APLA Merit Award 2021 Winner - Tanja Harrison

APLA Merit Award 2021

Tanja Harrison, Mount Saint Vincent University Library

Halifax, Nova Scotia

“While I am writing this letter, it is on behalf of our entire staff. You will note on the signature page that all Mount Librarians and library assistants are signatories. (There are 16 signatures!) Tanja is not only the heart of our library, but a strong beating pulse of the Atlantic library community. …

Note of Condolence to North Vancouver Districtic Public Library

Dear Jacqueline, and North Vancouver District Public Library staff members,


From our coast to yours, please know our hearts and thoughts are with you all, during this devastating time.

On behalf of our members of the Atlantic Provinces Library Association, we are sending, sincere condolences on a life lost to soon, and heartfelt wishes for healing and recovery.


With kind regards,

Ann Smith,
APLA President, 2020-2021 (

An open letter to Minister Freeland regarding the de-funding of CELA and NNELS

Hon. Chrystia Freeland
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

March 15, 2021

Open letter regarding the de-funding of the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) and the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS)


Dear Minister Freeland,

Grow-A-Library Silent Auction

The APLA Grow-A-Library Committee needs your special talents and donations for our first ever virtual silent auction happening this June at our annual conference! All winning bids will be donated in full to 1 of 3 Atlantic provinces literacy organizations (of the bidder’s choosing, more on that soon!). eGift cards and services that can be posted virtually are much appreciated, as well as physical items both purchased and/or handmade. Be creative! 

APLA Memorial Award - Call for Applications

Do you need financial assistance for study or research? The APLA Memorial Trust provides funding for projects that contribute to the development of your career and are of benefit to the library profession, through research, educational opportunity, or other appropriate endeavour. Applicants must be members of APLA. 

Previous applicants and winners are eligible.

To apply, send a letter outlining your proposed project and estimated costs, and a copy of your curriculum vitae. Applications must be submitted by March 31, 2020.

APLA Nominations and Elections Committee is now accepting nominations

The APLA Nominations and Elections Committee is now accepting nominations (including self-nominations) for the following executive positions:

1. VP / President Elect (3-year term as President Elect, President, and Past President)
2. VP Membership (2-year term)
3. VP Nova Scotia (2-year term)
4. VP New Brunswick (2-year term)
5. VP Newfoundland & Labrador (2-year term)

APLA 2021 Conference – Call for proposals / Conférence APLA 2021 – Appel de propositions

Deadline: 31st December 2020

The APLA 2020 Programming Committee invites proposals to be considered for presentation at the 2021 online annual conference in Wolfville, Nova Scotia (June 8-11): Cross-pollinate. Cultivate. Change. / Brasser des idées. S’épanouir. Changer.

APLA 2021 is going online!

Dear friends and colleagues,  

I’m reaching out to announce the move of APLA’s 2021 conference, Cross Pollinate. Cultivate. Change/ Brasser des idées. S'épanouir. Changer., to an online event. Due to the unpredictable circumstances for the upcoming year, the APLA Executive and the APLA Conference Committee decided it was safest for our members and our communities to hold the conference virtually.  

APLA Response to Globe and Mail op-ed

Halifax, August 26, 2020. APLA Response to Globe and Mail op-ed.

The Atlantic Provinces Library Association (APLA) is one of the most enduring library organizations in North America, with a membership representing all levels of interest and participation.  The association’s mission is to promote the interests of libraries in the Atlantic Provinces while fostering the development of librarians, library technicians and information professionals.  We care deeply about public libraries and the people who use them


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