For new members

Your library representatives to the APUO are:

  • Michelle Brown, July 1 2015 – June 30 2017
  • Michel Castagné, July 1 2016 – June 30, 2018

APUO communicates messages that are relevant to all APUO members through email and more and more, through direct contact with you, the membership. Attendance at general assemblies is essential to stay aware and be involved in the APUO. Librarian specific issues are communicated on the distribution list for APUO librarians by email and infrequent meetings (roughly 4 per year) are also held.

You are free to contact APUO about any workplace issue, especially those involving the collective agreement or discuss these with your APUO reps. They are essentially shop stewards who are responsible for helping members understand the collective agreement and provide advice where possible, on issues.

Librarians’ voices are brought back to the APUO through your library representatives, who are members of the APUO’s Board of Directors. You are also encouraged to attend all general assemblies – there are four per year. Your voice can be made heard directly to the APUO Executive and membership by speaking out at assemblies!

The following Letters of Understanding were agreed to by both parties as part of the 2012-2016 negotiated settlement:

Library Council

As a librarian employed at the University of Ottawa, you are automatically a member of Library Council, even if you are part time or replacement. Library Council is the only venue for shared governance available to librarians at the University of Ottawa.

Shared governance is the set of practices under which faculty and librarians participate in significant decisions concerning the operation of their institutions. Universities are very special types of institutions with a unique mission—the creation and dissemination of ideas. For that reason, they have created particular arrangements to serve that mission best. For example, academic tenure protects the status, academic freedom and independent voice of scholars and teachers. Shared governance, in turn, arose out of a recognition that:

■ academic decision-making should be largely independent of short-term managerial and political considerations;

■ faculty and professional staff are in the best position to shape and implement curriculum and research policy, to select academic colleagues and judge their work; and

■ the perspective of all front-line personnel is invaluable in making sound decisions about allocating resources, setting goals, choosing top officers and guiding student life. (1)

Our collective agreement has the following article regarding Library Council:

* Library Council Library Council shall be the official means of consultation between the University Librarian and the librarians. The Council is chaired by theUniversity Librarian. All librarian members shall be full members, as well as the two associate librarians, the director of Morisset, and the chief administrative officer.

The role of the Library Council is to discuss issues in a collegial setting and make recommendations to the University Librarian concerning the policies, operations, and development of the Library Network.

It is understood that:

(a) quorum shall consist of no fewer than half of the regular librarian members holding a major administrative position;

(b) all services are to be maintained during meetings of Library Council;

(c) librarians holding a major administrative position shall attend meetings of Library Council unless there are valid reasons for being absent.


(1). AFT Higher Education. “Shared Governance in Colleges and Universities.”

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