Category Archives: Annual Conference

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.

Registration for NLLA 2017 Annual Conference

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Registration is now open for our 2017 Annual Conference: Survive & Thrive taking place on Monday, May 8 at the Suncor Energy Fluvarium. Please register online by May 1. Payments may be made the morning of the conference, or may be mailed to us.

The conference registration fee is:
NLLA members $50.00
Non-members $75.00

Breaks and lunch are included in your registration!

Not an NLLA member or need to renew your membership? Join or renew online. For more information, please see our conference webpage or contact planning committee chair, Kate Shore.

Change of Venue for 2017 NLLA Annual Conference

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Suncor Energy Fluvarium The 2017 NLLA Annual Conference will be held at the Suncor Energy Fluvarium, 5 Nagle’s Place in St. John’s. For more information, please see our conference webpage.

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:

Keynote for NLLA 2017 Conference: Trudy Morgan-Cole

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Keynote for NLLA 2017 Conference: Trudy Morgan-Cole
Keynote speaker Trudy Morgan-Cole

Keynote speaker 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.



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