Libraries Matter. A National Voice Matters. CFLA-FCAB Matters.

Libraries Matter. A National Voice Matters. CFLA-FCAB Matters.

Look out. I’m passionate about this. And I’m concerned at the quiet surrounding CFLA-FCAB: Canadian Federation of Library Associations. Quiet means no one is paying attention. Quiet means no one is talking. Quiet means no one is debating, prompting, urging, moving forward. Quiet means those who are louder about certain issues will be heard. Bring your voice.

Alix-Rae Stefanko, new Chair of CFLA-FCAB, is phenomenal, and she’s leading the charge for the National Forum, May 2nd in Regina. Come – join us – inform our national thinking, positioning and policies on intellectual freedom and artificial intelligence.

Join us in Regina, Saskatchewan, for our first National Forum to be held May 1 – 2, 2018 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Conference Centre, 1975 Broad Street, Regina; the opening reception is the evening of  May 1 and the National Forum is May 2. The National Forum program is designed to blend informative sessions with challenging roundtable conversations. It will carefully consider and debate Intellectual Freedom and Artificial Intelligence, and how Canadian libraries sustain their critical value of freedom of information in the evolving societal shifts. The day’s outcome will be a National Forum Paper informing CFLA-FCAB’s positioning.

Contribute with colleagues from across Canada in focussed dialogues that will consider some of the most critical challenges facing libraries. Contribute towards crafting outcomes that will advance the state of libraries and the Federation.

Here’s the program – with an important addition:

Bruce Walsh will be the keynote! Canadian publishing is @ the heart & soul of Canadian libraries, and Bruce is a respected leader and Canadian publishing visionary. His establishment of the University of Regina Press, championing of freedom of information, and appointment as a Trudeau mentor are incredible. As a Trudeau mentor he will talk with us about “building bridges between research and the public arena, fostering a better understanding of critical issues for Canada, and working toward sustainable solutions”. Never before has the library sector so needed sustainable solutions.

 

 

Walsh in the morning, Mohamed Fahmy at night and in between distinguished panels who will make our heads hurt and our brows furrow. 

Complete the registration form here.

 

 

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