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uMontreal ÉBSI’s Maîtrise en sciences de l’information programme reaccredited by ALA until 2021

Posted by Govt Library and Info Mgmt Professionals Network on 2015-02-21

Communiqué : Agrément de la maîtrise en sciences de l’information par l’ALA renouvelé jusqu’en 2021

Montréal, le 12 février 2015 – L’École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information (EBSI) de l’Université de Montréal est heureuse d’annoncer que l’agrément de son programme de maîtrise en sciences de l’information par l’American Library Association (ALA) a été renouvelé jusqu’en 2021.

L’American Library Association garantit de manière indépendante le respect de critères stricts afin d’assurer la qualité du diplôme. L’agrément peut être obtenu pour une période maximale de sept ans. Il ouvre aux diplômés de maîtrise en sciences de l’information le marché de l’emploi nord-américain.

L’Université de Montréal est le seul établissement entièrement francophone à atteindre les standards d’excellence de l’American Library Association. Seules huit universités au Canada et 58 en Amérique du Nord peuvent s’enorgueillir d’un tel agrément. L’EBSI a reçu son premier agrément en 1969 et celui-ci a été renouvelé sans interruption depuis cette date.

L’EBSI remercie chaleureusement les nombreuses personnes qui se sont impliquées, tout au long de l’année 2014, dans le processus de demande de renouvellement de son agrément.


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Dr. Toni Samek Selected as Chair of uAlberta School of Library and Information Studies

Posted by Govt Library and Info Mgmt Professionals Network on 2015-01-05

Dear Colleagues,

Based on an open search for Chair of the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) at the University of Alberta, and the excellent work of our Selection Committee in December, I am delighted to announce that Dr. Toni Samek emerged as the top candidate for this leadership position, and has agreed to take up the leadership role July 1st, 2015.

Dr. Samek is currently a Professor at SLIS, where she began teaching in 1994. She holds a PhD in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1998). Toni’s books include Intellectual Freedom and Social Responsibility in American Librarianship 1967 to 1974 and Librarianship and Human Rights: A twenty-first century guide. Her scholarship has appeared in translation in such countries as Japan, Spain, Sweden, Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Turkey. An award winning teacher, Toni received the debut Library Journal Teaching Award in 2007, has been acknowledged with a Faculty of Education Graduate Teaching Award, and in 2012, she received a 3M National Teaching Fellowship from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education – the first scholar in the field of library and information studies to receive the ‘3M’.

Toni’s professional citizenship includes serving as founding member and first chair of the Association for Library and Information Science Education’s Special Interest Group on Information Ethics. She twice chaired the Canadian Library Association’s Advisory Committee on Intellectual Freedom and she recently completed two consecutive three-year terms on the Canadian Association of University Teacher’s Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee. In recognition of her significant contributions, Toni was honoured with the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) Distinguished Alumna Award in 2013.

Fern Snart
Dean, Faculty of Education

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Highlights from The Future Now: Canada’s Libraries, Archives, and Public Memory

Posted by Govt Library and Info Mgmt Professionals Network on 2014-11-13

Cover of The Future Now: Canada's Libraries, Archives, and Public MemoryThe full report [PDF] is available from the Royal Society of Canada website.

Executive Summary


In Spring 2013 the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) struck this Expert Panel on the status and future of Canada’s libraries and archive institutions. Our mandate acknowledged the allied obligation of libraries and archives. “They collect, preserve, and disseminate knowledge, and provide access to information and intellectual resources for civic engagement.”

Recognizing that these institutions are “actively meeting the challenges of unfolding digital technologies, changing cultural practices, and society’s expectations,” RSC charged the Panel:

  • To investigate what services Canadians, including Aboriginal Canadians and new Canadians, are receiving from libraries and archives;
  • To explore what Canadian society expects of libraries and archives in the 21st century;
  • To identify the necessary changes in resources, structures, and competencies to ensure libraries and archives serve the public good in the 21st century;
  • To listen to and consult the multiple voices that contribute to community building and memory building;
  • To demonstrate how deeply the knowledge universe has been and will continue to be revolutionized by digital technology; and
  • To conceptualize the integration of the physical and the digital in library and archive spaces.

Our remit is large and inherently double-edged. The air of crisis acknowledged repeatedly by researchers concerned about vanishing and undervalued national, cultural resources coincides with a time of re-imagining and re-locating libraries and archive institutions as centres of community, human experience, and possibility. Conveying and responding to this duality fuel the urgency and spirit of our work: we heard both despair and excitement.


As the first expert panel of Academy I (Arts and Humanities) of the RSC, we shared a commitment to the variety of expressions of the culture of the mind and the rooted nature of memories. We agreed on the unassailable importance of their preservation. We also agreed that listening to Canadians from different backgrounds and in various locations was paramount. The public consultations we have held across the country – in Yellowknife, Vancouver, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Montréal, Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Regina, Toronto, and Québec – and the passionate defences of libraries and archive institutions we heard from hundreds of Canadians and received as over 125 online submissions have guided and structured
our deliberations. We have reported on each consultation on our blog:

We have collected all submissions in their entirety and in searchable form at this portal (

We participated, moreover, in The Canadian Archives Summit: Towards a New Blueprint for Canada’s Recorded Memory, held at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. We joined in conversations with archivists, key partners, and students and directors of graduate programs in archival studies to discuss ways of growing and maintaining the record of Canada and advancing public recognition of our documentary heritage.

Why do we care about libraries and archives? In a networked knowledge society, with an increasingly diverse population, the expectations attached to these resources are complex and sometimes contradictory. In our panel discussions, we examined spoken and unspoken assumptions and looked at evolving technologies. In our public hearings, we heard what users and providers want from and offer to our knowledge institutions. This Report illustrates how these values play out in today’s institutions and in the ones we might want tomorrow.

The Report combines an examination of critical literature and analyses of trends and specific challenges with remarks from participants at consultations and photographs of stunning new buildings in Canada. Artists’ prints and paintings also illuminate the new world of knowledge. Voices and visuals reinforce our findings. Again relying on the power of the visual and the flexibility of new media, we illustrate the national scope of the development and breadth of our libraries and archives through the digital mediascape of our specially created “Mapping and Timeline Application: A Visualization of Canada’s Libraries and Archives.” This appendix supplies a dynamic and expandable conceptualization of what is on offer in Canada.


We want to share the excitement we have felt in our conversations about libraries and archives; we want to emphasize Canadians’ profound trust in and continuous reliance on these institutions and their services. We explore issues of inequitable access, organizational restructuring, leadership roles, and the need for continuous professional development among librarians and archivists. Yet throughout this exercise, we have been impressed by the resourcefulness, daring, and responsiveness of these institutions to accelerated public expectations.

Our title boldly asserts that the future must be acknowledged. We are not assuming the role of prophets, but rather of alert communicators. The library and archive sector needs institutional reform to improve efficiencies, foster more effective collaboration, and provide clearer, more reliable leadership. The Report synthesizes what we have heard and learned from Canadians. It conveys verbal and visual snapshots of transformative, energetic, forceful cultural institutions, either already flourishing or in planning stages. It also underlines the urgency of the present moment when disregard or neglect must be challenged and countered.

First and foremost, in the digital era, libraries and archives are as vital as ever to Canadian society, and they require additional resources to meet the wide variety of services they are expected to deliver. Equitable societies remove barriers between citizens and the material they need to enrich, inform, and improve their lives.

Second, while librarians and archivists must work more concertedly in nation-wide partnerships to continue to preserve our print heritage and to develop and maintain digital access, institutions and different levels of government must invest in digital infrastructure to advance these projects.

Third, a national digitization program, in coordination with memory institutions across the country, must be planned and funded to bring Canada’s cultural and scientific heritage into the digital era to ensure that we continue to understand the past and document the present as guides to future action.

Reflecting these important fundamentals we offer this selected digest of recommendations, which are expanded and justified in the pages that follow. While our expertise as panelists is diverse, we have all considered and endorse the recommendations.

That Library and Archives Canada

  • develop and communicate a five-year strategic plan, including plans for periodic evaluation of progress, no later than Fall 2015;
  • assume its place on national and international associations and councils;
  • establish a task force of key members within library and archival communities to assist in addressing morale issues and harmonized cultures and to assess progress;
  • facilitate the development of a national TDR collaboration including cloud storage;
  • constitute a pan-Canadian committee of peers to establish standards for a network of regional preservation/storage facilities;
  • re-establish its role as mediator working on behalf of print-disabled Canadians;
  • start a joint project with CHIN to explore building tools for coordinated searching of existing databases;
  • invest in the enterprise-level basics necessary to facilitate the whole-of-government, integrated library model piloted as the Federal Science Library;
  • establish, with the support of the federal government, a Libraries and Archives Collaboration Fund, administered jointly by LAC, CARL, and CCA, to fund innovative collaborative projects.

That the Canadian Council of Archives

  • coordinate, in association with ACA/AAQ, a national awareness campaign;
  • review the accountability structures of the Canadian archival system to ensure compliance with national and international policy and the security of the national patrimony;
  • in collaboration with the First Nations University, ACA, AAQ, and LAC, draft an introductory program of Indigenous Archival Studies to be offered in communities and reserves;
  • expand its membership to include representation of major stakeholders in the public and private sectors engaged in the preservation of and access to Canada’s documentary heritage;
  • pursue communication with Indspire, in collaboration with the above partners, to establish a volunteer mentoring program involving archivists and Aboriginal youth.

That the Canadian Library Association

  • focus its activities on program accreditation, market research, a national awareness campaign, engagement in public policy, and international representation;
  • strengthen its collaboration with literacy councils;
  • reconceive itself as a federation;
  • develop ebook cooperatives, in alliance with LAC and ministries of provincial and territorial governments.

That Canadian Urban Libraries Council and Canadian Association of Research Libraries

  • work more closely with publishers and vendors to provide Canadians access to needed content, electronic databases, and unified collections;
  • make full use of their users’ rights to fair dealing;
  • prioritize greater institutional cooperation on licensing and hosting to equalize access to resources by cloud services;
  • participate in the growth of open educational resources.

That Provincial and Territorial Ministries

  • gather in their regions to coordinate resourcing of collaborative activity;
  • enact a policy on information management and record-keeping roles;
  • review and update the legislation and regulation of archives;
  • review founding principles to ensure that necessary resources are available to archives for their continued participation in and reporting to;
  • collect and advertise best practices of inter-institutional and inter-professional collaboration;
  • develop programs of financial aid to allow communities to take charge of the preservation, treatment, and availability of their archives;
  • support the public library systems in forming larger units with adequate technological services;
  • develop provincial/territorial standards to direct the development of a school-house public library model.

That Provosts of U15 Canadian Research Universities

  • work collaboratively in developing shared print collections through sustainable resourcing for three to five regional preservation/storage facilities
  • those hosting library or ischools, embark on a system-wide review of programs in partnership with professionals in practice and employers.

That Faculties of Education and Faculties of Library, Archival and Information Science

  • include a course in community development;
  • increase the number of graduates with competencies to manage the new school library/learning commons.

That the Council of Ministers of Education Canada

  • commission a pan-Canadian panel to determine the most appropriate model for school libraries/learning commons
  • provide sustainable funding for such developments.

Our hope is that this Report provides an informed national and international perspective on where our primary cultural institutions are and where they might be.


Library and Archives Canada

The Panel recommends that the Librarian and Archivist of Canada:

1. develop by July 1, 2015 or earlier, a five-year strategic plan, in consultation with all relevant stakeholders, to provide a clear path to meeting the goals articulated in Section 7 of the Library and Archives Act. Inter alia this plan must define the scope of the “documentary heritage” that LAC would commit to acquire and preserve, and would establish measurable benchmarks for LAC to “support the development of the library and archival communities.” Such a plan would also include plans for periodic evaluation of progress toward meeting these goals.

2. participate actively on the boards/councils of those associations in which LAC has membership – e.g. CARL, CULC, ACA/CCA/AAQ, etc. In addition, he should develop a schedule of initial engagement with all provincial and territorial associations/councils.

3. use whatever organizational means possible, including expert outside consultants on systemic human resource policies, to deal with the morale issues within LAC.

4. establish a special task force of key members within the library and archival communities, as well as key stakeholder communities such as the Canadian Historical Association (CHA), to assess, over a two-year period, the progress made in harmonizing cultures in LAC. At the end of the two years the task force will submit a report, with recommendations, to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages relating to the continuation of a merged institution.

5. participate actively in and reassert Canada’s presence, with full support of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, in the international community of libraries and archives.

6. engage the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, as well as officials in Canadian Heritage, Treasury Board of Canada, and other federal agencies as required to review and revise if necessary the enabling policies and protocols that inhibit the fulfillment of the LAC mandate as expressed in the Library and Archives Act (2004), and which seems to prevent LAC from performing at a level in keeping with the expectations of Canadians and the best practices of similarly situated national libraries and archives.

Library and Archival Associations

Archival Associations

The Panel recommends that:

7. CCA initiate a dialogue with all the component organizations, including the ACA/AAQ, to discuss the ways and means to enhance the resources available for a vibrant, national awareness campaign intended to remind Canadians repeatedly of the importance and essential utility of archives in the life of the nation.

8. CCA review the accountability structures of the various elements of the archival system to ensure that on relevant national and international policy issues and particularly matters relating to the security of the national patrimony all components of the archival system are aligned and have no discordant voices.

9. the provincial ministries charged with responsibility for their provincial archives and by extension the provincial archival network review funding for the provincial network council/association to ensure that the necessary resources are in place to continue participation and reporting to

Library Associations

The Panel recommends that:

10. CLA focus its activities in five areas: (1) continue to perform MLIS program accreditation as well as professional qualification adjudication in conjunction with the American Library Association; (2) undertake practice-focused, evidence-based market research (both self-initiated and contracted); (3) create a vibrant, national awareness campaign intended to alert and remind Canadians about the importance and essential utility of such capacities in the everyday life of the nation; (4) engage in federal government relations and the development of public policy; and, (5) promote and represent Canadian libraries and librarians internationally within the global community of libraries.

11. CLA reconceive itself as a federation of national provincial/territorial and other national associations (not unlike the network structure of the Canadian archival community). The Association would be guided by a defined Council which would have properties such as: ex officio status for all provincial/ territorial associations or an agreed-upon rotating subset of these associations; ex officio status for ASTED, CULC, CARL, and the Provincial and Territorial Public Library Council (PTPL) and observer status for such organizations as the ACA and the Canadian Museums Association (CMA).

12. the current Executive Council of CLA prepare an inaugural business plan to initiate the negotiation of a funding model leading to the approval of the above constituent associations, with the intention of introducing a compulsory and contractual levy to underwrite the work of CLA, that approval not to be denied by the constituent associations for reasons other than an assessment of effective delivery of service in the five defined areas. CLA will not engage in activities in competition with its federated constituents. Each subsequent year the outcomes of the business plan will be reviewed by the reconstituted Board and a renewed plan adjudicated, and ultimately approved and funded.

Library Consortia

The Panel recommends that:

13. provincial ministries charged with post-secondary education in the Western region (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba) and the Atlantic region (Newfoundland & Labrador, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia) gather together in their regions to discuss ways and means of coordinating or identifying a pathway for the resourcing of collaborative activity amongst COPPUL institutions and CAUL institutions and thus fostering innovation and cost savings in the respective regions.

14. all consortia focus on their services to members, and through their members to the clientele of those institutions utilizing the member’s services and collections. They should be measured in their relations with governments focusing only on matters associated with their primary services; and, in other matters they are encouraged to partner with relevant national or provincial/territorial associations to coordinate advocacy activities.

15. all consortia, but particularly those with significant financial exposure by constituent members (e.g. CKRN, OCUL, COPPUL, CAUL, etc.), commit to external assessment regularly to determine whether the original value proposition that prompted their establishment is still valid.

The Canadian Archival System

The Panel recommends that:

16. CCA expand its membership to include representation of major stakeholders in the public and private sectors engaged in the preservation of and access to Canada’s documentary heritage.

17. CCA sponsor the process by which provincial/territorial archives councils, AAC and AAQ redefine the archivist’s relationship with individuals and communities, helping them to preserve and nurture their own documentary heritage, for their benefit and for the benefit of society as a whole.

Libraries and Archives Collaborating for Canada’s Documentary Heritage

The Panel recommends that:

18. provincial, territorial, and municipal governments enact a policy on information management that defines information management and recordkeeping roles and responsibilities, comparable to the Treasury Board Secretariat’s Policy on Information Management ( =text&id=12742).

19. provincial, territorial, and municipal governments review and update the legislation and regulation of archives, reflecting the principles of the Universal Declaration on Archives adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO, 10 November 2011 and the digital requirements which have transformed society in general and the world of information in particular.

20. provincial and territorial archive councils and provincial archives in collaboration with the Canadian Council of Archives (CCA) and LAC undertake to gather and publish current and comprehensive statistics about holdings and users.

21. the Provincial and Territorial Public Library Council (PTPLC), the Canadian Council of Archives (CCA), and the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) in partnership collect, develop, and advertise best practices of inter-institutional and inter-professional (galleries, libraries, archives, museums, and others) collaboration within a province/territory and across all provinces/territories.

22. the Federal Government establish a Libraries and Archives Collaboration Fund, to be administered jointly by LAC, CARL, CLA, and CCA to stimulate collaboration within the library and archives communities and from which innovative collaborative projects of libraries together with archives, libraries with libraries, and archives with archives, are funded.

23. LAC facilitate and receive funding for the development of a strategy for national TDR collaboration while extending such a strategy to cloud storage, in consultation with relevant stakeholders from the library and archives communities and beyond. Special attention should be given to advance the business case for institutional archives whose primary mandate is the management of their parent institution’s records and archives.

24. LAC and CHIN start a joint project to explore the possibilities of building tools for coordinated searching of the existing descriptive databases.

25. library and archival institutions, associations, councils, and other bodies look for alliances, if appropriate, with other organizations in the cultural and cultural heritage sectors.

Archives and Communities

The Panel recommends that:

26. provincial and territorial ministries responsible for libraries and archives develop programs of financial aid that will allow communities to take charge of the preservation, treatment, and availability of archives and other components of their documentary heritage, thus ensuring the necessary integration between archives and the communities where they were created.

27. provincial and territorial governments, recognizing that small communities rarely have sufficient budgets to equip themselves with permanent resources for the preservation of their documentary heritage, put in place means that allow these small communities to profit from professional expertise in archival science and especially in the domain of digital archives.

Academic Libraries

Analogue Cultural Patrimony

The Panel recommends that:

28. the Librarian and Archivist of Canada create a pan-Canadian committee of peers, consisting of appropriate stakeholder leadership from the library community, such as, but not limited to, CARL, CULC, NRC-KM, and APLIC, to discuss the standards and protocols that would underpin a network of regional preservation/storage facilities for both print and digital materials.

29. libraries work collaboratively in developing shared print collections. To pursue this end, it is recommended that Provosts of the U15 Canadian Research Universities establish and seek sustainable resourcing for three to five regional preservation/ storage facilities as last copy repositories, open to all repositories, to ensure the preservation of the entirety of the Canadian analogue heritage patrimony.

30. the Auditor-General of Canada (AGC), who has oversight accountability for the well-being of the Canadian patrimony as a legacy to future generations of Canadians, review the decisions made with regard to the actions taken relating to federal departmental libraries, and conduct a cost/benefit analysis of the decisions, the process undertaken to operationalize the decisions, the expected efficacy of the outcomes, and assess whether there was understanding that the national patrimony required consideration in the decision and the implementation process.

Strategies for Building Digital Spaces

The Panel recommends that:

31. libraries and archives work collaboratively on establishing shared digital infrastructure for acquiring, disseminating, and preserving digital content.

Public Libraries

The Panel recommends that:

32. public libraries make their work visible by posting evidence-based studies and economic impact studies on library websites for the benefit of the entire library community.

33. public libraries continue to share statistical data freely with CULC and other similar organizations.

34. library associations and organizations undertake and publish research into common issues facing the public library community.

35. faculties of library and information studies introduce a course on community development to better prepare graduates to fulfill changing roles in public libraries and meet the needs of a diverse community.

36. public libraries regularly inventory their programs, services, policies, and physical spaces to detect and remove barriers.

37. that public libraries engage in meaningful community consultations to ensure the relevance and inclusiveness of their institutions.

38. that public libraries pursue and strengthen their collaborations with literacy councils to expand and improve their English Language Learning programs and services.

39. provincial and territorial governments recognize, through legislation, the need for urban and rural libraries to provide digital services.

40. the federal government, namely Industry Canada, adopt the need for better rural bandwidth as a higher national priority. We make this recommendation fully recognizing that the federal government has increased its spending on rural broadband initiatives but aware, as well, that these initiatives are not part of a formal, national strategy. There is no commitment to meet specific standards in rural areas. Realistic timelines for the delivery of acceptable bandwidth into all Canadian communities are needed.

41. LAC re-establish its role as mediator working on behalf of print-disabled Canadians, and in the first instance bring all competing service providers together, including non-aligned representation from the print-disabled community itself, for the purpose of seeking a single, sustainable, and effective service model that is welcomed by the print-disabled as the best in service of their interests. It is recommended that in the absence of a mediated settlement, LAC will seek to craft a governmental/political solution to achieve a similar purpose.

42. provincial and territorial governments work with the federal government to ensure that Aboriginal Canadians receive fair and equitable access to public library services.

43. where necessary, ministries of provincial and territorial governments with a responsibility for the delivery of public library services support Canadian public library systems in forming larger units of service in order to provide adequate technologically-driven services, to mandate the provision of these services, and to promote the purchase of ebook material through consortia.

44. each province and territory review its InterLibrary loan policies in order to ensure that these policies mesh across sectors and place an emphasis on the research needs of Canadians and not on everyday library reading needs. Other mechanisms, such as ebook cooperatives, should be developed to meet everyday needs of customers. Responsibility lies with the various provincial and territorial library associations plus CLA, working in alliance with LAC as a partner. Provincial and territorial government ministries should be involved, since changes may involve regulations and policies. Since college, university, school and public libraries often report to multiple ministries, it is impractical for government to act
as the lead.

45. libraries and publishers work more closely together with an understanding that they are part of the same ecosystem and need each other to be successful and to provide Canadians with access to the content they need. Since public libraries deal more with trade publishers, responsibility for public libraries lies with the Canadian Urban Libraries Council. CULC libraries produce almost 90% of all Canadian public library circulation and CULC is designed to act quickly and to help libraries as organizations. Since academic libraries deal more with academic publishing, responsibility lies with the Canadian Association of Research Libraries. For products used by all sectors, such as electronic databases, both CULC and CARL should work together.

46. CULC and CARL, in conjunction with BiblioPresto and international library associations, support libraries and vendors to work in closer collaboration, allowing libraries to obtain content that can be merged into unified collections emphasizing the nature of the content itself and not the name of the vendor who provides that content.

Federal Libraries

The Panel recommends that:

47. the Federal Science Library (FSL) be used as a pilot to demonstrate the concept of an integrated library model. This initiative is well advanced and represents a demonstration of a cost-effective and scalable service delivery model. The goal of the 8 departments and agencies involved is to provide increased visibility and access by Canadians to GoC print and electronic library collections. Responsibility lies with the National Research Council Knowledge Management (NRC-KM) and Agriculture and Agrifood Canada (AAFC), supported by LAC and TBS.

48. LAC use the pilot findings to determine a realistic and informed strategy for scaling to a whole of government approach that provides a platform for search and discovery, management of library resources, document sharing, and consortial acquisitions. Resources saved over time can be re-invested in licensing more electronic information, digitization of print-only materials, and ensuring librarians’ expertise is available for training, in-depth reference, and supporting open publication and open data requirements within their agencies.

49. LAC, with financial investment from finance and the individual departments, invest in the enterprise-level basics necessary to ensure success of the proposed model changes. Many department libraries and IM groups lack the resources and capacity to manage change while coping with significant continuing re-organization. This initial investment will result in lower costs and better service over time.

50. LAC promote the value of federal libraries, to reflect that they are integral to government knowledge workers and informed decision-making. It is also recommended to promote the value of library professionals to the fields of archives, libraries, and records and data management.

51. individual departments and agencies invest in the information resources and library expertise necessary and appropriate to serve their clientele, and support their continued professional development.

School Libraries and Learning Commons

The Panel recommends that:

52. the Council of Ministers of Education Canada (CMEC) commission a pan-Canadian assessment engaging the full range of stakeholders, to bring forward a clear and prescriptive set of directives to frame a national policy consensus on the most appropriate model for school libraries/learning commons to maximize their contribution to the K-12 experience and its learning outcomes.

53. Ministries of Education work with Boards of Education and their respective schools to provide the sustainable funding necessary to realize the development of school libraries/learning commons.

54. Faculties of Education in universities with teacher-librarian programs or library and information studies (LIS) programs be funded to increase the number of graduates who would have the proper competencies to manage the new school library/learning commons.

55. provincial and territorial ministers responsible for public libraries and ministers of education join together to develop provincial standards that would direct the development of a school-house public library model drawing inspiration from the best practices and successes of those currently in operation.

Cultural Spaces and Voice

The Panel recommends that:

56. the librarians and archivists in the First Nations and Aboriginal Heritage divisions of LAC in collaboration with ACA, CAA, and AAQ engage in plans with the First Nations University of Canada to draft an introductory program of Indigenous Archival Studies to be offered in communities and reserves across Canada.

57. LAC in collaboration with ACA, CCA, and AAQ and the charitable program Indspire establish a volunteer mentoring program involving archivists and Aboriginal youth to promote the creation of family archives.

Education of Librarians and Archivists and Professional Development

The Panel recommends that:

58. provosts and deans of Library and Archive programs embark upon a system-wide review of their programs in partnership with professionals in practice, and particularly employers, to refine mandates, reduce unnecessary program overlaps, exploit technology to achieve efficiencies and, assess the efficacy of program outcomes by way of a thorough review of course syllabi.

59. deans and directors of graduate library schools, ischools, and archival programs, working with the appropriate provincial associations conceive and implement systematic library and archival pan-Canadian mid-career certification programs to ensure that all Canadians are served by the most knowledgeable and current library and archival practitioners.

60. provincial/territorial library and archival associations/councils develop their professional development curricula by way of engagement with their respective audiences – both practitioners and employers.

61. while practitioners must recognize their responsibility for their own development, employers must invest significantly more financial resources in the development of their staff.

62. library and archival institutions and professional communities identify their emerging leaders and make sure they have access to leadership development programs.

Copyright and Canadian Libraries and Archives in the Digital Environment

The Panel recommends that:

63. libraries and archives make full use of their users’ rights of fair dealing and the additional specific exceptions and limitations to copyright to engage in productive initiatives such as digitization of collections in analogue media, providing private study copies to patrons, and otherwise using the flexibility provided by the law as appropriate.

64. libraries and archives continue to participate in proceedings before the Copyright Board to ensure that their positions are well represented.

65. library licensing practices for electronic resources be revised. From a user’s perspective, the Internet enables equal access to digital information wherever there is a connection. But, access to licensed electronic resources, including ebooks, varies greatly across Canada because licensing is still done at the local, or sometimes at the consortial, level. Greater institutional cooperation on licensing and hosting should be given high priority to equalize access to the resources by using cloud services or other shared Internet infrastructure.

66. in discussions of how to adapt to the digital environment, concerns about increasing access are balanced with concerns about ensuring that creators of literary and artistic works are adequately compensated for their contribution to Canada’s cultural legacy.

Libraries, Open Access, and Open Educational Resources

The Panel recommends that:

67. librarians continue to educate faculty about managing their copyrights in scholarly articles and monographs to maximize the impact of their work by broadening access to it.

68. leaders of university administrations, libraries, and presses intensify efforts to rationalize the allocation of resources and realign incentives to ensure that scholarly publishing on campus is being done as efficiently and effectively as possible. Moreover, these leaders should explore more robust institutional cooperation to share the resources necessary to support vibrant and sustainable scholarly publishing. Particular regard should be given to supporting publishing in the social sciences and humanities, which do not receive as much government and private research support as the natural sciences for research and publication.

69. librarians with an interest in education, formal and informal, explore opportunities to participate in the growth of open educational resources by producing, or supporting faculty who produce, open course materials and open textbooks and by helping time-pressed educators or selflearners find high quality, relevant OER by building collections or discovery tools.

Royal Society of Canada Oversight

The Panel recommends that:

70. within 24 months, the Royal Society of Canada secure resources to re-commission the Panel to investigate and report on the changes in disciplinary and government organizations and institutions.

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Back to School

Posted by Govt Library and Info Mgmt Professionals Network on 2014-09-02

With the start of September comes the start of a new year and new semester in MLIS and LIT programs across Canada. When students emerge in December, they will have spent four months exploring a curriculum shaped by standards and guidelines from the American Library Association, the Canadian Library Association, or provincial governments.

The MLIS and LIT experience is, of course, more than just lectures and readings. One key outcome is the building of relationships – with fellow students, with faculty and staff, and with members of the library and information management community. Sometimes it’s about making a connection, other times it’s about being inspired and shaped by the experience.

As students and faculty make their way to classrooms, both physical and virtual, this week, the Government Library and Information Management Professionals Network invites you to look back to your experience in the MLIS or LIT programs and share which educators had the biggest influence on you as an information professionals.

To get the conversation started, we invited some members of the community to share their thoughts:

Mary Cavanagh
Assistant Professor, School of Information Studies, University of Ottawa
Alumna, School of Library and Information Science, University of Western Ontario

During my MLS year at the then University of Western Ontario, I met Catherine Sheldrick Ross during my first semester and was fortunate enough to have her as a professor for three classes throughout: Canadiana and Canadian publishing, genres of fiction and research methods. What made Dr. Ross outstanding and long remembered as one of my ‘best of’ teachers is not so easy to put in few words. So impressive was her wry and suddenly crackling sense of humour, combined with obvious deep and passionate interest in the subject, a quiet and non-judgemental demeanour, always listening first rather than speaking. I can still see some of her physical gestures as she walked across the front of the class, sometimes hands in pockets, sometimes smiling or looking perplexed but always nodding, clearly trying to make sense of whatever I was dumping onto the class ‘table’ for discussion. I remember being thrilled to learn that Dr. Ross had a PhD in English literature – as English and particularly Canadian literature was also my background. In the “genres” class, she did a masterful (i.e., subtle) job of turning my highbrow literary view of reading into an appreciation and defense of genre fiction reading that I carry and promote to this day. One of the assignments we did in research methods was to interview someone about their reading tastes and habits – little did I know how significant our contributions in that course would be to Dr. Ross becoming the expert she remains on fiction, readers and public libraries. A great teacher imprints finally only in indelible ways on their students. Only I can know when I’m bringing the illustrious Catherine Ross into my classes these days – and then I smile. Here’s to you, Dr. Ross, with so much appreciation!

Marie DeYoung
University Librarian, St. Mary’s University
Alumna, Ryerson Polytechnical Institute and Dalhousie University

My earliest and most long standing recollection of someone who influenced me as an information professional is of Mr Bean, instructor in the Library Technician Program at what was then Ryerson Polytechnical Institute. He taught cataloguing and while at times I wanted to poke my eyes out at the end of the course I had such an appreciation for the logic and manner in how different information elements describe an item. This is what set the foundation for what we now know as metadata and where would we be as information professionals without metadata? Mr Bean passed on the love of what is in many ways the craft of our profession.

While at Dalhousie I had the privilege of being taught by and experienced the influence of one of the professions greatest leaders – Dr. Norman Horrocks. He was witty, compassionate and deeply committed to seeing students succeed. His willingness to guide and encourage continued long after graduation. Finally I have to recognize the tremendous influence of my fellow students and now colleagues. It is this network of individuals who provide the sounding board for how to deal with the challenges that come my way and also help celebrate the accomplishments of each other.

Ross Gordon
Director, Libraries and Records Management, ECollab (Sharepoint) Services, Environment Canada
Alumnus, Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, McGill University

It’s a tough call between Professor Lynn Howarth, who taught at UofT but was with us for a semester at McGill while she finished her Phd, and Professor Peter McNally of McGill.

Professor Howarth was impressive because she was genuinely exited about the teaching of cataloguing, which I found bizarre but refreshing as it stood out from the tepid enthusiasm other professors demonstrated.

Professor McNally was the real influence on me. He got me interested in combining my love of History, with that of Libraries and for some time there I was researching and writing about Library History and enjoying it. To the point where I almost finished my own Phd in that subject. I wrote book reviews for books he sent my way and he kept in touch, always generous with his advice. Once he let me fill in for him as a Reference Prof for a semester, an experience I won’t soon forget as it showed me what it looks like from that side to stand in front of some seriously bored adults. All in all a good and fair man and an influence on me unlike any others.

Karen Hildebrandt
Assistant Director, Library Services, Concordia University College of Alberta
Alumna, Grant MacEwan Community College

There are actually two educators that had a big influence on me. The first was Tony Fell from the Grant MacEwan LIT program. Tony helped me get started in the program and his enthusiasm, dedication, and passion for the profession are what made me want to give back to the profession once I graduated from the program. It was what inspired me to become involved with my professional associations. I quickly learned that not only was I giving something back but I was gaining as well and I’ve had some amazing opportunities that would never have happened if Tony hadn’t helped me get into the program.

The other educator is Alvin Schrader. Although I didn’t have any courses at the U of A, I would meet Alvin when he came on site visits when we had SLIS Practicum students. I also had an opportunity to have some really great conversations with Alvin through my CLA involvement. His support of library technicians has meant a lot. Alvin was the one that really inspired me when he said something to the effect, “We are all professionals in what we do. We perform our tasks in a professional manner. It is our occupation/career that may be librarian, library technician, library assistant…”

Jordana King
Newcomer Services Librarian, Ottawa Public Library
Alumna, School of Information Studies, University of Ottawa

Heather Lea Moulaison holds a doctorate in Library and Information Science from Rutgers University and two Masters, both from the University of Illinois. She taught at the University of Ottawa School of Information Studies in 2010. Although I only had a few courses with her, I appreciated her depth of knowledge, patience with students, and ability to break down complex concepts easily – in both English and French. After my graduation, she offered me the chance to work with her analysing the results of the 2011 CLA National Salary Survey. At the time I was a newly minted librarian with very little experience in statistics or data analysis, but Heather was willing to provide guidance and let me give it a try, an opportunity for which I am very grateful!

She is a continual inspiration to information professionals, while welcoming those who are new to the field. Heather is a prolific author who writes in a variety of formats and subjects, a selection of which includes 14 refereed journal articles, 5 professional journal articles, 3 books, and 4 chapters in edited books to her name as of June 2014. In addition, she gives her time in professional service to the community by reviewing for journals and serving on committees, among them an International Standards Organization working group and Librarians without Borders board. I could continue to list Heather’s impressive accomplishments, but it would be easier to view them on her web page:

Somehow, while accomplishing all this, Heather manages to keep on top of trends in the library field and stays extremely well-informed. I know she must be very busy, but always makes time for her students, is willing to provide advice, and make them feel like their contributions are valuable. I very much enjoyed learning from Heather – the students at the University of Missouri are lucky to have her as a professor!

Catherine McGoveran
Government Information Librarian, University of Ottawa Library
Alumna, School of Information Management, Dalhousie University

As a new academic librarian, my LIS education experiences are quite fresh. I obtained my MLIS from Dalhousie University in 2013 and was fortunate to have had the opportunity to be taught by several outstanding faculty. Though I must say that many professors had a major impact on my education and career as an information professional, the experience I’d like to share in this post relates to my independent reading course with Dr. Fiona Black.

The MLIS program at Dalhousie provides students with the option of essentially developing their own course to explore a topic in greater detail [more information about reading courses is available here]. My reading course explored the process of mapping Canadian political information. More specifically, data from the Parliament of Canada’s PARLINFO database. Needless to say, I was thrilled when Dr. Black agreed to supervise the course. Her boundless enthusiasm had been a source of encouragement throughout my studies. While working through the course, she not only provided guidance and feedback on my research and learning process, but also helped me develop longer-term career and professional development goals. Being encouraged to challenge myself and go beyond my current skills and knowledge to reach specific objectives has definitely translated from the classroom to the workplace, and has provided valuable context for my current position as Government Information Librarian at the University of Ottawa.

Pamela McKenzie
Associate Dean, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, The University of Western Ontario
Alumna, School of Library and Information Science, University of Western Ontario

The LIS educators that have had the greatest impact on me have been Sam Neill, Catherine Ross, Gloria Leckie, and Roma Harris. In reference class, Sam never let us get away with anything — he always pushed us further to think about how we knew whatever we thought we knew. As teachers, mentors, and administrators, Catherine, Gloria, and Roma have been terrific role models. Catherine is a master at gently leading students to insights without letting them realize they’ve been led. That means they get the satisfaction of feeling that they’ve come to the insights on their own. Gloria lets her students see that she’s human and hasn’t been afraid to say she doesn’t know something. That opens up opportunities for students to puzzle things out with her.  Roma has always both stepped up to the plate to do behind-the-scenes work and has recognized and acknowledged the others who do it. All four took different approaches to teaching, but I still learn from all of them!

It’s your turn!

Which educators in your MLIS or LIT education has had the biggest influence on you as an information professional?

Leave your comments here or join the conversation on the CLA Facebook group.

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New partnership between iSchool and School of Continuing Studies

Posted by Govt Library and Info Mgmt Professionals Network on 2014-02-21

I am pleased to announce the establishment of a new partnership between the Faculty of Information and the School of Continuing Studies. The initiative will bring all iSchool Institute (iSI) courses under the School of Continuing Studies’ umbrella of continuing education offerings, while maintaining the distinctive iSchool Institute program, in collaboration with the Faculty of Information.

This is a momentous event in the history of the Institute, and its predecessor, the Professional Learning Centre.  The School of Continuing Studies is an innovative and globally-recognized leader in continuing education with a passionate sense of purpose and a focus on placing learners first. With their experience and position in the industry we look forward to developing this new partnership.  An advisory committee will be convened for consultation on a regular basis with School of Continuing Studies to review program content and quality, oversee use of the iSchool and iSI brand, propose and critique new course offerings, and provide other assistance.

The transition will begin immediately, and take place over a period of several months.  As details are being finalized, we will share that information.

For now, I am pleased to tell you that the School of Continuing Studies will begin to offer the iSchool courses and certificates starting in September. The iSchool will contact current students and will be posting more details on its website as they became available.

This is a wonderful new partnership. Please join us in celebrating the greater exposure for our courses, which will expand our audience base, and most importantly, reinforce our commitment to providing life-long learning opportunities for our students, alumni, and to the Information community at large. 


Dr Seamus Ross
Dean and Professor
Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

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Dr. Anna Altmann extended one year as Interim Director, SLIS

Posted by Govt Library and Info Mgmt Professionals Network on 2014-02-10

A message from Dr. Fern Snart, the Dean of Education at the University of Alberta, about the School of Library and Information Studies:

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Anna Altmann, Interim Director of the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) for 2013-14, has agreed to extend her appointment by one year, ending June 30, 2015.

Anna’s positive energy and perspective, along with her previous leadership experience within SLIS, have facilitated stability and focus as the new online degree program has been successfully launched, and as faculty members have continued to build their remarkable teaching and research strengths.  I am grateful that Anna will remain as a member of the Faculty’s leadership team for the 2014-15 academic year. This will ensure a solid, collegial context to which we can welcome a new SLIS director in 2015-16. 

Best wishes, Fern

Fern Snart, Dean
Faculty of Education
University of Alberta

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Statement on ALA Accreditation from SLAIS Director Caroline Haythornthwaite

Posted by Govt Library and Info Mgmt Professionals Network on 2014-02-05

The following is a statement from Caroline Haythornthwaite, Director and Professor at SLAIS, the iSchool at UBC:

The Master of Library and Information Studies degree at SLAIS, The iSchool at UBC, has been granted a three-year extension of its accreditation status (2014-2017) by the American Library Association’s Committee on Accreditation (ALA-COA). This is also known as conditional accreditation status. Although this is not a decision granting the longer seven-year accreditation cycle, it affirms full accreditation for the degree and all students who receive an MLIS degree from UBC during those three years and up to two years after.

The decision by ALA-COA to apply this status reflects a request for further progress on learning outcomes assessment. We have been working diligently over the past two years to implement learning outcomes assessment measures that comply with the Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies. We are fully confident that we will soon be able to report to ALA-COA in a manner that both demonstrates our implementation of measures for learning outcomes assessment and satisfies the committee that we are in compliance with the Standards.  Notwithstanding the need for reporting, we are committed to moving forward on all aspects of learning outcomes assessment, and continue to be dedicated to providing the best education and outcomes for our students.

The next program review for the MLIS degree is scheduled for Fall 2016 leading to an accreditation decision to be made in January 2017. Students enrolled in the program during this review period who successfully complete their program before Summer 2019 will automatically earn an ALA-accredited MLIS degree. The status of the degree that students earn who enter in or after Fall 2019 will depend upon the decision made at the COA meeting in January 2017.

This message will soon be posted to the School’s website. The Program Presentation, External Review Panel Report, and the Decision Document can all be viewed at the following link:

Caroline Haythornthwaite
Director and Professor
SLAIS, The iSchool at UBC

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Student Views: Research from Canada’s LIS Programs #CLAVic14

Posted by Govt Library and Info Mgmt Professionals Network on 2014-02-04

Call for Papers – Student Views: Research from Canada’s LIS Programs

The Canadian Library Association will host a student research paper presentation program at the CLA Annual Conference in May in Victoria, BC.

MLIS and LIT students, as well as recent graduates, are encouraged to submit presentation proposals. This is your opportunity to showcase and present your work at a national conference.

Presentations should be based on original research, either completed while enrolled in a program of study, or within one year of graduation. All submissions will be evaluated by a panel of referees, who will select five papers for presentation at the “Student Views: Research from Canada’s LIS Programs” to be held on Saturday, May 31, 2014, from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm.

Each presentation will be limited to no more than 10 minutes, with additional time for questions and discussion.

The submission must include:

  • A cover page with the student’s name, title of the paper, student status with graduation date, and student’s contact information, including e-mail address.
  • A separate page that includes only the title of the paper and a 500-word abstract, summarizing the proposed presentation.
  • A faculty member’s statement attesting to the fact that the submission fulfills the above requirements.
  • Submissions should be in the form of attachments in MS Word, rtf or pdf.

Successful candidates will be required to be in attendance at the conference on May 31st to present their paper.  Travel and accommodations costs are the responsibility of each student.

Submissions should be sent by email to:

Ms. Kerry Macdonald, Librarian
University of Manitoba Libraries
Seven Oaks General Hospital Library
Subject Line: CLA 2014 – Student Views: Research from Canada’s LIS Programs

Deadline: March 31, 2014

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Survey concerning digital curation and special collections

Posted by Govt Library and Info Mgmt Professionals Network on 2014-01-29

Invitation to participate in an online survey concerning digital curation and special collections

Dear colleague,

You are invited to take part in a research study entitled “The current digital curation environment and recommendations for LIS education: A study of Canadian archives and special collections.”

If you are an archives or special collections professional, you may be able to help us learn more about the current digital curation environment in Canada.

If you choose to participate, the link below will take you to an online questionnaire.  The questionnaire will take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete.  Participation in this study is voluntary, and you may choose to withdraw from the study at any time.

The design and administration of this survey questionnaire follows the policies and procedures of the Faculty of Management Ethics Review Board of Dalhousie University. Your questionnaire responses are anonymous, and are stored on secure Dalhousie University servers using Opinio software.

If you have questions about the questionnaire or the study, please contact me at, or my supervisor Dr. Fiona Black at

Link to survey:

Thank you,

Nicole Bloudoff
MLIS Candidate 2014
School of Information Management
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

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News Release: Fully Online Canadian MLIS Program Begins Today!!!

Posted by Govt Library and Info Mgmt Professionals Network on 2013-09-04

September 4, 2013

Forty-nine students will begin their MLIS program today in the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) at the University of Alberta without ever setting foot on campus.  A few will even wear a UofA hoody to celebrate.  For some this is a dream come true.  One new student wrote, “ I never thought that it would be possible for me to earn an MLIS since I live on a farm, quite some distance from a major urban centre, and have to work to pay for that farm.”

The first cohort of the UofA’s Online MLIS program will explore community-focused librarianship with an emphasis on Canadian content and context.  The program owes much to the leadership and passion of Ernie Ingles, former Director of SLIS. According to Acting Director Anna Altmann, Ernie is “a visionary with a long history of outreach to rural Canadians.  The online MLIS is just one in a long line of projects that Ernie has spearheaded to make library resources and services, and now professional librarianship education, available to underserved citizens.”  Our on-campus program welcomes 46 new students who also began their MLIS program today.

For more information about the program, please see our website at Also, please feel free to contact Jennifer Branch-Mueller, Coordinator of the Online MLIS, at

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