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Position Papers

At the September 26, 2016 Federation Board meeting the position statements published on this website were adopted and endorsed unanimously. Translations of these statements will be posted on our Federation’s website over the next month.

The Board plans to present these statements for endorsement at our first Annual general meeting that will be held in conjunction with OLA in early February 2017. In preparation for that we are asking for feedback from the Canadian Library community on these statements. Feedback is requested by December 20, 2016.  Comments are to be submitted to Katherine McColgan. Feedback we are seeking on the position statements include:

  • Suggested improvements to the text. In general, the Board has made only minor changes so we want to ensure the statements are current.
  • We plan to properly credit past networks/committees that were responsible for developing the statements. Our intention is to acknowledge the groups that developed these, not individuals, so information about the names of the groups not already listed would be appreciated.
  • In 2017 the Federation Board will be reviewing other statements that were out of date and in need of revision (see the list in Section 2).  If you have concerns about the Federation Board not adopting them in the first grouping of position statements we would like to hear from you and why.
  • If there are additional currently relevant position statements please let us know if you think they are important. We have tried to ensure we have taken a comprehensive approach and want to ensure we have not missed anything.


Adopted Position Statements

Position Statements Requiring Further Review

The following statements need to be reviewed and updated prior to adoption by the Federation, either because of the time that has elapsed since they were last reviewed, or because they focus on legislation that has been passed or updated.

  • Corporate Sponsorship Agreement in Libraries Position Statement – June 1997
  • Human Resource Management Practices Position Statement – February 1995
  • Internet Access Position Statement – February 2000
  • Position Statement on Florence Agreement – November 1977
  • Position Statement on Buying Around – June 1978
  • Cuts to Statistics Canada are Harming Canadians – October 2014
  • Statement regarding Federal Government Library Consolidation and Closure – February 2014
  • Joint Statement on Qualities of a Successful Librarian and Archivist of Canada – May 2013
  • Position Statement on Library Services to Linguistic and Ethnic Minorities – June 1987
  • Perspective on the World Trade Organization Meetings – November 1999
  • Position Statement on Public Library Boards – October 1979
  • Position Statement on Regulations Related to Bill C-32 Library Exceptions and Parallel Importation – June 1997
  • Statement on Social Media Monitoring of Canadians – December 2013
  • Position Statement on Special Collections Interest Group Code of Ethics – February 1993
  • Statement Regarding the Transmission of Unencrypted Data via Adobe Digital Edition 4 Software – October 2014