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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.

Registration for 2015 NLLA Conference now Open

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Online registration for the NLLA Annual Conference is now available. Our conference will act as the Pre-conference workshop for the Atlantic Provinces Library Association (APLA) conference (June 10-13). The online registration form is a joint form; you may register for just the NLLA conference or both the NLLA and APLA conferences.

For the first time, online payment is available through PayPal! If you need to make alternate payment arrangements, please contact Amanda Tiller-Hackett.

NLLA Conference registration is $50.00. Online registration closes June 3.

Call for Proposals Open for 2015 Annual Conference

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Our 2015 Annual Conference will take place on June 10. This year, our theme is Mainstays: Charting the Course.

This year’s NLLA conference will kick off a week of conversations about library practice that will inform and inspire. Our conference will act as the Pre-conference workshop for the Atlantic Provinces Library Association (APLA) conference (June 11-13), which will warm us up for the Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU) conference taking place June 15-17.

The theme of the APLA conference is Libraries: Powered by Change. WILU’s theme is Sea Change: Transforming Learning. In the midst of all this talk of change, we have chosen a theme that looks instead at the fundamentals of libraries. What are the things that our users rely on; the things that keep us grounded; the things that libraries have been doing since the beginning? These are the mainstays – the things that don’t change – like serving the public, providing free access to resources, teaching, providing community space, and seeking new ways to serve our patrons. You may be in the public, school, academic, or special library sectors, or you operate beyond library walls. In any case, you have something important to say about how your activities support the mission of libraries, the mainstays that we all share.

We are seeking proposals for the following:
• Full presentations: These are 30 minute sessions composed of a 20-minute presentation and 10-minute question period.
• Lightning Round presentations: These are 7-minute timed talks, great for giving attendees a brief glimpse into an idea, project, or program.

The deadline for proposals is Friday, February 20. Please send proposals, with presentation title, type (full or lightening round), description, and your contact details (1 page maximum) to: Wendy Rodgers, Chair, Program Committee.