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2018 Annual Conference: Preliminary Program

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2018 Annual Conference: Preliminary Program

The program for our 2018 Annual Conference: Smooth Sailing through Rough Waters on May 7 is almost finalized. We currently have over a dozen talented and inspiring speakers scheduled from public, academic,  and provincial libraries and community organizations. You can visit our conference webpage for more details.

Have you registered yet? Online registration is open, plus we have a conference bursary available to assist you with attending this year’s conference.

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Conference Registration is Open

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Conference Registration is Open

Online Registration is available for our 2018 Annual Conference: Smooth Sailing through Rough Waters.  Our conference takes place on Monday, May 7, at the Newfoundland & Labrador Housing & Homeless Network Provincial Learning Centre in St. John’s.

Conference registration fee is $50.00 for NLLA members and $75.00 for non-members. An optional post-conference dinner will be held at Piatto Midtown (not included in conference fees).

We look forward to seeing you this year!

Apply for Our Spring Conference Bursary

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The NLLA is pleased to announce the second year for the Conference Bursary for our 2018 Annual Conference: Smooth Sailing through Rough Waters.  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 conference registration. Funds will be awarded on an as-needed basis. Please read our bursary guidelines for more information.

To apply, please complete our application form and submit it to Bursary Committee Chair, Melissa Feaver (melissa_feaver@hotmail.com). The deadline for applications is April 16, 2018.

Call for Proposals for 2018 Annual Conference

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Call for Proposals for 2018 Annual Conference

The 2018 Annual NLLA Conference will take place on Monday, May 7. This year, our theme is Smooth Sailing through Rough Waters.

The tough economic times happening in our province have hit libraries hard. Our budgets have been slashed, our workforces reduced, and libraries are doing even more with less than ever before. However, despite such uncertainty, libraries are thriving because of the commitment and dedication of library workers in Newfoundland and Labrador. We continually strive to ensure that our communities have access to information, technology, and resources for learning, and to build and share collections that support and preserve the history and culture of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Our theme for this year’s conference is Smooth Sailing through Rough Waters. This theme acknowledges the difficult times for libraries in our province, and points toward how we come together to recognize the needs of library workers as well as the community members who patronize our unique workplaces.

How is your library navigating these rough waters? How are you collaborating with colleagues, asking new questions, or developing new solutions to continue serving the needs of library users in our province? How are libraries managing stress in the workplace, and how are we caring for our users and each other in this time of economic turmoil? Whether you are in a public, academic, school, or special library, our theme relates to the work that you do. What does Smooth Sailing through Rough Waters mean to you?

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 be practice-based or research-based.
  • Lightning talks: 7-minute timed presentations, designed to give attendees a brief glimpse into an idea, project, program or activity.

The deadline for proposals is Friday, March 30. Please submit your proposal using our online form and remember to include:

  • An indication of the presentation type (full presentation or lightning talk).
  • The presentation title plus a brief abstract (max. 250 words for a full presentation; max. 100 words for a lightning talk) describing your topic and the goals of your presentation.
  • Your 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 Emily Blackmore (eblackmore@nlpl.ca) or Janet Goosney (jgoosney@mun.ca) of the 2018 NLLA Conference Program Committee.

Therapy Dogs Part of LTAIG Conference Program

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St. John Ambulance therapy dog

Spock will be in attendance

One of our featured presentations at this year’s Library Technicians and Assistants Interest Group (LTAIG) annual one-day conference is “Paws for Stories”with Cindy Foote and Roberta Hewitt. Roberta is the Director of Marketing and Community Relations with St. John Ambulance and as part of this role, she oversees the Therapy Dog Program, which has recently partnered with two branches of Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries to bring the Paws 4 Stories program to our province. Cindy Foote is a Library Technician II/ED ILL Manager with Mount Pearl Public Library.

The Paws 4 Stories program provides children the opportunity to practice their reading skills aloud to a SJA certified Therapy Dog. Research has shown that children who read to Therapy Dogs show improvement in their reading skills, as they feel more comfortable practicing around a loving, non-judgmental animal. Roberta will speak to the volunteer requirements to participate in Paws 4 Stories and the success of the pilot programs.

Join us on on Monday, November 20, to meet Spock and some of the other, equally adorable, St. John Ambulance therapy dogs! There’s still time to register online for this great one-day conference which is free to current NLLA members.

Nov 20th LTAIG Conference Program Announced

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We are pleased to announce the finalized program for our Library Technicians and Assistants Interest Group (LTAIG) annual one-day conference on Monday, November 20.

Online registration for the conference is now open. Our LTAIG Conference is free to current NLLA members. There is also a bursary available to assist with travel and other expenses related to conference attendance.

For more information and updates please visit our LTAIG 2017 Conference webpage.

Keynote for November LTAIG Conference: Susan Cleyle

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Susan Cleyle

Susan Cleyle

We are pleased to announce that the keynote speaker for the annual fall Library Assistants and Technicians Interest Group conference will be Susan Cleyle, University Librarian for Memorial University Libraries.

Susan will be presenting Library Leadership Throughout the Entire Organization: Taking a Coach Approach to Help Achieve Workplace Success. This presentation will explore how to have a greater positive impact in the workplace through a series of simple tools and techniques taken from the field of executive coaching. The talk will provide interactive exercises aimed at developing communication and leadership skills.

Our LTAIG conference is free to NLLA members, but space is limited. Please register online to attend our November 20th conference which will be held at the Community Room of the A.C. Hunter Children’s Library.