Emonton PLG Responds to RSC Expert Panel on the Future of Canadian Libraries and Archives

Below you will find the Edmonton Chapter of the Progressive Librarians Guild‘s Response to the Royal Society of Canada’s Expert Panel on the Future of Canadian Libraries and Archives.

The Progressive Librarians Guild, Edmonton Chapter (PLG Edmonton), was directly invited to participate by the Royal Society of Canada’s Expert Panel on the Future of Canadian Libraries and Archives, but PLG Edmonton has decided to forgo this futile opportunity.  The mandate of the Panel is confused and meaningless, as to address any of the six objectives in a comprehensive manner would require a much broader undertaking and consultation.  The limited consultation will result in only a handful of Canadians being consulted, and particularly notable is the fact that the panel and its consultation itinerary has clearly privileged the views of urban Canadians living in major metropolitan centres.  While the Expert Panel has numerous representatives from the upper echelons of library and archive management, notably absent from the panel are the expert practitioners whose daily work in libraries and archives is what makes these institutions so valuable to Canadians.  The Panel’s report will have little influence on the Canadian public.  Indeed, it would appear that the primary and dominant benefactors from the Expert Panel are the panelists themselves.

In addition to the shortcomings of the expert panel, PLG Edmonton also questions the utility of the panel presenting its findings to the Harper Government.  This government is the same government that was worked to undermine any evidentiary base for policy through actions such as eliminating the long-form census, actively muzzling scientists, and showing a dismal record with respect to supporting Library and Archives Canada.

With regard to the latter, there is no shortage of issues at LAC that this government has presided over, including appointing Daniel Caron, cutting the National Archive Development Program (NADP), and adopting the draconian LAC Code of Conduct.  Regardless of the recommendations of the panel, its report will simply end up being used a paperweight by the politicians in the Langevin Block.

PLG Edmonton

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Rise with the Ranks Workshop

The Edmonton chapter of the Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG) is hosting a
two-day workshop in Edmonton on July 20 and 21 entitled the Rise with the
Ranks Workshop.

The Rise with the Ranks Workshop is predicated on the principle that
library and information workers should not strive to rise from the ranks
but rather rise with the ranks, to paraphrase Eugene Debs.  We believe that
cooperative, non-hierarchical methods of organization are essential to the
social justice ideals embraced by our profession.  Therefore, the purpose
of the Rise with the Ranks Workshop is to:

  • provide a counter to hierarchical, business models of management within the library and information industry;
  • equip participants with the skills and tools needed to affect meaningful change within the industry and wider society;
  • foster a specific worker identity among library and information workers;
  • build a workers’ movement within the library and information industry based on collaboration and solidarity; and
  • encourage the growth of self-management, egalitarianism, and worker empowerment within the library and information industry.


The workshop will consist of skill-share sessions, discussions, training sessions, and more.  For the full program description, please visit
http://plgedmonton.ca

The workshop is being offered free of charge.  However, space is limited so the Edmonton PLG invites all interested information workers to apply for
admission at http://plgedmonton.ca/?page_id=11

Please note that the deadline for registration is *June 21, 2013.*

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