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Dear Colleague,

This is the first step in the formation of a national non-governmental organization for the advocacy and support of professional academic librarians and academic librarianship in Canada: the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL). This website marks the first in a series of steps required to build a strong, vocal and pro-active association that will uphold and promote the values unique to our profession.

We share many values and goals with librarian colleagues working in other sectors but we see this association focused specifically on the unique concerns of academic librarians and academic librarianship. To this end, we define professional academic librarians as those colleagues who work at, or aspire to work at, accredited post-secondary institutions with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association (or from a program in a country with a formal accreditation process as identified by ALA’s Human Resource Development and Recruitment Office), who may or may not have additional advanced degrees.

The following guidelines and statements were prepared as a foundation from which this organization can grow: Mission Statement, CAPAL Terms of Reference, Advocacy and Academic Librarians: A Statement of Principles. We have identified committees that reflect the interests of our community and these are listed on the membership page. In the first year we will need to build and strengthen our infrastructure, working with our committees to identify and set priorities, and to begin to lay the groundwork for future plans.

The first business meeting is being planned for the end of January in Toronto. We hope that you will join us!

Members of the Organizing Committee.