Category Archives: Professional Development

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.

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

LTAIG Conference Program Feature: Health Sciences Historical Collection

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vintage anatomy drawingYou won’t want to miss our Library Technicians and Assistants Interest Group (LTAIG) conference, next week. We have a great program, including a presentation by Karen Darby on how she inventoried Memorial University’s Health Sciences Library Historical Collection. From project plan to completed inventory, have you found secret treasures in your library? Ever wonder how to initiate a project you are interested in doing in the library? The Health Sciences Library historical collection provided both treasures and planning experience.

Our annual, one-day LTAIG conference will take place on Monday, November 7, and is free to current NLLA members. Its not too late to register online and join us for a fun and informative day of conversation and networking with your colleagues across the province and the country!

LTAIG Conference Program Feature: Assistive Technologies

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assistive technologyAt the upcoming Library Technicians and Assistants Interest Group (LTAIG) conference, Meaghan Malone will present Enabling Access: Assistive Technologies at the QEII Library.

As the number of Memorial University students who self-identify as having a disability grows, so, too, does the demand for improved library accessibility. But rather than equate “assistive technology” (AT) exclusively with “users with disabilities,” why not consider the ways that all users can benefit from AT? This session will look at the assistive technology services currently being offered in the QEII Library, as well as plans to further improve patrons’ access to resources.

Our annual, one-day LTAIG conference will take place on Monday, November 7, and is free to current NLLA members. You can register online to join us for a fun and informative day of conversation and networking with your colleagues across the province and the country!

LTAIG Conference Program Feature: Dancing Documents

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Dancing documentsWe have a great program at our upcoming Library Technicians and Assistants Interest Group (LTAIG) conference which will feature Colleen Quigley performing her piece, Dancing Documents.

Colleen Quigley is the Manuscripts Librarian and Acting Head for the Performing Arts Collection at the Archives and Special Collections at Memorial University’s QEII Library in St. John’s. She also holds a BFA in Dance from York University. She has worked as a performer, dance instructor and choreographer worldwide and has participated in Canadian think tanks, panels, and exhibitions on the preservance and other aspects of the performing arts.

Dancing Documents addresses a myriad of issues relating to the archiving and preservation of performing arts material. This 20-minute dance is light-hearted, informative and sparks much audience discussion.

Our annual, one-day LTAIG conference will take place on Monday, November 7, and is free to current NLLA members. You can register online to join us for a fun and informative day of conversation and networking with your colleagues across the province and the country!

LTAIG Conference Program Feature: Writers Alliance of NL

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WANLAt the upcoming Library Technicians and Assistants Interest Group (LTAIG) conference Denise Flint, President of the Writers Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (WANL) will be presenting about “Read Ins”.

Flint, alongside author and WANL member Paul Butler, coordinated a series of read-ins in support of public libraries in Newfoundland facing closure in the wake of the 2016 provincial budget. Local authors who are current members of WANL have shown support for our libraries by reading their work in libraries all across the province; “We’re committed to showing our continued support of our invaluable libraries!”

Our annual, one-day LTAIG conference will take place on Monday, November 7, and is free to current NLLA members. You can register online to join us for a fun and informative day of conversation and networking with your colleagues across the province and the country!