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CFLA Position Statement on Intellectual Freedom / Énoncé sur la liberté intellectuelle de la CFAB

Le français suit 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. https://fopl.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/2022-01-18-Position-on-Protest-and-Disagreement-EN.docx.pdf 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....

Support for Official Languages in Canadian Libraries / Étude des mesures provinciales et territoriales encadrant les langues officielles dans les bibliothèques au Canada

Le français suit 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...

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: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/12/31/business/libraries-demand-new-deal-ebooks/...

Webinar: Library Engagement in a Pandemic & Post Pandemic Virtual World

Dalhousie–Horrocks National Leadership Lecture: Library Engagement in a Pandemic & Post Pandemic Virtual World  – Dr. Carla Hayden February 1st at 12:00 PM AST.Bio: Dr. Carla Hayden was sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress on September 14, 2016. Hayden, the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library, was nominated to the position by President Barack Obama on February 24, 2015, and her nominations was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 13. Prior to her latest post she served, since 1993, as CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland. Hayden was nominated by President Obama to be a member of the National Museum and Library Services Board in January 2010 and was confirmed to that post by the Senate in June 2010. Prior to joining the Pratt Library, Hayden was deputy commissioner and chief librarian of the Chicago Public Library from 1991 to 1993. She was an assistant professor for the Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh from 1987 to 1991. Hayden was library services coordinator for the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago from 1982 to 1987. She began her career with the Chicago Public Library as the young adult services coordinator from 1979 to 1982 and as library associate and children’s librarian from 1973 to 1979. Hayden was president of the American Library Association from 2003 to 2004. In 1995, she was the first African American to receive Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year Award in recognition of her outreach services at the Pratt Library, which included an after-school center for Baltimore teens offering homework assistance and college...

Contribute to AMO and Municipal World

Municipal World recently formed a partnership with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario to create a new resource. The Municipal Knowledge Portal will help municipalities find and share documents like by-laws, policies, reports, and more – all in one convenient location. In the spirit of collaboration that thrives in the municipal sector, they are currently looking for contributions in the following areas: Climate Change and Green Operations Human Resources Diversity and Inclusion Parks and Recreation To contribute, please email erica@municipalworld.com with the subject heading “Municipal Knowlege Portal – documents to...

Libraries Supporting Economic Development

Le français suit In today’s post-pandemic climate, the Ontario government is focused on economic recovery and development. Have you ever considered how your library contributes to that development? An interesting case for advocacy: libraries support small and local business, impact literacy rates which are intrinsically tied to economic development, provide services for the disables, contribute to ongoing education for skills upgrading, and more. Read more here: https://blog.pressreader.com/libraries-institutions/role-libraries-play-in-economic-development   Dans le climat post-pandémique d’aujourd’hui, le gouvernement de l’Ontario met l’accent sur la reprise économique et le développement. Avez-vous déjà réfléchi à la façon dont votre bibliothèque contribue à ce développement? Un argument intéressant en faveur du plaidoyer : les bibliothèques soutiennent les petites entreprises et les entreprises locales, ont un impact sur les taux d’alphabétisation qui sont intrinsèquement liés au développement économique, fournissent des services aux personnes handicapées, contribuent à la formation continue pour l’amélioration des compétences, et plus encore. Pour en savoir plus, lisez-le ici (en anglais seulement) :...

LAC Funding Opportunity for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation Organizations

Listen, Hear Our Voices is an initiative to support Indigenous nations, governments and non-profit organizations in their efforts to: digitize existing documentary heritage related to Indigenous languages and cultures; and build the skills, knowledge and resources required to carry out this work in their communities. Program staff are available for advice and support on Listen, Hear Our Voices funding applications. To find out more or to apply, visit the Library and Archives Canada website, here:...

2020 Data Report

The 2020 Data Report is now available!  This data report includes the most recent 2020 operating data. Members may download this report. The dataset is also available to remembers free of charge. Please contact Dina Stevens for a copy of the full dataset in excel format.  Peer Comparison Reports are also available and can be commissioned by request. FOPL Data Report, 2020 Ontario Public Library Operating Data, 2000-2020 Federation of Ontario Public Libraries Published: November 2021   Dina Stevens Executive Director...

Thinking of Going Fine Free?

Many libraries are eliminating fines… and people are noticing! Even Forbes. NYPL President Andrew W. Marx said in a statement that such fines, “are an antiquated, ineffective way to encourage patrons to return their books; for those who can afford the fines, they are barely an incentive. For those who can’t afford the fines— disproportionately low-income New Yorkers—they become a real barrier to access that we can no longer accept. This is a step towards a more equitable society,…” To read more, the link to the Forbes article is below:...

Impact of COVID on Book Borrowing

Interesting article from BookNet Canada. 40% of Canadians said that COVID impacted their book borrowing and book buying habits in 2020. This data is compared to similar data points collected in 2019. The results? Canadians want in-person libraries, and they visit predominantly to pick up their holds. However… online visits led to more checkouts per visit than in-person visits. Interesting! Click on the article for full details and more stats!...