March 20, 2018

Canada: Librarians Say Internet Cut Will Hurt Most Vulnerable Users

From the CBC: The Community Access Program helps 96 libraries in the province provide free internet access to members of the public. The Newfoundland and Labrador Library Association said the cut will hurt those who need the free service the most. “The NLLA is concerned that without CAP funding, people in rural and remote areas […]

Canada: Edmonton City Archives Go Virtual

From The Edmonton Journal: The City of Edmonton Archives is going virtual with its first online exhibit profiling Edmonton author, artist and archive-advocate Ella May Walker. [Clip] The city’s move online is intended to give patrons faster access to the archives and to provide a narrative to the stories of Edmontonians that raw records couldn’t […]

More e-Book Price-Fixing Lawsuits, This Time in Canada

From The Toronto Star: “ebook price-fixing lawsuits hit Canada Two law firms in Ontario and one in B.C. have named Apple, Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin, Simon & Schuster, and their Canadian subsidiaries, in class action claims asserting the companies colluded to “fix, maintain, increase or control the price of ebooks” as Apple was preparing to launch […]

Canada: Cuts to Nova Scotia Librarians Match Trend Seen in Ontario

From the Canadian Press (via CBC): A Nova Scotia school board’s proposal to cut all of its 41 librarians to balance its books highlights a larger trend at some Canadian schools as libraries become victims of continued budget cuts, a development that some argue is having an impact on the quality of children’s education. And […]

Canadian Library Association Announces 2012 Award Winning Books for Children and Young Adults

From Canadian Library Association Announcements: 1. CLA Book of the Year for Children Award Winner (PDF) From a superb collection of children’s literature produced by Canadian authors and publishers in 2011, the Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliotheques (CLA/ACB) has selected its 2012 winning title for the Book of the Year for Children Award. This […]

Canadian Government Cuts Funding for Public Internet Access

From Global News: Ottawa is pulling the plug on its support for a program that helps connect Canadians to affordable Internet access at schools, community centres and libraries. Industry Canada sent out letters on Thursday notifying program coordinators it would not renew funding for the Community Access Program or CAP, a service accessed disproportionately by lower-income […]

Vancouver’s History Goes Digital

From the Vancouver Sun: West Vancouver’s photographic history went digital this month. Approximately 5,000 historical photos depicting more than 70 years of the district’s evolution are in the process of being converted to a digital format and posted online, thanks to the West Vancouver Memorial Library. “They really look good online,” said systems librarian Maryann […]

Nova Scotia: Libraries Boycott Random House Over E-Book Prices

From the CBC: Libraries on Nova Scotia’s South Shore are boycotting Random House, one of the world’s largest book publishers, over what they call unfair e-book pricing. The company began charging public libraries up to three times the retail price for downloadable books last month. [Clip] Troy Myers, CEO and chief librarian of South Shore […]

Library Board Reaches Tentative Agreement with Toronto Public Library Workers’ Union Local 4948

From a TPL Blog Post: The Toronto Public Library Board reached a tentative agreement with the Toronto Public Library Workers’ Union Local 4948, which represents the library’s 2,300 library workers. Once the agreement has been ratified by both the Local 4948 membership and by the Toronto Public Library Board, library services will resume. See Also: […]

New Podcast from Library and Archives Canada Looks at the "Lest We Forget" Project

The second podcast in the LAC “Your History, Your Documentary Heritage” series. From the Program Blurb: In this episode we’ll examine the Lest We Forget project. Since 2001, Library and Archives Canada has been supporting the initiative to connect youth to Canada’s history by making military service files available in person and online. Each year, […]