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Toronto online book archive forced to fire 75% of staff

Toronto Star – “If they had a million dollars, they’d buy more time. But a vast online library doesn’t have that kind of cash, so it is drastically reducing its devoted workforce. Internet Archive Canada, a small non-profit company, fired 35 of its 47 employees on Wednesday due to a massive drop in donations. Most will leave Aug. 12 unless a white knight appears soon.”

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Wait for e-books unfair, student says

Times Colonist – “Long lines at the bookstore is usually all the waiting most students have to do before getting their textbooks. But for those with sight problems, the wait is even longer, and that is discriminatory, according to Miles Motture. That is why the University of Victoria law student has filed a complaint against the university and six textbook publishers with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal. “It’s a frustrating process,” Motture said. “Other students don’t even have to go through the process of asking, never mind asking and then getting unacceptable delays.”

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Canadian School Librarians and Libraries under siege

Press Release – “In recent weeks, there has been extensive media coverage, on the declining number of teacher-librarians in Canada, beginning with the announcement of eliminating school library staffing and making serious cuts to school library services and resources in the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board in Ontario. The Canadian Library Association (CLA) has been monitoring these developments, and is concerned about the status of teacher-librarians across the country.”

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High school libraries enter the 21st century

Ottawa Citizen – “The first thing Janice O’Neill did when she became librarian at St. Mark Catholic High School in Manotick was tear up the No Talking sign.

She also ripped up the No Eating sign, stopped charging students for printing stuff off the Internet and said goodbye to the card catalogue.

Now she’s clearing the tidy shelves of encyclopedias and other out-of-date reference books jammed with facts that are a click away thanks to Google.”

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Libraries, community groups squeezed by cuts to Internet program

Canadian Press – “The Conservative government is quietly cutting funding to hundreds of community groups and even hospitals that provide free Internet access to Canadians who might not otherwise have a chance to get online. Organizations that benefit from Industry Canada’s 16-year-old Community Access Program began receiving letters last week informing them that sites located within 25 kilometres of a public library would no longer be eligible for cash.”

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Canadian booksellers want Amazon to stay out

Jacket Copy – “If it’s up to Canadian booksellers, Amazon.com will be barred from opening on-the-ground operations in the country. “Individual Canadian booksellers have traditionally played a key role in ensuring the promotion of Canadian authors and Canadian culture,” Canadian Booksellers Assn. President Stephen Cribar said Monday. “These are values that no American dot-com retailer could ever purport to understand or promote.”

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Privacy commissioner probing Google Buzz

CBC – “Concerns around Google’s recently unveiled Buzz feature are deepening with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada looking into the social-networking tool. Valerie Lawton, a spokesperson for the office, said on Tuesday that Buzz is being investigated to see whether it violates Canadian privacy laws.”

See also, this article from AP

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Calgary library ads target grocery shoppers

CBC News – “New library ads have made their way into the produce and deli departments of 10 Real Canadian Superstores across the city. The slogan for the campaign is “Everything you’re into,” and the advertisements feature lines such as “from barbecue to bull riding” and “from ham to Hamlet.” (via)

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Canadians get a Kindle surprise

Macleans – “The e-book reader available in Canada isn’t Amazon’s top-of-the-line device”

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PC wants filtering software to stop porn access in schools, libraries

Canadian Press – “A Progressive Conservative member of the legislature wants the province to take steps so people using computers in libraries and public schools cannot access pornography online. Gerry Martiniuk has a private member’s bill that would force libraries and schools to install Internet filtering software to block pornographic websites.

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