Past LTAIG Conferences

2017 LTAIG Conference: Celebrating Libraries
Monday, November 20
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

Join us for a fun and informative day of conversation and networking with your colleagues across the province and the country! There is also a bursary available to assist with travel and other expenses related to conference attendance.

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Susan Cleyle

Susan Cleyle

Keynote Speaker: Susan Cleyle
University Librarian, Memorial University Libraries
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.

Big thanks to our 2017 LTAIG Conference Convener Jennifer Budden!


2016 LTAIG Conference: Achieving Diversity
Monday, November 7
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

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.

Big thanks to the 2016 LTAIG Conference Organizing Chair, Donna Inkpen and the members of the planning committee: Patti Bryant, Jennifer Budden, Karen Darby, Daniel Murphy, Kristine Power and Donna Somerton.


2015 LTAIG Conference: Focus on Special Libraries
Tuesday, October 13, 10:00 am
Industry Seminar Room, Marine Institute, 155 Ridge Road, St. John’s

10:00 – 10:15 am: Registration
10:15 – 10:45 am: Keynote Speaker – Award winning author, Elisabeth de Mariaffi
10:45 – 11:15 am: Kate Shore, Janeway Resource Centre
11:15am  – 12:00 pm: NLLA General Meeting open to all NLLA members
12:00 – 1:00 pm: Lunch
1:00 – 1:30 pm: Michelle Swab and Kristen Romme, Memorial University Libraries
1:30 – 2:00 pm: Amanda Tiller-Hacket, NLLA President
2:00 pm: Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources Flume Tank Tour

Big thanks to the 2015 LTAIG Conference Organizing Chair, Donna Inkpen!

Newfoundland and Labrador Library Association
CUPE Local 1615
CUPE 2329
CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador
Queen Elizabeth II Library
Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries
Rodrigues Winery
Janeway Resource Centre
Archives and Special Collections
Marine Institute


2014 LTAIG Conference: Winds of Change
Tuesday, October 14
CMC Library, ED2030, in the G.A. Hickman Building, Memorial University of Newfoundland Campus
(Parking available in 16 or 16A)

Program Highlights
(Download full .PDF Program)

Keynote: Chad Pelley
Chad Pelley’s fiction has been recognized with more than 10 awards. He is also a songwriter and photographer from St. John’s. His debut novel, Away from Everywhere, was a Coles bestseller, and a film adaptation is underway. His second novel, Every Little Thing, was released in March, 2013 and CBC Canada Reads winner, Lisa Moore, called it “Stylistically fresh, taut with emotional torques and charges,” and “Can’t-put-it-down compelling.”

Tales from the Archive: Larry Dohey, Manager of Collections and Special Projects, The Rooms
Renowned Archivist, Larry Dohey, will regale the conference with “Tales from the Archive”. With his unique perspective on St. John’s he is able to speak to changes he has seen in the city and beyond. Check out his Archival Moments blog.

NLLA General Meeting
The general meeting is an important way that the membership participates. Library Technicians and Assistants need to make their voices heard.

Positive Changes in the Library: Marie DeYoung, President of the Canadian Library Association & University Librarian, Saint Mary’s University (Skype Presentation)
Marie’s positive outlook and determination to speak out in the best interest of Canadian libraries coast to coast is a trademark of her period in office as CLA President. Her presidential theme is “Building Bridges to the Future: Colleagues, Collaboration and Consultation Will Get you There”.

Archive Afternoon: A Field Trip to the Maritime History Archive
Located in the Henrietta Harvey Mathematics building on the Memorial University campus, a short walk from the conference venue. Enjoy a cool, interactive activity planned to showcase the collection and the great work being done by archive staff.

What Makes an Award Winning Library? Edmonton Public Library Staff (Skype Presentation)
“For the last 101 years, the Edmonton Public Library (EPL) has been much more than a place to borrow books. It is a place that galvanizes communities, connects people and expands minds.” The Edmonton Public Library was awarded the John Cotton Dana (JCD) Library Public Relations Award. Considered the most prestigious in its field, the award recognizes and honours outstanding achievement in library marketing and public relations. It is presented by the American Library Association (ALA) and includes a $5,000 development grant to each of its recipients. EPL was one of five winning North American libraries, and the only Canadian recipient, announced at the ALA’s mid-Winter meeting on January 8. Staff from Edmonton Public Library will be Skyping in.

Book Swap
As a cool and fun activity please bring a book to participate in our “LTAIG Book Swap”. Bring a book, take a book! Bring a gently used favourite and take home a new favourite to read.

Post-Conference Social 5:30 pm
Join us for some munchies and conversation at Bitters Pub & Restaurant, the grad student pub on the Memorial University campus.

Big thanks to the 2014 LTAIG Conference Organizing Committee:
Julia Mayo
Donna Inkpen
Susan Fry
Allison Stamp

2013 LTAIG Conference: Where Are We Now?
Tuesday, October 15
Faculty of Business Administration building (Room BN 4000), Memorial University of Newfoundland St. John’s Campus
Parking available in lot 22 (no passes needed!)
2013 LTAIG Conference Convenors: Lorraine Jackson & Liza-Ann Tucker

This year’s keynote speaker is prominent local playwright, Robert Chafe, Artistic Director & Playwright for Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, and Memorial University of Newfoundland Writer in Residence. His play Afterimage won the Governor General’s Award in 2010. We also have a special project in the works that will be unveiled at the conference!

Conference Schedule at a Glance (Download full .PDF):

8:00 Registration
9:00 Keynote Speaker: Writing the Real – Robert Chafe
9:30 Adapting to Change – Dawn Learning
10:15 Coffee Break
10:30 The Digital World – Don Walsh
11:15 NLLA General Meeting / LTA Update
12:00 Lunch
1:00 The Library in Photographs – Bojan Furst
1:45 Lets Get Physical – Liam Kelly and Erin Bradbury
2:30 Coffee Break
3:00 Get Connected! You Might Like It! – Krista Godfrey
3:30 Open Mic: Best practices, rants, shout-outs…

5:30 Post-Conference Social
Bitters Restaurant & Lounge (MUN Campus, Field Hall, 216 Prince Philip Drive)


2012 LTAIG Conference: Oh the Places You’ll Go!
Monday, October 15
E.B. Foran Room, St. John’s City Hall, 10 New Gower Street
2012 LTAIG Conference Convenors: Julia Mayo and Susan Fry

Program Highlights:
8:00 – 8:50 Registration (Renew your NLLA membership)
9:00 – 9:30 Key Note Speaker: “Places to Go” – Sharon Snow
9:30 – 10:15 “Library Technicians Abroad” – Jackie Brown [via Skype from Qatar]
10:15 – 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 – 11:15 “Presentation on Presentations: Improving Your Skills” – David Mercer
11:00 – 12:00 NLLA General Meeting: LTA Rep election, Constitutional Amendments, Advocacy Update
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 1:45 “Libraries: Knowledge, Engagement, Mobilization” – Robert Greenwood
1:45 – 2:45 “Don’t Go There: Conflict Resolution in the Workplace” – Yvonne Sullivan
2:45 – 3:00 Coffee Break
3:00 – 4:00 Panel Discussion: “Been There, Done That: The Future of Library Technicians” with John Griffin (Newfoundland & Labrador Public Library), Karen Darby (MUN Libraries), Allison Stamp (Legislative Library), and Lorraine Jackson (MUN Libraries).

5:00 Post-Conference Social at the Celtic Hearth, 298-300 Water Street

Parking Information
On nearby Harbour Drive, there are 12-hour parking meters. There are pay-parking lots in the downtown, minutes from City Hall, like the Delta St. John’s Hotel and Convention Centre ($15/day) or the Atlantic Place Parking Garage ($13/day). Check out our Google Map of Parking Near NLLA Conference Venue.

Visit Downtown St. John’s for more information about parking.

2011 LTAIG Conference: Libraries…We are the APP for that!
Monday, October 17
The Foran Room, City Hall, St. John’s
2011 LTAIG Conference Co-Chairs: Julia Mayo and Susan Fry

Keynote Speaker: Dale Jarvis
Presenters: Kelly McCarthy (NLTA), Julia Mayo (NLPL), Karen Darby (MUN-HSL, LTA Rep.), Colleen Quigley (QEII Archives), Beth Madigan (CMC).
Panelists: Andrea Hyde (Legislative Library), Bert Riggs (QEII Archives), Shawn Tetford (NLPL), and Louise White (Marine Institute/CMC/Music).


2010 LTAIG Conference
Tuesday, November 16
The Foran Room, City Hall, St. John’s
2010 LTAIG Conference Chair: Karen Darby

8:00 – 8:50 Registration
9:00 – 9:45 Reference: Know your limits – Jennifer Mersereau
9:45 – 10:30 Google Earth as a reference tool -or- When did my neighbors get that swimming pool – David Mercer
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:45 Continuing Professional Development – Donna Inkpen
11:45 – 12:30 Our Voice: LTAIG, What does it mean to you? – Open Discussion
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 2:15 Programming in the public library – Julia Mayo
2:15 – 3:00 WorldCat Local – Lisa Goddard
3:00 – 3:30 Break
3:30 – 4:15 E-Readers: The new way to Read – Dion Collins

Social Events:
Tuesday Night Social: 5:30 pm at The Celtic Hearth, 298-300 Water Street

2009 LTAIG Conference: Define the Future, Envision the Change
Thursday, November 12
National Research Council Building, Institute of Ocean Technology, St. John’s
2009 LTAIG Conference Chair: Karen Darby

8:00 – 8:50 Registration
9:00 – 9:45 Keynote Speaker: Karen Hildebrandt (Library Technicians’ Interest Group Convener – Canadian Library Association)
9:45 – 10:30 Responsible Roles: Being a Committee Chair, My Perspective –
Keith Hannaford
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:45 Riding the Waves of Change! – Chip Clark
11:45 – 12:30 The Ebb and Flow of Special Libraries – Jennifer Mersereau
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 2:15 Our Voice: LTAIG, What does it mean to you? – Open Discussion
2:15 – 3:00 Volunteering – The Heart of Your Community – Annette Anthony
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 4:00 Bridging the Gap: Promoting Empowerment
4:00 – 5:00 General Meeting NLLA

This is an exciting program with presenters from as far west as Alberta. As well we are bringing an NLLA General Meeting into the mix. You may want to bring your thinking caps and your voting slips, as members you have the right to accept or decline any motions made in the General Meeting.

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