Latest updates; events tomorrow, through the week, and an invitation for October

Yesterday (Monday) author Joel Bakan (The Corporation) came to Central to speak in support of our membership and to answer questions. (See photos.) Thank you to Craig for arranging this. The Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Labour Congress also spoke at Central Monday. We appreciate this kind of encouragement and support as our job action continues!

This morning’s breakfast at Central was a big success. Not only did everyone enjoy the delicious food, but the event raised another $270 for the hardship fund. Thank you to everyone who contributed.

Another little news bite: Champlain now also has an information booth, allowing the members at the “Kerrisdale of the East” to give our information and answer questions in style.

And one small reminder: we are still under a media blackout. Hard as it is for library workers not to answer questions, please remember that we can’t talk to the press at all until further notice.

Tomorrow’s events:
Terry Brennan of the Employee Assistance Program will come by Central twice tomorrow, at 9 and 1, to give a quick overview of the EAP’s services. You can call the EAP office any time at 604 665-2150.

Wednesday is BBQ day at both Joe Fortes and Kerrisdale. It’s also the day the Bike Strike Brigade makes the rounds of pretty much every municipal facility in Vancouver! This is only a very slight exaggeration–see Beth’s itinerary in September 14th’s blog entry for the route. And let’s all hope for good weather for all three of these events!

Dog Day Afternoon:
Scheduled for this Thursday, this is the day when our members’ crowd-friendly dogs are invited to join us–on their leashes–at all picket locations. Kerrisdale and Central will have designated dog-free zones. (And no, it’s not just for the afternoon! It can be a dog day morning too.)

Rally Friday in Victoria:
This Friday we will send a couple of delegations to Victoria to rally in support of our sisters and brothers in CUPE 410 (Greater Victoria Public Library). If you are interested in joining in one of the car pools, drop by or call the registration desk at Central (your picket captain will have the phone number).

Fall weather:
Peter–who knows a thing or two about style–wants to remind us all that as the season changes, so must our picket line fashions. Remember to dress for the cooler (and, let’s face it, damper) weather!

And our own Brie has generously passed along this invitation for a film screening on October 4th:
LASSA ( [SLAIS’s student association] is really excited to have arranged a screening of The Hollywood Librarian. This full length documentary, written and directed by American librarian Ann Seidl, was shown with great success at the last ALA conference. It examines the image of librarians through popular film as compared to the real work of real librarians. Our screening will be part of a North America-wide release to libraries and library organizations, during the American Banned Books Week.

Here are the details:
– Librarians, and LIS students, get in for free! Yes, that’s right. Free! If you would like to bring along non-librarian partner/friend/spouse/family members, their tickets can be purchased for $8 for people 12 and up, $5 for children and seniors (no charge for kiddies under 6).
– Whether you have tickets to purchase or are just getting freebies, you need to reserve them. Please email lassa.ubc at with “Hollywood Librarian” in the subject line and let us know how many tickets you need.  Even though it is free, we have a limited number of tickets, so please only request tickets if you actually intend on coming.
– The showing will be Thursday, October 4th at 7:30 pm in the GSS ballroom (map:,n,n,n,n,y&bldg2Search=n&locat1=408)
– We would like to invite you to stay and mingle with other students and librarians after the film–LASSA will be providing tea, coffee and sweets.
– Do you work for a local library or library system? We would really appreciate you spreading the word! Remember to tell your colleagues that librarians (and library employees) get in free, and that they can reserve tickets by emailing lassa.ubc at
– To learn more about the film, visit
– Questions? Feel free to email LASSA.