September NLLA Happening!

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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 pm
Cost $20 (Covers cost of mug, paints, firing and technical expertise by Clay Café)

If you would like to attend please respond via email to Julia Mayo or Amanda Power.

See you there!


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. 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.”

Winners of the 2014 Book Bingo Contest

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The winners of the NLLA’s 2014 Freedom to Read Week Book Bingo Contest have been announced!

iPad mini:  Debbie McGee from St. John’s (age category 22-90). Chapter’s gift card:   Irene Sheppard from Lewisporte (age category 22-90).

Selections of books:
Keely Somerton from Whitbourne (age category 5-10).  Chloe Connolly from Lark Harbour (age category 11-15).  Holly Kelly McIvers from Corner Brook (age category 16-21).  Carolyn Morgan from St. John’s(age category 22-90).  Lisa Dunne from Mt. Pearl(age category 22-90).  Elizabeth Fewer from St. John’s(age category 22-90).  R.N. Hiscott from St. John’s(age category 22-90).  Jef Douglas from Steady Brook (age category 22-90).

Thanks to all our participants, and to this year’s committee members: Amanda Power, Beth Maddigan, Lorraine Jackson, Jewel Cousens, and Emily Blackmore.

2014-2015 Executive Committee

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Erin Alcock, Past President, 2013-2014 and Chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee would like to announce the successful candidates from this year’s election at the April 28 Annual General Meeting:

  • Vice President/President Elect is Amanda Tiller from the Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University
  • Secretary is Emily Blackmore from Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries

A big thank you to Amanda and Emily for stepping forward and taking on these important roles!

Becky Smith will be staying on as Treasurer for an additional year and Ryan Lewis will be transitioning from his position as Secretary to the Director of Recruitment and Membership.  Extra thanks to them both for all of their hard work.

2014 Conference Keynote: Azzo Rezori

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CBC News Reporter, Azzo Rezori will be the keynote speaker at our 2014 Annual Conference

CBC News Reporter, Azzo Rezori will be the keynote speaker at our 2014 Annual Conference

NLLA is pleased to announce the keynote speaker for our 2014 Annual Conference: Head in the Cloud, Feet on the Ground, will be CBC News reporter Azzo Rezori.

We have some excellent presenters this year from the Newfoundland & Labrador Public Library and Memorial University Libraries who will be covering topics like children’s digital literacy, Wikipedia editing, and Linked Data. We also have an exciting “lightening round” to close the conference where 6 speakers will give exciting, face-paced, short presentations. Visit our conference page for the full programme!

The NLLA Annual General Meeting will also be held at 2:00-3:00 pm when we will be accepting nominations and voting on our new executive officers.

Today is the last day for online registration. We hope to see you on Monday!


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