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2018 Annual Conference: Preliminary Program

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2018 Annual Conference: Preliminary Program

The program for our 2018 Annual Conference: Smooth Sailing through Rough Waters on May 7 is almost finalized. We currently have over a dozen talented and inspiring speakers scheduled from public, academic,  and provincial libraries and community organizations. You can visit our conference webpage for more details.

Have you registered yet? Online registration is open, plus we have a conference bursary available to assist you with attending this year’s conference.

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Conference Registration is Open

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Conference Registration is Open

Online Registration is available for our 2018 Annual Conference: Smooth Sailing through Rough Waters.  Our conference takes place on Monday, May 7, at the Newfoundland & Labrador Housing & Homeless Network Provincial Learning Centre in St. John’s.

Conference registration fee is $50.00 for NLLA members and $75.00 for non-members. An optional post-conference dinner will be held at Piatto Midtown (not included in conference fees).

We look forward to seeing you this year!

Apply for Our Spring Conference Bursary

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The NLLA is pleased to announce the second year for the Conference Bursary for our 2018 Annual Conference: Smooth Sailing through Rough Waters.  This bursary will be open to all members of the NLLA currently residing in Newfoundland and Labrador. The bursary can be used for travel expenses, accommodation and conference registration. Funds will be awarded on an as-needed basis. Please read our bursary guidelines for more information.

To apply, please complete our application form and submit it to Bursary Committee Chair, Melissa Feaver (melissa_feaver@hotmail.com). The deadline for applications is April 16, 2018.

Call for Proposals for 2018 Annual Conference

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Call for Proposals for 2018 Annual Conference

The 2018 Annual NLLA Conference will take place on Monday, May 7. This year, our theme is Smooth Sailing through Rough Waters.

The tough economic times happening in our province have hit libraries hard. Our budgets have been slashed, our workforces reduced, and libraries are doing even more with less than ever before. However, despite such uncertainty, libraries are thriving because of the commitment and dedication of library workers in Newfoundland and Labrador. We continually strive to ensure that our communities have access to information, technology, and resources for learning, and to build and share collections that support and preserve the history and culture of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Our theme for this year’s conference is Smooth Sailing through Rough Waters. This theme acknowledges the difficult times for libraries in our province, and points toward how we come together to recognize the needs of library workers as well as the community members who patronize our unique workplaces.

How is your library navigating these rough waters? How are you collaborating with colleagues, asking new questions, or developing new solutions to continue serving the needs of library users in our province? How are libraries managing stress in the workplace, and how are we caring for our users and each other in this time of economic turmoil? Whether you are in a public, academic, school, or special library, our theme relates to the work that you do. What does Smooth Sailing through Rough Waters mean to you?

We are seeking proposals for the following presentation types:

  • Full presentation: 40-minute sessions, composed of a 30-minute presentation and 10-minute question period. May be either be practice-based or research-based.
  • Lightning talks: 7-minute timed presentations, designed to give attendees a brief glimpse into an idea, project, program or activity.

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

  • An indication of the presentation type (full presentation or lightning talk).
  • The presentation title plus a brief abstract (max. 250 words for a full presentation; max. 100 words for a lightning talk) describing your topic and the goals of your presentation.
  • Your 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 Emily Blackmore (eblackmore@nlpl.ca) or Janet Goosney (jgoosney@mun.ca) of the 2018 NLLA Conference Program Committee.

Congrats to Our Conference Bursary Winners

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2017 SponsorsThis year, the NLLA was excited to offer members the opportunity to apply for a Conference Bursary. The purpose of this fund is to help support recipients with the costs associated with attending the 2017 Annual Conference in St. John’s, May 8.

The NLLA is proud to announce that five members will be awarded funds from the 2017 Conference Bursary. The recipients are:

  • Courtney Crocker –Regional Librarian, NLPL Central Division. Gander, NL
  • Natasha Wells – Regional Librarian, NLPL Western Division. Corner Brook, NL
  • Sarah Milmine – Education Student, MLIS bound Fall 2017. St. John’s, NL
  • Sandee Goulding-Harnum – Library Assistant, NLPL Western Division. Corner Brook, NL
  • Liam Whalen – Systems Librarian/Analyst, NLPL Provincial Administration. Stephenville, NL

These awards were made possible thanks to the generous contributions of our sponsors.

Congratulations to you all!

An Exciting Program for our May 8 Annual Conference

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Our conference planning committee has been working hard to put together an exciting program for our 2017 Annual Conference at the Suncor Energy Fluvarium. Program highlights include:

  • Keynote speaker and local author, Trudy Morgan-Cole
  • A pre-conference social at the Marjorie Mews Public Library
  • 19 talented speakers from public, academic, and health libraries
  • A post-conference dinner at Merlo’s Inferno!

You can view our full program on find out about registration and more, on our conference webpage. Be sure to follow us on facebook or twitter to stay up to date. Our conference hashtag is #NLLA2017

Details of Pre-Conference Social

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Join us on Sunday, May 7, from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Marjorie Mews Library for the 2017 Annual Pre-Conference Social with refreshments and snacks. Julia Mayo, Branch Supervisor, and Kristina Walters, Library Assistant, will also tell us what’s happening at the Marjorie Mews library.

marjorie mews public libraryLibraries both big and small are integral parts of their communities. At Marjorie Mews Public Library we feel that we fill that role well because of the staff and the attitude we have. We believe that by having ownership of our “product” and having a positive attitude about our work, there is nothing we cannot achieve. It is our philosophy; if you are not having fun (at work) you are doing it wrong. We work hard to create positive partnerships within the community with businesses, schools and other community groups. Over the years we have steadily continued to push the limits of our space, our budget and our imaginations to bring in programs that appeal to our patrons and their families.

Kristina and Julia have been working with the Newfoundland and Labrador Public libraries for about nine years. They find great satisfaction in doing all kinds of library work, from answering reference questions, coordinating adult programs and basic computer classes to early literacy outreach and children’s story time.

To register and find out more about our upcoming annual conference, please visit our webpage or contact planning committee chair, Kate Shore.