Canadian Library Association


Canadian Library Association

The Canadian Library Association (CLA) is a national, predominately 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 Association's five constituent divisions are the:
* [http://www.cla.ca/casl/index.htm Canadian Association for School Libraries] (CASL)
* [http://www.cla.ca/divisions/cacul/index.htm Canadian Association of College and University Libraries] (CACUL), including the Community and Technical College (CTCL) section
* [http://www.cla.ca/divisions/capl/index.htm Canadian Association of Public Libraries] (CAPL), including the Canadian Association of Children's Librarians (CACL) section
* [http://www.cla.ca/caslis/index.htm Canadian Association of Special Libraries and Information Services] (CASLIS), with chapters in Calgary, Edmonton, Manitoba, Ottawa, Toronto and Atlantic Canada
* [http://www.cla.ca/divisions/clta/clta.htm Canadian Library Trustees Association]

ee also

* Library and information science
* American Library Association
* Canada Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award

External links

* [http://www.cla.ca/ Canadian Library Association]


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