Introducing the CLA Ottawa Network

At the 2011 Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Library Association (CLA), members voted to revise the CLA Constitution and Bylaws and change the Association's organizational structure. Part of the changes to the structure was the dissolution of the Divisions, including the Canadian Association of Special Libraries and Information Services (CASLIS) as well as its chapters and section.

With the adoption of the revised CLA Constitution and Bylaws, Networks have replaced Divisions and Interest Groups as the key units through which members can lead and participate in the professional activities of the Association.

To meet the needs of the library community in Ottawa-Gatineau, a new CLA Ottawa Network has been established to build on the work of the former CLA-CASLIS Ottawa.

For more information, please visit our new website (http://claottawa.wordpress.com) or e-mail us at cla.ottawa.network@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.


City announces 30-day opportunity to submit nominations to name the new Central Archives Ottawa Public Library Materials Centre

Ottawa - Due to increased public interest, the City of Ottawa is encouraging residents to submit proposals to commemoratively name the new Central Archives Ottawa Public Library Materials Centre.

Nominees for commemoration should meet at least one (1) of the following criteria:

  • The nominated individual has demonstrated excellence, courage or exceptional service to the citizens of the City of Ottawa, the Province of Ontario and/or Canada.
  • The nominated individual has provided extensive community service and has an extraordinary community service record.
  • The nominated individual has worked to foster equality and reduce discrimination.
  • The nominated individual is a current City of Ottawa employee, and has made an outstanding contribution to the City of Ottawa unrelated and to outside of his/her job responsibilities, capacity and duties as a City employee.
  • The nominated individual is a former employee of the City of Ottawa and is to be recognized for exceptional service unrelated to and outside of his/her job responsibilities, capacity and duties as a former City employee.
  • The nominated individual has made a significant financial contribution to a park or facility, and the contribution significantly benefits the community that the park or facility serves (i.e. the park or facility may not have otherwise been possible without the financial assistance).
  • The nominated name has historical significance to the community, City of Ottawa, Province of Ontario or Canada. 
The new Central Archives Ottawa Public Library Materials Centre.is located at 100 Tallwood Drive (corner of Woodroffe Avenue).

Commemorative naming proposals for this facility must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, 2011. All of the names submitted will be vetted in accordance with the Commemorative Naming Policy, then be listed for 60 days of public consultation, in accordance with Policy guidelines. Eligible submissions and the results of the public consultation will be reviewed by the Commemorative Naming Committee and a recommendation will be made to the Community and Protective Services Committee and City Council in September.

If you would like to submit a name for consideration or require any further information, send an e-mail to namingottawa@ottawa.caor call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).


Annual General Meeting

You are invited to the 2010-2011 CLA-CASLIS Ottawa Annual General Meeting at the Exchange Pub & Restaurant.

Following a brief business meeting, enjoy an assortment of appetizers and networking with fellow information professionals. If the CLA restructuring plan is approved, this will be our last AGM. We hope to see many of you that evening to thank you for all your support over our 37 years. Not to worry though, CLA will continue to provide professional development and social events in the National Capital Region in the upcoming year.

When: Wednesday, May 11, 5:30 pm
Where: The Exchange Pub & Restaurant, Rideau Centre, 50 Rideau St. (Lower Level)
Cost: Free for CLA members; $20 for non-members, $10 students

Please RSVP to rsvp@caslisottawa.on.ca by May 9 with your name and membership/student status.


Event at Carelton University

Publishing and sharing research data

Monday April 4, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
MacOdrum Library, Room 102

General public talk: “Data Connections: serendipitous discovery of useful data,” delivered by Monica Omodei, Senior Research Analyst with the Australian National Data Commons.

To build a window onto the Australian Research Data Commons, the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) has established a national registry of data collections and a discovery portal called Research Data Australia. It is designed to allow researchers and research organisations to publish research data and to allow prospective users to discover the data and evaluate its applicability. Discovery may take place through keyword searching and shared concepts and entities. This paper describes some of the infrastructure projects that ANDS has funded in partnership with other national agencies and how we are facilitating the inclusion of these concepts and relationships in the data descriptions provided to us by universities, institutes and government agencies.

The talk will be a brown bag luncheon event with refreshments provided.
Please RSVP to rsvp_library@carleton.ca by April 1st.


RDA for all of us!

RDA, the cataloguing standard developed to replace AACR2, was published in June 2010.
How will these changes in cataloguing affect your work and your clients?
What does it mean for cataloguing and non-cataloguing staff?

Don’t panic; come to RDA for all of us!

This information session will give an overview of RDA, a very brief introduction to FRBR and FRAD (the conceptual models that underpin RDA), and plans for implementation.

Speaker, Laura May has been Information Standards Specialist at Library and Archives Canada since 2009, where she is actively engaged in the development of RDA. She also serves as secretary to the Canadian Committee on Cataloguing. Previously, she has held positions in cataloguing at Concordia University Libraries in Montreal, Ryerson University Library in Toronto, and the Library of Parliament.

Where: Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch Auditorium
When: April 5th 1pm

CLA Members - $20
CLA Student Members - $10
New Professionals (those working in the field for less than two years) - $15
Non-members - $30
Student Non-members - $15
Members of other professional associations (SLA, LANCR, OALT, etc.) - $25
Please RSVP by Friday April 1st
To register, please send an e-mail with your name and membership/student status to: rsvp@caslisottawa.on.ca.


Event: There’s an App for That: or Going Mobile with your Library

Join us for an overview about mobile applications for libraries. The talk will be lead by Chris Simmons, from the Ottawa Public Library. OPL is in the midst of implementing mobile applications and Chris will be able to share with you some things to consider if you want to go mobile with your library. The talk will cover items such as the difference between web sites and mobile applications, what is the benefit of having an app over a mobile web site, what are the technologies being used and what extra capabilities can phones offer to enhance a library’s online presence or physical space.

Speaker: Chris Simmons, Librarian, Digital Services (Ottawa Public Library)
When: Wednesday March 9, 2011, 1:00-3:00pm
Where: Ottawa Public Library, 120 Metcalfe, Auditorium


  • CLA Members - $20
  • CLA Student Members - $10
  • New Professionals (those working in the field for less than two years) - $15
  • Non-members - $30
  • Student Non-members - $15
  • Members of other professional associations (SLA, LANCR, OALT, etc.) - $25
    To register, please send an e-mail with your name and membership/student status to: rsvp@caslisottawa.on.ca.

    If you require a receipt for this event please include a request with your RSVP before Friday March 4, 2011.

    For more information, please contact CLA-CASLIS Ottawa at info@caslisottawa.on.ca


    Invitation to Complete the 2011 Salary Survey

    Dear colleagues,

    The CLA-CASLIS Government Section is pleased to invite you to complete 2011 Salary Survey.


    We encourage you to complete the survey by the due date April 4, 2011. The higher the response rate, the better the final product will be in accurately portraying the benefits and remuneration of the members of the Canadian library and information management community.

    All information provided will be held in confidence and reported in such a way that no individual can be identified. The survey tool being used, FluidSurveys, is a Canadian company with all data servers hosted in Canada.

    The results of the Survey will be available in May 2011.

    Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. Please feel free to forward this invitation to your colleagues in the Canadian library and information management community.

    If you have any questions about the survey, please contact the Section by e-mail at caslis.govlib@gmail.com

    Note: Although the 2011 Salary Survey is a CLA-CASLIS Government Section initiative, all members of the Canadian library and information management community are encouraged to contribute.

    New issue of LAC's Governance and Recordkeeping Around the World

    The latest issue (February 2011) of Governance and Recordkeeping Around the World from Library and Archives Canada is out .

    To check it out in French or Engish:

    http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/government/news-events/007001-1000-e.html  Home Page

    http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/007001/f2/007001-110200-e.pdf      February Issue

    http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/gouvernement/nouvelles-evenements/007001-1000-f.html  Page d' accueil

    http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/007001/f2/007001-110200-f.pdf        Bulletin d' fĂ©vrier