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CUPE is a “platinum” sponsor of the 63rd annual meeting of the Canadian Library Association in Vancouver from May 21st to 24th 2008 in Vancouver.

Libraries are at the forefront of making books and other media accessible to all levels of readers,” says Paul Moist, CUPE national president. “Without public, school, campus, medical, law – libraries of all kinds, public repositories of reading and reference materials would be non-existent.”

Many CUPE members who work in libraries across Canada will attend. “Libraries and publishing 3.0: linking authors to readers in the digital age” is the theme of this year’s convention. The conference will reflect on the future of libraries in an age of rapidly evolving technology.

The conference will tackle questions like:

  • How can authors and readers get connected?
  • How can libraries, patrons and authors benefit from technological change?
  • How can we ensure access to technology and to published work and information? What about freedom of expression?

CUPE sponsored the keynote address by Simon Fraser University professor and libraries advocate Rowland Lorimer.

CUPE members will make presentations on the public service mission of libraries and links between community libraries and the people who work in them. CUPE will also host a display in the exhibits hall featuring a video highlighting the work of CUPE members and their relationship to library media from selection to distribution.

CUPE represents the majority of unionized workers in municipal and other public libraries as well as school, university, and libraries in other public institutions. Librarians, library assistants, pages, shelvers, and clerks are among CUPE members who work in libraries. CUPE represents 409 library locals in ten Canadian provinces.

The CLA is comprised of CUPE members along with administrators, students, boards, authors, editors, and library volunteers. Libraries are non-profit institutions that bring together a wide range of actors from the library and information fields who support their public interest mission, including education and networking, on a national scale.