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Lest We Forget national launch at Burlington Public Library

On November 8, 2010 at 11 a.m., Library and Archives Canada and the Canadian Urban Libraries Council, together with Halton District School Board and Burlington Public Library, launched Lest We Forget at Central Library.   Lest We Forget is a collaborative partnership of Library and Archives Canada, the Canadian Urban Libraries Council, and the Canadian War Museum, to deliver interactive workshops across Canada to educate high school students about local men and women who served in the First Wo

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A Night of Literary Award Winners

November 9, 2010 celebrated both the Giller Awards and the Canadian Children's Literature Awards Celebration at two separate events in Toronto. Johanna Skibsrud has been named the 2010 winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize for her novel The Sentimentalists, published by Gaspereau Press.   The Canadian Children's Literature Award Celebration featured many authors who have been OLA's Forest of Reading® nominees and award winners. The TD Canadian Children's Literature Award was presented to Arthu

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OLA People Here and Now

Michele Chittenden, Coordinator for Library Services for Students with Disabilities, Queen's University was presented with CNIB's Dr. Dayton M. Forman Memorial Award October 28, 2010. Michelle has devoted her career to ensuring students have an accessible academic experience at Queen's. She has raised the profile of the need for accessibility by authoring journal articles and presenting at library conferences (including the OLA's Super Conference). Details at: http://www.cnib.ca/en/about/awards

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Film Reference Library re-opens

The TIFF Lightbox is home to the world's most extensive English language collection of Canadian film-related material. The library re-opened October 26, 2010 and offers free admission. The library holds 19,000 volumes, 65,000 film production files, more than 100 magazines, 12,000 DVD, video and laserdisc titles and 6,000 soundtracks. All can be experiences on-site. More information at: http://tiff.net/

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The Ontario Public Library Service Awards Short-List

Projects from Leeds and the Thousand Islands Public Library, Whitestone-Hagerman Memorial Public Library, Pickering Public Library, St. Thomas Public Library, County of Brant Public Library, Huntsville Public Library, Windsor Public Library, and Vaughan Public Library have been nominated by peer jury to the 2010 short list. The award winners are announced at the OLA Super Conference Public Library Awards Dinner February 3, 2011. http://www.culture.gov.on.ca/english/library/oplsa_shortlist.htm

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2011 Forest of Reading® Nominees

Let the reading begin!   Ontario Library Association Announces 2011 Forest of Reading® Nominees.   Toronto, ON (October 25, 2010). The Forest of Reading Program proudly presents this year’s 70 nominated Canadian titles for a range of reading levels and interests. The program is one of Canada’s largest recreational reading programs with more than 250,000 people participating annually at their local public or school library.   Kids who participate in the registered program and read a mini

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Ontario Public Library Week - Celebrating Accessible Library Services

The Ontario Public Library Association (OPLA), a division of the Ontario Library Association, has launched the accessible library services video project. With the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Ontario is a leader in implementing standards to enable organizations to provide accessible and inclusive services.   “Libraries are recognized as inclusive and welcoming places,” states Jill Nicholson, president, OPLA. “When the customer service standard under the AODA was in

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Draft CLA Future Plan

CLA has undertaken a plan to renew and reinvent. Whether you are a CLA member or not, please take a moment to review the draft plan and to comment. Full details are at: http://www.clatoolbox.ca/CLAFuture/index.php/2010/10/18/proposed-cla-future-plan/

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Sandra Singh is appointed City Librarian

Sandra Singh is appointed City Librarian, Vancouver Public Library. Sandra succeeds Paul Whitney who is retiring after a successful 36 year career in British Columbia public libraries. Sandra was one of the recipients of the 2009 OLA President's Award for Exceptional Achievement for the 'Working Together Project'. More details at: http://www.vpl.ca/news/details/next_city_librarian_named_2010

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Sandra Singh is appointed City Librarian

Sandra Singh is appointed City Librarian, Vancouver Public Library. Sandra succeeds Paul Whitney who is retiring after a successful 36 career in British Columbia public libraries. Sandra was one of the recipients of the 2009 OLA President's Award for Exceptional Achievement for the 'Working Together Project'. More details at: http://www.vpl.ca/news/details/next_city_librarian_named_2010

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In Memoriam

The library world has lost a great friend. Norman Horrocks, professor emeritus, School of Information Management, Dalhousie University passed away October 14, 2010. Norman was so well known in the library world because he was truly interested in what each and every person was doing, and what their ideas were.   The following is the obituary from the Horrocks family: HORROCKS, Norman Norman Horrocks, OC, PhD, FCLIP, Professor Emeritus School of Information Management, Dalhousie University.

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OLA People Here and Now

Jeff Trzeciak, University Librarian at McMaster has accepted the position of Director, OhioLINK effective December 13. OhioLINK connects Ohio college and university library collections across the state.

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CBC Presents: The TD Kids Book Club

CBC Presents: The TD Kids Book Club   Celebrate the Joy of Reading and Experience the World of Radio     Greetings Book Lovers,     Just in time to celebrate National School Library Month, CBC Radio One 99.1, in partnership with the TD Bank and the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, is running a contest aimed at middle school students in the Greater Toronto Area.   It's an opportunity for young readers to win copies of an award-winning children’s book written by a Toronto author, then

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YoungIFOA

YoungIFOA_October 26, 28 & 29, 2010_ The perfect pick for young book lovers and aspiring writers!   YoungIFOA offers students grades K to 8 an incomparable experience with some of the top authors writing for young people today. Students will enjoy a full day of activities embracing every aspect of “the book”: Meet an author at one of six reading/Q&A events and get hands-on at a book-making workshop. For more information visit http://www.readings.org or call 416-973-4760.   Wallace Ed

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2010 Giller Short List Announced

David Bergen for his novel THE MATTER WITH MORRIS, Phyllis Bruce Books/HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. Alexander MacLeod for his short story collection LIGHT LIFTING, Biblioasis Sarah Selecky for her short story collection THIS CAKE IS FOR THE PARTY, Thomas Allen Publishers Johanna Skibsrud for her novel THE SENTIMENTALISTS, Gaspereau Press Kathleen Winter for her novel ANNABEL, House of Anansi Press   The winner of this year’s Scotiabank Giller Prize will be announced on November 9th at Tor

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CLA Conference call for proposals extended

CLA 2011 National Conference and Trade Show Halifax , Nova Scotia : World Trade & Convention Centre May 25 - 28, 2011   CLA is pleased to announce that the deadline for the submission of conference and pre-conference proposals has been extended to Tuesday, October 5, 2010. Submissions will continue to be accepted until midnight on October 5, 2010. Please direct questions to Wendy Walton, wwalton@cla.ca or 613.232.9625 extension 302.

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FInalists for Governor General's Literary Awards

The 70 finalists for this years' Governor General literary Awards will be announced on October 13th, 2010, 10:00am at Ben McNally Books in Toronto, ON. Canada's most prestigious literary awards covers seven categories; fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, children’s literature (text), children’s literature (illustration), and translation. There will be five English and five French finalists in each category. For more information on the event, see Canadian Council for the Arts

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International Barcode of Life Project (iBOL)

On Saturday, September 25th, 2010, the CN Tower in Toronto, ON will display the largest "DNA Barcode" illuminated throughout the evening hours. The Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation will be launching the International Barcode of Life Project (iBOL) at the CN Tower at 6:30pm Saturday evening. This is an international effort to build a digital library of all living things on Earth where work has and will continued on this project here in Canada through the Biodiversity Institute of Ontar

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Forest of Reading® Committee Members needed

IWe are in need of both Steering Committee and Festival Committee volunteers for the upcoming Forest of Reading® Program.   For a list of the responsibilities: Steering Committee Responsibilities & Festival Committee Responsibilities For an application: Application   We are looking for OLA members from public and school libraries for the Blue Spruce™ (K-Grade 2), Silver Birch® (Grade 3-6), Red Maple™ (Grade 7-8) and White Pine™ (Grade 9-12) Award Programs. These Programs promote our o

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In Memoriam

Jean-Pierre Wallot died of cancer August 30, 2010. Dr. Wallot was Canada's national archivist 1985 - 1997 and was noted for spearheading the construction of a new facility to bring Canada's archives together, securing the complete collection of Yousuf Karsh, and the development of a national strategy to preserve Canada's audiovisual heritage.

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Accessible Built Environment Standard

The final proposed document has been submitted to the Minister of Community and Social Services. The Ministry will in turn begin the process to consider the proposed standards for law. You can view the final documents that have been submitted at Access ON

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Sony Releases new E-Reader

Press release from Sony regarding new E-Reader: Press release from Sony     September 3, 2010   SONY BRINGS DIGITAL READING EXPERIENCE TO LIFE WITH THE GLOBAL LAUNCH OF ITS STYLISH NEW LINE OF READERS   New Pocket and Touch Editions Feature Sony's Unique Touch Screens with Anti-Glare Technology for the Optimal Digital Book Reading Experience TORONTO, September 1, 2010 # Continuing to provide book lovers with the most natural, immersive digital reading experience, Sony today announced the

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