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 ( or Janet Goosney ( 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.

Canadian Library Month Poetry Contest Winners

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Our annual poetry contest for Canadian Library Month brought in a lot of entries from all over the province, and we want to give a big THANK YOU to everyone that took the time to submit a poem. It was EXTREMELY difficult to choose just one winner per age category, because they were all so good! Our NLLA President, Kate Shore, announce all of the winners this week on CBC Radio.

The following are the winning poems;

Stokesley Boland, Gr.3
St. Francis of Assisi School, Outer Cove

Ghosts and goblins will give you good looks
for the coolest cook book.
The goblin will cook and
the ghost will read the best cook book
you ever believed!

Lacey Blanchard, Gr. 5
St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary, Port au Port

You walk into a library,
Many books you will see,
Mysteries and poetry,
Sometimes even me!

I am filled with fairy tales,
Many different kinds,
I have way too many pages,
With lines and lines and lines!

My pages you will turn,
My stories will keep you blinking,
It’s truly really crazy how,
A visit will get you thinking!

Rebecca Sellers, Gr. 8
Carbonear Academy, Carbonear

As I enter the door
and find my favorite, cozy chair,
I sit and look around
to see just what is here!

I look at all the shelves,
and all the things they hold
there are so many different books,
with so many stories told.

Each visit gets me thinking,
of what each book reveals.
Of stories of truth and fiction,
love and laughter too.
The library is the place for me
so many things to see and do!

So for at least one hour everyday,
let’s put away our phones,
our laptops and computers,
and read a book of poems!!

Mira Buckle, Gr. 9
Corner Brook Intermediate School, Corner Brook

Warm strong fingers reach around my weathered spine.
Lift me up from my resting place.
Alone on a bookshelf stuck in a time,
When my stories bring a smile to a child’s face.

Although I look tattered, although I look torn,
My stories, my pictures will draw you in close.
A world full of magic, where heroes are born.
The princess, the dragon, an excitement dose.

You can pick up your phone and leave me behind.
Please remember those adventures wrapped up in lace,
Soon I promise you will come to find.
A book will bring a true smile to your face.

Honorable Mentions;

Youngest Poet
Victoria Margaret O’Leary-Brophy, Kindergarten

Most Inspiration poem
Alex Abbot, Gr. 9, Mount Pearl Senior High

Most Literary References
James Burt, Gr. 5, St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary


Congrats to all our winners!

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.

Bursary Available to Attend Fall LTAIG Conference

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NLLA is pleased to offer library technicians, assistants, and other library staff in the province the opportunity to apply for funding to attend a conference or take advantage of other professional development opportunities. Funds will be awarded on an as needed basis of up to $500 per year.

The deadline for applications for the bursary to attend the upcoming Library Assistants and Technicians Interest Group (LTAIG) conference is November 10. Please complete our application form and email it to Jennifer Budden at for review.

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.

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 or mailed to:


PO Box 23192

Churchill Square

St. John’s, NL

A1B 4J9