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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.

Call for Proposals for 2016 Annual Conference Open

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The 2016 Annual NLLA Conference will take place on Monday, May 9. This year, our theme is Creating Communities.

The concept of community is fundamental to all types of libraries. As library workers, we strive to support and empower those in our communities in many ways: by providing access to print, electronic, and computing resources; learning & social spaces; help with research and information literacy education; and sometimes just a safe and welcoming place to go. We define our communities in many ways: our users may fit a particular demographic, may be affiliated with a school or an institution, or may reside together in a rural municipality. Finally, as library workers and members of the NLLA, we are each of us members of a rich and diverse occupational community.

How do you define community? How is it central to the work you do in your library, or the way you contribute to library research? What does community mean to library users, and how does it bring them to your library? Whether you are in a public, school, academic, or special library, community has an impact on the work you do. What thoughts, ideas or discoveries about community would you like to share and explore with us?

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 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) on themes of building, growing, and engaging with communities.
  • Virtual poster: posters based on some aspect of the conference theme will be produced electronically, and viewable online.

The deadline for proposals is Monday, March 28. 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.

Check out the awesome program for our 2015 Annual Conference!

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We have some great sessions coming up at our 2015 Annual Conference Mainstays: Charting the Course, which is happening on Wednesday, June 10 at the St. John’s Campus of Memorial University. Check out the full program for details. If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time! Our conference is an affordable $50 and includes light breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks.

This year we have two fun social events planned and both are included with your conference registration! The Pre-conference social on Tuesday evening (7:00-9:00 pm) is at the Janeway Resource Centre, Janeway Hostel, Room 434. Join us for refreshments, mingle with colleagues, and hear what’s happening in our local health libraries.

NLLA Conference attendees are invited to attend the joint APLA Conference opening reception on Wednesday evening at the Johnson GeoCentre. Built in a natural rock basin the GeoCentre fits snugly in between 500 linear feet of exposed rock walls. Enjoy becoming reacquainted with colleagues and meeting new ones from across the region in the Reception Hall while also enjoying the environmentally friendly geothermal heating and the glow of illuminated planets overhead. Hors d’oeuvres and local entertainment will be provided and a cash bar will be available.

Free transportation to the NLLA/APLA reception from the conference venue will be provided. Buses will depart from the Main Entrance of the Chemistry Building, Memorial University Campus, Wednesday at 7:10 pm. Buses will be leaving the Geo Centre at 9:30 pm and 10:30 pm.

We look forward to seeing you this year!

2015 Conference Keynote!

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User Experience Librarian, Robin Bergart, University of Guelph Library

Keynote: Robin Bergart

We are pleased to announce our 2015 Annual Conference Keynote will be Robin Bergart, User Experience Librarian, University of Guelph Library.

Robin is a member of the User Experience team at the University of Guelph. This team looks for creative ways to step into users’ shoes to see the library from their perspectives. As a member of the she explores user behaviours, expectations, and needs in evolving academic, technological and information environments. She is currently editor-in-chief of The Partnership Journal, and former author of the Random Library Generator column for Open Shelf magazine. Robin holds BA (McGill), MA (McMaster), MJEd (Hebrew College), MISt (University of Toronto).

Robin will be co-presenting a UX Workshop with Memorial University Libraries Web Services Librarian, Krista Godfrey, that will dare you to challenge your cherished beliefs and assumptions about the people who use your library! Learn practical techniques to help you gain deeper insights into your users to help you make improvements to your library that will enhance your users’ experience of your collections, services, spaces, and website.