Canadian Library Month: Libraries Inspire Contest

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cla-LibraryMonth-banner-web-e-v1-300x158October is Canadian Library Month and the theme for 2014 is “Libraries Inspire”! Celebrate Canadian Library Month with us.

The NLLA along with our sponsor, the Library Services Centre (LSC), are holding a contest where you could win $1000 worth of books for a library in Newfoundland & Labrador!

We want to know how libraries inspire; tell us your favourite book and why it inspires you. If your entry is selected, the school or public library of your choice will win $1000 worth of books from LSC (and there’s a prize for you, too!).

There are two ways to enter:

1. Complete our online entry form
2. Download an english or french entry form and mail it to: NLLA, CLM contest, PO Box 23192, Churchill Square, St. John’s, NL, A1B 4J9

The winner will be chosen from all the entries received by November 30, 2014.

You can also download a bilingual promo sheet with contest details. To find out more about how libraries are celebrating Canadian Library Month, and for a free library tool kit to promote CLM in your library, visit:


Registration for the 2014 LTAIG Annual Conference is now open!

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2014 Annual LTAIG Conference: Winds of Change

2014 Annual LTAIG Conference: Winds of Change

The Library Technicians and Assistants Interest Group (LTAIG) is holding its annual one-day conference on Tuesday, October 14. It will be held at the CMC Library, ED2030, in the G.A. Hickman Building, on the Memorial University of Newfoundland’s St. John’s Campus. Check out the conference web page for more details or download the conference program.

Register online. The Conference is free to all NLLA members!

Margaret Williams Trust Award Silent Auction: Seeking Donated Items

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auction-guyThe Margaret Williams Trust Award is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary! Since 1984, the fund has helped recipients pursuing graduate studies in librarianship, archival studies or teacher librarianship or pursue professional and research opportunities. Many NLLA members have been grateful recipients.

Although it has historically generated enough income to award an annual prize of $1000-2000, this year the fund will dip very close to it’s principal amount. The NLLA Happenings Committee, in conjunction with the Margaret Williams Trust Fund Board of Trustees is holding a silent auction. They hope that this auction will help to ensure that the trust will continue to support and encourage professional growth in the library community in our province.

Donated items are currently being sought for the silent auction. Ideas for items to donate could include: services, gift certificates, artwork, gift baskets, or handmade items, and you are also invited to be creative. The organizers are open to any ideas for donations that you may have. Please contact Amanda Power by the end of September if you would like to make a contribution, indicating what you are planning to donate (a photo of the item would be helpful) as well as the minimum value you would like assigned to the item(s).

The date of the silent auction is to be determined, with mid-November being tentatively considered, and more details about the event will follow.

September NLLA Happening Cancelled

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UPDATE: The September Happening has been cancelled.

A happening to start the fall off with some creative fun!

Please come to the Marjorie Mews Public Library and create a mug of your own, enjoy the company of your library buddies and have some refreshments as well.

Thursday September 18 at 7:00 pm
Cost $20 (Covers cost of mug, paints, firing and technical expertise by Clay Café)

Technicians & Assistants Bursary Still Available!

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NLLA offers library technicians, assistants, and other library staff in the province the opportunity to apply for funding to attend a conference or take advantage of other professional development opportunities. Funds are awarded on an as needed basis of up to $500 per year.

So far this year we have only awarded a portion of the bursary. The extended deadline to submit an application is September 2, 2014.

If you have any questions regarding the LTAIG Bursary, please contact the NLLA Representative for Library Technicians and Assistants, Julia Mayo.

Call for Papers for 2014 LTAIG Conference

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Calling all Library Technicians and Assistants! If you have an idea for a presentation that you want to share at this year’s LTAIG Conference, please contact Lorraine Jackson.

The Library Technicians and Assistants Interest Group (LTAIG) is an NLLA interest group composed of members committed to developing and strengthening ties within the library field and among its members throughout the province. The LTAIG holds an annual one-day conference in October or November to highlight and promote other libraries in the city and the library staff who work there. This year’s conference will be held on Tuesday, October 14. The Conference is free to all NLLA members!

We are also looking to once again bring in talent from all corners and will be able to Skype in presenters, so even if you are outside the St. John’s area you are able to participate.

This year’s conference theme is “Winds of Change”. We look forward to hearing from you!

NLLA Signs Open Letter on Copyright Term Extension

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The NLLA joins the Canadian Library Association and other provincial library associations in supporting A Fair Deal’s Open Letter on Copyright Term Extensions. The Fair Deal campaign is about keeping the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) from changing our copyright laws.

The TPP is proposing the extension of copyright terms in many countries, including Canada, by an additional 20 years. The current copyright term in Canada is the life of the author plus 50 years. After this term, the work enters the Public Domain (i.e. becomes available for public use). The NLLA agrees that changes to copyright required by the TPP would reduce our access to information and restrict our ability to innovate, both on and offline.

If you are concerned about an international agreement that would change Canada’s copyright laws, visit to sign the statement “Please reject copyright proposals that restrict the open Internet, access to knowledge, economic opportunity and our fundamental rights.”


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