Committees are organized to address issues that affect CLA, its members, and the library community at large. Committee member composition seeks to balance representation by type of library, experience relevant to committee's charge, new and veteran CLA members, ethnicity and gender. Typically, the current CLA President appoints members to committees prior to the annual conference in November. Committees have their own worksites where they can participate in dicussion and store content.
The roles, functions, and activities of working committees are reviewed and renewed on an annual basis by the CLA President and the Board of Directors.
- Awards and Scholarships - Oversees and supports the work of CLA's awards and scholarships committees and participates in the planning for the CLA Awards Gala.
2013 Chair: Patricia Rivera
- Conference Planning - Coordinates program selection and activities for CLA's Annual Conference. As with most CLA Committees, the Conference Planning Committee Chair is selected annually by the CLA President.
2014 Chairs: Michelle Perera and Robert Karatsu
- Intellectual Freedom - Creates an awareness of the issues of intellectual freedom, investigates any controversial issue, provides resources for handling problems and prepares recommendations.
2013 Chair: Dawn Meister
- Interest Group - Oversees and supports Interest Group activity, reviews program and funding requests from Interest Groups, and assists interested members in forming new interest groups.
2013 Chair: Hillary Theyer
- Membership - Responsible for evaluating and developing CLA membership procedures, dues structure, recruitment and retention campaigns and member benefits.
2014 Chairs: Sean Reinhart and Tracie Carignan
Standing committees are permanent fixtures within the CLA organizational structure. The roles, functions, and existence of standing committees can only be adjusted with changes to the CLA Bylaws, voted on by full, voting members of the association.
- Advocacy & Legislation - Works closely with CLA lobbyists to coordinate CLA legislative agenda. Committee members also watch current and pending legislation and respond to requests for information from legislative agencies and other associations and organizations.
2014 Chair: Laura Seaholm
- Bylaws and Governance - Reviews the duties of officers; reviews the formation, charges and dissolution of Committees, Interest Groups and other components of CLA. Makes recommendations for any needed revisions in the CLA Bylaws and the Standing Rules of the Association.
2013 Chair: Beth Wrenn-Estes
- Finance - Recommends an annual budget for CLA and considers all matters of a financial nature that are referred to the committee. The CLA Finance Committee consists of seven members who serve three-year staggered terms.
2014 Chair: Beth Wrenn-Estes
- Leadership Development -The Leadership Development Committee consists of 10 members including the CLA Immediate Past President, who will hold the Chair position for the duration of their one-year term. The remaining nine members serve a three-year staggered terms and are appointed by the CLA Immediate Past President.
2014 Chair: Derek Wolfgram