Category Archives: Academic governance

Update from Librarians’ UTFA Council Representatives

**This is from an email sent to librarians, members of UTFA by your Council Reps “Hello all, This morning’s Globe and Mail featured this article:  The Globe and Mail, April 20, 2014: “U of T faculty consider option to unionize,” … Continue reading

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Ukrainian Library Association Statement on the International Conference “Crimea 2014″

F.Y.I. Ukrainian Library Association Statement on the International Conference “Crimea 2014″ Ukrainian Library Association declares protest against the decision to hold an International Conference “Crimea 2014″ in Sudak, Crimea. For twenty years librarians from Russia, Ukraine and other countries have … Continue reading

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LAC issues new CODE OF CONDUCT

Pressure from the community has had an impact. A new Code of Conduct has been issued by Library and Archives Canada. For a comparison, here is the old version LAC Code of Conduct Jan 2013   versus the new version … Continue reading

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Policies for Librarians – In the same Policy with Faculty or Not? What is the Trend?

As a librarian working in the University of Toronto Library System, have you ever wondered why we have a separate Policy for Librarians, never mind the numerous other guidelines and agreements? Or how does this compares to other institutions in … Continue reading

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Librarians in Ukraine Seek to Protect National Collections as Political Tensions Escalate

An official statement and photos have been posted on the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) concerning the activities of librarians during strife in the Ukraine, see http://www.ifla.org/node/8422 The statement currently circulating globally via electronic distribution lists is the following: … Continue reading

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Noam Chomsky “On Academic Labor” Excerpts from Skype Conversation Feb. 4, 2014.

Full article available on Noam Chomsky, “On Academic Labor” URL:  http://zcomm.org/sendpress/eyJpZCI6Mjk5MDM1LCJ2aWV3IjoiZW1haWwifQ/ Access: March 3, 2014. The following excerpts are from  an edited transcript of remarks given by Noam Chomsky via Skype on 4 February 2014 to a gathering of members … Continue reading

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Fifth Estate on CBC Special “Silence of the Labs” Jan. 10

This is good news – please share with colleagues, neighbours and politicians. The greater awareness of what is happening the better. CBC Fifth Estate is doing a special on the cutbacks of science programs, funding, libraries and research in Canada … Continue reading

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Harper Government Censors and Destroys Decades of Major Research Collections in the Sciences

There are many ways of silencing scientific research and advancement, one of them is to destroy access to valuable research and information. “Last week the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, which is closing five of its seven libraries, allowed scientists, … Continue reading

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What happens to former Presidents of the University of Toronto?

David Naylor joins the Board of Directors for the Canadian Barrick Gold Corp., founded by Peter Munk, see the CBC report http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/barrick-gold-s-peter-munk-to-step-down-in-2014-1.2450583  In recent years there has been considerable concern expressed by University of Toronto (UofT) faculty, librarians and students … Continue reading

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New UTFA Posters – Distribute and Share

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