Who We Are

The Canadian Library Association / Association canadienne des bibliothèques 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?networks and committees.

CLA members work in college, 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 Membership

The CLA membership consists of a diverse group of individuals and organizations involved or interested in library or information sciences. A large proportion of CLA Members work in college, university, public, special (corporate, non-profit and government) and school libraries. Others sit on the boards of public libraries, work for companies that provide goods and services to libraries, or are students in graduate level or community college programs. Membership categories of the Canadian Library Association / Association canadienne des bibliothèques?include: Personal, Institutional, Corporate, and Associate.

Total membership at December 2014 was 1,283:

  • Personal – 957
  • Institutions – 249
  • Corporate – 50
  • Associate – 27

Our Mission

CLA is the national voice for Canada’s library communities.? As members, we:

  • champion library values and the value of libraries
  • influence public policy impacting libraries
  • inspire and support member learning
  • collaborate to strengthen the library community

Our Values

  • intellectual freedom
  • diversity
  • transparency and open communication
  • accountability
  • universal access to library service
  • member voices and contributions
  • collaboration

Our Operating Principles

  • An active and engaged membership is crucial to our success.
  • CLA will have a governance structure that meets member needs.
  • CLA will be efficiently run, fiscally responsible and financially stable.
  • CLA facilitates the many diverse opinions and ideas about libraries and library issues.
  • CLA will work closely with networks and other library associations to promote libraries, learning and advocacy opportunities.

History

Founded in 1946, The Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliothèques was incorporated under the Companies Act on November 26, 1947. CLA/ACB is a national, not-for-profit, voluntary organization, governed by 7 individuals including: the President; Vice-President/President Elect; Treasurer; Past-President; and three Councillors-at-Large. The Executive Director is an ex-officio member.
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CLA/ACB meets annually in a major Canadian city in late May. The following is a list of past and future sites for the CLA/ACB Annual Conference:

1946 Hamilton
1947 Vancouver
1948 Ottawa
1949 Winnipeg
1950 Montreal
1951 Toronto
1952 Banff
1953 Ottawa
1954 Halifax
1955 Saskatoon
1956 Niagara Falls
1957 Victoria
1958 Quebec City
1959 Edmonton
1960 Montreal (with ALA)
1961 St. Andrews
1962 Ottawa
1963 Winnipeg
1964 Halifax
1965 Toronto
1966 Calgary
1967 Ottawa
1968 Jasper
1969 St. John’s
1970 Hamilton
1971 Vancouver
1972 Regina
1973 Sackville
1974 Winnipeg
1975 Toronto
1976 Halifax
1977 Montreal
1978 Edmonton
1979 Ottawa
1980 Vancouver
1981 Hamilton
1982 Saskatoon
1983 Winnipeg
1984 Toronto
1985 Calgary
1986 Quebec City (with ASTED)
1987 Vancouver
1988 Halifax
1989 Edmonton
1990 Ottawa
1991 Montreal
1992 Winnipeg
1993 Hamilton
1994 Vancouver
1995 Calgary
1996 Halifax
1997 Ottawa
1998 Victoria
1999 Toronto (with CBA)
2000 Edmonton
2001 Winnipeg
2002 Halifax (with APLA)
2003 Toronto (with ALA)
2004 Victoria (with BCLA)
2005 Calgary
2006 Ottawa
2007 St. John’s (with APLA/NLLA)
2008 Vancouver
2009 Montreal
2010 Edmonton
2011 Halifax
2012 Ottawa
2013 Winnipeg
2014 Victoria
2015 Ottawa
2016 Ottawa

Past Presidents

CLA/ACB has had the guidance and leadership of over 60 volunteer elected Presidents in its existence. These people, along with other volunteer elected officials of the association, have dedicated their time and expertise to help shape the association into what it is today. Some have long since retired from the association while others are still very active members in divisions, committees and interest groups. The Presidents of the association and their terms are as follows:

1947 Dr. Freda Waldon
1948 Dr. William Kaye Lamb
1949 Elizabeth Dafoe
1950 Dr. Kathleen Jenkins
1951 William S. Wallace
1952 Marion Gilroy
1953 Edgar S. Robinson
1954 Peter Grossman
1955 Anne Hume
1956 Willard Ireland
1957 Mary Donaldson
1958 Alberta Letts
1959 Dr. Robert Blackburn
1960 Dr. Bertha Bassam
1961 Neal Harlow
1962 Robert M. Hamilton
1963 Ruby Wallace
1964 Edmond Desrochers
1965 David Foley
1966 William R. Castell
1967 Dr. John Archer
1968 Amy Hutcheson
1969 Katharine Ball
1970 Bruce Peel
1971 Martha Shepard
1972 Dean Halliwell
1973 Harry Easton
1974 Harry Campbell
1975 Mary E. P. Henderson
1976 R. Brian Land
1977 Anne Piternick
1978 Ken Haycock
1979 Ron Yeo
1980 Erik Spicer
1981 Alan MacDonald
1982 Marianne Scott
1983 Pearce Penney
1984 Lois Bewley
1985 Judith McAnanama
1986 Beth Miller
1987 Ken Jensen
1988 Bill Converse
1989 Vivienne Monty
1990 Beth Barlow
1991 Ernie Ingles
1992 Marnie Swanson
1993 Margaret Andrewes
1994 Fran?oise Hébert
1995 Patricia Cavill
1996 Penny Marshall
1997 Karen Harrison
1998 Paul Whitney
1999 Syd Jones
2000 Lorraine MacQueen
2001 Stan Skrzseszewski
2002 Margaret Law
2003 Wendy Newman
2004 Madeleine Lefebvre
2005 Stephen Abram
2006 Barbara Clubb
2007 Linda Cook
2008 Alvin Schrader
2009 Ken Roberts
2010 John Teskey
2011 Keith Walker
2012 Karen Adams
2013 Pilar Martinez
2014 Marie DeYoung
2015 Sandra Singh

 

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