Dear APLA Members:


Please find attached, for information, a letter from CNIB's President and
CEO Jon Rafferty regarding plans to provide equitable library services to
Canadians with print disabilities.  This is CNIB's response to Library and
Archives Canada's announcement that "their responsibility for the Initiative
for Equitable Library Access (IELA) is complete."   In the absence of
continued leadership from our national library, the CNIB is proposing a way
forward.  The letter describes the steps and gives a timeline for
implementation of a "Hub" model for delivery of these essential services.
CNIB is clearly looking for support and partnerships with the public library


Mr Rafferty's letter was discussed at the September meeting of the APLA
Executive and it was decided that I would respond in support (moral rather
than concrete).  I expect that many of your libraries will also have been
contacted.  This message is intended to ensure general awareness.  


It would be useful to know what actions are being taken around the region
with regard to this development.  Please share!   






Jocelyne Thompson

APLA President

Tel: 506-458-7053

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