Take Action to save our Public Libraries!

Many public libraries in Newfoundland and Labrador are at risk of being closed. Let’s take action to protect these libraries!


Send a message to Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, Dale Kirby regarding the recent announcement of the closure of 54 of our public library branches. Stress the importance of all of our library branches and library workers, and their value in these troubling times.

We have created the following template message that you can email to Minister Kirby and your local MHA.  Or, fill out this form if you’d prefer us to send it to Dale Kirby and your local MHA on your behalf.

Subject line: Save our Public Libraries!

Dear Minister,

I urge you to reconsider the devastating cuts to the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries. During times like these, public libraries are more needed in our province than ever.

Please get back to let me know what you have done in response to my message.


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OLA Super Conference 2016 (#olasc16)

In January, I attended the OLA Super Conference 2016. I learned a lot and met old and new friends.


The first session I attended was Tracy Church’s Introduction to Prospect Research. This was a great, condensed introduction to prospect research.

Her presentation is available here.

The second session I attended was I Found my Dream Job, But It’s not in a Library, hosted by June Avila, Hannah Loshak and Emily Porta. They spoke about their non-librarian paths in the information field and told us about the alternative and niche careers available to information professionals.

Their slides contain various examples of non-traditional jobs and the options out there.


The first session I attended was Dayna DeBenedet’s When the Job Search Ends: Management Tips. She provided excellent information and personal advice on how to be a manager and lead one’s staff.

Her slides have further details on the steps and things to consider when you’re a head librarian.

The last session I attended was Launching the FOLD (Festival of Literary Diversity) in Brampton, hosted by June Dickenson, Catherine Carreiro and Jael Richardson. They spoke about the goals, events and progress of planning this upcoming festival. It will promote diverse Canadian literature and authors on a level that has never been done before in this country.

The slides can be viewed here.

You can track the developments of the FOLD, learn how to get involved and find out how to register here.

In between sessions, I attended the Expo and obtained many free goodies (see below).

The conference was wrapped up by Wab Kinew, who was a keynote speaker. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a recording online. Regardless, his speech was amazing and I highly recommend checking out his works.


Lee & Low Books published their Diversity Baseline Survey recently. It provided data on the demographics within the publishing industry. You can also see a slideshow of the results here.

The results are unsurprising and raises some explanations for the lack of diversity in published books.

Learn Online with Lynda.com – Now Free for TPL Cardholders

I’m extremely excited to learn that patrons of the Toronto Public Library (TPL) can now access Lynda.com courses for free! I personally plan on taking advantage of some of the technical courses available, once I have more time. A colleague of mine is planning to register with the TPL just so she can access Lynda.com courses.

The TPL has made great strides in making information available and empowering their users to develop new skills. I am proud to be one of their patrons.

Click the link below to learn how to use your TPL account to access Lynda.com.

Learn Online with Lynda.com – Now Free for TPL Cardholders

harper government library closures

How many federal libraries have been closed since 2011? Cate Hana, an MLIS candidate at Western, created a table listing the libraries in her blog post. Of course, the closure of these libraries have had a profound impact for researchers, our culture and collective memory.

poor cate

For LIS9130 – Information Policy, I wrote my final paper on the closure of federal libraries since Harper gained a majority in 2011. Information about the closures is scattered and sometimes difficult to find, so as part of my research I compiled a table with dates, departments affected, and outcomes.

After reading a tweet about yet another library that has been “modernized” (i.e. dismantled, with many of its resources dumped), I thought I’d share the table here:

Date Department Outcomes
2012 National Capital Commission Library closed.
2012 Transport Canada Gatineau library closed. Seven positions lost.
May 2012 Public Works and Government Services Library closed.
Sep 2012 Citizenship and Immigration Library closed.
Jul 2012 Transportation, Infrastructure and Communities Ottawa library closed.
Apr 2012 Library and Archives Canada 215 positions cut, including 21 archivists and archival assistants, and 50% of circulation and digitization staff. Interlibrary loan unit closed. National Archival Development Program eliminated, resulting…

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