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. CAPAL differs from other library associations in that it is an advocacy group focused on the individual and the profession. Like other academic associations, we aim to work collaboratively with local, provincial and national organizations currently working on behalf of librarians and libraries.
CAPAL has evolved in response to the challenges academic librarians have faced in recent years. The recent, pivotal catalyst for forming this association was the national response organizers received to the symposium “Academic Librarianship: A Crisis or Opportunity” held at the University of Toronto on November 18, 2011. The response was overwhelming and the message clear: the concerns of academic librarians were not being addressed.
A core working group began to review the terrain and explore what would be required to create such an organization. Discussions continued through 2012, with the core group gradually expanding to include other participants across Canada.
Diane Grandfield, Mary Kandiuk, H. Sonne de Torrens, “Academic Librarianship: A Crisis or an Opportunity” Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, vol.6, no.2 (2011): pp.1-6.
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