Monday, 22 September 2014

NSLA/LBANS 2014 Conference: Communities Start Here

NSLA/LBANS 2014 Conference: Communities Start Here
September 26 – 28, 2014
Amherst, Nova Scotia

Since 2002 the Nova Scotia Library Association (NSLA) Annual Conference has been a joint conference with the Library Boards Association of Nova Scotia (LBANS). Each fall, NSLA and LBANS hold this conference in one of Nova Scotia’s nine library regions.

What is NSLA? NSLA is an association for those involved in librarianship/library and information studies at all levels and in all regions in Nova Scotia. Its purpose is to facilitate the exchange of ideas, and to promote a forum for the discussion of issues amongst people concerned with library and information services. Since its formation in 1973, NSLA has been involved in numerous national initiatives including the National Summit of Information Policy. NSLA is also committed to working on the Strategic Plan for Nova Scotia Regional Libraries. For more information go to

LBANS mandate is to protect, preserve, promote, and support quality public library service in Nova Scotia. Public Libraries in Nova Scotia are governed by nine regional library boards made up of municipal, provincial and board appointments. While boards vary slightly in their composition, 2 seats are open to interested citizens from each region. Click here for details.

The purpose of the conference is staff development and training. This is also a good opportunity for professional networking, and for board members to meet many colleagues from around the province. The 2014 NSLA/LBANS conference is being hosted by the Cumberland Public Libraries and will be held in Amherst, Nova Scotia on September 26th-28th, 2014. For conference information please check out the conference website. 

The following awards are annually sponsored by NSLA and will be presented at the conference:

The Norman Horrocks Award for Library Leadership was established to honor leadership in the Nova Scotia Library community and is given by NSLA for distinguished contributions to the promotion and development of library service in Nova Scotia. Those contributions should be of lasting significance and may be for leadership of various kinds – ranging from local projects to those of provincial scope, and may cover any type of library activity.

The Emile Theriault Library and Information Technology Award recognizes the efforts of a library support staff member who has made a major contribution to their library community.

Consider becoming an NSLA member. The benefits include staying ahead of the issues concerning libraries in Nova Scotia, participating in the Education Institute webinars, attending workshops at a reduced rate and network, learn and have fun at the annual conference with the membership rate. To become a member go to this link!

Wendy Kearnes
Outreach Services Manager

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