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Call for Proposals Open for NLLA Annual Conference

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How is your library surviving and thriving? How are you working to promote learning, collaboration, or the preservation and sharing of knowledge and resources? How have you embraced the challenge of surviving the economic downturn? Whether you are in a public, school, academic, or special library, our theme is connected to the work that you do. What does “survive and thrive” mean to you?

We are seeking proposals for the following presentation types at our 2017 Annual Conference on May 8:

  • Full presentation: 40 minute sessions, composed of a 30-minute presentation and 10-minute question period. May be either research or practice-based.
  • Lightning talks: 7-minute timed presentations, great for giving attendees a brief glimpse into an idea, project, or program.
  • Panelist: You will participate as one of a group of panelists answering moderated questions (shared with you before the conference) related to the conference theme.
  • Virtual poster: posters based on some aspect of the conference theme will be produced electronically.

The deadline for proposals is Friday, March 31. Please submit your proposal using our online form and remember to include:

  • An indication of the presentation type (full, lightning, panel, or virtual poster)
  • The presentation title plus a brief abstract (max 250 words) describing the presentation, OR, if proposing to be a panelist, a brief rationale (max 250 words) for your participation
  • 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 Janet Goosney, NLLA Conference Program Committee Chair.

There is also a bursary available for this year’s conference, if presenters need financial assistance to attend!

Bursary Available for Spring 2017 NLLA Annual Conference

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NLLA is pleased to announce a bursary for our 2017 annual conference, Survive and Thrive, May 8, in St. John’s. 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/or conference registration. Funds are limited, and will be awarded on an as-needed basis.

To apply, please complete the application form. Applications will be accepted until April 10, 2017.

For full details, please see our conference bursary guidelines. If you have any further questions regarding the 2017 Conference Bursary, please contact Kate Shore, Bursary Committee Chair: kshore@mun.ca.

Keynote for NLLA 2017 Conference: Trudy Morgan-Cole

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Keynote for NLLA 2017 Conference: Trudy Morgan-Cole

We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker for the 2017 NLLA Annual Conference will be Trudy Morgan-Cole.

Trudy Morgan-Cole is the author of A Sudden Sun, That Forgetful Shore, and By the Rivers of Brooklyn, all works of historical fiction set in Newfoundland, as well as several other novels. Her next book, Most Anything You Please, will be released by Breakwater Books in Fall 2017. She is also an adult-education teacher, teaching English and Social Studies to at-risk youth and young adults at The Murphy Centre. Trudy is passionate about reading, writing, bringing history to life, and encouraging young people to develop their own voices as writers. She lives in St. John’s with her husband, Jason, and is the proud mom of two young adults.

 

Annual Conference May 8: Survive and Thrive #NLLA2017

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Our 2017 annual conference is scheduled for May 8, and this year’s theme is “Survive and Thrive.”

The tough economic times happening in our province has hit libraries hard. Our budgets have been slashed, our workforce reduced and sadly libraries close.  However, despite such uncertainty, libraries are thriving because of the commitment and devotion library workers in Newfoundland and Labrador have towards their communities. We approach relationships and opportunities to help from the perspective of; what we can do for our community, not what we gain in return. This altruistic nature of libraries is ultimately how we not only survive, but thrive.

21st Century library workers are equipped with special skills to teach information literacy, promote self-directed learning, and encourage collaboration, critical thinking and innovation. We understand the true value libraries have in the community, and so we overcome obstacles to empower people, give them opportunities to increase their knowledge, learn life skills and ultimately thrive in their everyday lives.

For more information visit our 2017 Conference webpage or contact planning committee chair, Kate Shore.

You can also stay up to date by following us on facebook or twitter. The conference hashtag is #NLLA2017

2016 NLLA Conference Highlights

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Keynote Anna Swanson

Keynote Anna Swanson

NLLA members from across the island gathered for the 2016 Annual Conference at the A. C. Hunter Public Library in the new community room on Monday, May 9. We kicked it off with an excellent and inspiring keynote, Anna Swanson, who, in keeping with the conference theme “Creating Communities”, spoke about the value of community engagement for libraries. Anna is the Provincial Selection Coordinator at the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries. She has a long-standing passion for community engagement, including working with community arts festivals and Community Living programs. She told us about her “Welcome Project“, the library’s partnership with St. John’s Local Immigration to bring newcomers multi-lingual library materials.

Also presenting that morning was Patrick Gamsby, Scholarly Communications Librarian at Memorial University, who presented a paper on Open Access and Interdisciplinary Scholarship, and Julia Mayo, Marjorie Mews Public Library Branch Manager, who delighted us with her presentation “Bringing the Community to the Library and the Library to the Community.” Panelists Beth Maddigan, Education Librarian, Memorial University Libraries; Kate Shore, Librarian, Janeway Resource Centre, Eastern Health; and Courtney Penney, Regional Librarian, Newfoundland & Labrador Public Libraries Central Division had a lively debate about the challenges and successes of community engagement at their respective libraries.

Julia Mayo & Patrick Gamsby

Julia Mayo & Patrick Gamsby

Kate Shore, Courtney Penney, & Beth Maddigan

Panelists Kate Shore, Courtney Penney, & Beth Maddigan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a delicious lunch, President Amanda Tiller-Hackett led a spirited annual general meeting. On the agenda, the cuts to the province’s public library system.

NLLA AGM

NLLA AGM

outgoing President Amanda Tiller-Hackett

outgoing President Amanda Tiller-Hackett

Afternoon presenters included, Jeannie Bail, Colleen Quigley, and Linda White from Memorial’s Archives and Special Collections who presented on Cultivating Community through Social Media, and Amanda Tiller-Hackett, Erin Alcock, Diane Keeping, Alison Ambi and Pam Morgan, who discussed communicating journal cancellations at Memorial University, as well as some “lightning round” presentations from Crystal Rose, Heather Pretty and Lorna Adcock.

Jeannie Bail, Linda White & Colleen Quigley

Jeannie Bail, Linda White & Colleen Quigley

Finally, Newfoundland and Labrador Public Librarian Jewel Cousens, showed off her newest felt story creation, Puffin Peter.

Jewel Cousens

Jewel Cousens

A big thank-you to the 2016 Conference Planning Committee members: Krista Godfrey, Wendy Rodgers, Stacey Penney, Janet Goosney, Kate Shore, Donna Inkpen and Jewel Cousens!

2016 conference planning committee

2016 conference planning committee

Thursday is last day to Register Online for NLLA 2016

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click to register for NLLA Conference Just a reminder that online registration is still available for our upcoming NLLA 2016 Annual Conference. The registration deadline is Thursday, May 5. The conference registration fee is $50 for NLLA members and $75 for non-members. Not an NLLA member or need to renew your membership? You can join or renew online too. For more details about the conference please visit our conference webpage.

Register for our 2016 NLLA Annual Conference

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A.C. Hunter Public Library

A.C. Hunter Public Library

Online registration is available for our upcoming annual conference on May 9, Creating Communities. The conference registration fee is $50 for NLLA members and $75 for non-members. Not an NLLA member or need to renew your membership? You can join or renew online. The registration deadline is May 5.

This year’s conference will be held at the A.C. Hunter Public Library in their new Community Room (located at the back of the Children’s Library on the ground floor). The A.C. Hunter Public Library is located in the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre located at the corner of Allandale Road and the Prince Phillip Parkway.

The program is available on the Conference page. Our keynote speaker is St. John’s poet and Librarian, Anna Swanson. Her debut book of poetry The Nights Also (2010) won a Lambda Literary Award and the Gerald Lampert Award for best first book of poetry.