Canadiana.org elects 2013 Board of Directors

July 26, 2013
Contact: Daniel Velarde - info@canadiana.ca

Six distinguished scholars and archivists were elected to the Canadiana.org Board of Directors from candidate pools nominated by Foundation- and Governing-level members:

• Marcello Vitali Rosati, Professeur adjoint, Département des Littératures de langue française, Université de Montréal (More information (français));
• Fabien Lengellé, Directeur général, Bibliothèque et Archives Canada;
• Karen Grant, Provost and Vice-President, Mount Allison University (More information);
• Loubna Ghaouti, Directrice de la Bibliothèque, Université Laval;
• Benoit Ferland, Directeur général, Direction générale de la conservation, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec;
• Jonathan Bengtson, University Librarian, University of Victoria (More information).

Officers include:

• President Leslie Weir, University Librarian, University of Ottawa (More information);
• Vice President Jane Pyper, City Librarian, Toronto Public Library;
• Treasurer Sylvie Belzile, Directrice générale, Service des bibliothèques et archives, Université de Sherbrooke.

The volunteer Board of Directors, composed of distinguished scholars and librarians from across Canada, is entrusted with decisions relating to the long-term development and achievement of Canadiana.org’s mission. Canadiana.org is grateful for their continuing guidance and effort in positioning the organization as a leader in digitization, preservation, and access.

Directors hold office for a term of two years (2013-15) and are eligible for re-election for one further such term. Incumbent Larry Alford, Chief Librarian, University of Toronto Libraries, was elected to a second term.

Canadiana.org wishes to thank departing Directors for contributing their time, talent and leadership to the organization, as well as for the competence and foresight with which they fulfilled their functions.

In 2011-13, Canadiana.org’s ambitions, services and capacity grew dramatically. The Board oversaw a conversion of Early Canadiana Online to a new, modern and extensible digital delivery platform. It led new digitization partnerships at a time when national and regional digitization was sputtering out. It also supported Canadiana.org's efforts to build secure digital repository infrastructure, laying the foundation for a trusted space where memory institutions across country may deposit and care for their digital information—the first step towards a national virtual library.

With these accomplishments in hand, Canadiana.org is well-organized, ready and enthusiastic to meet the challenges ahead.

2013 Governance changes

The Canada Not-for-profit Corporation Act, amended 17 October 2011, established a set of regulations to which non-profit organizations must adapt by 2014. To comply with the legislation smoothly and ahead of deadline, Canadiana.org overhauled its bylaws, governance and membership structure in 2013. Under the new governance model, the Board of Directors is compressed to 10 members, board meetings occur more frequently, and the Executive Committee assumes less importance in the overall structure.

Formerly, to ensure robust national representation, the Board of Directors had three permanent members. These were:

Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec
Canadian Association of Research Libraries
Library and Archives Canada

Beginning in 2013, all Directors are elected by a majority vote during the Annual General Meeting, while positions of Director ex officio are eliminated. Although representatives of the (former) permanent members continue to sit on the Board, it is now the person, and not the organization, which fills his or her appointment.

The Board of Directors will continue to be as representative as possible of the many constituent sectors within the memory community, and to promote the closest ties between stakeholders in the library and archival sciences, digital humanities, and heritage sector.