The Canadian Library Association (CLA)

CLA logo The Dalhousie Student Chapter of the Canadian Library Association is comprised of members who are currently pursuing their Masters of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) degree at Dalhousie University’s School of Information Management (SIM).

The Canadian Library Association is the national association that represents those who work in or advocate for Canada’s estimated 21,000 libraries. CLA members work in college, university, public, special (corporate, non-profit, and government), and school libraries. Members also sit on boards of public libraries, work for companies that provide goods and services to libraries, or are students in graduate level or community college programs.

You do not have to be a member of the Canadian Library Association (CLA) to attend general meetings, or to participate in events or programs. However, if you wish to become a member of the Dalhousie CLA Student Chapter, you must become a member of the CLA.

The 2014-2015 Executive Members are:

Megan O’Brien & Jennie Thompson (Co-chairs)
Heather Reid (Secretary)
Heather Campbell (Treasurer)

In Fall 2014, CLA will be looking to fill two (2) First Year Representative positions.

You can contact or visit for more information.


Librarians Without Borders (LWB)

LwBlogoLibrarians Without Borders (LWB) is an action-oriented non-profit interested in global literacy, and powered by student committees at five universities in Canada, including Dalhousie, and a volunteer Executive Team and Board of Directors.

LWB aims to promote literacy skills in under-served or under-developed communities both locally and globally. Their vision is to build sustainable libraries and support librarians worldwide. Students can get involved during orientation week, at the Associations Display on September 5, or by emailing

LWB will hold their first meeting of the 2014-2o15 school year on Friday, September 12 at 11:30 in the Common Room, and will be looking to elect a first year co-chair and a secretary.


The Special Libraries Association (SLA)

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Photo by Marlo Mckay, Dalhousie Libraries

The Dalhousie Student Chapter of the Special Libraries Association aims to provide networking and professional development opportunities for students interested in the special library field. This encompasses a huge array of libraries, from government departmental libraries, to small unique libraries, to special collections, and so much more.

The Dalhousie Student Chapter of the SLA organizes networking events, excursions, workshops, panel discussions, and tours of special libraries in the Halifax area.

The 2014-2015 Executive Members are:

Carlisle Kent – Co-Chair
Valerie Collins – Technical Co-Chair
Kaitlin Haley – External Communications Co-Chair
Tamara Proulx – Internal Communications Co-Chair
Alyssa Dawson – Treasurer
This is a great way to get involved without stretching your calendar, as time commitment is moderate. You do not have to be a member of the Special Libraries Association to attend SLA events.  For more information or to get involved in the SLA, come to the first meeting in September (TBA) where there will be a quick intro, discussion of the open positions, and then an election. Members of the SLA will also be at the Associations Display during Orientation Week. You can also visit the Dalhousie SLA website or e-mail Carlisle Kent at for more information.

Canadian Association of Professional & Academic Librarians (CAPAL)


The Canadian Association of Professional and Academic Librarians (CAPAL) is a national membership association representing the interests of professional academic librarians in relation to the areas of education, standards, professional practice, ethics, and core principles.

If Academic Libraries interest you, check out the Dalhousie Student Chapter here.

To be an executive member, a CAPAL student membership is required. A student membership costs $20.88. You can find more information about the benefits of membership here.

For more information about joining the executive Dal CAPAL team, contact us at:



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