The Future – What does it hold for us?
Article by: Marie DeYoung, CLA President 2014-15
This is the last issue of Feliciter in its current format. Management, change and transformation have underpinned previous issues of Feliciter and it fitting that this last issue looks to the future. CLA is at an exciting time, as we look to the future of the Association. I have had the privilege to participate in several national discussions about whether there is a need for a national association and without exception there is a strong desire to have a national voice.
On January 31, 2015, CLA Executive Committee met with over 40 representatives from library associations across Canada to discuss the recent CLA Executive published concept paper, Canadian Library Association: A Proposed New Vision for our National Association. It was a day of discussion and sharing of ideas with the outcome being a commitment to continue the dialog. From this gathering of stakeholders The Future CLA Working Group was established. The Working Group has responsibility to make recommendations regarding governance, membership and financial structure for a potential federated structure for CLA. This will eventually involve consideration by associations and the various associations’ membership as well as consultation with the broader community.
Leading in the Digital World: Opportunities for Canada’s Memory Institutions, authored by the Expert Panel on Memory Institutions and the Digital Revolution (Council of Canadian Academies, 2015) has identified key challenges and opportunities before libraries, archives and museums. There is much to be done in preservation of digital content and the report provides sound advice in this area. The leadership role of Library and Archives Canada is stressed throughout the report. Dr. Doug Owram, Chair of the Expert Panel will be presenting at the 70th annual CLA conference and trade show. I hope you will have the opportunity to attend his session.
And speaking of the conference and trade show, this year you will notice a slightly different format to the program. Wednesday June 3rd will feature the important work of our Networks, Advisory and Standing Committees as well as regular business meetings of these hard working volunteers. Also on Wednesday will be an advocacy bootcamp led by Impact Public Affairs where attendees will get practical suggestions on how to maximize advocacy efforts, especially considering the challenging political times we face. The conference is very pleased to have significant support from Library and Archives Canada, both financially and through program offerings.
An ad-hoc E-Books Task Force was established to investigate and make recommendations regarding the e-book situation in Canada and recommendations on CLA’s advocacy role. The Task Force had representation from across all library sectors and their report will be available in the next couple of weeks.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of CLA. We continue to have over 70 individuals who contribute their time, energy and expertise to the variety of activities which constitute CLA. This is National Volunteer Appreciation Week (April 12-18) and I would like to close by thanking the many individuals who make CLA the tremendous association that it is.