CLA Digest - 08/09/2013 - CLA 2013 Election Candidates for Executive Council
 August 9, 2013
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1. CLA 2013 Election Candidates for Executive Council
2. Young Canada Works 2013 Update

3. Hoopla Lets Public Library Increase Its Digital Offerings
4. WORD Vancouver
5. Extensive Damage Pushes Back Calgary's Downtown Library Re-opening

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The DEWS system has been given a permanent link on the website - a resource for child safety programs with ties to the RCMP’s school safety programming.

The goal of DEWS (the Dog Early Warning System) is to nationally advance a colour-coded, street smart system, which employs dog bandanas in the three colours of the traffic lights to alert oncoming pedestrians to any issues that may affect their or their pet’s safety. Under the DEWS system:

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Hot Off The Press

1. CLA 2013 Election Candidates for Executive Council
At the 2013 CLA AGM in Winnipeg, Karen Adams, Chair of the Nominations Standing Committee, announced the candidates for this year’s CLA election for Executive Council. There are four vacancies to be filled: for Vice-President/President-Elect, Treasurer and two for Councillor-at-Large. We are very pleased that there are strong slates of candidates for all positions.

  • Candidates for Vice-President/President-Elect: 
    Kathleen De Long, Jan Harder, Sandra Singh

  • Candidate for CLA Treasurer: Mike Ridley: Acclaimed

  • Candidates for Councillor-at-Large: Virginia Clevette,
    Lorna Rourk, and Marc Truitt.

Meet the candidates through their statements and profiles >>

The election will launch on 12 September. These positions are two-year terms, commencing in January 2014.

2. Young Canada Works 2013 Update

CLA is pleased to announce the following libraries in Canada that have been selected for funding through the Young Canada Works program. Young Canada Works (YCW) offers students and recent graduates the chance to put their skills to the test, build career equity, earn money for their education or get started on the right career path. The program also offers employers an opportunity to benefit from innovative ideas and competitive skills. Wage subsidies are available for eligible employers. CLA is midway in the program cycle and many excellent job opportunities are underway for students across Canada. Please follow the link to see the 100+ jobs funded through the Young Canada Works program and the partnership between the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canadian Library Association.

Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations (YCW-HO) 2013 Recipients )

Young Canada Works in Building Careers in Heritage (YCW-BCH) 2013 Recipients

3. Hoopla Lets Public Library Increase Its Digital Offerings

Hamilton library cardholders can now carry thousands of movies, TV shows, albums and audio books in their mobile devices — and most don't even know it.

It's all part of a new offering from the Hamilton Public Library that allows cardholders to have free and instant access to the digital media. To date, there are only 1,544 library patrons out of about 200,000 registered for the just-out-of pilot distribution service called Hoopla Digital, but that number is expected to grow rapidly.

The city's library system is one of only two in the country linked up with Hoopla Digital, an Ohio-based company offering more than 10,000 movies and TV titles, 250,000 albums and 10,000 audiobooks.

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(Source: Hamilton Spectator)

4. WORD Vancouver

Since 1995, The Vancouver Book and Magazine Fair Society has produced The Word On The Street Vancouver, the primary literary festival for Western Canadian book lovers and literacy enthusiasts. In 2013, this festival is rebranding with a new name, WORD Vancouver. The first festival was a one day event at the then newly built Vancouver Public Library and it featured 60 exhibitors and attracted 18,000 festival goers. Since then, the festival has expanded to five days and now attracts an average of 30,000 attendees to events taking place at Carnegie Community Centre, Banyen Books & Sound, Historic Joy Kogawa House, Library Square, and other venues.

The festival promotes books and authors with free exhibits, performances, and hands-on activities for a wide range of ages and interests.

All events are free and will take place at various venues from Sept. 25 to 29. The big festival day happens on Sunday the 29th in and around the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library (350 W Georgia St, between Robson and Georgia and Hamilton and Homer). Come hear musical performances, author readings and panel discussions, and take part in free workshops. Canadian authors and book and magazine exhibitors are all gathered to share their passion for words and stories. Fun for literature and literacy lovers of any age!

More to be announced! Check for up-to-date details!

5. Extensive Damage Pushes Back Calgary's Downtown Library Re-opening

Calgary’s flood-ravaged downtown library will open later than expected as staff continue to wade through damaged materials and wait for broken elevators and electrical equipment to be repaired.

While the central library branch along Macleod Trail is still dealing with the aftermath of up to five feet of water in its basement, the doors which were expected to open this month will remain closed to the public until September.

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(Source: Calgary Herald)




FOPL’s New Executive Director
Stephen AbramStephen Abram Appointed Executive Director of the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries

Larry Stewart, Chair, Federation of Ontario Public Libraries / La Fédération des Bibliothèques Publiques de L’Ontario announced that Stephen Abram joined the FOPL as the Federation’s Executive Director on June 10, 2013.

Stephen Abram is well known to the Ontario and international library communities. He is a renowned library thought leader, trend watcher and innovator and author of Stephen’s Lighthouse blog, one of the most popular blogs in librarianship. He has been president of the Ontario Library Association, the Canadian Library Association and the international Special Libraries Association. He received the 2011 CLA Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award in June 2011. He is also a strategy and direction planning consultant for libraries and the information industry as managing principal at Lighthouse Partners Inc. He has held international executive leadership positions at Cengage Learning (Gale), SirsiDynix, Thomson, ProQuest Micromedia, and IHS. He has lead several libraries and served on the advisory boards of six LIS schools. He was listed by Library Journal as one of the top 50 people influencing the future of libraries as one of the first LJ “Movers and Shakers.” He has been awarded the SLA’s John Cotton Dana Award as well as being a Fellow of the SLA. He was Canadian Special Librarian of the Year and Alumni of the Year for the Faculty of Information iSchool at the University of Toronto where he received the 2010 Outstanding Teaching Award. He speaks internationally on innovation, technology, marketing and strategic success in libraries and is the author of hundreds of articles as well as ALA Editions’ bestselling Out Front with Stephen Abram.

“I am thrilled to be joining FOPL” said Mr. Abram. “This is a critical time for libraries in Ontario. Public libraries’ impact on our province’s economic and social success as well as in preparing citizens and learners to succeed in the new economy has never been more important and vital. FOPL is well positioned to provide advice and research to libraries to enhance their success, and the success of all Ontarians. I look forward to strongly supporting the efforts of the FOPL Board and members.”



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