Canadian Library Association

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Canadian Library Association
Abbreviation CLA
Formation 1946
Type Library Association
Legal status active
Purpose advocate and public voice, educator and network
Headquarters Ottawa, Ontario
Region served
60 organizations
Official language

The Canadian Library Association (CLA) is a national, predominantly English-language association which represents 57,000 library workers across the country. It also speaks for the interests of the 21 million Canadians who are members of libraries. CLA members work in all four types of libraries: academic (college and university), public, special (corporate, non-profit and government) and school libraries. Others sit on boards of public libraries, work for companies that provide goods and services to libraries, or are students in graduate level or community college programs.

CLA's Mission Statement is: "CLA is my advocate and public voice, educator and network. We build the Canadian library and information community and advance its information professionals." The statement reflects the Association's role as the national voice for the Canadian library and information community.


The Canadian Library Association (CLA) was founded in Hamilton, Ontario in 1946, and was incorporated under the Companies Act on November 26, 1947. CLA is a non-profit voluntary organization, governed by an elected Executive Council, which is advised by over forty interest groups and committees.


The CLA is supported by two types of committees: advisory committees and standing committees.[1] As the need arises, new committees are formed by the Executive Council. Existing CLA members are primarily considered in the member selection process.

Advisory committees[edit]

The Executive Council creates advisory committees to address topics of strategic professional interest to the CLA. These committees can be either long-term or short-term. The CLA currently is supported by these advisory committees:

  • Copyright Advisory Committee
  • Information Policy Advisory Committee
  • Intellectual Freedom Advisory Committee
  • School Libraries Advisory Committee
  • Royal Society of Canada: Brief Development Team for CLA Submission

Standing committees[edit]

The Executive Council creates long-term standing committees to actively govern the CLA. These committees contribute to the continuing operation of the CLA, and include:

  • Conference Standing Committee
  • Elections Standing Committee
  • Finance Standing Committee
  • Member Communications Standing Committee
  • Monograph Publications Standing Committee
  • Nominations Standing Committee
  • Participation Standing Committee
  • Resolutions Standing Committee

Student chapters[edit]

Recognizing that there is a need for close association between the Canadian Library Association and students in library school, the Canadian Library Association has always encouraged students to join CLA, network and become involved active members of the library community.

In March 1999, CLA's first Student Chapter was officially launched at the University of Western Ontario.

Since that time, Student Chapters have been launched at the University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, University of Alberta, McGill University and Dalhousie University and in 2006 at the Nova Scotia Community College Institute of Technology Campus.[2]

Student chapters of the Canadian Library Association allow for professional development and networking opportunities for students enrolled in library and information science programs.

See also[edit]

There is also a Young Adult Book Award.[3]


  1. ^ "Committees, Task forces, and Teams". Canadian Library Association. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Canadian Library Association Student Chapters
  3. ^ "Awards". Canadian Library Association (CLA). Retrieved 2014-07-15.

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