CAPAL’s Letter to Dr. Guy Berthiaume 0

Letter to Dr. Guy Berthiaume in Opposition to LAC’s Proposal to Move Hosting of AMICUS to OCLC (Online Computer Library Centre, Inc.) in the United States. “While we acknowledge the creation of a national union catalogue is a complex job that requires the dedication of information professionals, Canada’s archivists and librarians have considerable expertise to produce catalogues such as AMICUS. Further, while(…)

Minutes (Draft) from CAPAL Annual General Meeting Available 0

These minutes will be amended and approved at CAPAL’s next annual meeting in 2015. DRAFT MINUTES MAY 26, 2014 CAPAL

Sign Petition: UofT Doctoral Student, Alexander Sodiqov Siezed in Tajikistan 0

“Alexander Sodiqov was conducting academic research on civil society and conflict resolution in Tajikistan when he was suddenly seized and charged with “subversion and espionage” on June 16. It has been reported that Mr. Sodiqov has not been able to contact his family or a lawyer since his detention. Human rights organizations are also closely(…)

A Virtual Discussion with Academic Librarians 0

Attention MLIS & MIS Students! Interested in hearing more about making the transition from library school student to academic librarian? Join Catherine McGoveran (Government Information Librarian, University of Ottawa) and Laura Thorne (Learning Services Librarian, University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus) & the University of Alberta’s CAPAL Student Committee for A Virtual Discussion with Academic(…)

CAPAL Celebrates Inaugural Conference at Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences: “Shifting Landscapes: Exploring the Boundaries of Academic Librarianship” 0

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL/ACBAP) [1] held its first conference at Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario, “Shifting Landscapes: Exploring the Boundaries of Academic Librarianship”, on May 25th and 26th in conjunction with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2014. The Conference was well-attended by nearly 90(…)

Open Letter from Jim Turk (CAUT) on Academic Freedom in Canada 0

Greetings, In yesterday’s Globe and Mail, University of Alberta President Indira Samarasekera continued the assault on the concept of academic freedom initiated by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) in 2011. [See her article “When universities make choices, deans must fall in line” In Samarasekera’s world (like that of her association(…)

Images from the 2014 CAPAL Conference 0

Some of us have put pictures from the Conference on our Flickr site. Check it out at:

Future CAPAL Conferences & Annual General Meetings at the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences 0

May 30 to June 5, 2015 University of Ottawa, Ontario May 28 to June 3, 2016 University of Calgary, Alberta Dates TBD 2017 Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario.  

University of Saskatchewan & Academic Freedom 0

The recent dismissal and then re-instatement of Prof. Buckingham at UofS has resulted in the termination of both the president Dr Busch-Vishniac and Provost Brett Fairbairn, see . The penalization or termination of any faculty member or academic librarian, whether in a senior position or not, for openly discussing professional issues at any post-secondary(…)

Sign Open Letter to University of Saskatchewan Board Chair, Ms. Susan Milburn 0

An open letter is circulating amongst colleagues across Canada to support Prof. Robert Buckingham at the University of Saskatchewan concerning his initial firing due to the fact he openly criticized decisions being undertaken in the TransformUS initiative. As academic librarians we know the important role that academic freedom plays in our profession at post-secondary institutions.(…)