Highlights from CLA 2012 in Ottawa

Via Canadian Library Association

The first “CLA on the Hill” day was a tremendous success. The day started with an Advocacy Boot Camp which gave delegates a context for our activities, training in how to manage a meeting, and the key talking points for the day. Then more than 60 members were divided into 18 teams, and fanned out over the Hill for meetings with 63 MPs, Senators, and key Hill staff. CLA members highlighted copyright legislation, library book rate, the Community Access Program, and budget cuts affecting federal libraries and Library and Archives Canada as key issues. Many members also attended Question Period – a highlight of the day!

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October is Canadian Library Month!

The Canadian Library Association / Association canadienne des bibliothèques (CLA/ACB) has announced that October has been designated as Canadian Library Month! The idea for a month dedicated to library and information services in Canada was developed by library partners from across the country to help raise public awareness of the valuable role that libraries play in the lives of Canadians.

This year’s theme is Your Library: A Place Unbound

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The CLA Speaks out Against cuts to School Libraries

In recent weeks, there has been extensive media coverage on the declining number of teacher-librarians in Canada, beginning with the announcement of eliminating school library staffing and making serious cuts to school library services and resources in the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board in Ontario.  The Canadian Library Association (CLA) has been monitoring these developments, and is concerned about the status of teacher-librarians across the country.

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