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ELA: A National Association
ELA, founded in 1986, is the national Canadian 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 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 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.
- history of the Association formed 1986;
- ELA's Annual General Meeting;
- ELA cooperates with other organizations and sponsors the W. Kaye Lamb award for excellence in library services to seniors;
- ELA publishes ELAN our newsletter twice a year;
- ELA organizes tours of interest to the membership on a regular basis;
- ELA participates in library advocacy on a national issues and addresses issues of current interest;
- ELA engages in a variety of historical initiatives related to archives, libraries, publishing houses, and other cultural organizations;
- 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
ELAN is ELA's newsletter of articles, reminiscences, pictures, and news;
ELA's historical resources
- ELA is producing a database of Biographies of Librarians and Information Professionals in Canada, 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 (ELAN special 2004 issue on library education);
- chronologies related to Canadian library and information studies education;
- a wide ranging collection of articles in ELAN related to historical topics;
- a website section devoted to memories and tributes of former members.