Apply for the 2017 Margaret Williams Trust Fund Award

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Applications are now invited for the Margaret Williams Trust Fund Award which has been established to promote the development of librarianship in Newfoundland and Labrador. Funds are awarded on a competitive basis to applicants seeking funding for library-related projects or assistance in pursuing full-time graduate studies in librarianship, archival studies, or teacher librarianship.

Amount of 2017 award: up to $1,500.00
Deadline for applications: Friday, May 5, 2017

Please forward completed application to:
Ms. Susan Cleyle
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Margaret Williams Trust Fund
c/o Queen Elizabeth II Library
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s, NL A1B 3Y1

Avalon Area Winter Happening!

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The NLLA Professional Development and Events Committee is organizing a “Happening” for the St. John’s area. Join us on the evening of April 6, 6:00-8:00 pm at Mochanopoly Board Game Cafe on 204 Water Street. The cost will be $5 plus your food and drink (non-alcoholic beverages available). If you would like to attend, please contact Patti Bryant:

Call for Proposals Open for NLLA Annual Conference

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How is your library surviving and thriving? How are you working to promote learning, collaboration, or the preservation and sharing of knowledge and resources? How have you embraced the challenge of surviving the economic downturn? Whether you are in a public, school, academic, or special library, our theme is connected to the work that you do. What does “survive and thrive” mean to you?

We are seeking proposals for the following presentation types at our 2017 Annual Conference on May 8:

  • Full presentation: 40 minute sessions, composed of a 30-minute presentation and 10-minute question period. May be either research or practice-based.
  • Lightning talks: 7-minute timed presentations, great for giving attendees a brief glimpse into an idea, project, or program.
  • Panelist: You will participate as one of a group of panelists answering moderated questions (shared with you before the conference) related to the conference theme.
  • Virtual poster: posters based on some aspect of the conference theme will be produced electronically.

The deadline for proposals is Friday, March 31. Please submit your proposal using our online form and remember to include:

  • An indication of the presentation type (full, lightning, panel, or virtual poster)
  • The presentation title plus a brief abstract (max 250 words) describing the presentation, OR, if proposing to be a panelist, a brief rationale (max 250 words) for your participation
  • 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 Janet Goosney, NLLA Conference Program Committee Chair.

There is also a bursary available for this year’s conference, if presenters need financial assistance to attend!

Bursary Available for Spring 2017 NLLA Annual Conference

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NLLA is pleased to announce a bursary for our 2017 annual conference, Survive and Thrive, May 8, in St. John’s. This bursary will be open to all members of the NLLA currently residing in Newfoundland and Labrador.   The bursary can be used for travel expenses, accommodation and/or conference registration. Funds are limited, and will be awarded on an as-needed basis.

To apply, please complete the application form. Applications will be accepted until April 10, 2017.

For full details, please see our conference bursary guidelines. If you have any further questions regarding the 2017 Conference Bursary, please contact Kate Shore, Bursary Committee Chair:

Keynote for NLLA 2017 Conference: Trudy Morgan-Cole

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Keynote for NLLA 2017 Conference: Trudy Morgan-Cole
Keynote speaker Trudy Morgan-Cole

Keynote speaker Trudy Morgan-Cole

We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker for the 2017 NLLA Annual Conference will be Trudy Morgan-Cole.

Trudy Morgan-Cole is the author of A Sudden Sun, That Forgetful Shore, and By the Rivers of Brooklyn, all works of historical fiction set in Newfoundland, as well as several other novels. Her next book, Most Anything You Please, will be released by Breakwater Books in Fall 2017. She is also an adult-education teacher, teaching English and Social Studies to at-risk youth and young adults at The Murphy Centre. Trudy is passionate about reading, writing, bringing history to life, and encouraging young people to develop their own voices as writers. She lives in St. John’s with her husband, Jason, and is the proud mom of two young adults.


Annual Conference May 8: Survive and Thrive #NLLA2017

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Our 2017 annual conference is scheduled for May 8, and this year’s theme is “Survive and Thrive.”

The tough economic times happening in our province has hit libraries hard. Our budgets have been slashed, our workforce reduced and sadly libraries close.  However, despite such uncertainty, libraries are thriving because of the commitment and devotion library workers in Newfoundland and Labrador have towards their communities. We approach relationships and opportunities to help from the perspective of; what we can do for our community, not what we gain in return. This altruistic nature of libraries is ultimately how we not only survive, but thrive.

21st Century library workers are equipped with special skills to teach information literacy, promote self-directed learning, and encourage collaboration, critical thinking and innovation. We understand the true value libraries have in the community, and so we overcome obstacles to empower people, give them opportunities to increase their knowledge, learn life skills and ultimately thrive in their everyday lives.

For more information visit our 2017 Conference webpage or contact planning committee chair, Kate Shore.

You can also stay up to date by following us on facebook or twitter. The conference hashtag is #NLLA2017

CFLA/FCAB Endorses ALA Defence of Library Core Values

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CFLA FCAB logoOn February 3, 2017 the Canadian Federation of Library Associations/Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques (CFLA/FCAB) endorsed the American Library Association’s statement defending library core values and condemning recent events in their country. ALA President, Julie Todaro, responded to recent actions by the new administration and specifically addressed issues regarding access to information, discrimination and intellectual freedom, “We are shocked and dismayed by recent executive orders and other actions by the new administration, which stand in stark contrast to the core values of the American Library Association.”

Endorsing the ALA statement, CFLA/FCAB “champions values that include access to information, privacy, democracy, equity, diversity and inclusion, intellectual freedom, and social responsibility. Libraries are safe and inclusive spaces that build social capital and support discovery and creation. CFLA/FCAB and Canadian libraries stand together in unity with our American library colleagues in support of welcoming and inclusive communities.”

NLLA also endorses these statements and our core values. We stand together with our Canadian and American colleagues in support of a fair and just society. We stand together in support of access to information, privacy, diversity, equity, inclusion, and intellectual freedom. Our libraries are open to all and will remain safe and inclusive spaces.