Notices and Calls for Nominations

Grow a Library/CODE Update

On behalf of the Grow a Library Committee and CODE, I am pleased to announce that APLA has adopted the Wondo Genet Reading Room in Ethiopia, South Nations & Nationalities Peoples.

It is the only library in a farming community of 15,000 and it serves 3 primary schools. Through our fundraising we will be giving them local language and English reading materials and providing professional training to teacher-librarians.

We are all familiar with the idea behind CODE:  “If you can read and write, you can learn to do, and be, anything.”  I am excited to be raising funds for this very deserving library and the community it serves.

Why not make a personal donation of $10, $20, or $50 to this worthy cause? Alternately, if your group would like to fundraise, please let us know! The Grow a Library Committee is always looking for new and fun ideas to raise money for our library. In fact, we are looking for people to serve on the committee, so if you’d like to join our enthusiastic and creative bunch, please let us know that too! The more the merrier, especially when it comes to ideas for raising money.

Look for the Grow a Library link on the APLA website which will take you to a brief description of the library and CODE and then click on the “Donate now” button and make a donation!

For more information, please contact:

Sarah J. Gladwell
Reference Department
Saint John Free Public Library
1 Market Square
Saint John, NB E2L 4Z6
Tel: 506-643-7224
Email: Sarah.Gladwell@gnb.ca

Call for Nominations

The committee is now accepting nominations for the following positions:

VP/President Elect

VP Membership

VP Nova Scotia

VP Prince Edward Island

VP Newfoundland Labrador

Nominations close Wednesday, February 29, 2012.

If you, or someone you know, would be perfect for one of these positions please contact the Chair of the Nominations Committee:

Sarah J. Gladwell
Reference Department
Saint John Free Public Library
1 Market Square
Saint John, NB E2L 4Z6
Tel: 506-643-7224
Email: Sarah.Gladwell@gnb.ca

First Timer's Conference Grant

To be eligible, an applicant must be a personal member of APLA, residing in Atlantic Canada, and planning to attend her/his first APLA annual conference. Grants are allocated, consistent with general APLA guidelines, to help meet conference related expenses. If more applications are received than can be met by the fund, money will be awarded by drawing from the names of all eligible applicants. Recipients will be expected to write a short report, for the Executive and the APLA Bulletin, summarizing their conference experience. Applicants should include name, business address, chosen means for contacting (mail, e-mail, telephone, fax) estimated costs (travel, accommodation, meals, registration), and a signed compliance with eligibility requirements.

Nominations should be submitted by March 31, 2012 to:

Lou Duggan
Cataloguing & Metadata Librarian
Patrick Power Library
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3C3
Phone: (902) 420-5174
Email: Lou.Duggan@smu.ca

APLA Memorial Award

Financial assistance is available, from the APLA Memorial Trust, for study and research. Projects which contribute to the professional development of the applicant and benefit the profession are encouraged. To apply, send a letter outlining your proposed research and estimated costs and a copy of your curriculum vitae.

Applications must be submitted by March 31, 2012.

Applications, questions and/or donations should be sent to:

Heather Sanderson
Information Literacy Librarian
Patrick Power Library
Saint Mary's University
Halifax, NS  B3H 3C3
Tel: 902-420-5541
Fax: 902-420-5561
Email: heather.sanderson@smu.ca

APLA Merit Award

The Merit Award Committee is now accepting nominations for the award to be presented at the annual conference at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

The Merit Award honours an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to library service in the Atlantic Provinces. This can include leadership in library associations, involvement in the development, application and use of library services and library systems, and significant contributions to library literature.

Each recommendation must be accompanied by documentation of the nominee’s achievements (resume, curriculum vitae, letters of reference). Names of people who have been nominated but not chosen may be resubmitted.

The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2012.

Please direct nominations to:

Sarah J. Gladwell
Reference Department
Saint John Free Public Library
1 Market Square
Saint John, NB E2L 4Z6
Tel: 506-643-7224
Email: Sarah.Gladwell@gnb.ca

Carin Alma E. Somers Scholarship Trust

The Atlantic Provinces Library Association administers the Carin Somers Scholarship Trust. The trust provides an annual scholarship, valued at approximately $2,000, in her name to assist a Canadian citizen who is an Atlantic Provinces resident needing financial assistance to undertake or complete the academic requirements leading to a degree in Library and Information Studies. 

Selection of the recipient will be recommended by a committee of the four Provincial Vice Presidents and the President-Elect to the Executive Committee. 

The successful applicant will have been accepted in a School of Graduate Studies as a candidate for a Master's degree in Library and Information Studies accredited by the American Library Association. The award will normally be announced at the Annual Atlantic Provinces Library Association Conference. 

Application forms are available online in both English and in French

Nominations should be submitted by March 31, 2012 to:

Lou Duggan
Cataloguing & Metadata Librarian
Patrick Power Library
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3C3
Phone: (902) 420-5174
Email: Lou.Duggan@smu.ca