2015 Annual Conference

Mainstays: Charting the Course
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Room 2001, Bruneau Centre, Memorial University

This year’s NLLA conference will kick off a week of conversations about library practice that will inform and inspire. Our conference will act as the Pre-conference workshop for the Atlantic Provinces Library Association (APLA) conference (June 10-13), which will warm us up for the Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU) conference taking place June 15-17.

The theme of the APLA conference is Libraries: Powered by Change. WILU’s theme is Sea Change: Transforming Learning. In the midst of all this talk of change, we have chosen a theme that looks instead at the fundamentals of libraries. What are the things that our users rely on; the things that keep us grounded; the things that libraries have been doing since the beginning? These are the mainstays – the things that don’t change – like serving the public, providing free access to resources, teaching, providing community space, and seeking new ways to serve our patrons.

Joint online registration for both the NLLA and APLA conference is available. Online payment is available through PayPal. If you need to make alternate payment arrangements, please contact Amanda Tiller-Hackett. Online registration closes June 3.

Registration Cost: $50.00, lunch included.



 Janeway Resource Centre, Janeway Hostel

Janeway Resource Centre, Janeway Hostel

Tuesday, June 9
7:00-9:00 pm
Janeway Resource Centre, Janeway Hostel, Room 434
Join us for refreshments, mingle with colleagues, and hear what’s happening in our local health libraries. Parking is available in the patient parking lot, closest to the Hostel, for $0.75/hour.


8:30 – 9:00 am: Registration
9:00 – 9:30 am
Abandoning Mainstays: Charting the Course through Guerilla Publishing by David Reynolds
The traditional publishing route available to authors is quickly becoming antiquated. Today, it is incredibly easy for aspiring authors to eliminate barriers by self-publishing their works. This presentation offers an overview of print-on-demand and e-publishing services with an aim towards maximizing distribution for the lowest possible cost to publish. Attend this presentation to discover just how easy it is to share your stories with the world.

David Reynolds studied at Memorial University where he completed his BA in Philosophy and English Language and Literature in 2006 in addition to completing his M.Phil. in Humanities in 2008. His graduate research focused on the cultural significance of superhero narratives and culminated in his dissertation Superheroes: An Analysis of Popular Culture’s Modern Myths. Presently, he enjoys teaching English at Memorial University while fumbling about as a publisher with Problematic Press.

9:30 – 10:00 am
Are you there, God? Its me, Katniss by Beth Maddigan
Young Adult Literature has become more popular with adult readers over the last decade. The renewed attention has sparked a fresh genre name (New Adult) and some backlash from experts that disagree about the viability of this literature for an unaccustomed audience. Join us for an overview of the debate and some recommendations for those looking to dip their toes in the New Adult pool.

Beth Maddigan is Memorial University’s Education Librarian. Before taking on this role she was Newfoundland & Labrador Public Libraries’ Children’s Librarian and the Coordinator of Children’s Services for the Cambridge Libraries & Galleries. She has been a fan of young adult literature since 1979 when she read The Outsiders and vowed to name her first-born Ponyboy.

10:00 – 10: 30 am
How to Train Your Dragon Student Assistant by Krista Howell
This presentation will discuss the role of Library Student Assistants in an academic library setting, but may be helpful to any libraries training new staff or volunteers. Effective and consistent training is key to creating an environment that is useful and productive for users and staff. Learn how the Ferriss Hodgett Library developed training tools and techniques for motivating student assistants and ways to address unproductive behavior. We will share how we ensure our users’ needs are met with the support of our student assistants and how our plan to incorporate technology into our training procedures will enable us to provide a high-level of customer service.

Krista Howell has been the Student Assistant Supervisor at the Ferriss Hodgett Library, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University in Corner Brook for three years. She has developed more comprehensive training materials for the student assistants and is working on migrating them to Desire2Learn (D2L, MUN’s learning management system) as well as exploring how D2L can be utilized for training purposes. She is currently completing her Bachelor degree at Grenfell.

10:30 – 10:50 am: Refreshment break

10:50 – 11:10 am
Storytime! A felt story presentation of The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle by Jewel Cousens with narration by Janet Goosney
As an avid embroiderer, Jewel Cousens sees children’s stories as an outlet for her creativity. Give her a needle, fabric and thread and a good book and she is set for a whole day of reading and stitching. In her workday life, she is the Newfoundland and Labrador Collections Librarian for the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Library System. Janet Goosney is an information literacy librarian at the QEII Library. Being a five year old at heart, she loves reading picture books aloud.

11:10 am – 12:00 pm
NLLA Annual General Meeting

12:00 – 1:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 pm – UX Workshop (part 1)

2:30 – 2:50 pm  – Refreshment break

2:50- 4:30 pm – UX Workshop (part 2)


User Experience Librarian, Robin Bergart, University of Guelph Library

Robin Bergart

Krista Godfrey

Krista Godfrey

Wednesday, June 10
1:00 – 4:30 PM
Presenters: Robin Bergart, User Experience Librarian, University of Guelph Library and Krista Godfrey, Web Services Librarian, Memorial University Libraries
Libraries have a strong tradition of being user-focused. We tailor our collections to match the needs and interests of our patrons. We reach out to our communities through author readings, makerspaces and skill building workshops. We collect data through satisfaction surveys, circulation numbers, gate counts, clicks on our website, and we analyze this data to inform our decisions. But how well do we really know our users? How can we be sure we are meeting (or even surpassing) their expectations and goals? This workshop will dare you to challenge your cherished beliefs and assumptions about the people who use your library. You will learn practical techniques to help you gain deeper insights into your users. These insights will help you make improvements to your library that will enhance your users’ experience of your collections, services, spaces, and website.

the-geo-centre-at-nightNLLA Conference attendees are invited to attend the joint APLA Conference Opening reception Wednesday evening, June 10, at the Johnson GeoCentre. Built in a natural rock basin the GeoCentre fits snugly in between 500 linear feet of exposed rock walls. Enjoy becoming reacquainted with colleagues and meeting new ones from across the region in the Reception Hall while also enjoying the environmentally friendly geothermal heating and the glow of illuminated planets overhead. Hors d’oeuvres and local entertainment will be provided and a cash bar will be available.

Free transportation to and from the conference venue will be provided. Buses will depart from the Main Entrance of the Chemistry Building, Memorial University Campus, at 7:10 pm. Buses will be leaving the Geo Centre at 9:30 pm and 10:30 pm.

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