CHLA/ABSC Conference Invitation: June 15 – 18, 2018

Registration is now open for CHLA/ABSC 2018. This year’s conference will take place at the Sheraton Hotel in historic St. John’s, Newfoundland from June 15-18. Inspired by the title of a Newfoundland folk song, we invite participants to “rant and roar” about innovation, emerging roles, research, collaborations, and more.

For more information, please visit the conference website:

We hope to see you there!

CHLA-ABSC 2018 Conference Logo

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!


Call for Presentations NLHLA 2017

The executive of NLHLA are welcoming your submissions to present at our annual NLHLA Conference which will be held on Friday May 5, 2017 at the QE II Library at Memorial University.

As the saying goes” we are living in interesting times” and we would love to hear your perspective on the challenges and opportunities these interesting times bring to our various library environments and services.  What impact are local and global events having on your library?  How do we rise to the challenges and opportunities that face us day to day?

Please submit your presentation ideas to the NLHLA executive by March 31, 2017 for consideration.  We look forward to your input!

NLHLA Executive

Shannon McAlorum, President
Kim Hancock, Vice President
Alison Farrell, Treasurer

Call for Submissions CHLA / ABSC 2017 Edmonton Alberta

On behalf of the NLHLA executive we would like to encourage our members to submit their contributions as either a presented paper, poster presentation of a lightening talk for the upcoming 2107 CHLA / ABSC conference to be held in Edmonton Alberta.  The  information regarding how to submit for work is provided below:

Call for Submissions    CHLA/ABSC 2017 Annual Conference Northern Illumination/Lumières du Nord May 16-19, 2017, Edmonton, Alberta

Veuillez prendre note que la version française fait suite au texte anglais.

The 2017 CHLA/ABSC Planning Committee invites submissions for the Annual Conference of the Canadian Health Libraries Association/Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (CHLA/ABSC), to be held in Edmonton. The theme of the conference is “Northern Illumination/Lumières du Nord”.

The online abstract submission site is now available via the CHLA/ABSC conference website. To be considered, submissions must be received by December 1, 2016, 9:59 pm MST.

Authors are asked to rank how they would prefer to present their work: as a paper, poster, or lightning talk. Abstracts not accepted to a first choice will be considered for second and third choices.

When submitting structured abstracts, authors will note whether their abstract is a research abstract or program description abstract:

  • Research abstracts report on designing, conducting, and analyzing a research project.
  • Program Description abstracts describe the creation and improvement of products, programs, technologies, administrative practices, or services conducted by librarians and information professionals.

Refer to the FAQ page for additional information.

For more information, contact:

Janice Kung Sandy Campbell

NLHLA Executive

Shannon, Kim and Alison


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.