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Resolution Passed at the Canadian Library Association's Annual General Meeting

June 17, 2005

Whereas, in 2004 the Canadian Library Association created a Working Group to Define a National Network for Equitable Library Service; and

Whereas, the Working Group has produced a draft report, Opening the Book: A Strategy for a National Network for Equitable Public Library Service for Canadians with Print Disabilities for consultation at this conference; Be it resolved that CLA support the development of a national network by:

  • Publishing "Opening the Book" in regular print and alternative formats;
  • Expanding its advocacy program with the federal government to include funding and support for the implementation of the national network;
  • Participating in the development and implementation of a communications plan to promote awareness of the national network within the library community and end user community, and within the federal political arena in light of the upcoming election;
  • Supporting Library and Archives Canada in the development of the business plan required to secure federal government funds for the purpose of creating and sustaining the national network.

Moved: Beth Barlow
Seconded: Karen Harrison

*Reproduced with permission from the Canadian Library Association