Briefs Submitted and Presentations Made
to time the Canadian Library Association prepares written and oral
comments on government initiatives. Often prepared upon the request of
the government, these papers outline and provide descriptions of the
real and potential impact of government activities on library programs
and make recommendations on various courses of action.
National Summit on Libraries and Literacy, June 2006
2006, the Canadian Library Association's Action for Literacy Interest
Group hosted the second National Summit on Libraries and Literacy. The
Summit brought together adult learners, librarians and representatives
from literacy organizations to discuss and develop action plans for the
advancement of literacy through libraries.
Summit also resulted in a wealth of information. Please follow the links
to the Background Reports (both official languages); the Summit
Proceedings; and the evaluation.
Canadian Library Association appreciates the support of the following
organizations to help make the Summit happen: National Literacy
Secretariat, Government of Canada; Libraries and
Archives Canada - Bibliothèque et Archives Canada; Canada
Post; AlphaPlus Centre; Canadian Urban Libraries Council;, National
Adult Literacy Database; Toronto Public Library; Vancouver Public
occasion, members of Executive Council, the Executive Director and
others in the association submit correspondence in support of
initiatives, resolutions passed at the Annual General Meeting or to
respond to concerns affecting the library community. In this new
section, all of this correspondence is gathered together. See what the
association is doing to represent your interests.
Library Book Rate
Introduced in 1939, the Library Rate (commonly called the
Library Book Rate) assists in extending library services to rural and
remote areas. Through an agreement with the Department of Canadian
Heritage, Canada Post provides a discount to libraries mailing print
materials to their users or other libraries. Canada Post estimates that
the cost to provide delivery for the estimated three million shipments
under this program is $10 million per year; the program generates
approximately $1.3 to $2 million in revenue to Canada Post. The cost of
the loss of this discount for libraries and their users is
here for more information on the Library Book Rate.
of the Library Book Rate
Prepared for: Department of Canadian Heritage
Fuse Communications and Public Affairs; ASM Advanced Strategic