October 7, 2015

Canada: The Windsor Public Library’s Espresso Book Machine Has Produced 10,699 Books in Three Years

From The Windsor Star: [Sue] Perry runs the main library’s self-publishing Espresso Book Machine which has produced 10,699 books in three years and she hopes to be even busier delivering professionally-bound paperback books into the hands of local authors. Windsor was the first public library in Canada to install such a machine in 2012 so […]

IFLA “Concerned” By Extension of Copyright Terms in Canada and Jamaica

From the International Federation of Library Associations: In recent weeks, IFLA members have become concerned as they observed copyright changes in Jamaica and Canada that extend the term of copyright protection. A rich public domain and fair access to copyright protected material enhances creativity and the production of new works. Longer copyright terms withhold material […]

Canada: Ontario Council of University Libraries Releases Web Version of “Accessibility Information Toolkit for Libraries”

From OCUL: The OCUL Accessibility Information Toolkit for Libraries, previously available in PDF format, is now fully online as a handy reference resource for all! Originally designed to provide accessibility resources and best practices to Ontario’s University libraries, it is now available to the general public in French and English to browse, search and consult […]

Canada: What’s Does the Future Hold For Ebooks?

From the Financial Post: “Unplugging — I think people are getting it,” Heather Reisman, chief executive officer of Indigo Books and Music Inc., said in an interview after the company’s recent annual general meeting of shareholders in Toronto. “Especially Millennials,” she said, speaking of the demographic aged 18 to 34. “They are the hippest group.” […]

Reference: Canadian Government Launches Expenditure Database

From the Treasury Board of Canada: The tool gives Canadians a quick picture of how taxpayer dollars are spent and allows Parliamentarians to better analyse government expenditures. [Clip] The database allows users to search for spending information in three categories: by Authorities and Expenditures, which compares the amount of funding that was authorized to what […]

Canada: Ottawa Public Library Wants Readers to Buy Books Through Library Website

From Metroland Media/YourOttawaRegion.com: The Ottawa Public Library wants to become the second library in Canada to let people buy – not just borrow – e-books. On Feb. 11, the library board endorsed a plan to partner with an e-book publisher to put a purchase button for e-books on the library’s website catalogue. It’s a way for […]

Report: Ontario Public Library Assoc. Child and Youth Services Committee Teen Services Benchmarks and Statistical Report 2013

Here’s another new report out of Canada. Earlier this week we shared the “National Statistical and Values Profile of Canadian Libraries” published by the Canadian Library Association. Today, a new report from Ontario. Direct to: Ontario Public Library Assoc. Child and Youth Services Committee Teen Services Benchmarks and Statistical Report 2013 (23 pages; PDF) From […]

New Report: “National Statistical and Values Profile of Canadian Libraries”

New from the Canadian Library Association: CLA is pleased to launch the National Statistical and Values Profile of Canadian Libraries. CLA Executive Council, under past-President Karen Adams, commissioned this research to provide CLA members with a current comprehensive overview of the activities of libraries in Canada. The statistics are supported by a compilation of statements […]

Stephen Abram Leaving Cengage, Joins Dysart & Jones Consultancy

Capping a three-year stint with Gale/Cengage Learning, library speaker and pundit Stephen Abram is joining the Dysart & Jones Associates consultancy as an associate focusing on “marketing strategy and direction planning consultant for libraries and the information industry,” according to the firm’s site and a press release sent today.

Canada: City of Montreal Archives Celebrates 100th Birthday

From The Montreal Gazette: The city of Montreal archives possess about four kilometres of historically significant records dating from as early as 1796. Among these are found vintage real estate evaluation rolls to the minutes of the very first council meeting held in 1833, at which Jacques Viger was selected as Montreal’s first mayor. The […]