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,


Recent Activities

In response to both the newly created LAC Code of Conduct and the government cuts to the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Library System, the NLHLA executive have written letters to Dr. Daniel Caron and Mr. Clyde Jackman. These letters have been posted to our website and can be found under the Reports and Communication tab.

In addition, there is a link to the NLLA’s Take Action page. I urge you all to follow this link to submit a form that will send a letter to Clyde Jackman communicating your disapproval of the budget cuts to the public libraries that have been made.

President, Newfoundland and Labrador Health Libraries Association