Membership

Join or Renew your membership

Access member-only content (including the CHLA directory) using the userid and password that were sent to when you joined or renewed your subscription. In the Member Area Features section, you can search for names in the directory using the query box, or select 'Quick Reports' to see the complete member roster. If you are experiencing difficulties, please contact the CHLA/ABSC Association Office at info@chla-absc.ca or (416) 646-1600.

Membership year runs from January 1 to December 31. All fees are expressed and payable in Canadian Dollars. Terms of membership are detailed in the By-laws.

Need a reason to join?

Please view the slide show CHLA/ABSC - Join Us! for the benefits of membership and active participation in CHLA/ABSC. Also, read member testimonials to see why some of our members have joined.
To sit on the Executive of a Chapter, the individual must hold individual CHLA/ABSC membership, meaning regular, student, retired, life-time, or sustaining (Calgary, Oct 2013, 7.9).

CHLA/ABSC offers the following membership plans:

 

 

Introductory Membership

New members can join at any time of the year for 25% off. You qualify as a new member if you have never previously joined CHLA/ABSC OR if you have not joined in the last 5 years. A November or December membership is good for the following year.

In the year of membership, a regular member shall receive:

  • online access to the CHLA/ABSC Directory;
  • be eligible for professional development grants to attend continuing education events;
  • one call for nominations/nominations form;
  • one ballot for the election of Board members;
  • one vote at the Annual General Meeting;
  • the right to attend CHLA/ABSC activities at the member rate.

 

 

Read our Student Brochure (English / French) for more information on becoming a health sciences librarian and how CHLA/ABSC can help you reach your goals. A student member is defined as an individual enrolled in a full-time course of study.

In the year of membership, a student member shall receive:

  • online access to the CHLA/ABSC Directory;
  • be eligible for professional development grants to attend continuing education events;
  • one call for nominations/nominations form;
  • one ballot for the election of Board members;
  • one vote at the Annual General Meeting;
  • the right to attend CHLA/ABSC activities at the member rate (or student rate, if available).

 

 

During the lifetime of the membership, a sustaining member shall receive:

  • online access to the CHLA/ABSC Directory;
  • be eligible for professional development grants to attend continuing education events;
  • one annual call for nominations/nominations form;
  • one annual ballot for the election of Board members;
  • one vote at each Annual General Meeting;
  • the right to attend CHLA/ABSC activities at the member rate.

 

 

In the year of membership, an institutional member shall receive:

  • online access to the CHLA/ABSC Directory;
  • be eligible for professional development grants to attend continuing education events;
  • one call for nominations/nominations form (only if a personal name is attached);
  • one ballot for the election of Board members (only if a personal name is attached);
  • one vote at the Annual General Meeting;
  • the right to send up to two individuals to CHLA/ABSC activities both at the member rate;
  • at the time of registration/renewal, the Institution must name the individuals who will receive the membership privileges noted above;
  • eNews distribution and member access to the CHLA/ABSC website for any staff in the institution's library. Please forward names and emails of staff to info@chla-absc.ca after joining or renewing;
  • this membership category is insufficient for serving on a Chapter Executive or the CHLA/ABSC Board.

 

 

In the year of membership, a retired member shall receive:

  • online access to the CHLA/ABSC Directory;
  • be eligible for professional development grants to attend continuing education events;
  • one call for nominations/nominations form;
  • one ballot for the election of Board members;
  • one vote at the Annual General Meeting;
  • the right to attend CHLA/ABSC activities at the member rate;
  • a Retired Member must no longer be earning a salary from employment. The initial membership application for Retired status must include the name of a current CHLA member who can verify that the applicant has retired.

 

 

In the year of membership, an unemployed member shall receive:

  • online access to the CHLA/ABSC Directory;
  • eligibility to apply for professional development grants to attend continuing education events;
  • one call for nominations/nominations form;
  • one ballot for the election of Board members;
  • one vote at the Annual General Meeting;
  • the right to attend CHLA/ABSC activities at the member rate.

 

 

For the lifetime of the membership, an honourary member shall receive:

  • online access to the CHLA/ABSC Directory;
  • eligibility to apply for professional development grants to attend continuing education events;
  • one annual call for nominations/nominations form;
  • one annual ballot for the election of Board members;
  • one vote at each Annual General Meeting;
  • the right to attend CHLA/ABSC activities at the member rate.
  • Guidelines for awarding of Honourary Membership are available here.