Get 10% off Featured Items from the OLA Store!

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10% off featured itemsInterested in buying banned book notebooks or library card socks? Get these items and more at a special rate just for members of The Partnership, Canada’s national network of provincial and territorial library associations, of which NLLA is a member.

NLLA members have been emailed a special promo code via our association listserv, so be sure to check your email! Receive 10% off your order from the Featured Products (for The Partnership) section of the store. Discount will be applied at checkout.

The Ontario Library Association (OLA) Store is a web-based retailer that provides professional development resources and book-themed goodies of interest to persons in education and library related fields. Shop entire catalogue.

Registration for 2015 NLLA Conference now Open

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Online registration for the NLLA Annual Conference is now available. Our conference will act as the Pre-conference workshop for the Atlantic Provinces Library Association (APLA) conference (June 10-13). The online registration form is a joint form; you may register for just the NLLA conference or both the NLLA and APLA conferences.

For the first time, online payment is available through PayPal! If you need to make alternate payment arrangements, please contact Amanda Tiller-Hackett.

NLLA Conference registration is $50.00. Online registration closes June 3.

Positions available on the Executive Committee

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The NLLA Nominations and Elections Committee opened nominations during the Fall 2013 general meeting. We are seeking nominations for three members of the executive committee. Terms take effect as of the spring General Meeting, to be held on June 10, 2015.

The positions available are:

Vice President/President Elect – A three year commitment to the executive committee, the Vice President learns the ropes and plans the Spring Conference, serves as president the following year and Past President the year after that. Travel to Toronto for The Partnership meetings in August and January is required. NLLA President and VP receive complimentary registration at the OLA Super Conference.
Treasurer – A two year commitment to the executive committee, the Treasurer shall collect and disburse all monies of the Association, subject to the direction and approval of the Executive Committee. The Treasurer shall manage the Association’s bank account and facilitate the transfer of signing authorities. The Treasurer shall prepare an annual budget and financial statement for the year just past on behalf of the Executive Committee and work closely with the Director of Recruitment and Membership.
Library  Technicians & Assistants Representative – A two year commitment to the executive committee. The LTA Representative shall serve on the Standing Committee on Professional Development and Events.

If you are interested in taking advantage of a great opportunity and serving on the executive of the NLLA, please contact the Chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee, Kathryn Rose.

Call for Proposals Open for 2015 Annual Conference

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image credit: Bengt Nyman

Our 2015 Annual Conference will take place on June 10. This year, our theme is Mainstays: Charting the Course.

This year’s NLLA conference will kick off a week of conversations about library practice that will inform and inspire. Our conference will act as the Pre-conference workshop for the Atlantic Provinces Library Association (APLA) conference (June 11-13), which will warm us up for the Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU) conference taking place June 15-17.

The theme of the APLA conference is Libraries: Powered by Change. WILU’s theme is Sea Change: Transforming Learning. In the midst of all this talk of change, we have chosen a theme that looks instead at the fundamentals of libraries. What are the things that our users rely on; the things that keep us grounded; the things that libraries have been doing since the beginning? These are the mainstays – the things that don’t change – like serving the public, providing free access to resources, teaching, providing community space, and seeking new ways to serve our patrons. You may be in the public, school, academic, or special library sectors, or you operate beyond library walls. In any case, you have something important to say about how your activities support the mission of libraries, the mainstays that we all share.

We are seeking proposals for the following:
• Full presentations: These are 30 minute sessions composed of a 20-minute presentation and 10-minute question period.
• Lightning Round presentations: These are 7-minute timed talks, great for giving attendees a brief glimpse into an idea, project, or program.

The deadline for proposals is Friday, February 20. Please send proposals, with presentation title, type (full or lightening round), description, and your contact details (1 page maximum) to: Wendy Rodgers, Chair, Program Committee.

Freedom to Read Week Contest

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freedom to Read Week 2015February 22-28, 2015 is Freedom to Read Week in Canada, an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Celebrate your Freedom to Read! Tell us about a banned or challenged book you’ve read! To find out if a book has been banned/challenged, visit

To enter, complete our Entry Form with the following information:
1) The title and author of the book you read
2) Why it was banned or challenged
3) Why everyone should have the freedom to choose what they read
4) Your contact information

Winners will be drawn from eligible entries and will receive a selection of books according to their age group. Entry deadline is March 31, 2015.

Please send entries to:
NLLA, F2R Contest
PO Box 23192
Churchill Square
St. John’s, NL
A1B 4J9

Or submit by email with the subject line “Contest”. Good luck!

NLLA Winter Warmer!

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NLLA Winter warmer










Please RSVP: Amanda Power or Julia Mayo  if you plan to attend.



NLLA Canadian Library Month Winner!

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The Newfoundland and Labrador Library Association is pleased to announce that Kevin Sharpe (age 14), of Pearce Junior High School in Burin Bay Arm, is the winner of our Canadian Library Month Libraries Inspire contest! Kevin has won a $25 Chapter’s gift card and the library of his choice, Pearce Junior High School’s library, has won $1000 worth of books, generously donated by Library Services Centre!

Kevin’s favorite book is Eragon by Christopher Paolini.

It inspires him because:

“It’s about someone who is just ordinary at the start, and gets thrust into an extraordinary world of adventure. It inspires me since it reminds me that no matter how ordinary things may seem, there is something special in everyone.”


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