From the Editor's Desk

Alexandra Brooks Robinson

Can you believe the New Year is here already? As Oprah would say in her fancy magazine, here we go!

(I can’t believe I just quoted Oprah….)

As you may have noticed on radio, in print, and on television, pundits and talking heads are taking stock of the most important news stories of the past twelve months. While they compile their lists, let’s not forget that Canadian libraries were part of several big news stories in 2011. We entered new territory in the digital collections age when HarperCollins decided that 26 checkouts per purchased ebook copy was fair enough. Academic and public libraries, library associations, and their supporters were very vocal participants in the copyright debate, particularly on topics of digital locks and fair use. The Canadian Library Association was in our thoughts quite a bit this year, as the implications of the organization’s Future Plan were front and centre at the annual CLA Conference in April. Thus, by the end of 2011, a publisher’s colophon had become synonymous with its stance on the economics of selling ebooks to libraries; important legislation affecting libraries finally was making its way through the House of Commons and the Senate; and major library associations were acting on the need to change. Is there any way 2011 can not be called a year of recalculation for libraries?

Here on the East Coast, 2011 brought a few new currents with the winds of change. Perhaps an apt metaphor for all this local hubbub came in September, when crews in Halifax began breaking ground (literally) on the site of the city’s new Central Library. Like those involved in Halifax’s mammoth Central Library project, a certain amount of ground-breaking was done at APLA this past year, albeit in very different ways: new executive members were ushered into the fold and they came with a laundry list of thoughts and ideas; a new logo was hatched by our local design whiz kid, Pam Maher; and an impressive amount of insightful articles penned by people across the region appeared in the redesigned Bulletin. The list of reinvigorating projects and happenings goes on and on. As with any successful organization, APLA is constantly looking for ways to better itself. This is achieved via conferences capably hosted by local organizing committees; continuing meaningful partnerships such as those with provincial library associations; reviewing our areas of focus; and never thinking our work is done.

As a dues-paying member*, I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who in 2011 offered ideas about APLA and its work. Thank you for not being afraid to speak up. From an editor’s perspective and in looking ahead to 2012, all I can offer is: keep the thoughts coming! Every submission to the Bulletin means something to someone and Nicole and I are privileged to be able to curate these on behalf of the membership. In order to keep the discussion going at the local level, we need brave voices to lay plain our experiences and our choices.

On behalf of the Bulletin editing team of two, I would like to congratulate you all on another successful year in Library Land and I look forward to reading about what you cook up in 2012.

* Ann, I’ve paid for 2012, right???