Canadian Association of College and University Libraries
Canadian Association of College and University Libraries, established 1963, is a division of the Canadian Library Association. As such, CACUL is not a separate entity but does have the authority to act in the name of CLA on matters such as academic status, which are of concern and interest to librarians and libraries in Canadian institutions of higher education. Its annual meeting serves as a forum for discussion of issues and as an informal means of continuing education. A more formal educational program is conducted through a series of workshops offered in conjunction with the annual meeting.
Publication is another important activity. The CACUL Newsletter, issued 1963-75, was a major scholarly journal in academic librarianship. At present, accounts of CACUL activities appear quite frequently in Feliciter (CLA journal), and some of the workshop proceedings are published as monographs. Membership in CACUL is open to both personal and institutional members and no qualification is required. Its constitutional objective is "to develop high standards of librarianship and to promote these in institutions of post-secondary education." The Community and Technical College Section, a subdivision of CACUL, has been active in producing standards and a directory.