ELA: A National Association
ELA, founded in 1986, is the Canadian national association of people who have spent an important part of their working life in libraries, archives, museums, publishing houses, and adjunct fields, and who are attracted to current or historical issues related to those institutions as well as to issues concerning the personal interests 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 issues related to information services.
As times change, our goals have broadened to exploit new technologies and to recognize important new issues, such as reconciliation and recognition of Indigenous peoples. We are a government recognized non-profit organization. ELA is a member of the Canadian Federation of Library Associations–La Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques (CFLA-FCAB) which is the united, national voice of Canada’s library community.
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- ELA's Annual General Meeting;
- ELA publishes our newsletter ELAN, twice a year;
- ELA organizes tours of interest to the membership on a regular basis;
- ELA organizes virtual and in-person presentations of interest to members;
- ELA participates in library advocacy on a national basis and addresses issues of current interest;
- ELA maintains a website, a electronic listserver for its members and a Facebook page;
- ELA publishes Occasional papers, reports, and articles by members.
ELAN — The Ex Libris Association Newsletter
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ELAN is ELA’s newsletter of articles, reminiscences, pictures, and news.
ELA’s Historical Resources
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- ELA is producing a database of Biographies of Canadian Librarians and Archivists, a significant part of whose lives was spent in libraries, archives, publishing and related information fields;
- historical articles on Canadian library and information studies education, such as the ELAN special 2004 issue on library education, along with chronologies related to Canadian library and information studies education;
- a website section devoted to memories and tributes to former members.