Copyright and You – Tuesday April 8, 5:00 – 8:00pm

by Jing Liu ~ March 18th, 2008. Filed under: Professional Development.

SLA WCC is pleased to present Paul Whitney, City Librarian, Vancouver Public Library, in Vancouver on April 8 for an interesting and practical update on copyright developments in Canada as they impact all types of libraries and all Canadians.

Tuesday April 8, 5:00 – 8:00pm at The Sandman Hotel (180 W Georgia St) in the Georgia Room. This session requires an email RSVP and paid registration, see below; there will be a cash bar; light refreshments are included with your registration.

:30 – 6:00 register & socialize

6:00 – 7:00 presentation

7:00 – 8:00 more socializing


For more than four months now, there have been rumours that the Canadian Government is ready to introduce new copyright legislation. At the time of planning this presentation, they have yet to follow through. During this time, citizen and media engagement in copyright as a public policy issue has reached unprecedented levels. A strong private sector coalition has added its voice to those calling for enhanced user rights to be recognized in the new legislation. At the same time, there is an emerging rift between user rights advocates on the appropriateness of certain institution-specific exceptions.


Paul Whitney, City Librarian (Vancouver Public Library)

Paul Whitney joined VPL in June 2003 from the Burnaby Public Library where he had been Chief Librarian since 1989. He has been involved in various professional activities since 1989, including serving as President of the Canadian Library Association and the British Columbia Library Association. Presently, he is Chair of the Library and Archives of Canada Council on Access to Information for Print-Disabled Canadians, and a Member of the Canadian Heritage Public Lending Right Commission and the PLR Executive. He is also Chair of the Canadian Urban Library Council Copyright Committee; Chair of the Copyright Forum, which is responsible for addressing digital copyright issues with the Federal Government; and a resource person to the International Federation of Library Associations’ Copyright and Other Legal Matters Committee. In 2002, Paul received the Canadian Library Association’s Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award, and the British Columbia Library Association President’s Award for contributions to the Association. In 2001, he received the University of British Columbia’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies Alumni Service and Leadership Award.


To pay by cheque, complete the online registration form and mail it with your payment (cheque made out to SLA WCC), to:

Lesley Perkins
Canada Border Services Agency

Pacific Region Enforcement Centre
700- 300 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC
V6B 6C8

To pay by credit card, go to our online announcement at and follow the PayPal links.


For SLA members, students, and those between jobs


For non-members



Please send an email to indicating that you’re attending this session, and whether or not you are an SLA member. This will help to ensure we have sufficient space and refreshments for everyone. Thank you!


The Sandman Hotel is located at 180 West Georgia (between Cambie & Hamilton).

Thank you to our sponsor FPinfomart for generously supporting this event.

Lesley Perkins

2 Responses to Copyright and You – Tuesday April 8, 5:00 – 8:00pm

  1.   Nabhan

    thank you for useful information

  2.   Jing

    Thanks for the posting. I didn’t know Paul is an expert in this field.

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