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UTFA AGM – April 23, 2014

The Annual General Meeting of the University of Toronto Faculty Association (UTFA) will take place on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm. The meeting will be held in room 108 of the Koffler House (KP), 569 … 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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Looking for documents which have disappeared from the www?

Have you saved documents pertaining to the professional interests of academic librarians in Canada which you know have gone missing on the internet? If so, CAPAL, the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians is interested in posting them to their … Continue reading

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CAPAL 2014 Report to the Royal Society of Canada on the Role of Professional Academic Librarians and Archivists

CAPAL has submitted a report to the Royal Society of Canada on the The Status and Future of Canada’s Libraries and Archives, emphasizing the role of academic librarians and professional archivists in the future of Canada’s libraries and archives. ********** … 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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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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