ASSOCIATES (2013, July, v. 20, no. 1)


News from Canada

Karen Hildebrandt
CLA Executive Council

CLA had another wonderful conference May 29-June 1 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The conference local arrangements committee did a wonderful job of making all the delegates feel welcome. This year’s conference featured two new learning opportunities. The first was the Learning Lounge that featured short but intensive 20-minutues sessions that covered current issues and trends. The second was the Social Media Bar which allowed delegates to hang out at the bar while the social media “bartenders” served up new tools, gave demonstrations, and more.

Returning for the 2nd year was the Living Library. I had the pleasure of checking out a living book and learned about introverts and leadership! We had 71 sessions and 22 poster sessions this year. The Great Debate has a long standing tradition of bringing in the crowd and Battle Decks returned again after its introduction to the conference last year.

Our opening keynote and closing keynote speakers were thought provoking. Cory Doctorow, a science fiction novelist, blogger, technology activist and an active supporter of open access, talked about was digital locks and the limitations it places on persons with disabilities.

Rebecca MacKinnon is a leading voice on issues of privacy, free expression and governance in the digital networks, platforms and services on which we are all becoming increasingly dependent. During her talk one couldn’t help but think that we are more vulnerable now than in the past in terms of online privacy and security.

The conference closing highlight for many of us library technicians is our pub night. This year Kathy Heney, the CLA LTAN Moderator and I were joined by Red River College LIT Program Instructor, six graduates from their program this year, three past graduates from 2011 and one from 2009. It was so great to meet them and see their passion for the profession!

Our Executive Council continues our Advocacy efforts on school libraries, public libraries, our Library and Archives Canada and other national library issues. I am now into my last six months of service on the Executive Council and I have learned so much from my Council members.

At the end of April I assumed the role as VP/President-Elect for the Library Association of Alberta. I hope that some of the things I learned while working on the CLA Executive Council will help me with this new experience.

It truly is a pleasure and an honor to represent my fellow library technicians and support staff workers on the National as well as Provincial level.

Best wishes to everyone and thank you for the work you do to support our profession and our association!