ASSOCIATES (2011, November, v. 18, no. 2)


News from Canada

Karen Hildebrandt
Access Services Coordinator,
Concordia University College of Alberta
CLA Library Technicians Network moderator

We have just finished celebrating Canadian Library Month in October. This year’s theme was “Your Library: A Place Unbound”.

As part of a changing world, libraries are growing and expanding their resources as they connect people to information and reading.

“From coast to coast to coast, libraries are without boundaries, places of endless opportunity where Canadians have an equal right to access resources,” said CLA President Karen Adams. “As members of the library community, we couldn’t be more thrilled to celebrate libraries and highlight just how valuable they are to Canadians”.

While libraries are evolving to meet the needs of Canadians, they continue to be at the centre of their communities, a place where people learn, engage and connect with each other. “Libraries play a key role in providing all Canadians with access to the material that is integral to ensuring that they are regular contributors to the economic, social and cultural success of their communities,” said CLA Executive Director, Kelly Moore.

October 21 was Library Support Staff Day with events and recognition going out to library support staff workers across the country.

Support staff are essential to the success of Canada’s libraries. They perform invaluable service that is worthy of national recognition and I am pleased that we are able to do so during October.

Canadian Library Month is celebrated in October and we will recognize Friday, October 21, 2011 as Canadian Library Support Staff Day. The purpose of the day is to celebrate and show our appreciation for the work of library technicians, library assistants, library clerks, pages, shelvers, and all other support staff members who perform daily miracles in our public, private, school, government, academic, and corporate libraries.

On behalf of the Canadian Library Association I am very pleased to proclaim October 21, 2011 as “Canadian Library Support Staff Day”. Karen Adams, CLA President

CLA has undergone major restructuring and reduced the number of elected members sitting on Executive Council. With the abolishment of Divisions and Interest Groups, the Executive Council now consists of President, President-Elect, Past-President, Treasurer, and three Councilors-at-Large and the ex-officio Executive Director. We have just completed our elections and I am honoured to announce that I have been elected to serve as Councilor-at-Large for a two year term beginning January 2012.

I am now half way through my first year of a two year term as a member of the Library Association of Alberta Board of Directors. It is a wonderful experience working with such a talented and dedicated group of individuals. I’m getting a better understanding of LAA and the work they do. I have learned so much with my involvement with CLA and expect this will also be the case with LAA.

Conference planning is taking place across the country as each of the provincial associations or interest groups plan their conference sessions for 2012. It never ceases to amaze me at the original and innovative ideas that are brought forward and presented at the conferences. I often wish that there were unlimited funds so that we could attend the conferences as there is always so much that can be taken away from each one and the sessions never seem to overlap.

Thank you never seems enough to express the appreciation for all the time and dedication everyone gives in conference or program planning. It isn’t luck or magic that makes a conference successful, it’s all the commitment, effort and, yes, passion, and planning taking place beforehand and in the background. Thank you to everyone for all the work you do to make it appear as though a conference just happens.