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Coming up @ Education Institute: The Learning For the Future Series

The Learning For the Future Series: Working Toward National Standards for School Libraries

In anticipation of the upcoming Treasure Mountain Canada conference the following web conference series has been created to develop and encourage discussion of school library issues.

Register for these as a series, or as individual web conferences. All participants will receive a link to the archived session to share with colleagues or review at a later date.

Best Elevator Speech Contest Winners!

The Best Elevator Speech Contest ran from January to March 31, with contestants being challenged  to make a convincing statement on the enduring relevance of libraries in the 21st century, in 200 words or less.  Congratulations to our three winners! APLA members can read the winning entries below.

First prize goes to Cate Carlyle of Saint Mary’s University; second prize to Patricia Parsons of Central Division Libraries (Gander, NL); and third to Anita Cannon of Mount Allison University.

2012 APLA Merit Award Recipient - Jennifer Richard

Jennifer Richard to Receive the 2012 APLA Merit Award

The Atlantic Provinces Library Association is pleased to announce that this year’s recipient of the APLA Merit Award is Ms. Jennifer Richard, Head of Research Services at Acadia University’s Vaughan Memorial Library in Wolfville, NS.

Join APLA before May 20th - There's still time to make a difference!

Thanks to you and a cracker-jack team, we have reached our goal of 30 new members! But there's still time to make a difference. The more new members who join before May 20th, the more we will be able to donate to the very worthy Grow a Library program. For more on the benefits of membership, see below.


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Online Petition - National Archival Development Program

After last week's announcement about the federal cuts to jobs and programs at Library and Archives Canada, I noticed many postings to the APLA listserv were sympathetic to the loss of the National Archival Development Program.There is an online petition "Make it Better, Write a Letter"  protesting the cancellation of this funding. We are trying to get 10,000 signatures on a letter to Mr. Harper.  Would you consider adding your name?

Volunteer for APLA's 2012 Conference

APLA is seeking volunteers to tend the APLA/Grow a Library table at the upcoming conference in Wolfville, NS. Duties include providing information and managing cash. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Pamela at The following time slots are available:

Wednesday May 23rd

Thursday May 24th

Friday May 25th

Election results: Vice-President/ President-Elect

On behalf of the Nominations and Elections Committee and the APLA Executive, I am pleased to announce that the successful candidate for Vice-President/President-Elect is Louise White.

We were fortunate to have two outstanding candidates and we thank both Louise and Crystal Rose for their generosity in allowing their names to stand for this position.

Thank you to all who voted in the election and for your understanding during the election process.

Sarah J. Gladwell


Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee

APLA 2012 final call for posters

You're invited to showcase your research or recent initiative at the APLA 2012 Poster Session during the annual APLA conference in beautiful Wolfville, NS at Acadia University. Student as well as information professional contributions are encouraged. This year's theme is "Discovering Hidden Treasures".

The 2012 Poster Session is being organized by the Dalhousie University School of Information Management Associated Alumni (SIMAA).

Library Book Rate Bill Needs Your Support!

Dear APLA Members:

This information on Bill C-321 comes from the most recent CLA Digest.  I am sharing it as this issue is most critical for all libraries and according to MP Merv Tweed, the bill has a good chance to be passed.  Please see below for more information on how you can help.  Time is of the essence!

"Library Book Rate Bill Needs Your Support!
Bill C-321, MP Merv Tweed’s private members bill in support of the Library Book Rate, is scheduled for second reading in the House on 23 April.


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