2018 Annual Conference

Smooth Sailing through Rough Waters
Monday, May 7
Newfoundland & Labrador Housing & Homeless Network Provincial Learning Centre
77 Charter Avenue, Suite 100, St. John’s

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A bursary is available that is open to all members of NLLA currently residing in Newfoundland and Labrador. The bursary can be used for travel expenses, accommodation and registration. Funds will be awarded on an as-needed basis. Please read our bursary guidelines for more information. To apply, please complete our application form and submit it to Bursary Committee Chair, Melissa Feaver (melissa_feaver@hotmail.com) before April 16, 2018.

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?

The Provincial Learning Centre is a conference meeting space with a community coffee shop, The Network Café. The Network Café was conceived as a social enterprise operation where individuals struggling with barriers to enter or re-enter the workforce would have an opportunity for meaningful employment and work experience. The Provincial Learning Centre is located at 1 East Drive in St. John’s. See map.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS – The call for proposals is now closed

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8:30-9:00: Registration
9:00-9:10: Opening remarks
9:10-10:0o: Keynote: Heather Stamp Nunes
10:00-10:40: Reading for Pleasure: Libraries and Self-Care Emily Blackmore, Lending Services Librarian, Newfoundland & Labrador Public Libraries
10:40-11:00: Break
11:00-12:00: NLLA Spring General Meeting
12:00-1:00:  Lunch
1:00-1:40: Literary Publications & Libraries Megan Coles, Executive Director, Riddle Fence
1:40-2:20: Health and Wellness Programming at the Public Library Leigha Locke, Regional Librarian (Outreach and Programming) Provincial Resource Library
2:20-3:00: Ain’t Misbehavin’: An Academic Integrity Course at Memorial University of Newfoundland Erin Alcock, Wendy Rodgers, Kate Shore, QEII Library, Memorial University
3:00-3:20: Break
3:20-4:00: 7 IM Habits of Highly Effective Professionals Lori Collins, Instructor, Information Management Post Diploma, College of the North Atlantic
4:00-4:50: Lightning Round

5:30 pm
Piatto Midtown
60 Elizabeth Ave
(not included in conference fees)


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