2016 LTAIG Conference: Achieving Diversity

Community Room, A.C. Hunter Children’s Library
1st floor of the St John’s Arts and Culture Centre at the corner of Allandale Rd & Prince Phillip Parkway


Our LTAIG Conference is FREE to current NLLA members. Not a member? Join/Renew your NLLA membership.

The Library Technicians and Assistants Interest Group (LTAIG) holds an annual one-day conference every fall to highlight and promote libraries in the province and the library staff who work there. Join us for a fun and informative day of conversation and networking with your colleagues across the province and the country!

As library professionals, we recognize how critical library and information resources, services, and technologies are for people, especially those who may experience language or literacy-related barriers, economic distress; cultural or social isolation; physical barriers, etc. Libraries can, and should, play a crucial role in empowering diverse populations for full participation in a democratic society. Those who work in libraries understand the value of a diverse collection and workforce in achieving this vision. By assembling the perspectives and experiences of multiple diversities—age, gender, ethnicity, physical ability, sexuality, and more—libraries can continue to innovate and improve services and respond to the needs of changing communities.

PROGRAM (Download PDF)

8:30: Registration

9:00: Cultural Intelligence
Association for New Canadians (ANC), Sanchita Chakraborty
The key goal of the Diversity Training Initiative is to increase cross-cultural awareness and understanding while promoting the importance of welcoming communities in attracting and retaining immigrants. Explore basic cultural sensitivity concepts; the immigrant experience; the stages of culture shock, stereotypes; discrimination and so on.

10:30: Morning Break
Continue the conversation with ANC

11:00: TranStories: Social Justice Work through Libraries and Archives
Dr. Ailsa Craig & Jeannie Bail, Joint project Social Work & Archives and Special Collection
This presentation will provide an overview of the Transgender Archives (TGA), of which selected materials were on display at the Queen Elizabeth II Library during October 2016, and the story of how the collection came to St. John’s. The TGA, founded by Dr. Aaron Devor at the University of Victoria in 2011, is the world’s largest collection of transgender archival materials. The talk will focus on some of the major donations to the collection, the types of materials found in the archives and the importance of finding and preserving trans history and connecting it with contemporary local communities.

11:45: Enabling Access: Assistive Technologies at the QEII Library
Meaghan Malone, The Commons, 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? In this session, we will look at the assistive technology services currently being offered in the QEII Library, as well as our plans to further improve patrons’ access to our resources.

12:30: Lunch
Slide Show Presentation – Insights

1:30: General Meeting
NLLA Executive updates and motions (Open to all members of the NLLA)

2:15: Historical Collection Project
Karen Darby, Health Science Library
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 Historical Collection @ HSL gave me treasures and planning experience.

2:45: Report on the Status of the Proposed Public Library Closures
Dawn Lahey, CUPE 2329

3:00: Afternoon Break
Slide Show Presentation – Marjorie Mews Library

3:15: Dancing Documents
Colleen Quigley, Archives and Special Collection QEII Library
Dancing Documents addresses the myriad of practical and philosophical issues relating to the archiving of the performing arts, specifically dance and other bodily-focused practices, from the archivist/dancer perspective. The roles of choreographer, performer/presenter and archivist are blurred.

4:00: What are Read Ins?
Denise Flint, Writers Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador
About the coordinating of a series of read-ins in support of the public libraries of Newfoundland and Labrador that are possibly 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 works in libraries around the province.

For more information, please contact 2016 LTAIG Conference Convener, Donna Inkpen.

A huge thank-you to Donna, and the members of the planning committee: Patti Bryant, Jennifer Budden, Karen Darby, Daniel Murphy, Kristine Power and Donna Somerton.

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