Hi APLA members,
I encourage you to catch up on the work of CLA. See message below which outlines some key advocacy work they have been focusing on in 2015.
Alongside the regular work of CLA, CLA Executive Council has partnered with associations from across the country to envision a new national voice. The revised proposal arising from this work is now available on the CLA Website: Toward a Federation of Library Associations in Canada: Strengthening the national voice for Canadian libraries. They look forward to receiving feedback from the associations. Again, I encourage you to complete the survey that I forwarded to you earlier.
Atlantic Provinces Library Association
October 21, 2015
Dear Colleague / CLA Member,
Your CLA membership is more important now than ever before!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for membership and support of CLA.
As you may be aware, 2015 has been a significant year for CLA: Executive Council and the Committees and Networks have continued the important ongoing work of CLA as the national association while also partnering with library associations across the country to envision a different, more robust and effective future for our sector's national association/platform. Both of these "streams" of work are critical for the long-term prosperity of libraries across Canada and both streams require your support.
Some of our "ongoing business" since January 2015 includes:
Submissions to the federal government on Bill C-51, Tri-Agency Statement on Principles of Data Management, LAC negotiations with OCLC, Long Form Census and Statistics Canada funding, and a response to Charlie Hebdo, to name a few.
? The development of a national election advocacy portal and automated mail-out tool for the library community: http://votelibrary.ca
? Updating of the Intellectual Freedom Statement [about to be released]
? Translation of the Leading Learning: Standards of Practice for School Library Learning Commons in Canada, 2014. (In progress)
? The 2015 national conference and planning for the 2016 national gathering in Ottawa, June 1-3, 2016
As noted above, alongside the regular work of CLA, Executive Council has partnered with associations from across the country to envision a new national voice. The revised proposal arising from this work is now available on the CLA Website:Toward a Federation of Library Associations in Canada: Strengthening the national voice for Canadian libraries. We are optimistic about this proposal and hope the membership supports it when asked in early 2016.
While we are working on the proposal above, your membership matters now more than ever. Please, keep your CLA membership current. Your continued support of CLA is needed to ensure that we can continue to serve as a national voice for libraries in Canada and that we have the required resources to transition to something more powerful and sustainable for the future benefit of all libraries.
If you have any questions about membership or the work of CLA, please do not hesitate to contact either [log in to unmask], Executive Director Valoree McKay ([log in to unmask]), or any member of CLA Executive Council: http://www.cla.ca//Content/NavigationMenu/ExecutiveCouncil2/default.htm .