Pre-conference details

Hello, Everyone!

We’re just a few days before the conference, and we’re looking forward to seeing you all. Remember, your parking is free if you choose Lot 18, the non-metered lot just behind the QEII Library.  Check it out on the map: MUN CampusMap NLHLA 2017 You don’t need to display a permit.

We’re also very pleased to have some additional sponsors this year.  Our heartfelt thanks goes out to:

Remember to register, and get in touch if you have any concerns/questions/feedback.


Register for NLHLA 2017

Registration is now open for the Newfoundland and Labrador Health Libraries Association 2017 Conference and AGM, which will be held at Memorial University of Newfoundland on Friday, May 5, 2017. Part of this year’s conference will be a tour of Memorial University’s Clinical Learning and Simulation Centre (CLSC), which is a state-of-the-art clinical learning space. Check out the virtual tour to see a preview.

Are you still considering submitting an abstract?  Please submit your presentation ideas to the NLHLA executive for consideration.  We look forward to your input!


NLHLA protest against NLPL funding cuts and review process

Dear Members,

This morning, on behalf on NLHLA, I sent Minister Dale Kirby the attached message.  We have also created a Twitter account for our organization’s advocacy efforts; if you are Tweeting regarding the NLPL review system and proposed cuts, please be sure to include @NL_HLA in your message.

If you are able, please be a presence at tonight’s Public Roundtable with EY.  It will be 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the St. John’s Comfort Inn on Airport Road.


Best, Shannon


Have Your Say: review of NL’s Public Library System

Dear Members,

A new public roundtable consultation session has been added for Tuesday, November 8 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., at the Comfort Inn on Airport Road. Please consider taking part if you are able.

In addition, you can inform the government of your professional insight by filling out this survey and by submitting a written response to these three questions.

Feedback from the public consultations, stakeholder consultations, surveys, written responses, letters, and independent research will be synthesized into a report for the guidance of the Provincial Information and Library Resources Board (PILRB) and our provincial government in deciding the future of the NLPL system.

As information professionals, we are uniquely situated to stand as a bastion against  systemic dissolution of not only our profession but the educational system that promotes our citizens’ ability to engage with research. To help ensure we can facilitate our citizens’ access to and understanding of the health-related information they need, and help them towards positive health outcomes, we must speak out.  For more information, see the NLPL page, the Review of the Provincial Public Library System and the blog for Newfoundland and Labrador Library Association (NLLA).

Shannon McAlorum

President, NLHLA


Our new VP, and a BBQ social

Hi Everyone,

I’m very pleased to announce Kim Hancock as our chapter Vice-President/President Elect.  Thank you, Kim, for volunteering to serve! 

It’s time for another social, don’t you think?  We do!  So on Wednesday, August 31st, we’re having an after-work BBQ in Mount Pearl.  Alison’s agreed to host and we’ll get burgers and hot dogs on the grill for everyone; just bring a side dish or dessert to share.  Please mark it on your calendars and I’ll send more details as the date approaches.

This is in addition to the social on Thursday, October 13, so keep that date reserved, too.

Looking forward to seeing you,


Post-conference Update

I want to express my gratitude to all of this year’s conference presenters.  We had a full and varied program, and an excellent turnout from our membership.  Thank you to our keynote speaker, Crystal Rose, and to everyone who helped to make the day a success.  To help us keep building on that success, we need to hear from you.  What stood out to you as highlights?  What did we do this year that we should do again?  Help us to choose a direction for focussing our efforts by completing this brief survey.

We have a vacancy in the 2016-2017 executive.  This is an opportunity for you to step forward and help guide NLHLA.  As Vice President/President-Elect, you are in charge of communications (emails, web posts) and helping to plan the annual conference.  If you are interested in being Vice President/President Elect, please email me by Tuesday, July 5.

Last of all, please save the date for Thursday, October 13th.  Details to follow!

Thank you,


Helpful Pre-Conference Details

To see conference details, please click on the Events tab and select 2016 Conference.  There, in addition to the day’s schedule, you will find:

  • directions to Southcott Hall of the Centre for Nursing Studies
  • a parking map (remember, parking is limited)
  • the luncheon menu from Bally Haly Country Club

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask Shannon.  See you all tomorrow!

Call For Papers

Submissions for this year’s NLHLA Conference are now open.

Submission Deadline:  Thursday, March 31st.

We welcome submission on a wide range of topics; building on the success of the previous year’s format, we’re not limiting presentations to a particular theme.  You may have a project you’d like to share, a concern or issue arising from everyday practice, or see an emerging trend to discuss.  Whatever it is that interests you will be of interest to your colleagues, too.

Choose one of the following options for presenting to the group:

  • Full presentation:  20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for questions/arising discussion
  • Lightning Round presentation: 5-10 minutes total.  Consider this an opportunity to share work-in-progress and gather feedback from your colleagues.

To submit, please send your abstracts (1-2 paragraphs) to Shannon McAlorum, and indicate if you prefer to be allotted time for a Full or Lightning Round presentation.