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BCLA Browser

BCLA Browser

The latest issue of the BCLA Browser – Vol. 5 No. 2 – is now available! Be sure to check out the ALPS Yodeler on for an overview of the latest activities and initiatives from your Exec.


BCLA Press Release on the Dale Askey / McMaster / Edwin Mellen Lawsuit

Press Release                                              For Immediate Release                                             13.02.2013

The British Columbia Library Association (BCLA) is extremely concerned about the unwarranted and frivolous lawsuits that Edwin Mellen Press has filed against Associate University Librarian Dale Askey and against McMaster University.

Edwin Mellen Press alleges that that comments made by Mr. Askey on his personal blog regarding the quality of their publications were defamatory, and are seeking a total of $4.5 million dollars in damages to compensate for injury to their reputation.

As a professional librarian engaged in collection development Mr. Askey is both qualified and obliged to make decisions about published materials.  Central to this issue is Mr. Askey’s academic freedom which should ensure that he, as well as fellow academic librarians, has the ability to freely speak, write, review and evaluate as professionals without fear of reprisal, litigation, or control by vendors, employers or other external bodies.

As a citizen in a democratic society Mr. Askey is free to have and share his opinions with his community, society and country. Sharing and debating perspectives without fear of recrimination is the hallmark of a healthy democratic society peopled by engaged citizens.

Librarians and information workers uphold the rights of all community members to express a critical view about the value of a book or other information materials. This includes a librarian’s own right to do the same. Every citizen should be able to express an opinion without fear of litigation should they offend an author or publisher. By filing lawsuits against Mr. Askey and McMaster University Edwin Mellen Press is attempting to create a climate of fear among librarians, information workers, and all libraries that may critique their product.

BCLA condemns the misuse of the court process to intimidate libraries, librarians and information workers from discharging their professional obligations and from demonstrating one of the library’s core responsibilities to uphold the right of freedom of thought and expression.

BCLA urges Edwin Mellen Press to withdraw its lawsuits and instead engage in a debate, a conversation or a discussion with the library community in order to build a healthy society that reflects a myriad of opinions held by diverse community members.

Book Hotel Now for BC Library Conference 2009

Looking forward to that 24 hour conference experience? Special room rates with the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown and Holiday Inn Express Metrotown are available until March 15th, or until the room blocks sell out, whichever comes first.  So make that reservation now!

Links to more information about each hotel, as well as their direct booking links are available at: http://www.bclibraryconference.ca/page/conference%20hotels.aspx

SLA / BCLA Spring Pub Night

Come celebrate spring and Vancouver’s newest information professionals and raise a glass with your fellow librarians! The SLA Western Canada Chapter and BCLA are pleased to host a pub night following the wrap-up of the SLAIS Career Expo. Door prizes, silly games, and free appetizers abound!

Friday, March 20th
5pm onwards
The Morrissey Pub
1227 Granville (at Davie)
RSVP appreciated – Anne O’Shea at acoshea@gmail.com

All are welcome!