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Call for Proposals for the NLLA 50th Anniversary Conference Extended to March 29th

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The Newfoundland & Labrador Library Association’s 50th Anniversary Conference will take place over two days, on Monday, April 29th and Tuesday, April 30th, 2019. This year, our theme is:

50 years of Celebrating Libraries

Libraries and library workers in Newfoundland and Labrador have long played a significant role in the history and culture of our province.  From our very beginnings, we have strived to preserve, serve, and educate; we have supported and empowered users by providing rich learning and social spaces, and sometimes just by providing a safe and welcoming place to go.  We work continuously 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 culture and history of our province.

The value of libraries in Newfoundland & Labrador can be seen in the number of people who pass through our doors, both physical and virtual.  It can be seen in the grass-roots protest that emerged in 2016 when the people of our province learned that their public libraries were under threat.  Libraries are valued in our province, across communities and library sectors, because we retain our core values even as we continue to evolve; learning, transforming, and making new discoveries alongside the communities and people we serve.

For five decades the Newfoundland and Labrador Library Association has witnessed and supported both our ongoing values and our continuing transformations.  Our association brings together library workers from all sectors, building and enriching our own community, while advocating for our libraries and the people who use them.

Now is the time for us to celebrate all that we have accomplished.  In honor of the NLLA’s 50th year, we want to hear from you, our members and supporters.  What does 50 Years of Celebrating Libraries mean to you?  How does your library practice our core values?  What new discoveries have you made? What have you learned from the past?  What do you look forward to, as we move into the next 50 years?

For the NLLA 50th anniversary conference, we are seeking proposals for the following presentation types:

 

Long presentation or workshop:

45-minute sessions, composed of either a 30-minute presentation and 15-minute question period, or a 45 minute workshop.  May be either practice-based or research-based.

Short presentation or workshop:

30-minute sessions, composed of a 20-minute presentation and 10-minute question period.  May be either practice-based or research-based.

Lightning talk:

7-minute timed presentations, designed to give attendees a brief glimpse into an idea, project, program or activity.

Book teaser:

10-minute presentations consisting of a book talk and reading of a short excerpt.  Teasers can be based on any book chosen by the presenter, including fiction, non-fiction, adult or children’s literature (does not have to be authored by the presenter).  Please state book title in abstract.

The deadline for proposals is Monday, March 18th.  Please submit your proposal using our online form (https://goo.gl/forms/8J9tBaP5Zb1ZrTOn2), and remember to include:

  • An indication of the presentation type (long presentation, short presentation, lightning talk or (book teaser).
  • The presentation title plus a brief abstract (max. 250 words for a long or short presentation; max. 100 words for a lightning talk or book teaser) describing your topic and the goals of your presentation.
  • 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 Conference Chairs Donna Inkpen (dinkpen@mun.ca) and Katie Lawton (catherine.lawton@mi.mun.ca) or Janet Goosney (jgoosney@mun.ca) of the NLLA Conference Program Committee.

 

NLLA Board Game Social & AGM

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Come one, come all to the NLLA Board Game Social & AGM! This is NLLA’s 50th Anniversary – so come hear about some of the upcoming business and events that we will be pursuing in 2019.

While we intend to organize more social gatherings in the upcoming year, we’ve decided to take this opportunity to combine our first social event of the year with the regularly scheduled AGM – this event is scheduled for Friday, January 25, 2019, from 3-6PM, in the Community Room of the A.C. Hunter Public Library at the Arts and Culture Center in St. John’s. The AGM segment of the meeting will begin at 4PM. You are under no obligation to stay for the entirety of the event – pop in to make the rounds, stay for the whole event, or come just for the AGM segment.

We will have refreshments (coffee/tea + snacks), and a selection of board games to try out, courtesy of the newly added Board Game Collection housed at the AC Hunter Public Library.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to melissa_feaver@hotmail.com at your earliest convenience so we are able to confirm attendance numbers.

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NLLA Book Face Contest

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It’s Canadian Library Month! Enter the NLLA Book Face Contest by uploading your Book Face photograph to social media (either Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram) with the hashtag #NLLAbookface. Prizes will be drawn throughout the month of October for some sweet, sweet library swag!

 

What is a Book Face?

It’s a photograph where the cover of a book lines up with a person’s face or body, creating a funny/cool/cute/terrifying result!

NLLA Response to the Future State Plan for the PILRB

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Last spring the much anticipated Ernst and Young (EY) report on the Provincial Information and Library Resources Board (PILRB) was released. The Newfoundland and Labrador Library Association (NLLA) saw many gaps in that report, which left more questions than answers. The association has expressed concerns with this report when it first came out.  However, one major EY recommendation with which the NLLA agreed was the need for a multi-year plan that detailed how to resolve existing challenges in the underfunded PILRB.

The much anticipated response from PILRB to the EY report, the first Future State Plan, has now been released and is currently with the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development awaiting budgetary approval.

The Future State Plan is a multi year approach to fixing the system and starts with a 1.7 million increase. This is not new funding; it is a restoration of funding provided to the PILRB prior to funding cuts in 2013. As the plan indicates, these additional funds are essential in order for the PILRB to increase library hours and staffing throughout the province; and to invest in new books and library resources.

The NLLA believes that the Future State Plan is a great start, and we hope to see our provincial government invest in the future of libraries in Newfoundland and Labrador, by first accepting all budget recommendations outlined in this document.

The NLLA will review this document extensively and respond with further inquiries and thoughts in the coming weeks.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Library Association recognizes and would like to commend all those involved in the substantial work that went into the Future State Plan. We look forward to engaging in collaborative discussion on the future of public libraries in the province.

Deadline Extended for Annual Poetry Contest

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Our Annual Poetry Contest is back! This year we are looking for rhyming poems that revolve around the theme “A Visit Will Get You Thinking”. We will have four separate categories for students; Primary (k-3), Elementary (4-6), Intermediate (7-9) and Secondary (10-12) where students have a chance to win a fabulous prize pack. Winners will be announced on CBC radio’s morning show November 13 and featured on the NLLA website and social media.

All entries must be submitted by November 3, 2017. They can be emailed to nlla.executive@gmail.com or mailed to:

NLLA

PO Box 23192

Churchill Square

St. John’s, NL

A1B 4J9

Letter from NLLA on the Suspension of the Library Closures

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nllalogoWhile the announcement of the suspension of the library closures, which would have seen 54 of 95 branches close over the next 2 years, is encouraging, there are still a number of questions and concerns. NLLA has written the following letter, reiterating the need for a transparent process and offering assistance in the external review.

Dear Minister Kirby,

Irreparable damage would be caused to the communities and citizens of this province by the closure of over half of our libraries. It is not a matter that should be taken lightly and we are encouraged by your recent announcement to suspend the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Library closures. The reaction against the proposed cuts has been overwhelming and we are pleased that you have acknowledged the concerns by holding the cuts until further examination of the library system is conducted.

It is essential that a holistic and transparent assessment of the NLPL system is undertaken to fully understand the implications of the suggested cuts and to identify the best future for the library system. Although the formation of an external committee to complete an assessment is a positive step forward, the NLLA would also like to stress the importance of consultations with communities, librarians and library workers, and stakeholders when conducting this analysis.

Communities have been fighting on behalf of their libraries since the closures were announced. Not only must they have a voice in the process, their needs and concerns must be taken into account in the final report. Consultation and transparency will be key for success.

Furthermore, librarians and other library professionals are essential to this process, and our expertise should be used to its fullest during the course of this review. Our association members have graduate degrees in Library Science and other academic credentials, plus years of experience as librarians and library workers. As professionals in our field, we have many professional connections, both within the province and nationally. We would also be pleased to suggest names for consideration for the committee. Our association is eager to assist the committee directly and through our network of library professionals.

Subsequent to the initial announcement, it has come to light that the firm EY will be conducting the external review. This firm is most commonly associated with financial reviews. While we understand that the financial situation of the province is dire, it is important to recognize not only the financial side of the library system but also the underlying values libraries bring and support, including all forms of literacy and social values, to their communities. Therefore, it is even more important that the members of the external committee can understand, explain and communicate these values.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Public Library system has been chronically underfunded, but we remain optimistic that a thoughtful and comprehensive assessment will lead to an improved library system worthy of the citizens of this province. We look forward to being a part of this process and are happy to meet with you, members of the NLPL system and the PILRB, and the external committee to discuss the future of our libraries.

Sincerely

Krista Godfrey
NLLA President, 2016-17

Letter of support from FIMS

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The Faculty of Information and Media Studies (FIMS) at Western University have written a Captureletter to Dale Kirby, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, expressing deep concern about the proposed closures of 54 public library branches in Newfoundland and Labrador.  These library closures, combined with the proposed 10% book tax will threaten the growth of literacy in the Province, the letter says.   The letter can be viewed here.