End of Canadian Library Association, born of new Federation of Library Association in Canada




Last January 2016, during a Special General meeting of members held in Toronto, Ontario, Canadian Library Association (CLA) members were asked to vote on the dissolution of CLA. Members voted in favour of dissolution, which was recommended alongside the vision to replace CLA with a national federation of library associations.

For many years, the Association had been facing significant financial issues. Executive Council worked with library association representatives across Canada to develop a proposal for a new national association: a federation of the many regional and sector-specific library associations in Canada.

In June 2016, the Canadian Library Association will hold her last national conference and pass on the role as serving as a national voice for Canada’s many library communities to the newly forming: Canadian Federation of Library Associations/Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques (CFLA/FCAB). This organisation will be bilingual and will welcome as members any library association currently operating in Canada.

The vision for the Federation is that it will serve as the national voice of Canada’s library communities, specifically working to:

● Advance library excellence in Canada ;
● Champion library values and the value of libraries ;
● Influence national and international public policy impacting libraries and their
Click here to  learn more about this future Canadian Structure