Are you interested in cataloguing? Join CTSN!

If you are interested in the technical services side of library work (cataloguing, classification of materials, purchasing and processing of materials, etc.), you are invited to join the Canadian Technical Services Network. Best of all — it’s free!

A message from Emma Cross:


My name is Emma Cross and I am a librarian at Carleton University. Christopher Carr at Concordia University and myself are currently running an email list for the Canadian Technical Services Network (CTSN). This is an informal grassroots network based on the former CLA Technical Services Network.

Please consider joining the Canadian Technical Services Network email list:

  • free / no obligation
  • great way to keep up to date on Canadian Technical Services issues
  • all members are encouraged to share information and start discussion relevant to the technical services community.
  • CTSN aims to be inclusive with representation from all library sectors
  • List is moderated and not overly busy
  • Recent posts include job ads, reports from the Canadian Committee on Cataloguing and the Canadian Committee on Metadata Exchange, notices from Library and Archives Canada, conferences and training events.
  • Link into our network and connect with colleagues and friends

Please contact me if you would like to be added to the CTSN list

Feel free to forward this message to anyone who might be interested




Pond Inlet Archivist featured in Up Here Magazine

The members of Nunavut Library Association come from many varied backgrounds, and Philippa Ootoowak, currently the Archivist for the Pond Inlet Archives, is a case in point. She first arrived in Pond Inlet as a nurse in the 1970s, and served for many years as the community librarian for the Rebecca P. Idlout Library, before setting up and managing the Archives. Her story as the “accidental archivist” has been highlighted in the June issue of Up Here, and can also be viewed online:

The Accidental Archivist

Congratulations, Phil!

If you’d like to know more about the Pond Inlet Archives, check out their post in “Our Libraries”:

Pond Inlet Library and Archives Society


CFLA-FCAB Truth and Reconciliation Committee releases report

The CFLA-FCAB Truth and Reconciliation Committee has released its report responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action in the context of libraries and library services. Former NLA members Helen Halbert and Ben Gosling participated in the Committee’s work as representatives of libraries serving Nunavut and Inuit.

The report makes 10 major recommendations, with each of these being broken down into a number of actions that can be taken by libraries to promote best practices in the relationships between libraries and Canada’s indigenous peoples.

You can read the full report here: Truth and Reconciliation Committee Report and Recommendations (2017).

Routledge offering free access to articles on institutional repositories and the digital library

Time-limited offer: until September 30, 2016, Routledge is posting a free access article collection on Institutional repositories and the digital library. Although the focus is on academic libraries, the issues involved are relevant for many kinds of libraries and organizations. As subscriptions to the journals involved can be wildly expensive to access, if you have an interest in any of these topics, check them out while they’re free!

From their press release:

Routledge is pleased to offer the Library & Information Science community free access to a collection of over 50 articles covering the topic of Institutional and Subject Repositories in academic libraries. The articles in this collection cover the basics of starting and maintaining an institutional repository, the impact of repositories on the open access movement and publishing, repositories for special collections, and institutional repositories around the world.

Click here to access the entire article collection.
Articles will be free to access until September 30, 2016.

ITK Announces Interactive Digital Library of English and Inuktut Early Learning Materials

September 2, 2015 – Ottawa, Ontario – Responding to appeals from early childhood educators, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, in collaboration with its Inuit Early Childhood Development Working Group, has developed an interactive digital library of English and Inuktut materials to allow educators to share teaching tools across Inuit Nunangat and build upon existing resources.

These resources can be found through their website for Katiqsugat. (ᑲᑎᖅᓱᒐᑦ)

ᓯᑎᐱᕆ 2, 2015-ᖑᑎᓪᓗᒍ – ᐋᑐᕙ, ᐊᓐᑎᐊᕆᐅᒥ – ᐱᑕᖃᓕᖁᔭᐅᖏᓐᓇᖅᐸᒃᓯᒪᓂᖏᑕ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᓕᓵᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᑦᓯᔨᐅᔪᓂᑦ, ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑕᐱᕇᒃᑯᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ, ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖃᖃᑎᒋᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᓕᓵᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖃᖅᑎᒋᔭᖏᓂᒃ, ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᐃᓯᒪᓕᓚᐅᕐᐳᑦ ᐱᑐᒃᓯᒪᕝᕕᐅᓗᓂ ᖃᕆᑕᐅᔭᑎᒍᑦ ᐅᖃᓕᒫᒐᖃᕐᕕᒻᒥᒃ ᖃᓪᓗᓈᑎᑑᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑑᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᑎᑎᕋᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᖁᑎᓂᒃ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᑦᓯᔨᐅᔪᐃᑦ ᐊᒥᖅᑲᖃᑎᒌᒍᓐᓇᖅᓯᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᑦᓯᔾᔪᑎᔅᓴᕆᔭᒥᓐᓂᒃ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᒫᖓᓂᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐱᕈᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᑎᑕᐅᓕᖁᓪᓗᒍ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑕᐅᕝᕕᒃᓴᓂᒃ ᐱᑕᖃᓕᐊᓂᒃᑎᑕᐅᔪᖅ.

For more information, see the ITK press release in English (Online Collection of Early Learning Materials Helps Inuit Educators Share Resources) or .ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑕᑦ (ᖃᕆᑕᐅᔭᑎᒍᑦ ᐱᑐᒃᓯᒪᕝᕕᐊᓂ ᑲᑎᖅᓱᒐᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᓕᓵᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕈᑎᔅᓴᐃᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᕈᑎᔅᓴᐅᕗᑦ ᐃᓄᓐᓄᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᑦᓯᔨᓄᑦ ᐊᒥᖅᑲᒐᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᑑᑎᑕᐅᓗᑎᒃ).


NLA advocates for fair e-book pricing

FairE-book pricing BannerThe Nunavut Library Association has added its voice to those advocating for a fair e-book pricing system for libraries. The campaign was launched by the Canadian Library Association and a number of partners on June 15, 2015. NLA has sent a letter of concern to Nunavut Minister of Culture and Heritage George Kuksuk, and received a reply indicating that the matter is being considered by federal, provincial and territorial ministers and that his department will keep NLA informed of developments. More details and all the correspondence are posted to the “Fair ebook Prices” campaign 2015 page on our website.

This issue is critical to the future of libraries and readers’ access to information. For more information, check out the Fair Ebook Prices website. For those who tweet, check out #FairEbookPrices.