Category Archives: Academic libraries

SJAC Process Update for UT Librarians

As UTFA members know, the SJAC process is currently underway to negotiate and modernize our Memorandum of Agreement. The University of Toronto Faculty Association is not certified like most other Canadian Faculty Associations (more than 90% are certified, giving their … 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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Historical Bits and Bytes: Origins of the Current Policy for Librarians at the University of Toronto

UofT librarians began to join the University of Toronto Faculty Association (UTFA) in 1974-1975. In 1976, under the leadership of the UTFA President, Jean Edward Smith,  the UofT librarians voted for UTFA to be their exclusive bargaining representative.  In turn, … Continue reading

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Jim Turk, Executive Director of CAUT, at UofT March 3 – University College – SILENCE OF THE LABS

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Closure of Federal Libraries – Documents and Update on Closures

Several documents have surfaced pertaining to the closing of government libraries since it began in 2008. Media Reports Mercer Report on Books and Scientists http://www.cbc.ca/player/Shows/Shows/The+Rick+Mercer+Report/ID/2433502885/ Resources for Information 2013 October 24 – HOUSE OF COMMONS – 202910721-Q-110-Order-Paper-on-DFO-Library-Closures.pdf 2012 REPORT Parliament … Continue reading

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Media Investigations Continue into the Closing of the Science Libraries….

F.Y.I. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/purge-of-canadas-fisheries-libraries-a-historic-loss-scientists-say/article16237051/The facts on library consolidation at Fisheries and Oceans http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/media/npress-communique/2014/20140107-en.htmlScientists say DFO library closure defense “doesn’t add up” http://thetyee.ca/News/2014/01/08/Scientists-Say-DFOs-Library-Closure-Defence-Doesnt-Add-Up/%5BCanadian%5D government cutting more than $100 million related to protection of water http://o.canada.com/technology/environment/harper-government-cutting-more-than-100-million-related-to-protection-of-water/

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More information and news coverage on closing of science libraries…..

Huffington Post, Jan. 3, 2013, has coverage and more information the closing of the science libraries, see “How the Harper Government Committed a Knowledge Massacre” : “Scientists are calling it “libricide.” Seven of the nine world-famous Department of Fisheries and … 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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Shutting Science Libraries Means Shutting Down Scientific Research

“What’s Driving Chaotic Dismantling of Canada’s Science Libraries?…Scientists reject Harper gov’t claims vital material is being saved digitally…” For the latest on the closure of seven out of nine federal science libraries, see http://thetyee.ca/News/2013/12/23/Canadian-Science-Libraries/ By Andrew Nikiforuk   Further references are … Continue reading

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