NLLA hopes closure of Torbay Public Library not indicative of future of province’s public libraries

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The NLLA has always been vocal in its support of the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Library system. As literacy rates in our province continue to rank among the lowest in our country, and as a difficult economic situation looms over the province, maintaining a strong public library system should be a priority of our provincial government, now, and in the future.

The NLLA would like to express its concern over Education Minister Dale Kirby’s decision to cease funding for the lease of the Torbay Public Library in its current location as well as its support for the efforts of the Town of Torbay in securing a new and permanent location for the library. The decision to cease funding for the library’s current location raises concerns, not only for the Torbay Public Library, and the services it provides to the people of Torbay and surrounding areas, but also for the future of public libraries in the province.

Today’s public library is a multi-service point that has a physical and online presence. The library can offer innovative programming that supports government initiatives, like KinderStart, and help address concerns with early and adult literacy. Libraries are well positioned to help increase literacy rates in this province. Internet access and reference help can assist new residents of Newfoundland find employment.

Tuesday’s CBC article highlighted efforts to ensure that the library remain an essential service point for the community. The Torbay Public Library Board describes the potential closure as a “huge loss to our community,” and is urging all Torbay residents to voice their concerns to their local MHA, the Minister of Education, and members of the Torbay Town Council.

The NLLA also recognizes the continued efforts of the Torbay Town Council to secure a new and permanent location for the library. We are encouraged by the value the town places in the continued presence of the library, and in reference to the 2014-15 Annual Report of the Provincial Information and Library Resources Board, we would like to remind the town of its stated commitment to “secure a “suitable alternate permanent location for the library.”

Given the recent announcement by the Minister of Finance regarding possible cuts of 30% over the next three years to public services, NLLA hopes the closure of the Torbay Public Library is not indicative of future funding for Newfoundland and Labrador public libraries. In a period of economic uncertainty, libraries have an essential role in supporting the community. Easy access to public libraries is key to helping our citizens thrive during difficult times.

The NLLA Executive have send letters to both the Minister of Education (view .PDF) and the Mayor of the Town of Torbay, Ralph Tapper, (view .PDF)  in response to the closure of the Torbay Public Library.

Perks for NLLA Members!

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perkopolisA new benefit is available to all NLLA members through The Partnership, Canada’s national network of provincial and territorial library associations. Perkopolis, Canada’s Discount Program, provides you with access to exclusive discounts (of up to 75% off!) on various products and services, like movies, hotels, gas, car rental, magazine subscriptions, insurance, and products from brands like Reitmans, The Body Shop, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Swarovski, Dell, Samsung and many, many more. To sign up for Perkopolis, create an account for free through this special link.


As well, discounts are available to all NLLA members at the Our Library Association (OLA) Store. Need items for conferences or other functions, or for giveaways? Check out some of the featured products available through the online store. With each purchase, a portion of the funds will go back to NLLA!

Keynote for October’s LTAIG Conference Announced!

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Elisabeth de Mariaffi

Elisabeth de Mariaffi

The Keynote speaker for our 2015 Library Technicians and Assistants Interest Group (LTAIG) Annual Conference on October 13 will be Giller Prize-nominated author Elisabeth de Mariaffi.

Her poetry and short fiction have been widely published in magazines across Canada. In 2013, her story “Kiss Me Like I’m the Last Man on Earth” was shortlisted for a National Magazine Award, and her book of short stories, How To Get Along With Women (2012), was long-listed for the giller prize. Elisabeth has recently published a new novel, The Devil You Know (2015).

Elisabeth makes her home in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where she lives with the poet George Murray, their combined four children and a border collie — making them CanLit’s answer to the Brady Brunch.

NLLA members can register online for this free conference.

Annual LTAIG Conference October 13

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All NLLA members are invited to attend the Library Technicians & Assistants Interest Group (LTAIG) Annual Conference, which is free to all current NLLA members. This year, we are focusing on special libraries and their collections within our province. Presenters include Kate Shore from the Janeway Resource Centre and Colleen Quigley from Memorial University Libraries Archives and Special Collections.

The conference will be held at the Marine Institute and includes a tour of the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources Flume Tank, the largest of its kind in the world. Complimentary coffee breaks and lunch are also included.

Please register online before October 9. For the full conference schedule and more information, visit our conference webpage or contact conference convener, Donna Inkpen.

NLLA Exec 2015/2016 Meeting Schedule

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The NLLA Executive met on September 15. Future meetings are scheduled for:

October 6, 2015
November 17, 2015
December 15, 2015
January 12, 2016
February 16, 2016
March 15, 2016
April 12, 2016
May 17, 2016
June 14, 2016

If members have any issues they would like to communicate to the NLLA Executive, please contact current president, Amanda Tiller-Hackett.

Check out the awesome program for our 2015 Annual Conference!

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We have some great sessions coming up at our 2015 Annual Conference Mainstays: Charting the Course, which is happening on Wednesday, June 10 at the St. John’s Campus of Memorial University. Check out the full program for details. If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time! Our conference is an affordable $50 and includes light breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks.

This year we have two fun social events planned and both are included with your conference registration! The Pre-conference social on Tuesday evening (7:00-9:00 pm) is at the Janeway Resource Centre, Janeway Hostel, Room 434. Join us for refreshments, mingle with colleagues, and hear what’s happening in our local health libraries.

NLLA Conference attendees are invited to attend the joint APLA Conference opening reception on Wednesday evening at the Johnson GeoCentre. Built in a natural rock basin the GeoCentre fits snugly in between 500 linear feet of exposed rock walls. Enjoy becoming reacquainted with colleagues and meeting new ones from across the region in the Reception Hall while also enjoying the environmentally friendly geothermal heating and the glow of illuminated planets overhead. Hors d’oeuvres and local entertainment will be provided and a cash bar will be available.

Free transportation to the NLLA/APLA reception from the conference venue will be provided. Buses will depart from the Main Entrance of the Chemistry Building, Memorial University Campus, Wednesday at 7:10 pm. Buses will be leaving the Geo Centre at 9:30 pm and 10:30 pm.

We look forward to seeing you this year!

Freedom to Read Contest Winner

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The winner of this year’s Freedom to Read contest is April Harvey of Bay Bulls! April has won a selection of NL books, current fiction paperbacks, hand-made bookmarks, chocolate, and a McDonald’s gift card!  This year’s prize was very generously donated by the A. C. Hunter library.   2015FTR winner

April (left) is pictured here, receiving her prize from librarian Jewel Cousens at the    A. C. Hunter Library.



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