NLLA Offering Reduced Membership Rates for 2020

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of the 2020 NLLA Conference, the NLLA is offering reduced membership rates:

  • Librarians: $20 Now $15
  • Library Technician/Library Assistant: $15 Now $5
  • Student/Library Supporter: $10 Now $5
  • Retired Librarian: $10 Now $5

Please consider joining or renewing your membership to help support your library association during this time.

Annual General Meeting

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Our Annual General Meeting cannot be held in person this year, so we are moving it online. This year we are using Zoom for the meeting. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 1 from 3:00-5:00pm. 

All current NLLA members have been emailed the meeting details, but if you did not receive them and would like to join the Zoom meeting, please contact Janet Goosney


2020 Conference Postponed

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In an effort to reduce opportunities for the potential spread of COVID-19 the Executive of the NLLA has decided to temporarily suspend non-essential gatherings and external events of more than 25 people. As such, at this time we are postponing the 2020 Annual Conference.

Given the current uncertainty about when it will once again be safe and prudent to hold such an event, the new date of the conference remains to be determined and will be announced later.

Thank you for your understanding.


Call for Proposals 2020 Annual Conference

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Call for Proposals 2020 Annual Conference

NLLA is pleased to announce our 2020 Annual Conference: Resilience will take place on Monday, May 4. In his book Palaces for the People, sociologist Eric Klinenberg describes how a group of planners met to discuss ways to restore resilience to 21st century cities. Someone proposed a compelling idea for a “resilience center” – a place that would be a community gathering place, open every day, welcoming to everyone, staffed by trained professionals, with flexible space that could be adapted for many uses. Klinenberg realized that most communities already have such a place – their local library. Read more about this year’s conference theme.

We are seeking proposals for the following presentation types:

  • Long presentation or workshop: 45-minute sessions, composed of either a 30-minute presentation and 15-minute question period, or a 45 minute workshop.  May be either practice-based or research-based.
  • Panel: We will ask a series of questions, and a moderated discussion will be led around the topic of resilience.  Please tell us why you would like to be on the panel.
  • Lightning talk: 7-10 minute timed presentations, designed to give attendees a brief glimpse into an idea, project, program or activity.
  • Book teaser: 10-minute presentations consisting of a book talk and reading of a short excerpt.  Teasers can be based on any book chosen by the presenter, including fiction, non-fiction, adult or children’s literature (does not have to be authored by the presenter).  Please state the book title in abstract.

The deadline for proposals is Monday, March 30th.  Please submit your proposal using our online form and remember to include:

  • An indication of the presentation type (long presentation, short presentation, lightning talk or book teaser).
  • The presentation title plus a brief abstract (max. 250 words for a long or short presentation; max. 100 words for a lightning talk or book teaser) describing your topic and the goals of your presentation.
  • Contact details (name, library, position, telephone number and email address) for each speaker.
  • A brief (max 50 word) biography for each speaker.

For questions or comments, please contact Conference Chairs Elyse Sparkes Coombs ( or Jessie Cahill-Bouzane (,  or Wendy Rogers ( and Erin Alcock ( of the NLLA Conference Program Committee.

NDP Letter to NLLA

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Libraries Matter!

Thank you to the Newfoundland and Labrador New Democratic Party for showing their commitment and support to the Newfoundland anf Labrador Public Libraries.

Letter from Alison Coffin, NL NDP [link to PDF].

Newfoundland & Labrador Election 2019

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Libraries Matter!

All candidates have been sent letters regarding their stance on the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries, and whether or not they will follow through with the EY Organizational and Service Review recommendations, as laid out in the Future State Plan.

Letter to Dwight Ball, Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador

Letter to Alison Coffin, New Democratic Party of Newfoundland and Labrador

Letter to Ches Crosbie, Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador

Letter to Graydon Pelley, Newfoundland and Labrador Alliance

If you want your candidate to know that Libraries Matter to you, fill out this form and all responses will be forwarded to the party leaders.

2019 Conference Program (and Registration is Open)

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Registration is now open for our 2019 Annual Conference: 50 Years of Celebrating Libraries. Please visit our conference page to view our fantastic program and to register.

NLPL Budget Request

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The Newfoundland and Labrador Library Association (NLLA) is pleased that the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is invested in the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries (NLPL), something exemplified by the spending of almost $250,000 on an organizational and service review of the NLPL as a whole by an external source in 2016.

The recommendations from the EY report have been encapsulated in the Future State Plan, and now the government must truly show they are invested in our provincial libraries by increasing the budget by $1.7 million, bringing the total  budget to just under $13 million.

The EY Report found that, per capita, NLPL is the least well supported library system in Canada.  The requests detailed in Phase One of the Future State Plan, such as increases to library hours, library materials, and programming, as well as improvements to technology, and library leadership, will be the first step in reaffirming the Government’s investment in Public Libraries in this province.

Please see links for correspondence with the Minister of Education Early Childhood Development;

Thank you to our Sponsors

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Thank you to our Sponsors










SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES are available please contact Catherine Lawton ( or Donna Inkpen ( for details.

2019 Keynote Speaker: Beth Maddigan

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We are proud to announce that Beth Maddigan will be a keynote speaker at this years conference.

Beth Maddigan is the Head of the Education Library & Commons at Memorial University. She has worked in libraries since 1982 in seven different positions, three different types of libraries, and two provinces. Beth is an advocate for community literacy and free library programming. She was the lead author for three books on these subjects and continues to research community-led library initiatives in public and academic libraries.

Keep up to date as the planning continues:


For the NLLA 50th anniversary conference, we are seeking proposals, the deadline date is March 18th, 2019. Extended until March 29th!


The NLLA is pleased to announce the 3rd year for the Conference Bursary for the 50th Anniversary Conference. The bursary will be open to all members of the NLLA currently residing in Newfoundland and Labrador. The bursary can be used for travel expenses and/or accommodation. Funds will be awarded on an as needed basis.


Tuesday April 30th, 2019 5:30pm
Merlo’s Inferno
193 Kenmount Road
(not included in conference fees)