December 14, 2017

Saskatchewan Archives Cut Hours, Staff

From the Regina Leader-Post: The Saskatchewan Archives Board has had to cut hours and staff as a result of this year’s provincial budget. “We didn’t get a sufficient increase to keep going at the status quo. So we had to re-examine where we’re at in terms of staff and the ability to offer services,” said […]

Radio Program/Listen Online: Canadian Publishers Face Uncertainty

From a CBC News Article/Summary: The Canadian publishing industry has long faced uncertainty, but e-books, the U.S. pricing system and a concentration of major retailers in the Canadian market contribute to greater uneasiness today, according to three industry insiders. Three insiders discussed their concerns about the future of the industry on CBC’s The Sunday Edition […]

Roundup: Toronto Public Library Workers Go On Strike

The Toronto Public Library is the busiest urban library system in the world. (Fast Facts About TPL) More than 2300 library workers belong to the union. Statements From the Toronto Public Library Workers Union: Toronto Public Library Workers call strike after Library Board fails to offer fair deal (via TPLWU) TPLWU 4948 on Twitter From […]

New and Upcoming Web Resources: The War of 1812 at Library and Archives Canada

From the LAC Web Site: The 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 is a unique opportunity for all Canadians to take pride in our traditions, and our shared history. The Government of Canada recognizes the War of 1812 as a defining moment in the history of our nation and has big plans to commemorate […]

Calgary Record Store Buys the CBC Calgary CD/LP Archives

From Exclaim.ca: Earlier this year, the CBC revealed plans to digitize and dismantle their entire CD and vinyl archives due to budget cuts and other financial uncertainties. While there are undoubtedly some CBC staffers who are sad to say goodbye to so much physical media, Calgarians will rejoice in the fact that local record store […]

Canada: "Copyright Bill Hits the Home Stretch"

From The Toronto Star: “The Canadian Independent Music Association is seeking changes that would create new liability risks for social networking sites, search engines, blogging platforms, video sites, and many other websites featuring third party contributions. It is also calling for a new iPod tax, an extension in the term of copyright, a removal of […]

Canada: E-books High in Demand at Halifax Libraries, Having to Divert More Money into E-Book Purchases

From the CBC: Halifax public libraries have seen a huge spike in the number of people borrowing e-books, so the they’re now shopping for tablets and e-readers to train librarians to manage the demand. The libraries are shopping for 40 new devices — iPads, BlackBerry PlayBooks, and Sony e-readers. They’ll be used to train staff […]

Canada: Danielle McDonald Named New CEO of Ottawa Public Library

From an OPL Announcement: Danielle holds a Master of Arts, Public Administration from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies, Honours, Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo. Her educational background is complemented by more than 25 years of management experience, including strategic planning, finance, human resources and technology with the City […]

comScore Releases the “2012 Canada Digital Future in Focus” Report

From a Summary of the comScore Report: Key insights from the 2012 Canada Digital Future in Focus include: Canada continues to lead the world in online engagement, with visitors spending an average 45 hours per month online, representing a fertile ground for digital marketers and advertisers. While Facebook is nearing a point of visitor saturation […]

University of Calgary: Professor Teaches Librarians to Never Be Meek

From Macleans: Early on, professor Toni Samek asks her students this question: Is homelessness a library issue? Students entering the Master of Library and Information Studies program at the University of Alberta, where Samek has taught for 18 years, come from fields as diverse as nursing and law. They arrive not knowing what to expect. […]