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Monday, Nov. 7th, 2016 Annual Meeting

Biographies of Librarians & Information Professionals

2015 W. Kaye Lamb award winners

Spring 2016 Newsletter

The Ex Libris logo designed by Leslie Smart and Associates uses a woodcut created for L. Bruce Pierce, a former editor of Ryerson Press, who has permitted its use for our logo. The pine tree bent to the wind and the geese flying south are found in all parts of Canada.


What is Ex Libris?

Who are we?

ELA is the national Canadian association of people who have spent an important part of their work life in libraries, archives, publishing houses, and adjunct fields, and who are now attracted to historical and current issues related to those institutions as well as to issues concerning the personal welfare of their fellow members. Our objectives, our constitution, our executive and other committees, our long range plan, and our history all reflect our long-standing and continuing concern for social and historical issues related to information services. We are a government recognized non-profit organization.

Membership Profile

The Ex Libris Association's stated purpose is to provide a forum and serve as a voice for those interested in the history and current state of librarianship, Canadian libraries, and archives.

Membership is open to all interested parties, but is primarily drawn from the ranks of retired

  • librarians
  • library technicians
  • library consultants
  • archivists
  • records managers
  • information technologists
  • those who have worked or are working in or with libraries, archives, museums, etc.

Membership in Ex Libris might be of interest to

  • any who have worked in publishing enterprises
  • historians
  • genealogists
  • museologists
  • teachers
  • anyone interested in matters related to the collection, organization, preservation, and dissemination of recorded knowledge.

The Ex Libris Association seeks to contribute to an understanding of the history of Canadian libraries, archives, and publishing in order to support initiatives that further the availability of important documents and to bring attention to significant issues affecting the provision and advancement of information services in Canada and in developing countries.

Our goals

ELA goals and objectives remain constant in their focus on the collection, preservation and dissemination of materials, particularly historical documents, about information institutions and their workers. However as times change, our goals have broadened to exploit new technologies and to recognize new issues. The current expression of our goals is being revised and the new version will be given on this web site when it is completed.

The ELA board and the committees

For the list of the members of the executive board and the standing committees.

List of the dates of the ELA Board meeting.

Where is ELA headed?

ELA's organizational long range plan, originally sparked by the energies of Harry Campbell and his committee and updated on a regular basis, was designed to enable us to continue to adapt to change in a principled way.

ELA's origin and noteworthy events

Diane Henderson's pithy overview of ELA's history describes the association's casual beginnings and the varied events and achievements that led to its growing presence as a national association with serious scholarly and social interests.

What are the benefits of ELA membership?

ELA members enjoy meeting other people of similar interests through our meetings, especially the annual AGM Get Together, through our projects, through this website, and through our newletter, ELAN, which is free with membership.

How do I join ELA?

The ELA membership form.

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