Influencing Policy

CARL is committed to public policies that foster research and innovation.

Left to right: Victoria Owen (Chief Librarian, University of Toronto Scarborough and Member, CARL Policy Committee), Hon. Mark Eyking (Chair of the Standing Committee on International Trade) and Susan Haigh (Executive Director, CARL)
Left to right: Victoria Owen (Chief Librarian, University of Toronto Scarborough and Member, CARL Policy Committee), Hon. Mark Eyking (Chair of the Standing Committee on International Trade) and Susan Haigh (Executive Director, CARL)

CARL is a national voice for the interests of the academic community and its libraries in a balanced and fair approach to copyright, and on other information policy issues including access to information, privacy, intellectual freedom, and open government. In this role, CARL collaborates with other organizations across the culture and research sectors, as well as with the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), and other international associations.

Strategic goals include:

  • Represent the interests of Canadian research libraries in the information policy arena, especially at the federal level, with particular focus in the areas of copyright, privacy, and research infrastructure that leads to broad access and sound management of Canada’s information assets.
  • Strengthen and mobilize national initiatives across the library and research sectors to advance common policy objectives including but not limited to preservation and access to Canada’s documentary heritage; and sustainable and more open access to scholarly information resources; and open government.
  • Engage with multiple organizations to foster national and international collaborations.
Standing, left to right: Sen. Scott Tannas, Sen. Joseph A. Day, Sen. David Tkachuk (Chair of the Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce), Sen. Tobias Enverga, Mark A Schaan (Director General, Marketplace Framework Policy Branch, Innovation, Science and Economic Development), Paul Halucha (Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy Sector, Innovation, Science and Economic Development), Robert Dupelle (Senior Policy Advisor, Marketplace Framework, Policy Branch, Innovation, Science and Economic Development), Sen. Paul J. Massicote, Sen. Larry Campbell, Sen. Douglas Black.<br />
Standing, left to right: Sen. Scott Tannas, Sen. Joseph A. Day, Sen. David Tkachuk (Chair of the Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce), Sen. Tobias Enverga, Mark A Schaan (Director General, Marketplace Framework Policy Branch, Innovation, Science and Economic Development), Paul Halucha (Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy Sector, Innovation, Science and Economic Development), Robert Dupelle (Senior Policy Advisor, Marketplace Framework, Policy Branch, Innovation, Science and Economic Development), Sen. Paul J. Massicote, Sen. Larry Campbell, Sen. Douglas Black.
Seated, left to right: Thomas Simpson (Specialist, Operations and Government Affairs, Canadian National Institute for the Blind), Diane Bergeron (Executive Director, Strategic Relations and Engagement, Canadian National Institute for the Blind), Victoria Owen (Chief Librarian, University of Toronto Scarborough and Member, CARL Policy Committee), Susan Haigh (Executive Director, CARL)

We achieve these goals through the work of the Policy Committee.

For more information, consult CARL’s Public Affairs and Advocacy Reports.


Copyright

Research Infrastructure

Open Government

Documentary Heritage

Traditional Knowledge