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Proposed Integrated Accessibility Regulation

Educational and Public libraries are mentioned in the 'Proposed Accessibility Requirements' in regards to access of information and materials both in the physical space and electronically. The 'Proposed Compliance Timelines' are also listed. See release message below.       Proposed Integrated Accessibility Regulation   The Government of Ontario is proposing a new Integrated Accessibility Regulation under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.   From September 2,

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Ontario’s young writers show why they’re Super Citizens in second annual Super Stories Contest!

Toronto, August 26, 2010 — TVOKids, Authors at Harbourfront Centre and the Ontario Library Association are asking Ontario’s young writers what they would do to make the world a greener place with the second annual Super Stories Contest. Kids in grades K-8 in Ontario can submit a story for the chance to read their story on stage at the Young International Festival of Authors in Toronto!   The contest takes its cue from The League of Super Citizens, the TVOKids’ program for grade school children

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Call for Papers and Posters

2011 Canadian Library Association National Conference & Trade Show, May 25-28, 2011, Halifax, NS CLA is now accepting proposals for papers to be presented at the upcoming CLA National Conference, to be held in Halifax next May.   Detailed instructions for submitting proposals are available on the CLA website at: http://www.cla.ca/conference/2011/   The deadline for submissions is 1 October 2010.

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Librarians Run for the Cure Team

The run or walk is Sunday October 3, 2010. Team members are in place in Edmonton, Ottawa/Gatineau, Thunder Bay, and Toronto. Be the first to start a group at your run site! Gather a group from your workplace!   Register and select "Join an Existing Team" and search for "Librarians" during the registration process: http://tinyurl.com/2cz4n6j   You can register now and choose to pay the registration fee later. If you raise $150 in donations, the $40 registration fee is waived. All library staf

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Ontario Cabinet Shuffle

Premier Dalton McGuinty today announced changes to his Cabinet and government to "help drive results in Ontario's economy, schools and hospitals". Leona Dombrowsky, Ontario Minister of Education has been assigned to a priorities and planning committee struck by the Premier to deliver these results. http://www.news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2010/08/economy-health-care-and-education-the-focus-of-new-cabinet.html

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Northern Exposure to Leadership Institute call for nominations

Nominations for the next two institutes must be received by October 1, 2010.   The eleventh (11) Northern Exposure to Leadership Institute (NELI) will be held in Emerald Lake, British Columbia, from December 2-7, 2010.   The Institute’s mission is to assist professional librarians aspiring to leadership roles to develop, strengthen, and evolve their leadership potential so that they may be better equipped to lead Canada’s libraries or information service organizations or programs in the 21s

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Toronto Public Library hosts a Book Bash!

New festival reminds kids of the joy of reading just in time for school   Toronto (August 9, 2010) – Just before kids go back to school, Toronto Public Library will host a fun-filled children’s festival featuring an all-star cast of Canadian children’s authors, including some of the most talented and inspiring writers of books for boys. The stellar line-up of authors coming to town includes Eric Walters, Kenneth Oppel, Barbara Reid, Robin Muller and Sarah Ellis. Book Bash also features lots of

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Deutscher Bibliothekartag (German Library Association Conference - 100th Anniversary)

Deutscher Bibliothekartag (German Library Association Conference - 100th Anniversary)   On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the German Library Association Conference, the Goethe-Instituts in North America welcome abstracts from Canadian and American librarians who are interested in participating in the conference. For those whose papers are accepted, an application for financial support can be made to the Goethe-Institut as well as Bibliothek & Information International (http://ww

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Registration for Access 2010 now open

The Access 2010 Conference is in Winnipeg October 13-16.The program includes keynote speakers Hal Niedzviecki and Michael Geist and topics like mobile technologies, social media, user experience and scholarly publishing. Details at: http://access2010.lib.umanitoba.ca/registration

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Librarians Without Borders

UWO MLIS Librarians Without Borders team recently built a library in Costa Rica. The team made arrangements including meeting with the town’s citizens to determine the need for a library, arranging host families for the project volunteers, ordering the building supplies for the library and building sightseeing tours for the project volunteers.   Books were ordered from Costa Rica publishers first to support the local economy. Other books for the collection were either donated by Canadian publi

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Statement on 2011 Census

Ottawa, July 13, 2010 — The Minister of Industry, the Honourable Tony Clement, made the following statement:   "The federal census conducted by Statistics Canada collects information from Canadians every five years to provide a demographic picture of our country. The questions necessary to achieve this goal are in the mandatory eight-question short-form version of the census that is sent to all Canadian households.   "In the past, the Government of Canada received complaints about the long-f

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Dr. Dayton M. Forman Memorial Award

Call for Nominations The nomination deadline is August 13, 2010.   This award recognizes outstanding leadership in the advancement of library and information services for Canadians with print disabilities. Established by the CNIB Library Board in 1996, it is offered in tribute to Dr. Dayton M. Forman, an exceptional humanitarian and longstanding CNIB volunteer who exemplified the leadership required to make a difference for over half a million visually impaired people across Canada.   The r

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Cambridge Public Library Board in top Canadian employer list

The Queen's Centre for Business Venturing, in conjunction with HR consulting company Hewitt Associates, released its list this week of the best small and medium-sized employers in the country.   Companies with 50 to 399 permanent employees were eligible, and winners were chosen based on worker engagement.   Complete list at: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/your-business/start/talent/queens-releases-list-of-top-employers/article1464491/

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S & B wins OLA contract!

Toronto, ON (July 20, 2010) The Ontario Library Association (OLA) is pleased to announce that S & B Books Ltd. has, once again, been awarded the contract as the official Forest of Reading® wholesaler.   S & B Books is a Canadian-owned full service library wholesaler and for thirty years has met the acquisition needs of public and school libraries. Title selection and specialized programs are among the many tasks that qualified staff handle daily. The Forest of Reading® is an important

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New Canadian Virtual Health Library

The National Research Council's Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI) has announced that the Canadian Health Libraries Association (CHLA) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) are moving forward with the development of the Canadian Virtual Health Library (CVHL)-a first for Canada.   The CVHL is designed to improve Canadian healthcare by making high-quality health information and evidence easily accessible to all health care professionals, whereve

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In Memoriam

Erich R.W. Schultz, OLA President 1968 - 1969, June 26, 2010 at the age of 80. He was an active member of Ontario's library and historical communities as Librarian at Waterloo Lutheran University, Wilfrid Laurier University and Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. He served as a member and chair of various University Committees and as President of Ontario Library Association, Institute of Professional Librarians, American Theological Library Association, Ontario Council of University Librarians, Ex Libr

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Golden Oak™ Award Winner Announced Today!

Golden Oak™ Award Winner Announced Today!   TORONTO, ON --(June 10, 2010) Hundreds of adult learners came together at the North York Memorial Hall on June 10, 2010 for the annual Golden Oak™ Luncheon and Awards Ceremonies. The Golden Oak™ Award Reception was held as part of a Toronto-wide Learners’ Conference organized by the Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy (MTML) and the Toronto Public Library.   During the ceremony attendees were given the opportunity to listen to a few of the Golden O

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Forest of Reading® 2010 Golden Oak™ Award Ceremony

TORONTO, June 2, 2010 ----- This year’s Golden Oak Author Award is being presented at a lunchtime reception on Thursday, June 10, 2010 from 1:15 - 2:15 pm at the North York Memorial Hall. The Golden Oak Award Reception will be held as part of a Toronto-wide Learners’ Conference organized by the Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy (MTML) and the Toronto Public Library.   The 2010 nominees are: Brave Deeds by Ann Alma Call me Aram by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch Impact by James C. Dekker Lunch

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The Copyright Modernization Act

Wednesday afternoon, the government introduced the Copyright Modernization Act, the long-awaited copyright reform bill. The bill is now posted online and can be found here: http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Docid=4580265&file=4   Media coverage has been high which should be as no surprise considering the public involvement with this bill. CBC - Copyright bill would ban breaking digital locks CTV - Tories propose far-reaching changes to Copyright Act Toronto Sta

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Library Book Rate goes for second reading - ACT NOW

The second reading of the Private Members Bill regarding the Library Rate is May 28. The library community is encouraged to write to their local MP supporting this important bill.   CLA has developed a tool-kit at: http://www.cla.ca   Background from the tool-kit:   The Library Book Rate is a Canada Post service that has, since 1939, provided a reduced rate for mailing library books between libraries and from libraries to their users. With over 2,000 libraries actively using the Library B

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Forest of Reading Winners 2010

TORONTO, ON --(May 14, 2010) Each year, thousands of children and young adults of all different ages and grades from across Ontario come together for the province’s largest annual children literary festival, the Festival of Trees ™, which took place this year on May 12th and 13th 2010 at Harbourfront Centre.   More than 7,500 Ontario school children come together for the announcement of the hotly anticipated winners of Blue Spruce, Red Maple, White Pine, Silver Birch and Le Prix Tamarack. Eve

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