Canadian Library Association
Association canadienne des bibliothèques
328 Frank Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 0X8
Tel.: (613) 232-9625
Fax: (613) 563-9895
CLA/ACB is an advocate and public voice, educator and network. We build the Canadian library and information community and advance its information professionals.
We believe that libraries and the principles of intellectual freedom and free universal access to information are key components of an open and democratic society.
Diversity is a major strength of our Association.
An informed and knowledgeable membership is central in achieving library and information policy goals.
Effective advocacy is based upon understanding the social, cultural, political and historical contexts in which libraries and information services function.
Founded in 1946, The CLA/ACB was incorporated under the Companies Act on November 26, 1947. CLA/ACB is a national, not-for-profit, voluntary organization, governed by an elected Council and Board of Directors. The Association includes five constituent divisions, which represent the interests of academic libraries, public libraries, school libraries, special libraries, and library trustees.
Together with partners, CLA/ACB advocates to the federal government in two broad areas of interest:
Public Policy Issues that impact libraries, librarians and information specialists, and library users. Examples are:
- Copyright and other intellectual property issues
- Intellectual freedom and freedom of expression
- Right to privacy
Funding Issues that impact the flow of federal funding to libraries. Examples are:
- Community Access Program
- Library Book Rate
- Indirect costs of research
Annually CLA/ACB holds a national conference and tradeshow with attendance averaging 1000 delegates in a major Canadian city. Special projects including the Canadian Library Month held annually in October celebrates the contributions that all types of libraries and information services, and all library workers, make to their local, academic and business communities. Award winning projects such as the “Launch Your Future with Reading” contest garnered national attention to the library and information community across Canada.