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

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,


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.

December Social

Let’s get together!

The NLHLA executive is hoping you’ll be able to join us for dinner at Red Rock Bar & Grill (686 Topsail Rd.) on Thursday, December 3 at 6:00pm.

Thanks to all who have already expressed interest in coming. Everyone else, please RSVP to Michelle ( by Monday, November 30 so we can make a reservation.

Looking forward to seeing you there,

Shannon McAlorum
Vice-President/President Elect

Lunch ‘n Learn: Walking with the Archives

NLHLA members are invited to attend an informal learning session at the MUN Health Sciences Library. HSL practicum student Andrea Johnston will be giving a session on her thesis “Walking with the Archives: Ghost stories and folklore of Ferryland, NL”.

Who: Andrea Johnston
What: Walking with the Archives: Ghost stories and folklore of Ferryland, NL
When: Thursday, April 23, 12-1
Where: Health Sciences Library Computer Lab B. Also available via webinar.

Webinar details have been sent via the NLHLA Listserv. For more information, please contact Alison Farrell.