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Conference Standing Committee

Name Term Contact
Geoffrey Allen (Co-Chair) 2013 - 2015 Supervisor, Library & Resources Services
Waterloo Region District School Board
Gillian M. Byrne (Co-Chair) 2013 - 2016 Associate Chief Librarian
Ryerson University Library
Donna L. Campbell (Member) 2013 - 2015 Instructor, LIT Program, ICT Department
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Andrea Kampen (Student Liaison)


2015 - 2015 Student
Dalhousie University
Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS)
Julie McKenna (Member)
2013 - 2016 Deputy Library Director
Regina Public Library
Ryan Patrick (Vendor Representative) 2015 - 2015 Counting Opinions
Maggie Weaver (Member)
2013 - 2016 Principal
Shaftesbury Associates
Cabot Yu (Member)
2013 - 2016 Project Lead
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Jane Schmidt (Executive Council Liaison)  2015-2015 Head, Collections Services, Ryerson University Library

Terms of Reference

Purpose & Responsibilities:
  • To plan and organize the educational program for the annual conference in accordance with the Canadian Library Association Conference Policies and Planning Guidelines.
  • To ensure that the conference educational program meets the professional development needs of the Canadian library community and relates directly to the Association's goals and objectives.
  • To evaluate the conference experience, seeking input from attendees, speakers, presenters, volunteers, and committee members following the conference; provide a written summary report with recommendations for improvements to Executive Council.

Membership is to include representatives from across the various sectors of the library community (public, academic, school, trustees, special, vendor community, etc.).

As per the job description, the Executive Director is responsible for managing the annual conference and leading and overseeing the planning process for the conference; leading and supervising staff undertaking conference related duties.

  • Term: Two to three year terms (staggered)
  • Size: Five volunteers, one of whom co-chairs with the  Executive Director
    Team may also involve the Networks, Local Planning Committee, and the CLA membership to provide input into conference program and volunteer to complete projects and tasks.· 
  • Meetings:
  • At the conference (Pass-the-Torch): Thank current members, meet new members, discuss conference impressions, feedback, and ideas
  • Post conference (Teleconferences):
    • Summer:
      1. Review evaluation findings, discuss what worked, what could be done differently next time, and ideas to implement for upcoming year; create a schedule for upcoming meetings and items to be completed.
      2. Identify 'top three conference sessions' from evaluations for videotaping to be promoted/shared on the CLA website. Aim for Fall release.
      3. Provide evaluation findings and recommendations going forward to Executive & CLA Office.
    • November: Meet twice for programming.