You can’t really get a hotel room in St. John’s Newfoundland this week. And as soon as you tell a cab driver that you’re in town for a conference, they nod knowingly. The Canadian Library Association is holding its National Conference in the city, and a thousand
librarians – and those who love them – are in town.
CUPE is a Diamond Sponsor of the conference. It’s our third year supporting the week-long event. The theme this year is “Retain - Recruit - Restructure: Regenerating the Library Community”, and the focus is on keeping libraries filled with skilled employees.
The opening Keynote Speaker is also sponsored by CUPE. Linda Duxbury is a Professor at the Carleton University School of Business and the Director of Research at the Centre for Research and Education on Women and Work. She will be speaking about inter-generational changes in labour force participation.
“CUPE is proud of its library workers, and pleased to support the Canadian Library Association,” said CUPE National President Paul Moist. “As the Harper Conservatives sell off our resources to corporate interests, we need to be all the more determined to keep our libraries open and funded.”
The conference begins this morning, and the closing ceremony is Saturday afternoon.