Access to digital content for Canadian public libraries became even more precarious in 2019 as new content embargoes emerged and licensing restrictions increased, while ongoing affordability issues persisted. The Canadian Urban Libraries Council Digital Content Working Group advocates on behalf of Canadian public libraries to increase awareness and advocate for collaborative solutions to these ongoing challenges. Learn about the successful public awareness and advocacy campaigns implemented to build stakeholder awareness, demonstrate impact and improve collaborative efforts to proactively advocate for change.
This webinar will include overviews of the:
Director of Branch Services and Collections, Edmonton Public Library
Sharon works in collaboration with leadership to provide direction and support for the provision of services to branches, and for the selection, delivery and circulation of all physical and digital collections. She is actively involved in advocacy efforts at the National level in her role as Chair of the CULC Digital Content Working Group.
Director of Collections & Technology, Vancouver Public Library
Kay has oversight of service and strategy for the Vancouver Public Library's physical and digital collections, websites and information technology infrastructure. She has been working in public libraries in the UK and Canada for over 25 years, and her areas of expertise include digital library services, collection development and digital content licensing, strategic planning and evaluation, building strong teams and leading change. She has been a member of the CULC Digital Content Working Group since 2018.
Executive Director, Centre for Equitable Library Service; Advisor, CULC Digital Content Working Group
Rina has over 15 years of experience in public library leadership with a focus on collections, most recently as the collections and technical services coordinator at the Greater Victoria Public Library in Victoria, British Columbia. Rina reads in all formats — digital, paper and audio CD — and is passionate about advocating for improved access to e-books and digital audiobooks for libraries and their patrons.