Annual CLA Challenges
The Annual Challenges Survey was initiated for the Canadian Library
Association in 2006 by Dr. Toni Samek, Professor of Library and
Information Studies, University of Alberta, who was then Convenor of the
Association’s Intellectual Freedom Advisory Committee. The primary
goal of the Annual Challenges Survey is to gather information
about the nature and outcome of challenges experienced in each calendar
year by publicly-funded libraries across Canada to their materials and
policies. Data from the survey help to inform the Association’s
policy and advocacy work for intellectual freedom on behalf of the CLA
Visit the Annual Challenges
Survey page for more information and to access press
releases, annual reports, challenged title lists, and databases from
2009 on (as well as title lists and databases for 2006-2008) are
available in pdf format
New Publication! Guidelines for the
Education of Library Technicians
CLA is pleased to announce the release of the new Guidelines for
the Education of Library Technicians. This document is a revision of
the Guidelines first produced in 1991.
Updated English and French versions of the strategy will be available
in the near future
Library and Archives Canada
Digital Strategy, 2015 and
The mission of Library and Archives
Canada (LAC) is to help Canadians know themselves better by connecting
them with their documentary heritage. With the progress of
technology in this era of unparalleled information creation and online
discovery, this can only be achieved by becoming a leading digital
memory institution. LAC defined a renewed business model in 2014 that
articulates the target how LAC will create, deliver, and capture value.
Focusing on a core value proposition, the business model creates the
framework for how LAC can evolve its capability and capacity to
effectively manage the current and future volume of content. This
Digital Strategy flows directly from the business model, articulating
the digital opportunities that LAC can leverage in pursuit of this
mission and improve its value, relevance and credibility. Delivering on
the Digital Strategy will be further enabled by additional companion
pieces, including a detailed implementation plan. The Digital Strategy
provides a platform for the department to not only ensure it has the
necessary foundational elements to secure its place in an increasingly
digital world, but also encourages disruptive innovation where required.
It is through this innovation that LAC will adapt to the changing world
in which it operates.
The document can be accessed here.
Initiative for Equitable Library Access: IELA Service Level
The CLA Executive Council has approved the IELA
Service Level Guidelines which was prepared by the CLA IELA Task
Force. The document provides a model for service levels in
Canadian public libraries for individuals with print disabilities.
The document can be accessed here.
Briefing Note for Canadian Library Community
Regarding “Demand Letters”
More and more members of the
Canadian library community are receiving demand letters regarding their
practices. The Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des
bibliothèques thought it might be useful to explain what a demand
letter is and what it is not. This Briefing Note should not be construed
as legal advice. Click here to
read the briefing note.
The ACU establishes new professional network for Commonwealth
(September 10, 2007)
The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) has
launched a new Libraries and Information Network for its member
universities, with the inaugural issue of a new magazine, LINK,
published in September.
the press release here or view
LINK Issue 1
Reference Guide for Depository libraries / Guide
de référence pour les bibliothèques de
dépôt (Feb 2007)
Canadian Library Human Resource Study
The 8Rs Canadian Library Human Resource Study is a national research
project that is examining important facets of library human resources
from both organizational and individual perspectives over a period of
two years. The study draws its name from the eight core issues that the
literature suggests are integral to human resource management in
libraries: recruitment, retention, remuneration, reaccreditation,
repatriation, rejuvenation, retirement and restructuring. The research
team is currently gathering data through a series of surveys and focus
groups from a number of different sources: library administrations,
individual librarians and library technicians at all stages of their
careers, library educators and MLIS students This will allow the study
to present comprehensive view of the current and predicted needs of
library institutions and library workers.
The results will be presented in a series of reports
summarizing data for each library sector from administrations and staff,
focusing on recent changes and anticipated challenges with respect to
their human resource strategies.
on the 8Rs Report Prepared for the Provincial and Territorial Library
Directors Council – Aug. 2005
(prepared by Alison Hopkins)
for the Education of Library Technicians
Libraries Across Canada: A Kaleidoscope of Services and Governance
by Ann Curry, Suzanne Green, and Jessica O’Neill
This report was partially funded by grants from the Canadian Library
Association, and from the Rural and Remote Libraries Interest Group of
the Canadian Library Association. This support is gratefully
Funding Proposals Pathfinder, by the Canadian Rural Information
Service, provides references to Web sites and to print sources with
useful information on how to write a proposal when applying for funding
from a private or public organization. It is intended to assist in
developing successful proposals.
publishes Staying Connected: a Toolkit to Build Support in the Community
for Your Technology Programs
CLA is pleased to inform the Canadian library community that the Bill
& Melinda Gates Foundation, which has contributed generously to
public computing in Canadian libraries, has just issued a tool kit for
libraries to help them build and sustain their public access programs
beyond the initial grant cycle.
Profile of Information Management Specialists in Archives, Libraries and
Records Management: A Comprehensive Cross-Sectoral Competency
by Céline Gendron. A condensed version has been printed in Vol. 46,
No. 3 (2000) of Feliciter.
Net Safe; Net Smart:
Managing and Communicating about the Internet in the Library. CLA's
new Internet Toolkit designed to assist libraries.
School Library Info
Portal. Canada's gateway portal to documents for school libraries
originating in Canada and not widely available in published form. SLiP
is a directory to links in provincial and territorial schools, boards
and districts as well as national school library
Internet Service in Public Libraries - A Matter of Trust - paper
prepared by the Executive Council Task Force.
Canadian Guidelines on Library and Information Services for Older Adults
prepared by the Canadian Library Association Interest Group on Services
for Older People and approved by CLA Executive Council, November 24,
of Internet Access Policies of Canadian Libraries in the Public
by Alvin M. Schrader & Joel MacKeen. Recipient of a CLA Research
and Development Grant in 2000. See the project report.
UNESCO Libraries Portal
Library Manifesto ~ Endorsed by CAPL and CLA in June,
Information Rights Week Materials (April 6 - 12,
Notables 2002: Celebrating the Best in Canadian Materials for Youth ~
From CLA's annual showcase of the best in fiction, non-fiction, picture
books, and audio-visual materials for young people. As presented at
CLA's 57th Annual Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia (June 20,