"Academic Librarianship: A Crisis or an Opportunity?" was a one day symposium held at the University of Toronto on November 18, 2011. The symposium provided a forum for stakeholders to consider recent troubling events and developments in the academic library community. The hiring of postdoctoral fellows at McMaster University to replace librarians, the strike by professional librarians at University of Western Ontario in 2011 and threats to the academic freedom of librarians at McGill University have all served as bellwethers and have been rich topics for debate of late.
News — Archives — 2011
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The Brandon University Faculty Association (BUFA) began strike action on October 12 after rejecting the employer's demand for major concessions throughout the collective agreement and on compensation. BUFA is seeking a balanced workload of teaching and research, job security for sessionals, and fair compensation.
After two years of tenacious bargaining, PSAC reached a tentative agreement Oct. 3, for about 40 Post-Doctoral Associates at the University of Western Ontario in London.
If ratified, this will be only the second time in Canada postdoctoral employees would have achieved a first collective agreement.
Postdoctoral employees at Western have been trying for two years to negotiate a first collective agreement with the UWO Administration.
Ontario's university professors and academic librarians are deeply disturbed by the Harper Government's intrusion in the Canada Post lockout, and warn that the proposed legislation has harmful implications for collective bargaining across the country. The legislation, tabled in the House of Commons earlier this week, imposes on the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) a settlement significantly lower than the last offer by the employer, Canada Post.
Vancouver Island University and its faculty association reached a settlement Sunday, ending a month-long strike and allowing classes to resume today.
The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) and the Canadian Federation of Students - Ontario (CFS-O) have released a new poll surveying the opinions of Southwestern Ontario residents on post-secondary education. Please click here for the OCUFA news release; and click here for a detailed slide show of the results.
OCUFA has teamed up with the Washington-based Inside Higher Ed, the London and South Africa-based University World News and OISE-University of Toronto to host an international conference examining the complex relationship between media and higher education. This three day innovative event will be held in Toronto from June 16-18, 2011.