Canadian Library Association Checks Reality in Victoria

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Canadian Library Association Checks Reality in Victoria


Dowding, Martin, American Libraries


A sunny, west-coast welcome greeted 1,200 delegates to the 53rd Canadian Library Association conference, held at the splendid, historic Empress Hotel and Conference Centre in Victoria, British Columbia, june 17-21. The conference theme, "Reality Check: Seductive Futures, Sobering Present," provided speakers and delegates the chance to consider where we have been, where we stand, and where we are headed as a profession, particularly in light of technological challenges to funding, freedom, and privacy.

Where CLA stands as an organization -- at least financially -- was made clear by Treasurer Ruth Reedman, whose annual report indicated that a forecasted $46,000 surplus for 1997 had turned into a $9,733 deficit. The shortfall came largely from delayed membership renewals, monograph sales, and advertising income attributed mostly to a Canadian postal strike last winter.

In her report, recently appointed Executive Director Vicki Whitmell thanked Leacy O'Brien, who had served as acting executive director, for her efforts as Whitmell settled into her new position. Her report also pointed to the inability of CLA's electronic services wing, Online Library Account Management (OLAM), to cover its commitment for selling Dialog services to end users. Losses between July 1997 and June 1998 could reach $245,000. CLA's contract with Infomart/Dialog has been canceled.

Outgoing President Paul Whitney's report discussed his involvement in presentations and meetings about the library ramifications of the new copyright bill, C-32, passed in April. Whitney has met with CLA members, National Library of Canada staff, and the president of the Canadian Archivists Association regarding the government's ongoing "consultation" on the National Library and National Archives, which could result in the amalgamation of the positions of the national librarian and national archivist (AL, May, p. 29-30).

Conference guests included ALA President Barbara Ford and President-elect Ann Symons, who addressed the issue of intellectual freedom (the theme of her forthcoming ALA presidency) in two sessions. Industry Canada Minister John Manley also made a special appearance in two conference sessions to deliver news about the Canadian government's electronic highway initiatives, including e-commerce, SchoolNet, VoiNet (for volunteer agencies), and "Connecting Canadians," a government-supported technology plan to make Canada, as Manley put it, "the most connected country in the world."

Protesters allowed in

A program on "Intellectual Freedom and Library Space: Who's Allowed In" was offered in response to an issue that arose early this year at the Greater Victoria (British Columbia) Public Library (GVPL). …

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