Canadian Urban Libraries Council receives National award from CNIB

11/21/2014

​Today, CNIB awarded the Dr. Dayton M. Forman Memorial Award for 2014 to the Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC) for its work in removing barriers for people with print disabilities.

The award was established by the CNIB Library Board in 1996 and recognizes outstanding leadership in the advancement of library and information services for Canadians living with vision loss or print disabilities. The Canadian Urban Libraries Council received the award based on its creation of the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA).

“CELA works for the more than three million Canadians with print disabilities, providing equitable access to library materials through their public libraries,” said John M. Rafferty, President and CEO, CNIB. “No one should have to rely on a charity for library access – CULC’s determination and hard work in the launch of CELA is helping make this a reality.”

The award was accepted by Catherine Biss, CEO, Markham Public Library and former Chair of Canadian Urban Libraries Council this afternoon at a luncheon held in conjunction with meetings of the CNIB National Board of Directors, Council of Chairs and Executive Management Team at the CNIB Centre.

“Equitable library service must be accessible to everyone through their local public library, and through CELA this is becoming a reality. We value CNIB’s almost 100 years of service and it’s because of this that CELA has a strong, robust foundation upon which to build a new pan Canadian service,” said Biss. “We thank CNIB for recognizing our efforts to date, and we know that together we will build something special that will make an enduring difference in people’s lives.”

The partnership between CULC and CNIB was pivotal to achieving the long standing vision of CNIB to see equitable library service for people with print disabilities delivered through Canada’s public libraries. This year’s award is a celebration of a courageous coming together of organizations, agencies, professionals, and volunteers with a common purpose: equitable library service for ALL Canadians.

About the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA)

CELA is a new, national non-profit organization that supports the provision of equitable library access for all Canadians with print disabilities through their local public library. CELA champions the fundamental right of Canadians with print disabilities to access media and reading materials in the format of their choice, and is supported by the Canadian Urban Libraries Council and CNIB. For more information, visit www.celalibrary.ca.

About CNIB

CNIB is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life.  For more information, visit www.cnib.ca.

About the Dr. Dayton M. Forman Memorial Award

The award was established by the CNIB Library Board in 1996 and recognizes outstanding leadership in the advancement of library and information services for Canadians living with vision loss. The award is offered in tribute to Dr. Dayton M. Forman, an exceptional humanitarian and longstanding CNIB volunteer, who exemplified the leadership required to make a difference in the lives of Canadians who cannot easily access printed material.

 

Caption: Presentation of the 2014 Dr. Dayton M. Forman Memorial Award to the Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC).

[left to right] John Matheson, Chair, CNIB National Board of Directors, Jane Beaumont, Past Chair, CNIB National Board of Directors, Catherine Biss, CEO, Markham Public Library and Former Chair, Canadian Urban Libraries Council, Joan Robinson, Co-Chair, CNIB Library Services Sub-Committee

For more information:

Joy Charlton, Executive Assistant, CNIB Library
Joy.Charlton@cnib.ca
T: 416-486-2500 Ext. 7522

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