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OLA PEOPLE HERE AND NOW

March 15, 2006 Stephen Abram, Vice-President, Innovation, for SirsiDynix, and plenary speaker at this year's Super Conference, has been announced as President-Elect of the Special Libraries Association, the first time that a Canadian will have been president of a provincial association (OLA), of a national association (CLA) and an international association (SLA). He becomes SLA President in January 2008... Rosemary Bonanno, CEO of Vaughan Public Libraries, represented Canada in bilateral excha

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TORONTO PULLS THREE WISHES FROM SILVER BIRCH PROG.

March 14, 2006 The Toronto Star phoned the Ontario Library Association today to inform OLA that the Toronto District School Board had pulled Three Wishes by Deborah Ellis from the Silver Birch Award reading program in its schools. "The Board clearly has the right to take this action," said OLA Executive Director Larry Moore. "It is no less sad for all that." Children in Grades 7 and 8 will be allowed to read the book. Groups and individuals across the country have supported OLA in its fight fo

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THE IRISH IN CANADA SUBJECT OF INT'L AGREEMENT

March 13, 2006 Library and Archives Canada has officially signed the Documentary Heritage Research Partnership between the National Archives of Ireland and Library and Archives Canada. This agreement establishes a unique research partnership between both institutions to digitize the 1901 and 1911 Irish census records and create online tools to provide information to researchers and genealogists. This data will enable millions of Irish descendants in Canada and around the world to retrace their

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2006 NOMINEES FOR THE EVERGREEN AWARDS

March 10, 2006 The Evergreen Award Committee has completed its deliberations and today announced its 2006 list of nominees: Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden. Penguin, 2005 The Greek for Love by James Chatto. Random House Canada, 2005 An Audience Of Chairs by Joan Clark. Alfred A. Knopf, 2005 Snowshoes and Spotted Dick: letters from a wilderness dweller by Chris Czajkowski. Harbour Pub., 2003 Sweetness In The Belly by Camilla Gibb. Doubleday Canada, 2005 The Girls by Lori Lansens. A

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LIMESTONE NOT REMOVING THREE WISHES

March 9, 2006 The news stories and columns in response to the Canadian Jewish Congress' call for the Ontario Library Association to remove Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak by Deborah Ellis from the Silver Birch Award list of nominees for non-fiction continue unabated on talk radio across the country and in daily newspapers. Limestone District School Board in Kingsto removed the book from its elementary schools for review last week. The Canadian Publishers' Association has r

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ALBERTA'S PUBLIC LIBRARIES GET $20,000,000 GRANT

March 8, 2006 Alberta's 309 public libraries are receiving a $20-million, one-time injection to spend as they wish. According to the Edmonton Journal, Community Development Minister Gary Mar said the province's libraries, more than half of which serve communities of fewer than 1,200 people, are often the only publicly funded facilities in those communities. The cash will allow them to upgrade computer systems, offer new programs or simply improve their infrastructure and furnishings. Some crit

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LONG TERM CONTINUATION OF LIBRARY BOOK RATE

March 7, 2006 Canada Post is extending the current postal rates available through the Library Book Rate Program to January 15th, 2007 (the rate was to be discontinued as of March 30th). "Any change to the Library Book Rate subsequent to January 15, 2007, will be determined and established in accordance with Canada Post’s pricing policies and practices." The introduction of the Library Books Shipping Tool (LBST) in November 2005 and the attendant push to get libraries to register is the enticem

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CANADIAN PUBLIC DOMAIN WORKS TO BE IN NEW REGISTRY

March 6, 2006 Creative Commons Canada, Access Copyright and The Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency in partnership with the Creative Commons Corporation in the US, have announced the development of a Canadian public domain registry – an on-line, globally searchable catalogue of published works that are in the Canadian public domain. Canada has a rich cultural heritage of literature, music and fine art that is in the public domain just waiting to be freely enjoyed, said Marcus Bornfreund of Cre

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EUROPEAN DIGITAL LIBRARY TO LINK EUROPE'S NTL LIB

March 3, 2006 The European Commission has reported on its progress in creating a European Digital Library and annouced its aim to achieve integrated access to the digitized material of Europe's cultural institutions. Users will ultimately be able to search different collections of cultural institutions (libraries, archives, museums) through one single multilingual entry point, which will take the form of a web portal. The EC envisions full EU-wide collaboration between national libraries in th

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OCTOBER WILL BE CANADIAN LIBRARY MONTH

March 2, 2006 Meetings at the Canadian Library Association with members of the Provincial and Territorial (Public) Library Directors' Council have reached the decision to broaden the fledgling Canadian Library Week into Canadian Library Month. This allows those provinces who have Public Library Weeks (such as Ontario) to continue their practice within the Canada-wide initiative without having to compete with it. Canadian Library Month will be October.

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THREE WISHES CONTROVERSY HEATS UP

March 1, 2006 Press and media interest in the Canadian Jewish Congress demand for OLA to remove Three Wishes by Deborah Ellis from the Silver Birch Awards reading program continues unabated. OLA Intellectual Freedom chair Bernard Katz and Canadian Jewish Congress Community Relations Comittee Director Ontario Len Rudner were on a national talk show broadcast to eleven cities from coast to coast yesterday while Larry Moore was interviewed on CBC Radio with CJC Legal Counsel Steven Shulman. CBC R

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OLITA Board Meeting

The OLITA Board will be meeting at the University of Guelph on Friday, March 31, from 9:30 – 2. If you are thinking of coming, don't, unless you are actually on the Board. If you want to be on the Board, please send a cheque for $400 to me and I'll see what I can do.

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