout-us-net-neutrality-protection-elimination/

Administration & Outreach

Website
K. McColgan has been regularly working on updating the CFLA-FCAB website to
promote the work that CFLA-FCAB is doing in areas of Copyright and Indigenous
matters. The structure has been changed slightly on high-level pages and work in
continuing to apply this structure to sub pages. There has also been a lot of work in
developing French content for the site to mirror the English. This remains an ongoing
project.

New on the website
Brief on the reform of the Copyright Board of Canada

http://cfla-fcab.ca/wpcontent/uploads/2017/10/CFLA_FCAB_Copyright_Board_Submission_September_2017_F
inal-1.pdf
Accreditation http://cfla-fcab.ca/en/programs/accreditation/

Canadian Library Month http://cfla-fcab.ca/en/programs/cdn-library-month/

Challenged materials survey 2016 Titles, Authors & Policies http://cfla-fcab.ca/wpcontent/uploads/2017/07/2016-Challenged-Materials-Final-Report.pdf

Policies to help guide the work of CFLA-FCAB http://cfla-fcab.ca/en/about/policies/

Wayne K. Lamb Award for Service to Seniors http://cfla-fcab.ca/en/programs/w-kayelamb-award/

Meetings
K. McColgan was invited to attend the Canadian Urban Library Council’s membership
meeting in Toronto in early October. This was an excellent opportunity to meet with the
members of CULC and to discuss issues and projects of importance to this large
stakeholder community.

K. McColgan met with Eve Légacé, Executive Director of ABPQ by telephone. This was
also an excellent opportunity to discuss issues of importance to Québec public libraries
and what CFLA-FCAB can do to support their initiatives.

K. McColgan met with Sue McKerracher, CEO of the Australian Library and Information
Association (ALIA) by telephone. Discussions were about what our respective countries
are doing in support of the UN Sustainable Development Priorities, what are other
priorities for our respective organizations and the sharing of projects and information.
Open and continued dialogue is planned moving forward.

Some additional requests to meet with members and stakeholder organizations have
been received for early in the new-year and we are working to coordinate those
meetings.

New Members
CFLA-FCAB is pleased to welcome the Canadian Health Libraries Association as a new
member. We look forward to working with them on our projects and initiatives moving
forward.

2018 Annual General Meeting
The CFLA-FCAB Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday January 31,
2018 at 10:30a.m. EST. The AGM will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre
during the OLA Super Conference. Attendance to the AGM is free. More information
will be posted to the CFLA-FCAB website as it becomes available.

CFLA-FCAB 2018 Discussion Panel
Join us for a panel session at OLA Super Conference on Friday February 2, 2018 at
10:45a.m. EST to join the discussion on the work of CFLA-FCAB and where are, or should
be heading in the years to come.

CFLA-FCAB 2018 National Forum
Alix-Rae Stefanko (Board Secretary) is the Chair of the 2018 National Forum Program
Committee. The committee also includes Lise Brin (CARL), Rebecca Jones (CULC),
Nancy Mackenzie (Saskatchewan Library Association Program Chair), Sarah Stacy
(LAC-BAC), and Katherine McColgan (Executive Director). The committee met for the
first time on October 12th and has held two meetings since.

Alix-Rae Stefanko and Katherine McColgan are also members of the program
committee comprised of representatives from CARL, CFLA-FCAB, CULC and the
Saskatchewan Library Association (SLA) for planning the week long joint conference to
be held in Regina next spring. This committee has met three times and continues to
meet monthly.

Respectfully submitted,
Katherine McColgan
November 15, 2017