October is Canadian Library Month

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Canadian Library Month

Throughout October, libraries across Canada celebrate and raise awareness about the impact and significance libraries play in this country. This national event is a chance to highlight the importance of libraries in the pursuit of literacy, knowledge and lifelong learning.

In 2017, the Ontario Library Association has taken the lead in providing a theme “A Visit Will Get You Thinking” as well as bookmarks, posters and graphics. These sharable graphics can be found on DropBox, and can be printed, posted and distributed within libraries and schools throughout the province for free.

The NLLA 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 and select poems will be highlighted by the NLLA on their website and social media.

All entries must be submitted by October 23. They can be emailed to nlla.executive@gmail.com or mailed to:
PO Box 23192
Churchill Square
St. John’s, NL
A1B 4J9


Upcoming Library Technicians and Assistants Conference

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We are pleased to announce our 2017 Library Technicians and Assistants Interest Group Conference on Monday, November 20. This year’s theme is Celebrating Libraries! We are currently seeking presenters.

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.

The conference will be held in the Community Room of the A.C. Hunter Children’s Library located on the first floor of the St John’s Arts and Culture Centre at the corner of Allandale Road and Prince Phillip Parkway. The conference is FREE to current NLLA members. Not a member? Visit our join/renew your membership page.

Please forward presentation suggestions or general conference questions to 2017 LTAIG Conference Convener Jennifer Budden.

Clarifying Statement Regarding Response to NLPL Review

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As many of you are aware, Kate Shore, President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Library Association, was asked by local media outlets to comment on the Organizational and Service Review of the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Library System the day after its release. These media appearances included a on-air interview with Anthony Germain on CBC St. John’s Morning Show and with Danielle Barron from NTV. A subsequent article, written by Stephanie Tobin at CBC, was produced with material from the live interview.

The NLLA executive wishes to apologize for any comments that may have been misconstrued or taken out of context from those media reports. Any comments related to Newfoundland and Labrador Public Library (NLPL) staffing were made in response to a direct question related to recommendations eight and nine. These comments were in no way meant to devalue the integral role library assistants and technicians play at the library, nor was there any suggestion to replace workers, but rather to add to the province’s library system.

The NLLA is committed to representing the interests of all library stakeholders and the communities it serves in the province. This mandate is one it holds dear. It is in this spirit that the executive wishes to move forward and build a better tomorrow for the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Library System together. By standing together, all of us are in a better position to make that happen.

Report on Public Library System Review Finally Released

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The provincial government has released the much anticipated report by EY outlining a number of recommendations for improving the public library system in Newfoundland and Labrador. The NLLA is currently reviewing the document in order to prepare a formal response. You can view/download the full report. Our association welcomes any comments or feedback on the report. Please contact our 2017-2018 NLLA President, Kate Shore.

Congrats to Our Conference Bursary Winners

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2017 SponsorsThis year, the NLLA was excited to offer members the opportunity to apply for a Conference Bursary. The purpose of this fund is to help support recipients with the costs associated with attending the 2017 Annual Conference in St. John’s, May 8.

The NLLA is proud to announce that five members will be awarded funds from the 2017 Conference Bursary. The recipients are:

  • Courtney Crocker –Regional Librarian, NLPL Central Division. Gander, NL
  • Natasha Wells – Regional Librarian, NLPL Western Division. Corner Brook, NL
  • Sarah Milmine – Education Student, MLIS bound Fall 2017. St. John’s, NL
  • Sandee Goulding-Harnum – Library Assistant, NLPL Western Division. Corner Brook, NL
  • Liam Whalen – Systems Librarian/Analyst, NLPL Provincial Administration. Stephenville, NL

These awards were made possible thanks to the generous contributions of our sponsors.

Congratulations to you all!

An Exciting Program for our May 8 Annual Conference

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Our conference planning committee has been working hard to put together an exciting program for our 2017 Annual Conference at the Suncor Energy Fluvarium. Program highlights include:

  • Keynote speaker and local author, Trudy Morgan-Cole
  • A pre-conference social at the Marjorie Mews Public Library
  • 19 talented speakers from public, academic, and health libraries
  • A post-conference dinner at Merlo’s Inferno!

You can view our full program on find out about registration and more, on our conference webpage. Be sure to follow us on facebook or twitter to stay up to date. Our conference hashtag is #NLLA2017

Details of Pre-Conference Social

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Join us on Sunday, May 7, from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Marjorie Mews Library for the 2017 Annual Pre-Conference Social with refreshments and snacks. Julia Mayo, Branch Supervisor, and Kristina Walters, Library Assistant, will also tell us what’s happening at the Marjorie Mews library.

marjorie mews public libraryLibraries both big and small are integral parts of their communities. At Marjorie Mews Public Library we feel that we fill that role well because of the staff and the attitude we have. We believe that by having ownership of our “product” and having a positive attitude about our work, there is nothing we cannot achieve. It is our philosophy; if you are not having fun (at work) you are doing it wrong. We work hard to create positive partnerships within the community with businesses, schools and other community groups. Over the years we have steadily continued to push the limits of our space, our budget and our imaginations to bring in programs that appeal to our patrons and their families.

Kristina and Julia have been working with the Newfoundland and Labrador Public libraries for about nine years. They find great satisfaction in doing all kinds of library work, from answering reference questions, coordinating adult programs and basic computer classes to early literacy outreach and children’s story time.

To register and find out more about our upcoming annual conference, please visit our webpage or contact planning committee chair, Kate Shore.