Visit the APLA 2016 website!

The APLA 2016 planning committee is hard at work planning next year’s conference in Halifax, NS, May 29 to June 1. Check out the APLA 2016 website for information and updates. We hope to see you there!

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#APLA2015 Presentation Slides Now Available!

Did you attend an awesome session at #APLA2015 and would love a copy of the Powerpoint? We’ve already received over a dozen from presenters and will be adding materials to our site as we receive them.

Check out some of the presentations!

If you’d like to see your slides, handouts, or other materials on our website please email them to Crystal Rose.

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Send PP Slides or Other Materials from your #APLA2015 Session!

We are collecting materials from all #APLA2015 presenters. Please send any PowerPoint slides, handouts or any other materials you’d like placed on our website to Crystal Rose. Its a great way to share your awesome work with your colleagues.

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Message from the Mayor of St. John’s for #APLA2015

St. John's Mayor, Dennis O'Keefe

St. John’s Mayor, Dennis O’Keefe

As Mayor of our Capital City, I am delighted on behalf of council and its citizens to extends greetings and best wishes to all delegates attending the 2015 Atlantic Provinces Library Association’s (APLA) Conference being held in St. John’s from June 10-13, 2015.

We are glad St. John’s was chosen to host this year’s annual meeting. Our city offers an exciting blend of old world charm and modern amenities, not to mention the Newfoundland Hospitality for which we are famous. The many festivals and events held throughout the year showcase our rich culture, history and heritage. Over the next few days, we hope you will make our city your home and you will take the time to visit some of the City’s historical and natural landmarks and points of interest and enjoy the city’s night life with its great entertainment and fine cuisine.

Our libraries have long been used by our community as a place of discovery and a source of learning and have provided us with so much personal pleasure. We wish you well in your discussions as you meet to exchange ideas and knowledge to help you deal with the challenges facing your organization today. We hope you will have a rewarding and unforgettable experience and you have an enjoyable stay in our city.

Dennis O’Keefe

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Mark your social events calendar for #APLA2015

GEO-CentreCheck out some of the fun social events we’ve got planned for you! The Past-President’s  Opening Reception, on Wednesday at 7:30 pm at the Johnson Geo Centre is free to all full conference attendees. Free transportation to and from the conference venue will be provided!

On Thursday evening, we have two networking offerings. The Early Bird Historic Pub Visit at 5:30 pm to the historic Crow’s Nest pub. Space is limited, so please RSVP to our Social Events Coordinator Sue Fahey. Later you can meet fellow APLA attendees at the Trinity Pub for a George Street Pub Tour at 7:00 pm.

Finally,  for our annual Awards Banquet, Friday at 6:30 pm we’ll head to Pippy Park to the Admiral’s Green Clubhouse. After a delicious meal, enjoy live music provided by Stixx & Stones, a pop rock cover band that will keep you dancing and singing along all night! Free transportation to and from the conference venue will be provided for this event as well.

For more details visit our social events page.

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Check out the 2015 conference program on Sched!

green conferenceThe online conference schedule is now available. Keep in mind, this is a draft schedule and may be subject to change. Stay tuned for session locations, additional speaker bios and more. Our Programming Sub-Committee is working hard on finalizing the official schedule!

APLA 2015 is a green conference. In order to reduce waste, print programs will not be included with your conference registration materials. We encourage you to use our online schedule!

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Pre-Conference UX Workshop

Robin Bergart

Robin Bergart

Krista Godfrey

Krista Godfrey

In partnership with the Newfoundland and Labrador Library Association, we are pleased to offer a Pre-Conference UX (User Experience) Workshop on June 10. The workshop will be co-presented by Robin Bergart, User Experience Librarian, University of Guelph Library, and Memorial University Libraries Web Services Librarian, Krista Godfrey.

The workshop will dare you to challenge your cherished beliefs and assumptions about the people who use your library! Learn practical techniques to help you gain deeper insights into your users to help you make improvements to your library that will enhance your users’ experience of your collections, services, spaces, and website.

Register online!

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Registration is now open!

Online registration for the 2015 APLA Annual Conference is now open.

Take advantage of our early-bird rates until April 24, 2015. All  conference rates are listed on our registration page.

Looking for accommodation? This year’s conference is being held on the Memorial University campus. Consider staying on campus; It’s economical and convenient! We have reserved a block of rooms in the new Macpherson College residence. Check out our accommodations page for more info and to book a room.

We can’t wait to see you in June!

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Call for Proposals Extended for APLA 2015!

The new deadline to submit a proposal has been extended to February 20, 2015. Please complete the proposal form outlining your talk, your preferred session type, and your contact info.

Tell us all about your experiences with change in either an oral presentation, lightning talk, or poster session. Oral presentation proposals may be submitted for either a 60 minute or 30 minute session (please allow approximately 10 minutes for questions). Lightning talks will be 10 minutes in length.

Questions? Contact us.

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Our Second Keynote Speaker: Author Lisa Moore

Lisa Moore

Newfoundland author, Lisa Moore (Photo credit: David Howells)

We are thrilled to officially announce that Lisa Moore, one of Canada’s pre-eminent authors, will be a keynote speaker at our 2015 Annual Conference!

The St. John’s native recently joined Memorial University’s Faculty of Arts as Assistant Professor of creative writing.

Three-time nominee for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the 2013 Canada Reads, and long listed for the Man Booker Prize, Moore’s novels include Alligator (2005), February (2010), and Caught (2013).

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