CLA’s Struggle to Survive – Who is really voting on the future?

Emotions run high when it comes to CLA’s inability over the years to address key issues in the profession of academic librarianship. The latest call for membership participation, in its efforts to reinvent itself, seems to be spiraling into chaos with angry sentiments from members who have been, essentially, locked out of a democratic voting process as only a select few will be able to participate, see the blog by Marc Truitt, https://librarianship.ca/blog/truitt-open-letter-cla/   So what has changed?

Members were sent the following (in bold type): “…HOWEVER, BECAUSE OF THE COMPLEXITY OF CLA’S MEMBERSHIP STRUCTURE, MEMBERS ATTENDING VIA PHONE OR WEBCAST WILL NOT BE ABLE TO VOTE REMOTELY AND SHOULD CONSIDER ASSIGNING A REPRESENTATIVE (INSTITUTIONAL, ASSOCIATE, OR CORPORATE MEMBERS) OR PROXY HOLDER (PERSONAL AND HONORARY MEMBERS) WHO WILL BE PRESENT AT THE SPECIAL MEETING TO CARRY THEIR VOTE. DETAILS ON HOW TO DO THIS ARE NOTED BELOW.”

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