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CUPE is a platinum sponsor of the Canadian Library Association (CLA) National Conference and Trade Show in Edmonton, Alberta from June 2 – 5, 2010.

In addition, CUPE is the sponsor of Opening Keynote Speaker Sue Gardner, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization that operates Wikipedia and 9 other free-knowledge wikis. Wikimedia operates the largest collaboratively-edited reference projects in the world, including Wikipedia, one of the world’s 10 most popular sites. Sue will speak during Opening Ceremonies beginning at 9 a.m. (MDT) on Thursday, June 3.

Sue was formerly head of CBC.ca, the Internet platform for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Canada’s radio, TV, and new media public broadcaster and the nation’s largest journalistic organization. Under her leadership, CBC.ca experienced a historic audience surge and launched many new major multimedia technologies, including podcasting, breaking news alerts, live event blogging, and many forms of user interaction.

The conference will include workshops and seminars, as well as the following meetings:

  • Canadian Association of College and University Libraries (CACUL) Annual General Meeting
  • Canadian Association of Public Libraries (CAPL) Annual General Meeting & Awards Reception
  • Canadian Association for School Libraries (CASL) Annual General Meeting & Awards Reception
  • Canadian Association of Special Libraries and Information Services (CASLIS) Annual General Meeting
  • Canadian Library Trustees Association (CLTA) Annual General Meeting & Reception
  • CLA Annual General Meeting

The Canadian Library Association was founded in 1946. CLA is a non-profit voluntary organization, governed by an elected Executive Council, which is advised by over thirty interest groups and committees. CLA members work in college, university, public, special (corporate, non-profit and government) and school libraries. Others sit on boards of public libraries, work for companies that provide goods and services to libraries, or are students in graduate level or community college programs.

For more information, visit the CLA website.