Saturday, February 22, 2014

Feb 23 - March 1

Freedom to Read Week

"An annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms."

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

DEMOCRACY Days - Vancouver, Nov. 8 and 9

Don't miss this event!

"The Media Democracy Project works hard to create a significant presence for noncommercial media in Canada. Our small team brings our community together with leading media makers, activists, and scholars to discuss the relationship between media and democracy.

Since 2001, our annual conference, Media Democracy Days (MDD), has become the signature event for alternative, independent, and democratic media in Canada."

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Kudos to ALA

During the ALA Conference 2013 in Chicago:

"In a little over an hour,[ALA]Council quickly passed a number of resolutions, including support for whistleblower Edward Snowden (CD#39), which was moved by Jim Kuhn and seconded by Mike Marlin. The motion resolved “that the American Library Association recognize Edward Snowden as a whistleblower who, in releasing information that documents government attacks on privacy, free speech, and freedom of association, has performed a valuable service in launching a national dialogue about transparency, domestic surveillance, and overclassification.” ---American Libraries Magazine

  • "I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded. That is not something I am willing to support or live under."

  • "I don't want to live in a world where there's no privacy, and therefore no room for intellectual exploration and creativity." --- E. Snowden

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


A review is warranted considering the current political climate. CCL

IFLA (The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) supports, defends and promotes intellectual freedom as defined in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

IFLA declares that human beings have a fundamental right to access to expressions of knowledge, creative thought and intellectual activity, and to express their views publicly.

IFLA believes that the right to know and freedom of expression are two aspects of the same principle. The right to know is a requirement for freedom of thought and conscience; freedom of thought and freedom of expression are necessary conditions for freedom of access to information.

IFLA asserts that a commitment to intellectual freedom is a core responsibility for the library and information profession.

IFLA therefore calls upon libraries and library staff to adhere to the principles of intellectual freedom, uninhibited access to information and freedom of expression and to recognize the privacy of library user.

IFLA urges its members actively to promote the acceptance and realization of these principles. In doing so, IFLA affirms that:

Libraries provide access to information, ideas and works of imagination. They serve as gateways to knowledge, thought and culture.

Libraries provide essential support for lifelong learning, independent decision-making and cultural development for both individuals and groups.

Libraries contribute to the development and maintenance of intellectual freedom and help to safeguard basic democratic values and universal civil rights.

Libraries have a responsibility both to guarantee and to facilitate access to expressions of knowledge and intellectual activity. To this end, libraries shall acquire, preserve and make available the widest variety of materials, reflecting the plurality and diversity of society.

Libraries shall ensure that the selection and availability of library materials and services is governed by professional considerations and not by political, moral and religious views.

Libraries shall acquire, organize and disseminate information freely and oppose any form of censorship.

Libraries shall make materials, facilities and services equally accessible to all users. There shall be no discrimination due to race, creed, gender, age or for any other reason.

Library users shall have the right to personal privacy and anonymity. Librarians and other library staff shall not disclose the identity of users or the materials they use to a third party.

Libraries funded from public sources and to which the public have access shall uphold the principles of intellectual freedom.

Librarians and other employees in such libraries have a duty to uphold those principles.

Librarians and other professional libraries staff shall fulfil their responsibilities both to their employer and to their users. In cases of conflict between those responsibilities, the duty towards the user shall take precedence.


Friday, October 05, 2012

Deskilling, outsourcing, corporatization...

Contested Terrain: Shaping the Future of Academic Librarianship

Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27 at the Sheraton Ottawa

Academic librarianship is threatened by Wal-Mart style corporate management that cuts costs by deskilling work, outsourcing professional responsibilities, misusing technology and reducing necessary services and positions. How can our community push back against this destructive agenda? This conference will examine best practices of academic librarianship, including the role of leadership within the library community and the use of technology as a liberating force for positive social change.

Participants will also discuss and develop action plans to protect our profession and the critical public good it provides. Please join together with librarian colleagues, faculty and students at this important event.


Monday, August 13, 2012

Librarian Ethics, IFLA guidelines

"Librarians all over the world are well aware of their profession's ethical implications. In more than 60 countries library associations have developed and approved a national code of ethics for librarians.

During 2011 and 2012 a working group from [IFLA] drafted and consulted extensively on a draft international code of Ethics for librarians. Hundreds of comments from IFLA Members and Non-Members were received to the draft, and a final version was prepared for the endorsement by the IFLA Governing Board. The IFLA Code of Ethics for Librarians and Other Information Workers was approved endorsed in August 2012."

Code of Ethics

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Destruction of a National Library

This is a repost from the Tyee June 06, 2012

Wrecking of Canada's Library and Archives

by Myron Groover

The ongoing cuts and changes to service delivery at Library and Archives Canada (LAC) continue to be a source of consternation for Canada's archival community and to the users of Canada's documentary heritage. It's quite easy to get carried away on a tide of outrage around these issues, though, and so I present here a brief summary of the proposed changes themselves so readers can have an idea what's going on.

A partial list of the IMPACTS are listed here:

1. Hours and services for on-site reference are being cut to six hours a day (weekdays only); reference services will no longer be available without a formal appointment.

2. One out of five positions to be axed. Four hundred and fifty staff have been presented with "affected" notices announcing they will effectively need to re-apply for their own positions; of these, 215 will be eliminated. This amounts to around 1/5 of LAC's total workforce.,/p>

These cuts include:

Twenty-one of 61 archivists dealing with non-governmental records will be eliminated;

Fifty per cent of digitization staff will be eliminated;

Fifty per cent of circulation staff for analog holdings will be eliminated;

Thirty per cent of cataloguing librarians will be eliminated;

Thirty per cent of library technicians working in collection development will be eliminated;

The professionals previously responsible for loans and exhibitions, microfilm preservation and imaging, digital preservation, preservation registry, textual and visual conservation, multicultural publications, and rare/out-of-print publications will be fired; the archivist positions responsible for cartography, moving images and sound, aboriginal treaties and affairs, art and photo archives, and the multicultural portfolio are already vacant.

Staff dealing with preservation and conservation of documents will see "significant" reduction.

3. Interlibrary loans will be completely eliminated by February 2013, meaning that LAC's services as library of record for all books published in Canada will only be available on-site in Ottawa.

4. A new "whole of society model," developed in secret and without any apparent public oversight or input, will be used to guide (and partly automate) archival holdings and acquisitions.

full article availabe at:Wrecking of Canada's Library and Archives