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NSLA Newsletter Winter/Spring 2018 Vol 45 No. 2 (2018) ISSN 1182-0209 @NSLAssn


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In this issue: Message from the President News from NS Libraries Provincial Annapolis Valley Regional Library Cape Breton Regional Libraries South Shore Public Libraries Halifax Public Libraries Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library Western Counties Regional Library Cumberland Public Libraries Awards NSLA News Spring Workshop Meet the board

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A Message from the President Dear NSLA Members, The Vice-Chair, Denise Corey and I had the pleasure of the attending the January 30-31 Partnership Meeting in Toronto, in conjunction with the OLA Superconference. In honour of the 150th Anniversary of Confederation, the Nova Scotia Library Association and Nova Scotia’s nine regional library systems presented 150 Books of Influence. As you will recall, this was a province-wide library project to promote reader engagement in the celebration of Nova Scotia’s writers and citizens, ideas and attitudes, culture and environment, stories and treasures.  I have had the distinct pleasure to personally deliver copies of the book to Premier Stephen McNeill, Minister Leo Glavine (CCH), and Minister Tony Ince (who was the Minister of CCH when this project was first conceived).  Additionally, I had the opportunity to present the book to Colin Fraser, Member of Parliament for West Nova.   I can happily report that the book was so well received by these elected officials, that they requested additional copies to give to visitors!  Alas, all good things must come to an end.  The Libraries 150 Final Report has been submitted to the Province.  As per an electronic vote by the NSLA Board, the unspent Libraries 150 Grant will be apportioned as follows 1. $3,000 for the 2018 NSLA Conference and 2. $2,400 to support training/workshop activities.   Ann-Marie Mathieu and Colin Fraser, West Nova Member of Parliament

The Libraries 150 Grant and related activities are now considered closed, and I must say how thoroughly I enjoyed all aspects of this project. Well done to all who participated in this project. Photo and article submitted by Ann-Marie Mathieu  Vol 45, No. 2  (Winter/Spring 2018) @NSLAssn


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2018 is the year for NSLA and the regional libraries to partner with the Atlantic Provinces Library Association (APLA) Advocacy Committee. APLA is focusing their advocacy campaign on Nova Scotia public libraries.  They are developing a "letter and poster"  focusing on an individual regional library system, which will be sent to each Nova Scotia MLA.   The Annapolis Valley Regional Library was the first to be completed.  It is anticipated that APLA will complete this project in time for their Conference in June.   Many thanks to APLA for advocating on behalf of Nova Scotia public libraries.   -Ann-Marie Mathieu President, NSLA  Minister Tony Ince

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Big Shoes to fill at Provincial Goodbye Ros... We will miss you! Rosalind Morrison, Research & Planning Librarian with the Nova Scotia Provincial Library retired on January 31st, 2018. A passionate Librarian and former NSLA Board Member, Ros spent the majority of her career as the Branch Manager of the Elmsdale Branch of the Colchester-East Hants Public Library system, but returned to school and earned her Masters degree in Library and Information Studies at the Dalhousie School of Information Management in 2010. Ros has worked with NSPL since 2010. She led and supported a number of projects and initiatives within the division, and her support of public libraries in Nova Scotia was unwavering. Her fun-tastic ways and friendly smile will be missed, but staff at NSPL are looking forward to receiving updates about all her new upcoming adventures in retirement! New NSLA Retired Membership Retired librarian, or library staff member?  The Nova Scotia Library Association is pleased to announce a new membership type for retired members. The Retired Membership has all the same member benefits as our other NSLA membership types.   Visit Join NSLA at to complete and submit your membership application. Questions? Contact the Membership Convener at

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Accessibility and Abracadabra Empowering Participation By All: AVRL receives grant from New Horizons for Seniors Program The Annapolis Valley Regional Library has been approved for a grant in the amount of $24,571.00 from the New Horizons for Seniors Program to provide the tools and training to enable seniors with a print disability to participate in social programs offered in their community. This project also aims to help seniors feel comfortable using the technology and to be safe in that environment.  The project will be multi-layered, providing not only devices such as DAISY players and tablets, but also the skills to use this technology. Needs such as access to reading materials for book clubs, confidence to use online banking, and training have been identified by AVRL and community groups that work with seniors.  The project will involve groups such as the VON, church groups, and senior’s facilities. Charlotte Janes, AVRL’s Systems and Collections Access Coordinator, says she is looking forward to working on this grant. “The idea that this project will allow more people to have access to Book Clubs and other library activities is exciting.”  Numbers from Statistics Canada suggests that about 10% of Canadians may have a print disability, which limits people’s ability to read in traditional print format. Many people who do not currently have a print disability may have one in the future.  This would mean more than 10,000 individuals have the potential to use these services in the area served by the Annapolis Valley Regional Library.

On November 25, the Kentville Library held its Grand Opening. Over 100 people crowded in to see the renovated building, which was formerly a church. Author readings were held throughout the day, and a fundraising BBQ was held outside.

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In October, AVRL staff went to both Acadia and NSCC Kingstec to promote the “Garden of Reading” collections. These are collections of 50 books from the public library available for students at the schools to borrow. The collections are rotated every 6 weeks, and have been well-received by the students and staff at both locations.

The Berwick Library hosted a very successful Harry Potter night in late October. Over 80 people showed up to get sorted, learn spells, play Quidditch, participate in a Hogwarts Escape Room, and go shopping in Diagon Alley. In February, AVRL hosted Food For Fines. For each item donated, $3 in overdue fines were forgiven. 2043 food bank items were received during the month and were given to local food banks.

We celebrated Picture Book Month in November with book displays and several Picture Book Palooza events. Adults got a chance to get their hands on the latest and greatest picture books. Teachers, parents, grandparents, and storytime presenters attended these sessions led by Angela Reynolds.

December brought the seventh annual 12 Days of Cookies event. Branch staff bake cookies, and the recipe is shared on our blog. The cookies are available for the public to try out during the day. This annual sharing of cookies is a way to boost promotion of our large cookbook collection, and gets people interested in visiting our branches.  Visit this link to see this year’s cookies! Photos & article submitted by: Angela Reynolds Vol 45, No. 2 (Winter/Spring 2018) @NSLAssn


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Silhouettes and Stories at CBRL Dead Feminists Fundraiser Baddeck Library branch The Baddeck Library Players and the Bad Buoy Film Society partnered to create the "Dead Feminists" fundraiser, held March 11 in Baddeck. Five famous feminists were portrayed in silhouette, followed by two films about amazing women (“Bombshell: the Hedy Lamarr Story” and “Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict”).

Dead Feminists Fundraiser silhouette - Nellie McClung

The concept of performing monologues in silhouette worked out really well. It gave a unique way to convey story, emotion, and visuals without the distraction and focus of costuming and creating a character look-alike in the performer; simplifying things and focusing audience attention in an unexpected way.  Audience feedback from the ‘Dead Feminists’ fundraiser was very positive, and the Dead Feminists Fundraiser silhouette - Luisa Casati event was a great test-run for doing a larger scale show in 2019! Thanks to the community volunteers who participated, and to staffer Cora-Lee Eisses for making this fundraiser a success!  Photo & article submitted by: Tara MacNeil Vol 45, No. 2 (Winter/Spring 2018) @NSLAssn


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The Cape Breton Regional Library will celebrate ‘World Storytelling Day’ & the launch of the 2nd annual Isle of Story Festival on March, 20 at the McConnell Library (Sydney). The afternoon launch event will feature ~ stories from coal miners, as well as newcomers to Cape Breton; music from Ken Chisholm and Jordan Musycsyn; a video clip of the Mi’kmaq Creation Story, as told by Stephen Augustine; this year’s Isle of Story Festival’s Distinguished Storyteller will be revealed; the Local Immigration Partnership and New Dawn’s Immigration Centre will announce a new storytelling initiative; and the schedule of events for the upcoming Isle of Story Festival (May 1-5, 2018) will also be announced.  The Isle of Story Festival is a celebration of storytelling that highlights the past, present, and future of storytelling in Cape Breton. The goal of the Festival is to celebrate storytelling as an indispensable component of Cape Breton and Canadian culture.  The Isle of Story Festival has been made possible by a collaboration of local organizations, including Cape Breton Magazine, the Cape Breton Regional Library, Cape Breton University’s Beaton Institute, the Centre for Sound Communities – CBU, Membertou Heritage Park, and Parks Canada. Support to make these events possible has been received from Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Communities Culture & Heritage, Membertou Governance, and Storytellers of Canada.

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Community History with SSPL South Shore Public Libraries now has a powerful new venue for South Shore residents to share and preserve their rich history online: a virtual library where everyone can contribute. The SSPL website is now a dynamic historical hub where residents can upload and share their own treasured photos, stories, artifacts and more. In addition, the library’s website provides access to over 100 years of The Bridgewater Bulletin dating back to 1898. “We’re always looking for new ways to engage the public and make our collection more robust. This new service does both,” said Troy Myers, CEO, South Shore Public Libraries. “When you think of all the historic photos and treasures that are just sitting there gathering dust, tucked away in attics, shoeboxes and basements, it’s absolutely mind-boggling. This virtual library allows all that lost history to be shared and preserved for generations to come, and we think it will create a whole new way for the South Shore to come together as one.”  

The Lahave River Trail Association is an example of community group who has been an early adopter of the virtual platform. The Association is the first community sharer and contributed their Canada 150 Project “Along the Lahave River Bridgewater to New Germany 1867-2017”. Project Coordinator Tom Rogers commented “South Shore Public Libraries Community Collections is the perfect way for us to share this information. This virtual library lets everyone see this great collection of 150 years of photos and stories about the river.  Folks can see the changes along the river, see their parents, grandparents and other community members. The new service is free for the community to use and is available online at Photo & article submitted by: Christina Pottie Vol 45, No. 2 (Winter/Spring 2018) @NSLAssn


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Halifax Lightens Up Let the Light Therapy Shine In Addressing the Winter Blues with Collections Mental health is a prevalent issue for so many of our community members. Like many public libraries, we field questions for resources, and we deeply feel the individual need for help. Introducing Light Therapy to our collections was an immensely positive step toward Halifax Public Libraries contributing, even if just a little, to health resources for everyone. All branches are now equipped with a Light Therapy Station, and we also have 37 smaller portable light therapy lamps customers can borrow to try out at home. In case your branch is thinking of adding light therapy lamps to your collections, here are some insights from our experience.

Director of Public Service, Kathleen Peverill, poses with light therapy lamp for Metro News article.

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NSLA Newsletter The demand will be great and positive. Our Light Therapy Stations, which used full-sized lamps (see photo) that stayed in the branches, were used over 100 times during a sample week. Within 24 hours of launching the smaller, circulating lamps in November, there were already 100 holds. At the peak, there were over 400 holds. Due to the high demand, we changed the loan period from 3 weeks to 2 weeks and purchased more circulating lamps. Media attention was longer than usual with 7 news pieces about our new addition to the collection. Comments from community members were all positive.  “What a neat idea. I don’t know if I have SAD or not, but maybe this can help me feel better. The library is always thinking of things I didn’t know were there.”  "This is so cool! My daughter has been more sluggish than usual this winter and we've been thinking about investing in a lamp, but I'm glad we can try it out for free first."

How people found out:

Timing is important:

Location, location, location:

Based on the data we collected, the top three ways people found out about our Light Therapy initiative were through organic searches, Facebook, and our website’s home page.

One of our considerations when planning the release of the light therapy lamps was the time of year. We launched in November as winter was beginning and daylight was diminishing. We also saw a resurge of attention in January on Blue Monday.

We experimented with station placement, moving lamps around until we found a suitable, visible spot. Storing the lamps out of sight resulted in low usage rates.

We hope you find this information useful. If you are thinking about adding light therapy lamps to your collections, we are open to questions. Sara Gillis, Manager of Community Engagement, is willing and able to take calls or respond to emails: 902-490-6339, Photo and article submitted by: Kasia Morrison Vol 45, No. 2 (Winter/Spring 2018) @NSLAssn


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Recognition & Recreation at PARL Next time you visit your library, and browse the shelves – look for a small star along the book or DVD case spine to help you find your way. It is a representation of the Mi’kmaq Eight Pointed Star. The original artwork and interpretation is by award-winning Mi’kmaq First Nations artist, Gerald Gloade. Each component of the Mi’kmaq Eight Pointed Star image has many layers of symbolic meaning. “The 4 sacred colors and their arrangement, is a much longer story. In summary, White represents the North, the land of ice and snow, where even the animals are white. Yellow represents the East, the land of the rising sun. Mi’kmaq are the ‘People of the Dawn’. Red represents the South, the further you travel in Turtle Island (North America) the warmer it becomes. Finally, Black represents the West, which is where the sun must travel to give us night. The 4 sacred colors also represent the 4 colors of Man, and the 4 stages of development – birth, youth, adulthood and senior.” said Gloade. The star symbol also exemplifies traditional art with the use of Mi’kmaq quillwork within the image’s outlines.

Gerald Gloade, artist and Program Educator with the Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre (left), Greg Hayward, Technical Services Librarian (centre), and Trecia Schell, Community Services Librarian (right), with Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library.

The Eight Pointed Star is an adaptation of the original Seven Pointed Start which was the emblem historically used to symbolize the Seven Districts of the Mi’kmaq Nation. The eighth point was added to represent the Crown, after the signing of treaties with Britain. Photo and article submitted by:  Trecia Schell Vol 45, No. 2 (Winter/Spring 2018) @NSLAssn


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The library maintains several special collections on topics of cultural importance. “As part of our ongoing library collection development, PARL makes an effort to collect works by Indigenous authors and works with subject matter focusing on Indigenous topics. The library purchases material published in English as well as Indigenous languages. Special emphasis is made to collect works by or about First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples in Canada and North America.” said Greg Hayward, Technical Services Librarian. The library reached out to the Indigenous community for their advice and Mr. Gloade, a wellknown and respected researcher, artist and traditional knowledge keeper shared many ideas. “In our research for an identifying image, we discovered several commercially available book collection stickers, but unfortunately the images did not meet with our respectful intent in honouring our First Peoples. We wanted to find an emblem or symbol that was meaningful to our local Indigenous communities.” said Trecia Schell, Community Services Librarian. And now, with gifts of knowledge shared with our community, there are Mi’kmaq stars to guide your discovery at the library. 

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A close up of the new collection label

For more information about the Indigenous Collection, visit, stop into your local library or call Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library Headquarters at (902) 755-6031 or toll-free 1 (866) 779-7761.

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Active Pictou County and the PictouAntigonish Regional Library are pleased to announce the new Fun Fit Pass – a fitness and activity membership card that can be signed out of the library, just like a book. There are 3 pass cards available for the YMCA of Pictou County, plus a card for the Pictou Fisheries Pool, and one for True Potential Fitness in Pictou. The cards are valid for either an individual or a family, and give the user full access to the facility, including most programming, for a two week period. “We are very excited to introduce this program, and hope it helps people be active and get to know some of our community’s great facilities.” says Active Pictou County Coordinator, Sally O’Neill, “The Library offers much more than books, and has such a great reach, it’s an excellent partner for this project .”

YMCA Community Outreach Manager, Heidi Sinclair is keen to share the message that the Y offers much more than swimming and gym workouts. “We have classes and youth programming, even off-site activities like hiking and Nordic walking,” She hopes the access partnership will attract new people to explore and enjoy the YMCA. True Potential Fitness and the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool already have an existing partnership where members of either facility can access the other on a defined schedule. These crossover privileges will be extended to the Fun Fit Passes for each facility. “It is a wonderful opportunity to welcome new faces”, says owner Kevin O’Brien. "Enjoy this amazing opportunity from Active Pictou County to visit True Potential Fitness for Fun, FITNESS and Friendship!” 

Fun Fit Passes for the YMCA of Pictou County will be held at New Glasgow, Westville and Stellarton Libraries. Passes for the Pictou Fisheries Pool and True Potential Fitness will be held at the Pictou Library. Any adult with a Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library card can borrow the pass for up to two weeks. A hold for the pass can be placed online through the library catalogue or by calling any of the library branches. You will be able to pick up the pass at your local library branch.

The program is made possible by the Facility Access program of the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. The Fun Fit passes should be available for borrowing from any PARL library branch, starting Friday March 9, 2018. More information about the program may be found online at the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library’s website,, and at your local library. Photo & article submitted by: Trecia Schell Vol 45, No. 2 (Winter/Spring 2018) @NSLAssn


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Amenisty & Education

A fine amnesty proved very popular with patrons of Western Counties Regional Library in February. “Overall people were excited about it, and those with large fines were really happy,” says Digby library clerk Joanna Jarvis. “Anyone with charges was able to have her or his account cleared by simply coming into the library and speaking with one of our clerks,” says Regional Library Director Erin Comeau. “Our goal was to welcome people back by giving them the opportunity to clear their accounts of any outstanding charges that may have prohibited them from using the library’s services,” says Comeau. “We were hoping people would search for any library books and other materials that needed to be returned and return them. If an item was damaged, that is not a problem; we accepted it, no questions asked.” The amnesty applied to anyone with a fine or charge on their account for materials that are late or have not yet been returned to the library. Those who had fines for materials not returned were not eligible for the amnesty unless they found and returned the items to the library. Clerks say the amnesty created a great deal of good will among library members in February. “I think the fine amnesty was great,” says Pubnico library clerk Bobbiann Markle. “There were a number of patrons who were so grateful, and I’m sure will use the library more as a result. There was one family today in Pubnico who was forgiven a total of $66.65!”

A young teenager who loves to read borrowed a book a few years ago and her dog chewed the book quite badly. She could not afford to pay for the book. When she heard about the fine amnesty, she came in with the book and pointed to the fine amnesty poster. She was so happy, the clerk gave her a high-five. She requested other books and left the library very happy.

Clerks in Barrington and Shelburne even received some spontaneous hugs. Most people heard about the amnesty through word-of-mouth, Facebook, the library website, radio announcements and posters. “Everyone was very enthusiastic about the fine amnesty,” says Barrington library clerk Michelle Cook. “Some people had been collecting fines for years and were just paying enough to keep it under $30 so they could continue using the library services.” “It was a win-win all around,” says library deputy director Joanne Head. Photo & article submitted by: Ian Whitte Vol 45, No. 2 (Winter/Spring 2018) @NSLAssn


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Western Counties Regional Library, YMCA Recognizing Enhancing Aligning Community Horizons (YREACH) and the Municipality of Clare invited newcomers for an evening of networking and community orientation on Nov. 24. The goal of the reception at Senator Ambroise H. Comeau Memorial Library in Meteghan was to have temporary foreign workers at Riverside Lobster International Inc. meet representatives of the municipality, the library and YREACH and learn about available services and community organizations and be welcomed into the community. “Often left to themselves, these workers mostly from Mexico, Guatemala, or Chile do not know anything or anyone in the community. Speaking little or no English and French, they follow a simple daily routine of work-home-work,� says Doris Ponce, French services manager for the regional library. The temporary foreign workers learned about language learning programs at the library, had face-toface discussions with municipal officials, and discovered the opportunities awaiting them in Clare.

Clare library clerk Faith Dugas McNeill, seated centre, shows newcomers, attending the function at the branch, how to access Rocket Languages, a language learning software program. The newcomers had expressed interest in learning both English and French.

Warden Ronnie LeBlanc says these people contribute to the economy, and it is important to make them feel welcome, appreciated, and ensure they understand what is available to them in the community.

YREACH provides information, orientation and settlement support to Immigrants and temporary foreign workers and their families who are new to communities across the province of Nova Scotia. It also has a mandate to raise awareness about the benefits of immigration in Nova Scotia and to work with local partners to create welcoming communities. Photo & article submitted by: Ian Whitte Vol 45, No. 2 (Winter/Spring 2018) @NSLAssn


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Lots Happening at Cumberland On February 8, the Cumberland Regional Library Board made the difficult decision to cut hours at 5 of the 7 library location to offset the upcoming budget shortfalls. The cuts were to have taken effect on June 1st. However, a one-time grant of $52,667 from the province has meant that CPL did not have to make any cuts this year. The department of Communities, Culture and Heritage is currently studying library core services and will be making an assessment of funding sometime in the 2018/19 fiscal year. New Youth Services Librarian Fiona Watson started on January 2, 2018. Fiona is originally from Dartmouth and is a recent graduate of the University of British Columbia. The Cumberland Public Libraries will be conducting a survey during the month of March.  Residents of Cumberland can fill in a survey online, or pick up a copy at their local library. The Cumberland Regional Library Board will be hosting a public meeting on April 12th at 7pm at the Four Fathers Library to discuss the future of the Cumberland Public Libraries. Topics of discussion will include current funding issues and what actions need to be taken with frozen funding.

Benefits of joining NSLA • CONNECTION with other members • INVOLVEMENT on the NSLA Board, committees, and advocacy activities • ACCESS to NSLA’s Professional Development Fund • SAVINGS on registration for the NSLA conference; on joint membership with APLA; and, member discounts at Perkopolis and The Library Marketplace; plus much more. • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES — including the Education Institute’s (EI) webinars, at a reduced rate; Continuing Education Certificate, and more. Membership types: o Personal $25 o Retired $20 o Student FREE* o Institutional $50 o Joint NSLA/APLA Professional $65 o Joint NSLA/APLA Support $35  For more membership benefit information contact the Membership Convener at  *NSLA offers FREE memberships for students enrolled in either a Library & Information Technology Diploma program or an MLIS Photo & article submitted by: Denise Corey Vol 45, No. 2 (Winter/Spring 2018) @NSLAssn


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Awards Norman Horrocks Award for Library Leadership 2017 Faye MacDougall The Norman Horrocks Award for Library 2016 Janet Pelley Leadership was established in 2004 to honour 2015 no recipient leadership in the Nova Scotia Library 2014 Frances Newman community and is given by NSLA for 2013 Fred Popowich distinguished contributions to the promotion 2012 Doug Vaisey and development of library service in Nova 2011 Tracey Jones-Grant Scotia. Further details: awards/

2010 Charlotte Janes 2009 Gary Archibald 2008 Penny Logan 2007 Trudy Amirault 2006 Eric Stackhouse 2005 Marie DeYoung 2004 Michael Colborne

SIM Associated Alumni Outstanding Alumni Award 2017 Heather Berringer ('03) 2016 Crystal Rose ('05) 2015 Susan Cleyle ('88) 2014 Lou Duggan ('00) 2013 Barbara Shuh ('76) 2012 Patrick Ellis ('88) 2011 Margaret Murphy ('76) 2010 Terri Tomchyshyn ('81)

The SIM Associated Alumni 2009 Penny Logan ('85) Outstanding Alumni Award 2008 Ilga Leja ('77) honours a member of the 2007 Donna Bourne-Tyson ('90) Associated Alumni who has made 2006 Mark Leggott ('86) an outstanding contribution as an 2004 Judy Dunn ('83) information professional. Please 2003 Marie DeYoung ('80) help select the next illustrious 2002 Catherine Quinlan ('80) recipient of this award. Full 2000 Marilyn Rennick ('76) details are available at: outstanding-alumni-award.html . Emile Theriault Library & Information Technology Award 2017 no recipient The Emile Theriault Library and Information 2016 Tara MacNeil Technology Award, established in 2006, 2015 Jean Brown recognizes the efforts of a library support 2014 Verna DeViller staff member who has made a major 2013 Bev McGee contribution to their library community. Emile 2012 Margaret MacLean Theriault was the first library support staff worker who served as president of NSLA. Further details:

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NSLA Membership Drive NSLA Spring 2018 membership give-a-way! Have you been considering joining a library association? Don’t wait one minute longer! From April 16, to May 31, 2018, all new Nova Scotia Library Association paid memberships will be entered for a draw of a 1-year free membership to be added at the end of the existing membership. Wait! There’s more!  Win a free Library Marketplace gift card! Any current members renewing their paid memberships between April 16-May 31, will be entered for a draw of a $20.00 gift card from the Library Marketplace. Visit Join NSLA at to complete and submit your membership application. Draws will take place in early June, 2018.   Questions? Contact the Membership Convener at

Call for NSLA Board Nominations We are a group of library-loving, enthusiastic, dedicated individuals in search of like-minded people to join our board. The following positions are available for 2018-19: - Professional Development Convener - Membership Convener NOTE: All board positions are for 2-year terms. Why volunteer to serve on the NSLA board? Here are a few reasons to get involved: - Meet new people. Serving on the board is a great way to grow your professional network. - Add to your resume and develop skills that will assist you in your future endeavors. - Learn about and advocate for libraries of all types. Gain insight into the incredible work that other libraries are doing across the province and speak out about issues threatening the success of libraries in Nova Scotia and across the country. Questions? Contact Alison Brown, Nominations Convener, at, or any board member currently in a position that will be available this fall, for more information. See our website ( for more details. Vol 45, No. 2 (Winter/Spring 2018)



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Meet the Board Bill Morgan, Treasurer Administrator, Automated and Technical Services Colchester-East Hants Public Library I am originally from Seattle. I earned my MLIS in 1996 and since then have worked at the Provincial Library, Annapolis Valley Regional School Board and for the Chignecto Central Regional School Board. I have been working  at my current position since 2001. This is my 4th term of service on the NSLA Board. I previously served: 1996-97 (NSLA News); 1999 - 2003 (By-Laws and Nominations); 2011 to 2013 (Nominations).  I look forward to working with a new board. Eric Pottie, Newsletter Convener, Emerging Opportunities Librarian South Shore Public Libraries From Nova Scotia originally I now work at the library I grew up using, graduated in April 2017 with a MLIS. This is the longest I've ever had a job. Avid karaoker and Blue Jays fan. Favourite way to express myself is through Simpson's gifs.  Jai Soloy, Website Convener Community Engagement Team Annapolis Valley Regional Library Full-time Dad/part-time grown-up. Film geek. When not working on social media and graphic design at AVRL, Jai can be found dressed as AVRL’s pink gorilla mascot, running the Bridgetown Library’s ukulele club, or shamelessly promoting his indie rock outfit Dayliner. Twitter: @JaiSoloy Vol 45, No. 2 (Winter/Spring 2018)


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