Calgary Public Library Steps Up to Help New Canadians + Welcome to the Library Video
The Calgary Public Library is boosting its services for newcomers to Calgary and Canada, thanks to a donation from the Royal Bank of Canada.
RBC has donated $550,000 toward the “Welcome to the Library” initiative.
“They’re people [new Canadians] that drive the economy and they will remember their first point of contact with the country was the public library.” [Bill Ptacek, CPL CEO].
The library serves more than a million people, Ptacek said, “so this gift from the RBC Foundation will allow the library to focus on helping newcomers with the skills, information and contacts that they need to navigate their new home.”
Read the Complete Article
Direct to Welcome to the Library Webpage
Learn More in the Formal Announcement from the Calgary Public Library Foundation and Royal Bank of Canada
Learn More About the Calgary Public Library Foundation (5 pages; PDF)
Page 5 of this document includes the foundation’s statement of the role of the 21st Century library
Welcome to the Library Video (Available in 18 Languages With More Languages On the Way)
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.