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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 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: 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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BC Universities – Faculty and Librarians Unionize – Not Over Monetary Issues

“After a contentious 87-day campaign, faculty members and librarians at the University of Victoria voted to certify as a trade union in a multi-day vote that ended Jan. 24. The decision may signal a British Columbia trend, with union campaigns … Continue reading

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Updates on Negotiations from Mount Allison Faculty Association and Association of New Brunswick Teachers Association     and

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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 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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Association of the New Brunswick University Teachers (AUNBT) on Strike

As of January 13, 2014, the AUNBT, faculty and librarians were “on strike and have received a lock-out notice.” The core issue being cited is the continued lack of funding provided for ‘core programming’ despite the increased in enrollment, particularly … Continue reading

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Historical Record of Dale Askey & Edwin Mellen Press Inc. Lawsuit

For those of you wondering where you can find samples of the many letters of support, motions, blogs and media reports on the lawsuit launched against the Associate Librarian Dale Askey by the Edwin Mellen Press, they are being uploaded … Continue reading

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

F.Y.I. facts on library consolidation at Fisheries and Oceans say DFO library closure defense “doesn’t add up” government cutting more than $100 million related to protection of water

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