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The Importance of CLA Membership in Times of Change

Dear colleagues,


As you may be aware, Executive Council has partnered with associations from across the country to envision a new national voice. The revised proposal arising from this work is now available on the CLA Website: Toward a Federation of Library Associations in Canada: Strengthening the national voice for Canadian libraries. We are optimistic about this proposal and hope the membership supports it when asked in early 2016.


While this revisioning work has been going on, we have been frequently asked about current CLA efforts and membership. As I noted at our AGM in Ottawa this past June, while we are proposing a different future path for CLA, until a decision is made to follow this path the important regular ongoing work of CLA continues. Your continued CLA membership is more important now than ever - please keep involved!


Some of our "ongoing business" since January 2015 includes:

While we are working on the proposal for a Federation, your membership matters now more than ever. Please, keep your CLA membership current.  Your continued support of CLA is needed to ensure that we can continue to be a national voice for libraries in Canada and that we have the resources to transition to something more powerful and sustainable for the future benefit of all libraries.


If you have any questions about membership or the work of CLA, please do not hesitate to contact either [log in to unmask], Executive Director Valoree McKay ([log in to unmask]), or any member of CLA Executive Council


Sandra Singh, CLA President

On behalf of CLA Executive Council


Consultation Regarding the Proposal: Toward a Federation of Library Associations in Canada: Strengthening the national voice for Canadian libraries


Dear Colleague / Member,


On October 8, 2015, the Future Federation Working Group released the proposal entitled Toward a Federation of Library Associations in Canada : Strengthening the national voice for Canadian libraries. The proposal is the result of eight months of discussion and collaboration by a diverse group of representatives from the provincial, territorial and national sector associations brought together to contemplate a new form for our sector's national library association.


We have asked you to review the proposal in detail, from the first section through to the final remarks in anticipation of providing feedback to the Working Group. Below is a link to a survey where you can provide your comments on the proposal for a Federation of Library Associations in Canada. We encourage you take the time to respond to this: the information we gather will be critical for determining any future revisions and next steps.




We, the Working Group, are excited by the prospect of a truly national voice for libraries - one that embraces a broader range of colleagues across the country and strengthens the community. We hope you are as optimistic and excited about this vision for the future as we are.


The Future Federation Working Group




Consultation concernant la proposition:Vers une fédération des associations de bibliothèques du Canada : Renforcer la voix nationale des bibliothèques canadiennes

Cher collègue / cher membre,

Le 8 octobre 2015, le Groupe de travail sur la future fédération a publié une proposition intitulée Vers une fédération des associations de bibliothèques du Canada : Renforcer la voix nationale des bibliothèques canadiennes. La proposition est le résultat de discussions et d'efforts de collaboration menés au cours des huit derniers mois par un groupe composé de représentants d'associations provinciales, territoriales et nationales, qui se sont réunis afin d'envisager une nouvelle structure pour l'association nationale des bibliothèques de notre secteur.

Nous vous avons demandé d'examiner la proposition en détail, de la première section aux dernières remarques, en vue de fournir votre rétroaction au Groupe de travail. Vous trouverez ci-dessous un lien vers un sondage dans lequel vous pourrez nous faire part de vos commentaires sur la proposition de fédération des associations de bibliothèques du Canada. Nous vous encourageons à prendre un moment pour y répondre. Les renseignements que nous recueillons seront essentiels à la détermination de révisions futures et des prochaines étapes.

Nous sommes emballés à l'idée d'une véritable voix nationale pour les bibliothèques - une voix qui englobe un plus grand nombre de collègues partout au pays et qui renforce la communauté. Nous espérons que vous êtes aussi optimiste et emballé par cette vision de l'avenir que nous le sommes.

Le Groupe de travail sur la future fédération



Blogue sur la future ACB (page en anglais)


VoteCanadian Libraries and the Federal Election - Post-Election Plans

On October 19th 2015, Canadians elected the 42nd Parliament and gave the Liberals a majority mandate. The House of Commons breakdown looks like this:






 New Democratic 


 Bloc Québécois




Total Seats  



Although we could never have imagined this result just a few months ago, we are very proud that CLA has always taken a multi-partisan approach and we are well placed to advance the interests of our members with the new government.  As CLA continues its own internal transitions, advocacy for libraries and library concerns remain top of mind for our activities. We are very proud of the reach achieved by our advocacy tool at


The new Liberal team is now turning its attention to the transition that will see them set the groundwork for their new government quickly in November. For example, the Cabinet will officially be announced on November 4th.


Media sources tell us that Prime Minister Designate Trudeau plans to bring the House of Commons back to Ottawa before the holiday break in December. They also speculate that the Long Form Census and Bill C-51, two key priorities for the CLA membership, will be revisited in the near term.


CLA is monitoring activities very closely and is poised to take action to support the membership. However, all stakeholders must also understand that there are some 199 new MPs that have little or no exposure to national organizations and federal policy. Many of these newer MPs will be unprepared to delve into the detailed issues CLA has to bring forward. The transition process for MPs is also a very busy time and anything they receive right now will take a back seat to their initiation to life on Parliament Hill, caucus roles, and the duties of an MP. We are pleased to see how eager the membership is to take action at a grassroots level. Rest assured, we will enlist your support, but we must allow for the MPs to be settled in their new roles so that our efforts get the desired results.


CLA will be sending letters of congratulations and expressions of support to newly elected Members of Parliament with a gentle advocacy introduction in the short term. Template letters that members may use to thank their elected MPs will also be distributed to the membership shortly.


Thank you



Follow what is being said #VoteLibraries2015 



The City of Ottawa will join CLA and the coalition of public libraries in a nationwide campaign to draw attention to the high cost of buying e-books for libraries.

The Ottawa Public Library is pleased to join Canadian Public Libraries for Fair Ebook Pricing to raise awareness of high eBook prices charged by multinational publishers.  Despite booming borrowing rates and high demand for eBooks, public libraries face challenges in ensuring universal access to this content.

Some multinational publishers charge libraries as much as three to five times more for eBooks than the consumer price, while others place caps and time limits on use. This means there are fewer titles and fewer copies for readers to discover.

"This campaign is our way of representing our customers' best interests," said Tim Tierney, Chair of the Ottawa Public Library Board and Councillor for Ward 11 Beacon Hill - Cyrville. "We're asking multinational publishers to work with public libraries to find mutually beneficial solutions that will grant our customers access to a wide range of eBooks."

Issues facing public libraries are outlined at . The page features examples of the "price gap" between consumer and library prices, illustrated by a selection of popular titles. The page includes a poll, social media sharing with hashtag #FairEbookPrices and email collection for those interested in updates on the issue.



CLA attends the 2nd edition Associations Round-up Event hosted by AÉSISSA 


CLA recently participated in the 2nd Associations Round-Up event that took place at the University of Ottawa School of Information Studies (ÉSIS).  The event arose out of class discussions around the value of professional associations. As the student association representing the ÉSIS student body, AÉSISSA identified the need to host an informal event to give students the opportunity to meet with information professionals and learn about library and information management professional associations in the National Capital Region.  

Shahira Khair (left) (CLA student representative) presents This One Summer, by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki (2015 CLA Young Adult Book award winner) to  Catherine Lachaine (right).

Thank you to Joёl Rivard & Anushka Samarawickrama (AÉSISSA Co-Presidents, 2015-16) for their kind invitation to participate in this fun event.





Soft Launch of the Newly Re-vamped Feliciter 

The CLA Executive Council and Communications Standing Committee Chair have had lengthy discussions on the alternatives going forward and would like to introduce the new online platform of Feliciter available at 

Feliciter will continue to provide our membership and others in the community a means to learn, be informed and engage each other. Moving forward, the Communications Standing Committee will continue to solicit articles and news worthy items from the community through the Communications Standing Committee. The editorial calendar along with submission guidelines will be posted on Feliciter once the schedule has been finalized.

As a newly formatted e-magazine we appreciate your patience as we go through this transition.    

Below is a glimpse of some recently released articles: 
Students to CLA 2015 Conference Session Summaries
2015 Student Article Winner Gianmarco Visconti   





Reg2016 CLA National Conference News


Save the Date!

June 1 - 3, 2016

Ottawa, ON - Delta City Centre


As conference details become available, updates will be posted at
2015 conference highlights and materials will still be available.


Follow the conference discussions on twitter #claott16


In case you missed it from 2015: 

To recap this last years success, sessions have been posted on the conference website under 2015 Session Presentations  


We have also posted a gallery of conference images and is available for viewing on the conference website. We hope you enjoy reminiscing.  





Library Careers

Check out the latest career ads and find out more details by visiting CLA Library Careers Listing:


Chief Executive Officer

Township of Springwater Public Library

Closing Date: October 30, 2015


Reference Librarian - Intern / Bibliothécaire de référence - stagiaire

New Brunswick Public Library Service (NBPLS) / Service des bibliothèques publiques du Nouveau-Brunswick (SBPNB)

Closing Date: November 28, 2015


Collections Management Librarian - Intern / Bibliothécaire, Gestion des Collections - Stagiaire

New Brunswick Public Library Service (NBPLS)/Le Service des bibliothèques publiques du Nouveau-Brunswick (SBPNB)

Closing Date: November 28, 2015


Children's Librarian-Intern / Bibliothécaire pour enfants-Stagiaire

New Brunswick Public Library Service (NBPLS) / Service des bibliothèques publiques du Nouveau-Brunswick (SBPNB)

Closing Date: November 28, 2015

Chief Executive Officer

Woodstock Public Library, Woodstock, ON

Closing Date: Not given


Public Services Development Librarian -Intern / Bibliothécaire du développement des services publics - Stagiaire

New Brunswick Public Library Service (NBPLS)/Le Service des bibliothèques publiques du Nouveau-Brunswick (SBPNB), Fredericton, NB

Closing Date: November 28, 2015

Information Management Specialist 2 / spécialiste en gestion de l'information 2

Bank of Canada/Banque du Canada, Ottawa, ON

Closing Date: November 9, 2015

Head, Rare books & Special Collections

UBC Library, Vancouver Campus, Vancouver, BC

Closing Date: November 23, 2015


Library Director

Wood Buffalo Regional Library, Fort McMurray, AB

Closing Date: January 22, 2016


Check out several more postings on CLA Library Careers Listing 


Employers? Look to CLA for all your career ad needs! With over 16,000 page views monthly, it ranks the highest-viewed area on the CLA website. Ads range from $225 - $350 per month (depending on level of membership)!  





Workshops / Webinars / Events


Taking Librarians Off The Desk: One Library's Experience The flexibility of RDA: Resource This workshop will discuss the decision at Central Michigan University to change its reference desk staffing model. After reviewing departmental data on reference desk transactions of all kinds (including reference questions and non-reference questions) and considerations of other functions of the department, the reference librarians decided to move to an on-call desk staffing model. While the librarians no longer physically sit at the desk, they are readily available to come to the desk when needed. Departmental observation and discussion since the decision was made have supported the decision to move to an on-call reference desk staffing model.

Key outcomes: 

*   Learn from one library's experience in making this change
*   Learn the reasons behind the decision to move to an on-call arrangement
*   Find out what the CMU Libraries has learned after having been in an on-call situation for two years

Timothy Peters is the Director of Information Services at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, USA, where he directs the unit responsible for the library's reference assistance, research support, and instructional services for both on and off campus students. His research interests include streamlining the user experience, scholarly communication, and copyright.

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2015
Time: 2:00PM EST
Duration: 1 HR Webinar
Price: $45 OLA Members / $55 non-members
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Polishing Your PubMed Skills: MLA Accredited Course

This MLA accredited CE course is sponsored by OHLA in partnership with OLA.

This two-part webinar series targets experienced librarians who search PubMed on a regular basis and will cover intermediate and advanced skills, including customizing MyNCBI, the MeSH Database versus NLM MeSH Browser, field tags, and the NLM catalog. This series is meant to get at the heart of PubMed and give participants the opportunity to share and discuss unique issues and encounters with our most valued resource. Each webinar will be 1.5 hours in length and feature brief demonstrations, hands-on activities, and discussion.

By the end of the webinar series participants will be able to: 
1) Customize PubMed to fit your particular needs including using MyNCBI site preferences, filters, and journal alerts.
2) Differentiate between types of PubMed search strategies including MeSH, Clinical Queries, and Topic-Specific Queries.
3) Share past experiences and unique issues in using PubMed with professional colleagues.



Stephanie M. Swanberg, MSI, AHIP is Assistant Professor and Information Literacy and eLearning Librarian in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Rochester, Michigan. She instructs medical students in information searching, evaluation, and management within the capstone research and evidence-based medicine courses and manages the library's promotion and outreach activities. Stephanie is an avid fan of the Star Wars universe including the original movie trilogy (theatrical versions only please) and book series.

Date: Tuesday, November 10th & Thursday, November 12th
Time: 12PM EST
Duration: Two, 1 HR webinars  
Price:  $80 Members / $90 Non-Members  

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Giving Students a Choice

For years our librarians have spent September delivering 60+ first year library instruction sessions to students enrolled in first year English classes. In 2014, we gave students the choice to attend a face-to-face session or to complete videos online; all students then completed a quiz worth 2-3% of their course grade. We surveyed the students about their preferences and tracked their library quiz grades. Not surprisingly, most students choose the online option.

The question now facing us now is whether this new approach actually works? And for whom? Beyond student preferences, how do we measure success for students, librarians and professors? This session will summarize our study and will open a discussion around creative options for reinventing first year instruction. 

Key outcomes: 

*   Demonstrating the value of library instruction is not a new problem for the profession
*   Experimenting with technology in the delivery of library instruction is a long-standing tradition
*   Incorporating library instruction into credit courses is a pillar of information literacy practices
*   Figuring out how to do all of this, and do it well, in an era of assessment, budgetary constraint, and increasingly diverse student populations is complex 

Barbara Sobol holds the position of Librarian, Undergraduate Services at the UBC, Okanagan Campus Library in Kelowna, BC. She coordinates the library's first year instruction program, supervises the Library Service Desk and manages many projects and campus relationships focused on supporting student success.

Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Time: 1PM EST
Duration: 1 HR Webinar
Price: $45 OLA Members / $55 non-members
Read More






Shop CLA


SAVE the DATES! November 23-27, 2015

Book Fire Sale on ALA Publications (in stock / limited copies available)

Great deals - up to 50% off


The week of November 23-27th, 2015 we will be making available limited stock titles of ALA Publications at great discounts. The available copies will be posted on the front page of as a list for you to browse and shop with an email link for your order request. . If you live in the Ottawa area you are welcome to visit the CLA office to view the available titles in person on November 24th.

Mark it in your calendar, we are having an inventory sell-out!
For more information contact [log in to unmask] 


Becoming an Embedded Librarian: Making Connections in the Classroom

Author: Michelle Reale


ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1276-8 

Price: $ 73.00


Embedded librarianship is "not one size fits all," yet many books on the subject treat it in a cold, objective manner that doesn't adequately communicate how becoming an embedded librarian actually works in the real world. Here, Reale shares her own university classroom experiences to offer a step-by-step primer for those contemplating the practice. Demystifying what can sometimes feel intimidating to academic librarians, this down to earth resource

  • defines what embedded librarianship is, and isn't;
  • explains why being in the classroom is so important, and how it creates communities of learning;
  • shows how to clarify the role of the librarian in a classroom by being a "facilitator of process";
  • offers strategies for relationship building, setting goals, and honing a teaching style; and
  • discusses embedded librarianship and branding.

Readers will feel confident applying the lessons learned from Reale's first-hand account to their own experiences both in and out of the classroom.

To order this and other titles, please shop CLA

The Student's Survival Guide to Research

Author: Monty L. McAdoo

ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1276-8
232 pages 6" x 9" Softcover 

Price: $ 68.00


Jumping head first into a research project is a surefire recipe for stress and confusion. But if you're a newbie, how do you know where to begin, let alone where to go from there? Library instruction expert McAdoo has penned a primer specifically tailored to novice researchers, offering beginning-to-end guidance for every step of the research process, from planning and preparing to conducting and writing. Structured in a way that's easy to digest, McAdoo shows students

  • what research is and what it entails, the stages of research, and the elements of a term paper;
  • the essential steps in preparing for research, and how to understand the assignment;
  • how libraries and librarians can help;
  • pointers for selecting a research topic and appropriate information tools;
  • strategies for conducting searches that will save time and effort, from using keywords to constructing more sophisticated searches;
  • how to understand, read, and evaluate search results;
  • the dos and don'ts of conducting research ethically, including how to cite sources and how and why to avoid plagiarism; and
  • guidance for shaping research results into quality writing.

Students will appreciate the book's clear and concise language regarding the research process, while teachers, faculty, YA staff, and academic librarians will find it a valuable tool for information literacy.

To order this and other titles, please shop CLA

Dewey Decimal & Library of Congress Classification

Author: Christina Neigel

176 pages, Softcover



Price: $ 49.00


Christina Neigel's much anticipated publication An Introduction to Dewey Decimal & Library of Congress Classification Systems: A Workbook is now available for distribution. Ms. Neigel states that "this book presents and introduction to the two major North American systems of classification" providing "readers with the foundational skills to build basic classification notations and recognize their meaning and significance when using existing library records."

To order this and other titles, please shop CLA

Any Questions?  

Author: Marie-Louise Gay


ISBN 978-1-55498-382-7

Price: $ 19.95  

Note: This is a signed copy by the author. Limited quantities remain.  


Many children want to know where stories come from and how a book is made. Marie-Louise Gay's new picture book provides them with some delightfully inspiring answers in a fictional encounter between an author and some very curious children, who collaborate on writing and illustrating a story.  


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The Night Gardener   

Author: Jonathon Auxier


ISBN 978-0-670-06772-5

Price: $ 19.95  

Note: This is a signed copy by the author. Limited quantities remain.  


When orphaned Irish siblings Molly and Kip arrive to work as servants at a creepy, crumbling English manor house, they discover that the house and its inhabitants are not what they seem. Soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and the secrets of the cursed house will change their lives forever. This much-anticipated follow up to Jonathan Auxier's exceptional debut, Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, is a Victorian mystery in the tradition of Washington Irving and Edgar Allan Poe. The Night Gardener is a mesmerizing read and a classic in the making.    

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This One Summer   

Author: Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki


ISBN 978-1-59643-774-6

Price: $ 18.95  

Note:  Limited quantities remain.  


Rose and Windy are summer friends whose families have visited Awago Beach for as long as they can remember. But this year is different, and they soon find themselves tangled in teen love and family crisis. From the creators of Skim comes an investigation into the mysterious world of adults.  

To order this and other titles, please contact [log in to unmask]





Member Updates


Learn about one of our fabulous members


Who are you and where are you from:

I'm Stephanie Vollick. I grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario but I moved out West for a job opportunity and currently live in Vernon, BC.

What do you do:

I'm a Youth Services Librarian at Okanagan Regional Library. I plan programs and events ranging from preschool Story Time to teen book club. I'm lucky enough to play with puppets, felt stories, Lego and board games at work every week. My job has the perfect balance of being an intellectual who attends meetings and prepares personalized booklists, and being on the front lines with enthusiastic youth. 

What would be your ideal job:

My ideal job would be very similar to the one I have now but with more resources.

Where do you see yourself career wise in 10 years:

In 10 years I would like to be more directly involved in collection development. I can see myself being in a management position where I can focus on the big picture for a library system. 

Describe what you are passionate about: 

I am passionate about connecting young people with books they will love. I want kids to grow up thinking of the library as a fun place where they can find whatever they need to know. It's very important to me that we offer programs and services to teens as well. No one should age out of library programming. We need to be there every step of the way in people's lives. I believe libraries can change with our communities and adapt to stay relevant



Should you have any questions on your membership or you are interested in being profiled in this section please contact our Member Services Manager  






Community Highlights


CH12The winners of the 2015 Governor General's Literary Awards have been Announced

On October 28th, the announcement of the 14 winning books was announced. Readers are invited to meet the English-language GG winners at a public reading and book signing on December 1 at 11:45 am at the Canada Council, 150 Elgin, Ottawa (event with French-language winners on Wednesday, December 2).

Canada's national literary awards celebrate literature for all tastes and ages by honouring the best English-language and the best French-language books in each of 7 categories: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, children's literature (text), children's literature (illustration), and translation.
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CH10University of Toronto Awarded Grant for Leading Edge Digital Scholarship Initiative

The University of Toronto has been awarded a grant of $773,000 USD ($1,034,750 CAD) from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop digital tools to support manuscript study. The funding will be used by the University to support a partnership between its library and its Centre for Medieval Studies (CMS) to further develop the widely adopted and award-winning open source digital scholarship platform Omeka, facilitating its increased use in the digital manuscript studies field. The Mellon Foundation's grant will enable the building of infrastructure and capacity at the University of Toronto Libraries to support digital scholarship, foster further technical and intellectual collaboration between the U of T and other research institutions, and contribute to the community development and adoption of standards-compliant, interoperable, modular digital scholarship tools that are closely informed by scholarly needs. Read More 


Yiddish Language Modernism in Montréal: a Tale of Three Cities

The Council of the Jacob M. Lowy Collection, with the support of the Friends of Library and Archives Canada, presents: Sherry Simon, Professor, French Department, Concordia University

Yiddish Language Modernism in Montréal: a Tale of Three Cities accompanied by an exhibition of documents from Library and Archives Canada's Jacob M. Lowy Collection. The event will be held Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 7 p.m. at 395 Wellington Street

Ottawa, Ontario. The presentation will be bilingual. 

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CH5IFLA 2016 National Committee Fellowship Grant Announced!

The IFLA 2016 National Committee, through generous donations from the North American library community, will offer up to 50 full fellowships to librarians from outside North America (U.S. and Canada) to attend the IFLA 2016 Congress in Columbus, Ohio.

The fellowship will cover travel, accommodation, a per diem food allowance, and conference registration fees. Priority will be given to younger professionals with a minimum of 5 years experience in the field of libraries who do not usually attend IFLA Conferences.
More information on the Application Process can be found on the Congress Website.

Discover the 70 outstanding books on this year's #GGBooks shortlist! 

From beautifully illustrated childrens' books to moving plays and poetry to seamless works of translation and riveting fiction and non-fiction reads, this is a list you don't want to miss! There's something for everyone. We also invite you to share your love of reading online! Enter our #MyCanLit contest. Read more at   

ABC Life Literacy Canada (ABC) Celebrates Financial Literacy Month in November
ABC Life Literacy Canada (ABC) is long with Canadians will be celebrating Financial Literacy Month in November. Take control of your financial future, learn how you can increase your financial literacy skills,  and discover new ways to become more savvy with your money!  Ways to participate in Financial Literacy Month: Access free tools and resources online to practice financial literacy skills, run a Money Matters program in your community or participate in a Financial Literacy Month Tweet Chat on November 18, 2015 using the hashtag #FLM2015 on Twitter Read More

2016 Forest of Reading® Programs Nominated Titles Announced

The Forest of Reading allows readers of all ages to cultivate a love of reading through Canadian picture books, young adult books, novels and French-language titles. The Ontario Library Association (OLA) is pleased to announce the reading program's 2016 English and French nominees.

"For young readers, these awards kindle and nurture a love of reading; teach the kids analytical skills as they weigh and debate the merits of each shortlisted title; and ultimately empower them to vote for the winning books each year," says award winning Children's author, Kenneth Oppel. "As a writer I've never seen so many kids, so excited about books, as I have when I attend the yearly awards ceremonies."

Together, there are 118 nominated titles; approximately ten books for each program. Those who read at least five titles in the program will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite books in April, and winners of the 2016 Forest of Reading award program will be announced live at the Festival of Trees in May. Read More  




News From the Community


CH4Call for Proposals 

Call for Presentations: Government Information Day in Ontario
The Libraries of Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo are very pleased to announce that they will be the hosts for the 3rd "Government Information Day in Ontario (GID 2015)", on Monday, December 7th, 2015, 9am - 4pm, Waterloo, Ontario. The free event is to occur in the Auditorium of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), located in the same building as the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

The co-ordinating team, is now seeking ideas or proposals for presentation topics and/or speakers, within any of the following broad "government information" themes:

  • preservation & access (can include either print collections or born-digital information)
  • digitization & web harvesting
  • open data & open government
  • privacy & freedom of information

For more information please email Agnes Zientarska-Kayko or Hélène LeBlanc. Submissions due October 31, 2015.

TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards introduce $10,000. first prize in 2015!

Interested in great rewards for your public library? If your library offered the TD Summer Reading Club in 2015, be sure to submit your application for the Library Awards by November 2nd.

First prize is now $10,000!The eligibility criteria and 2015 application form are on the website
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Manitoba Library Association Call for Proposals
The Manitoba Library Association invites you to submit a proposal for the Manitoba Libraries Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  The MLC Planning Committee truly looks forward to offering delegates a premier conference experience at the Delta Winnipeg May 4-6, 2016.


The MLC Program Committee is excited to open a call for submissions for panels, workshops, papers, presentations, thunder talks, posters, and sessions that support our theme of Creating Connections. This theme will celebrate the connections that libraries create and foster, and provide the basis for a dynamic and thoughtful learning and networking environment for all delegates. The deadline for submitting abstracts is November 13, 2015. Read More

Call for abstracts

The ALIA National 2016 Conference program committee invites abstracts relating to the conference theme Engage, Create, Lead. Please visit the conference website for further information on submission guidelines. The deadline for submitting abstracts is November 19, 2015. Read More


Copyright Symposium

Save the date! This year's symposium will take place on Friday December 4, 2015 at Hart House in Toronto. Read More

Call for Expressions of Interest to host the 9th International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Conference in 2017

The International Advisory Committee (IAC) for the International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP) Conference Series warmly invites expressions of interest from individuals, organizations, and associations working in the public sector (e.g. academic, school, local and regional authorities, national associations) to host the 9th International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Conference in 2017. Candidates wishing to host the Conference must apply by Monday November 30 2015 Read More

Call for Proposals - WILU 2016
The Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU) is Canada's only conference devoted to library instruction, information literacy, and information fluency. Sessions explore both research-based and applied subject matter, and are attended by librarians from Canada, the United States, and beyond with a variety of teaching and learning interests. The WILU Program Committee is pleased to invite proposals to be considered at WILU 2016, May 30 - June 1, to be held at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. The deadline for submitting applications is December 7, 2015. Read More   


The National Trust joins Architecture Canada in calling for submissions to the PRIX DU XXE SIÈCLE

The National Trust for Canada and Architecture Canada / RAIC invite submissions for the 2016 Prix du XXe siècle that recognizes significant architecture of the mid-20th century in Canada. 

The Prix du XXe siècle celebrates design quality and enduring excellence, recognizing buildings that continue to be used as designed or that have successfully accommodated new uses without being altered in ways that detract from the original design intent. The award recognizes nationally significant architecture in Canada, designed by an architect from any country, or a building anywhere in the world that was designed by a Canadian architect. Only existing buildings that were completed after 1950 and before 1988 are eligible for nomination. The deadline for submitting applications is January 14, 2016. Read More 


The Lebanese Library Association (LLA) 3rd Conference - Call for Papers 

In collaboration with Asia and Oceania Regional Section of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)


This conference will identify and address some of these challenges and their repercussions on the information and library world along the following lines:

1. The implementation of dynamic library services and innovative spaces to provide better serve the users;

2. The initiation of relationships with new partners and increasing collaboration across the board;

3. The critical evaluation of policies and strategies in workforce planning to identify the optimal personnel profile and to scrutinize future staffing;

4. The sharing of expertise and experiences in new skills and/or roles required to better manage evolving libraries;

5. The existence and emergence of barriers and challenges to the free use of information, including legal barriers, censorship, open access and digital repositories;

6. The extension of community and citizen programs and outreach activities;

7. The development of creative programs to teach digital and information literacies;

8. The growing importance of cultural heritage and its physical and digital preservation and conservation;

9. The development of LIS programs and curricula that would strengthen the preparation of fut information workers.


Abstract submission deadline: November 30, 2015

To submit an abstract or for any further enquiries, please contact:

Dr. Imad Bachir, Head, Scientific Committee Email: [log in to unmask]

Ms. Randa Al Chidiac, Coordinator, Scientific Committee Email: [log in to unmask]


CFP: Public Services and User Engagement (Special issue of portal: Librarians and the Academy)
Call for proposals for a special issue of portal
portal: Libraries and the Academy seeks proposals for a special-themed issue on the future of public services in academic libraries. The purpose of this issue is to prompt thinking and discourse around a broader definition of library services to the campus community, and most importantly, to examine the redefined role of innovative public services within twenty-first century academic libraries. Public services can involve any knowledge, skill, or functional specialty related to the user experience. Submissions due December 1, 2015. Read More 


Alexandria: The Journal of National and International Library and Information Issues invites submissions for a themed issue on Digital Curation and Research Data Management.

The concepts, processes and practice comprising digital curation are, in 2015, prominent in many journals, but clarification on best practice is still desirable. Libraries and other collection institutions are aware of the need to manage their digital resources: from creation, indexing, storage, preservation and dissemination of data, to understanding tools for analysis and the subsequent addition of value, the establishment of workflow policies, promotional outreach and fundraising. The phrase digital curation is perhaps primarily understood within the cultural context, but it also encompasses management of research data. This special issue will include papers focusing on a broad spectrum of engagement related to the management of our complete digital heritage, and our current digital research output. Emphasis should be placed on these issues in the context of national libraries and other national collection institutions. Manuscripts should be sent, by 31 December 2015 Read More 

Call for Papers: IFLA Journal special issue on Research Data Services

IFLA Journal invites papers for a special issue focused on research data services and libraries across all continents. The issue will be published in October 2016 as Volume 42:3. In particular, the main goal of the special issue is to gather the latest theory, research, and state-of-the-art practices from libraries that are informing and innovating effective data services. 


IFLA Journal is hosted on ScholarOne™ Manuscripts, a web based online submission and peer review system SAGE Track. Please read the  Manuscript Submission guidelines, and then simply visit the IFLA Journal Manuscript submission webpage to login and submit your article online. Submissions due May 16, 2016 Read More 






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