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Canadian Librarianship News Updates

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September 20, 2023

Armed person call sends Niagara Regional Police to Welland Public Library

Welland man allegedly found to be carrying black Airsoft pellet handgun

Employee Feature: Jennifer Thiessen

Jennifer Thiessen joined Brock over 20 years ago as a student intern. She is now Head of Teaching and Learning for the Brock Library.

Mass journalism layoffs don’t just mean a gap in news coverage. Experts worry they’ll hurt democracy too

Metroland has laid off hundreds of people including dozens of journalists who covered local issues. Experts say less eyes and ears on the ground means residents may not get the accurate information they need.

Midland library receives $24K grant from federal government

Library will use money to ‘invest in expert guidance and systems to build on the fundraising and development skills’ of board, leadership

Peel school board focused on replenishing after library ‘weeding’ process criticized

Peel District School Board says it is focused on replenishing resources in its libraries while reviewing training after its so-called “weeding process” was criticized.

September 19, 2023

‘Disgusted’: a student, teacher and parents weigh in on Peel District School Board’s missing library books

The missing book situation has undermined future equity efforts, Peel parent David Bosveld believes. Because of the backlash, it will make it more difficult for schools and libraries to remove overtly racist and offensive books, he said.

September 18, 2023

Culling school library books and why it matters

Some school libraries in Peel removed every book published before 2008 until the Education Minister told them to stop. Anita Brooks Kirkland, Chair of Canadian School Libraries, weighs in with callers on why this is such a heated debate.

Western librarians and archivists could strike on Oct. 4

Western’s 44 librarians and archivists could go on strike Oct. 4 if they do not reach a new collective agreement with the university.

September 17, 2023

How to curate a democratic school library

Citizens of Peel need to consider guiding principles for the curation of school libraries and that means reflecting on what those libraries are for.

Library books have faced challenges for decades, but a recent shift has become more organized as a proxy culture war

Recent challenges mimics what is happening in America, often looking to remove readings on the topic of gender identity, sexual orientation, or race

September 16, 2023

Sudbury Symphony Orchestra partners with library to bring books to life

Members of the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra are partnering with the Greater Sudbury Public Library to bring books to life with eight musical performances.

These drag performers say protests, threats won’t stop them from reading to kids at storytime events

Drag performers who read stories to children at libraries across Canada have faced an increase in protests calling the events destructive for kids, and in some cases, even threats of violence. But the king and queens say they won’t let that stop them, because storytimes are about joy and literacy.

September 15, 2023

La construction de la nouvelle bibliothèque de Saskatoon retardée

Le projet de construction de la nouvelle bibliothèque publique de Saskatoon (SPL) a été retardé. Dans un communiqué de presse publié jeudi, l’organisme indique que les offres reçues à la fin du mois d’août dépassent « le budget du projet ».

Metroland to cease print publication of dozens of community newspapers across Ontario

Metroland Media Group, the Toronto Star’s sister company, has sought bankruptcy protection and will cease the print publication of its weekly community newspapers across Ontario, moving to an online-only model.

Protest: Closure of library is ‘disturbing’ for local students

‘The board should know that students are suffering from this. It’s not just the workers and the council; it’s the students that are in between them,’ says protest organizer

Saskatoon Central Library opening pushed back after construction bids ‘substantially higher’ than budget

Construction work was supposed to start this fall on new library; opening now likely pushed back to late 2027

Saskatoon’s Central Library project bringing onboard construction consultant to tighten expectations

Saskatoon Public Library CEO Carol Cooley spoke on Friday about the Central Library project delays. “Bids came in higher than expected and we will bring on a construction manager to pursue redesign options”

Toronto Public Library piloting virtual interview rooms for job seekers

The Toronto Public library has been offering customers job searching tools for several years, from the basics like access to the internet to career coaching and eLearning programs on LinkedIn.

What a drag story time is and why it matters

With increasing hate and harassment directed at drag performers in the last year, a Sudbury, Ont., drag queen is sharing their story to help foster understanding and acceptance.

September 14, 2023

Construction on new central Saskatoon library delayed due to costs

Construction on Saskatoon’s new downtown library has been delayed after bids for the project came in over its $134 million budget.

Des bibliothécaires d’une ville en Ontario en grève depuis plus de 50 jours

La petite ville de Bradford West Gwillimbury au nord de Toronto se tourne vers la Commission des relations de travail de l’Ontario pour mettre fin à la grève de ses employés de bibliothèque, qui a commencé en juillet.

Libraries must be curated, not culled with abandon

The reported culling of books published before 2008 at the Peel District School Board raises questions about the educators involved

Peel school board faces calls for transparency on library ‘weeding’ process

Students and a national library association say a school board west of Toronto needs to be more transparent about the so-called “weeding” of its libraries amid concerns some books are being removed from collections solely because they were published before 2008.

These library workers are fighting for $1.35 more per hour. Their Ontario town is fighting back

Library workers in Bradford West Gwillibury have been striking for more than 50 days, one of the longest library strikes in Ontario history.

September 13, 2023

Banning books could be next in Saskatchewan education wars

Despite claims that is responding to concerns from Saskatchewan residents, it appears the province’s government is being told what to do.

Confusion over school board’s library book purge

Parents and students are questioning the decision of the Peel Regional School Board, just outside Toronto, to toss thousands of books because of a policy requiring librarians to toss books that are in poor shape, were published before 2008 or aren’t considered inclusive

Des milliers de livres retirés des bibliothèques d’écoles près de Toronto

Des élèves et des parents se plaignent de la politique d’épuration de livres du Conseil scolaire public anglais de la région de Peel en banlieue de Toronto.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce orders Peel school board to stop throwing out books

Trustees, parents and the minister of education were pointing fingers Wednesday over who is to blame for half-empty library shelves at Peel public schools in the wake of a rapid book purge that included Anne Frank’s ‘The Diary of a Young Girl’ and Harry Potter series.

‘Empty shelves with absolutely no books’: Students, parents question school board’s library weeding process

Several Peel District School Board students, parents and community members are concerned about a seemingly inconsistent approach to a new book weeding process intended to ensure school library books are inclusive, but that appears to have led some schools to remove thousands of books published in 2008 or earlier.

Ontario education minister asks school board to halt library book removal process

Ontario’s education minister has asked a school board west of Toronto to immediately stop its so-called “weeding” of school libraries after concerns were raised about how it was carrying out the process of assessing and removing older books.

September 9, 2023

Bonnyville Municipal Library turns 60

“I wonder if those first library members imagined the library as it is today. Not just books, but computers, STEAM kits, digital resources and more. If they realized the library as an all-access pass to the world.”

Everything, to everyone, all at once: How libraries ended up on the front line of Toronto’s urban crisis

When homelessness rises, barriers to mental health-care persist, and social supports thin, the myriad issues facing Canada’s cities inevitably show up in one of the last truly public spaces.

London’s library is now a hub for ancestral research, and it’s free

London Public Library’s central branch helps people to research their family roots using FamilySearch in The London Room on the third floor.

Naming of new library building stirs debate on council

Airdrie city council requested a workshop session be held to come up with a name for the community’s new library and cultural centre during its meeting on Sept. 5.

September 8, 2023

Western librarians and archivists take next step toward possible strike

UWOFA-LA have began bargaining a new collective agreement with Western, where negotiations have stalled. The union has requested a “no-board” report and can legally strike 17 days after the report

September 7, 2023

In a former monastery, dozens of boxes hold the hidden history of Quebec lesbians

The Lesbian Archives of Quebec hold the hidden stories of lesbians in the province — from brunches and communes to a wedding between women in 1942.

Town councillors agree to move downtown library, consider hotel or housing for Centennial Square

Former post office site will be home to a new Oakville Central Library, as the town studies using some of its downtown land for residential development.

September 6, 2023

Library staff could increase with move to new Bracebridge facility

Mayor Rick Maloney called the library a “generational project,” which needs “staff support so that the community gets the best out of its investment.”

‘Totally untrue’: Bradford mayor refutes library union claims

‘Strike is about a council and a mayor that has made up their mind that they will do whatever it takes to ensure that these workers do not get a fair wage increase,’ says union

September 4, 2023

Kirkland Lake library revamp $100K away from its goal

The Town of Kirkland Lake needs to raise another $100,000 to upgrade the children’s department at the library. If the $600,000 goal is reached, renovations at the Teck Centennial Library would likely begin in the winter of 2024.

September 2, 2023

Child literacy: Boosting reading at home

Jodi Nickle, a professor from the Department of Education at Mount Royal University, joins Global News Calgary to discuss child literacy in Alberta and tips to get your child reading.

Kids benefit from seeing their lives in books. Banning ‘challenging’ or ‘difficult’ titles is not the answer

Banning books and sheltering readers from things they are experiencing anyway does nothing to prepare kids for what our world really looks like

Midland library getting hydroponic tower thanks to grant

The Midland Public Library received a Smart and Caring grant from the Huronia Community Foundation’s Environment and LabX funds.

A new CSIS ad campaign is using Soviet-style imagery to warn Canadians about disinformation

Canada’s spy agency is leaning on Soviet imagery to help prime the public against disinformation, but experts say Moscow is more likely to use images that make readers think the messaging is coming from North American sources.

Popular seed-sharing program at Edmonton Public Library comes to an end

“The interest was there; it was huge, lots of demand for the seeds. Ultimately, we found the demand was so high that the library just couldn’t keep up.”

Public library see increase in usage, programming and funding in 2022

Thunder Bay’s public libraries saw notable increases in people attending programming, applying for library cards and using available services in 2022 compared to previous years.

September 1, 2023

Drag protester denies wrongdoing in alleged assault, claims wide-ranging conspiracy

A woman under investigation for assault following a scuffle outside a Drag Storytime event says she believes she is fighting “a spiritual battle between good and evil.”

Windsor Public Library is eliminating overdue fines. Here’s why

Windsor Public Library put a pause on overdue fines in 2020. Now the library board has decided to continue that policy change indefinitely — effectively eliminating late fees.

A year after Vancouver Public Library eliminated fines, here’s how many books are now overdue

Waiving late fees represents hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in lost revenue, but library officials say this story has a happy ending.

August 31, 2023

Overdue fines dropped for kids at North Bay Library

Beginning tomorrow the North Bay Public Library will no longer be charging late fines for material borrowed from the Children’s Department.

August 30, 2023

Editorial: Yorkton library stays put — what’s next

So, with the library secure where it should be, it’s time to gather the diverse users together and plot a course to preserve and expand programming.

Flashback: Wayne and Shuster go inside the CBC vault

In a segment from a training film, the comedians visit a little-seen department of the national broadcaster: the CBC Film Library

Windsor Public Library to stop charging late fees

The Windsor Public Library’s board of directors approved ending late fees and will waive all outstanding fines.

August 29, 2023

‘Anti pride’ protester arrested at drag storytime event in Kamloops: RCMP

RCMP say a protest at a drag storytime event for children at a library in the B.C. Interior over the weekend has resulted in one arrest and an investigation into reports of a separate assault at the scene.

Arbitration won’t solve Bradford library labour dispute: union

‘Instead of providing fair wages, they’re spending yet more library funding on a lengthy legal fight,’ says local president

August 28, 2023

Wait—Is ChatGPT Even Legal?

AI companies are using copyrighted works to train their systems. The lawsuits are just getting started

August 27, 2023

This London librarian is spreading the joy of reading with her passion for fashion

Linda Ludke has a special knack for matchmaking, but it’s not in the world of romance. She’s paired about 100 children’s books with her quirky second-hand fashion finds.

August 26, 2023

Blue Mountains Public Library Board looking for a new library CEO

Current CEO Dr. Sabrina Saunders has resigned her position and will be leaving in the fall due to health concerns and relocating.

August 25, 2023

‘A central resource’: Burlington Public Library launches digital local history archive

The Burlington Public Library (BPL) officially launched the Burlington Digital Archive on Aug. 23. The new online portal houses the digitized local history collections of Burlington Public Library, the Burlington Historical Society and the City of Burlington.

Library board applies for arbitration to end 36-day strike

Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library workers have been on strike since July 21 when negotiations came to a head

TNRL announces the launch of a tiny library located in Aberdeen Mall

The Thompson-Nicola Regional Library has announced it will be opening a small, temporary library location inside Aberdeen Mall this fall.

August 24, 2023

Library to focus on literacy, engagement, reconciliation

St. Albert Public Library is looking to build on past efforts to improve early childhood literacy, community engagement, and reconciliation, according to a new strategic plan.

North Shore libraries recognized with six awards

It was a clean sweep for the North Vancouver District Public Library and West Vancouver Memorial Library at this year’s ALA PR Xchange Awards

Okanagan Regional Library forgiving late, damaged returns

“The last thing we want is for anyone to be concerned about library holds, returns, and lost or damaged items. The well-being of our patrons and staff remains our top priority.”

Ontario’s information watchdog is considering ‘potential next steps’ on alleged deleted Greenbelt emails

Another Ontario watchdog is taking a closer look at the province’s Greenbelt changes after an audit found political staff deleted records and used personal accounts to email lobbyists about the protected area.

Smiths Falls library gets go-ahead from municipal heritage committee for various changes

The Smiths Falls Public Library received support from the municipal heritage committee, or MHC, to make certain changes in relation to their extensive renovations.

August 23, 2023

Archivists race to save Toronto history from acidic doom

Two archive collections held in Toronto are slowly being eaten away by a chemical reaction, but archivists are painstakingly working to save the material from destruction.

Chinguacousy Library re-opens in ski chalet in Brampton

As recently as last month, no one quite knew when Brampton’s Chinguacousy Library would reopen, but it appears it has settled into its new home for now

Gabrielle-Roy : « une bibliothèque réinventée »

Cuisiner, louer des instruments de musique, assister à un spectacle, voir un film, jardiner : la nouvelle bibliothèque Gabrielle-Roy promet aux citoyens de Québec «une programmation culturelle foisonnante» et des services qui vont bien au-delà de la traditionnelle location de livres.

Lincoln Pelham Library receives grant for bookmobile

The Lincoln and Pelham Public Library (LPPL) has been awarded $25,000 by Desjardins Financial Services in support of a bookmobile project.

August 22, 2023

Ottawa rejected independent study of access to information system in favour of internal review, documents reveal

The federal government rejected a plan to reform Canada’s ailing access to information regime, and instead, against the advice of bureaucrats, embarked on a limited internal review that produced no substantive change.

August 21, 2023

Brighton Public Library branches out with new stick library

The main branch of the Brighton Public Library now includes a stick library for dogs.

Ground broken on Airdrie’s future library, multi-use facility

Starting a new chapter on a story that’s been years in the making, the City of Airdrie finally turned dirt on its new library on Aug. 21.

The parental rights Trojan Horse

Parental rights are a dog whistle for regressive politics that harm and bully LGBTTQ+ students and community members.

Why the smell of vinegar shut down a Toronto library’s historical newspaper archive

The Toronto Reference Library is working to save rare pieces of its historic newspaper collection from ‘vinegar syndrome’ — a destructive and contagious chemical decay process that means the clock is ticking for anyone trying to preserve history stored on acetate film.

August 20, 2023

Canadian media trained audiences to use Facebook. With Meta blocking news, what’s next?

Canadian news publishers haven’t given up hope that Meta will lift a ban on Canadian news, but in the meantime, they’re scrambling to draw audiences directly to them.

Shelf help: St. Catharines library removes books to make space for the future

Library officials say despite fewer items on the shelves, the overall collection size has grown with digital and physical offerings to more than 1.5 million items.

August 18, 2023

Bradford library labour negotiations break down 

‘This is not about the money; this is about council making a point that they just don’t have any care for the female-dominated jobs in this town,’ says union president

Bradford library workers continue strike, rejecting latest offer

The latest contract offer presented to striking library workers in Bradford West Gwillimbury has been rejected by the union.

Essa Township library transforms into community hub

“There is an increased demand for entertainment, social connection and for safe spaces.”

August 17, 2023

Library expands use of social workers to Barton Branch

Social workers have been so busy at the Hamilton Public Library’s (HPL) Central Library that the program designed to help connect vulnerable residents with city services is being expanded to the Barton Branch.

London Children’s Museum now $2M closer to relocation in city’s east end

The Canadian government announced $2 million in funding Thursday to support the move and expansion of the London Children’s Museum.

Relief felt for some, but not all, following resolution on Yorkton library location

Call it another chapter of the ongoing library controversy — but a decision has been made on the future of the Yorkton Public Library.

August 16, 2023

‘It’s about respect’: Bradford library, union return to bargaining table

Today marks Day 27 of the strike, which makes it one of the longest library worker strikes in Ontario history, says union

Breslau is finally getting its own full-service library

A new full-service Region of Waterloo Library branch will provide the community of Breslau with services they have wanted for at least two years

Yorkton library to remain downtown after building sale falls through

In a private meeting earlier this week, city council learned the sale fell through because of ‘environmental issues’ related to a former SaskPower diesel plant in a nearby parking lot.

August 15, 2023

Despite protest, drag queen storytime event a source of pride, Headingley librarian says

Winnipeg drag queen Miss Assuma Gender had never seen protesters show up outside one of her events prior to Saturday, but she’s glad a family-friendly storytime event at a Manitoba library went well despite heated protests outside.

Yorkton Public Library move cancelled after buyer backs out

The Yorkton Public Library will be staying put after the proposed sale of its current location fell through.

August 14, 2023

Depot or station? Proposal to change Craigleith museum’s name chugs forward

The Blue Mountains Public Library, which operates the Depot as both a museum of local history and a library branch, recently requested that the name of the facility be changed from the Depot to Craigleith Station.

An open letter to the community from Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library CUPE 905 Workers

Striking library workers ‘disheartened’ by town, CEO

August 13, 2023

Cambridge Idea Exchange needs $400k worth of emergency window repairs

With multiple large windows breaking and posing a danger to occupants of the Queen Square Idea Exchange, the city is looking at replacement ‘as soon as possible’

The $400,000 project will be funded from the Canada Community-Building Fund, formerly the Federal Gas Tax, which has an uncommitted balance of $1,334,400.

August 12, 2023

Meta’s removal of Canadian news impacting Indigenous media and communities

One independent Indigenous news organization in Canada says it will have to find new ways to reach its audience after Meta removed it from its platforms in response to new federal legislation, while a group representing 8,000 people in Kahnawà:ke says it can’t post community updates anymore.

Library eliminates late fines for those 24 and under

Living independently, with difficult class schedules, managing new job responsibilities and coping with other stressors is part of life — and Halton Hills Public Library is offering a fresh start for individuals in such phases.

Old is new: Simcoe County archives getting makeover

‘All of this will improve the rate at which records are processed, arranged and described, and made available to the public,’ said county archivist of $1.6M project

August 11, 2023

Books overdue? Library ending late fines for readers aged 18 to 24

Allowing young adults to borrow materials without the risk of fines encourages them to use the library more often and makes visits less stressful, Halton Hills Public Library says

‘I’m angry’: Striking Bradford library workers vow to keep fighting

‘We don’t want to be out here. I want to go back to work. I have kids to support,’ says frustrated worker; union says they would return to bargaining upon a new offer

Library helps put together pieces of genealogy puzzle

Kingston residents can register for 30-minute Zoom session with librarian, where they can ask questions, or discuss problems they’re facing in search.

Plans call for a permanent library in Breslau

The basement level of the Breslau Community Centre is slated to become the home of a permanent library in the village. The Region of Waterloo plans to open the facility in February, subject to approval from its library committee next week.

Quebec’s only LGBTQ2S+ library gets $5,000 donation

Located inside Montreal’s LGBTQ+ Community Centre, the Open Book Library is believed to be the only LGBTQ+ library in Quebec. This Pride week, Amazon Canada donated $5,000 to the community centre.

August 10, 2023

Canadian writers can’t afford to write non-fiction anymore – and that’s a problem for all of us

If we stop publishing new work about our history, we risk forgetting who we are as a country, Charlotte Gray writes

Free hygiene products available at some Toronto library branches through The Personal Care Bank

You can now find personal care items at some Toronto Library buildings after TPL teams up with the Personal Care Bank.

New CEO Richard Bee begins work at Fort Frances Public Library

Last week, Richard Bee began his new position as the chief executive officer (CEO) at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre (FFPLTC). He officially began his permanent contract on August 2, 2023, and says things have been going well so far.

Audit finds 800 items missing from Canadian history museum, no plan to deal with it

An investigation by Canada’s auditor general found the Canadian Museum of History’s conservation system is putting its collections at risk.

August 9, 2023

Breslau pushing for permanent public library

The push continues in Breslau for a permanent public library.

The Township of Woolwich currently has a satellite branch in the Breslau Community Centre (BCC), however the community is hoping for standalone facilities like in Elmira and St. Jacobs.

August 7, 2023

Memory kits for people with dementia now available at Halifax libraries

Memory kits, which include games, books and activities to help people with memory loss and dementia, are now available at the Halifax Public Libraries.

N.L. NDP calls on government for increased library funding as digital usage rises

Newfoundland and Labrador’s NDP is giving the provincial government a failing grade for its handling of the public library system, but despite years of frozen funding and rapid inflation, it looks like the libraries’ financial circumstances will stay cool.

August 4, 2023

Vancouver librarians caught in the middle of the culture war

The Vancouver Public Library is not immune from the culture war. According to a list for the period of January 2022 to June 2023, released under freedom of information law, library users filed 17 challenges to books and one CD.

National archives to digitize, transfer 6 million pages of Indian day school records, official says

Canada’s national archives is working to identify, digitize and transfer six million pages of federal Indian day school records to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, enough paper to fill “multiple tractor trailer loads completely packed with pages,” one official says.

U of G cuts $2 million from library operating budget

Budget reduction will result in a number of operational changes, including cancelled subscriptions, collapsing vacant positions and using time slots for services

Ontario NDP leader lends support to Bradford’s striking library workers

‘Somebody has to wake up, whether it’s the CEOs at Loblaws and Metro or the folks at city hall in communities like this,’ said Marit Stiles while supporting local library workers

August 3, 2023

Heritage Canada shuts down its library, begins months-long work identifying titles to transfer to Library and Archives Canada

The department says this closure will allow it to re-allocate resources to meet growing demand for digital information management services, but librarians and researchers worry that pandemic shutdowns were a first step towards further closures.

August 2, 2023

Union, town offer up details behind stalled Bradford library talks

New details provide a peek behind the curtain of stalled labour negotiations at the Bradford library, where workers walk the picket line for the 13th straight day Wednesday.

Both the CEO and the union representing workers at the Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library provided separate messages on Tuesday, ahead of a closed meeting of council set to discuss library labour relations.

Video: Say farewell to Chinguacousy Library with a flashback to Bramalea Civic Centre in the ’70s

The Chinguacousy Library branch has shut its doors for the last time at the Bramalea Civic Centre, but the Peel Archives is giving residents one last blast from the past with a look at the centre when it first opened in the ’70s.

August 1, 2023

‘Blocking the wrong people’: Calgary Public Library sees increase in membership, borrowing 3 years after going fine-free

Just over three years after moving to a permanent fine-free model, the Calgary Public Library has seen tens of thousands of users return to use its services. Circulation of materials is up and renewals have increased by nearly 50 per cent.