“Federal Heritage Minister James Moore has taken the country’s chief archivist to the political woodshed for charging taxpayers for private Spanish lessons. But it’s unclear whether that means Daniel Caron, the head of Library and Archives Canada, is returning the money, nearly $5,000.” (via Ottawa Citizen)
Ottowa Citizen – “For the first time since amalgamation, the new head of Ottawa’s library is not a librarian. Danielle McDonald took over the Ottawa Public Library and its $50-million budget this week. She’s a departure from her predecessor, Barbara Clubb, who started out shelving books and capped her career with a national award for her service to librarianship. McDonald is a lifelong administrator specializing in behind-the-scenes work in the city bureaucracy. Before she was named at the beginning of March, she had almost no public profile.”
Ottowa Open File – “Mike Henderson wakes up every morning at the Ottawa Mission. It’s “rough and tough”, he says. But Henderson needed a shelter that allowed him to stay inside during the day.
Most days, though, he does venture out. Stuffing a battered math textbook in his backpack, he’ll head west past Parliament Hill, in the direction of another, less glamorous local landmark—the Ottawa Public Library’s downtown branch.
A concrete monolith on Metcalfe street, the aging library has fluorescent lighting, rows of books and computers, and a cramped café. It’s one of the few spots in the downtown core where passersby can spend a few hours, free of charge, and so the couches are often lined with the homeless. Some nap, others read magazines—still others wait for a computer.”