Dear friends,

What could be better than the enchanting City of Fredericton on the beautiful St. John River in early June? We look forward to welcoming you here for APLA 2018! Come learn AND celebrate with us as APLA marks its 100th birthday! Our organizing committee is hard at work to make this a conference to remember!

The lovely Wu Conference Centre on the University of New Brunswick campus will be the main location for our proceedings, with off-campus events providing opportunities to explore other parts of the Capital City. To kick things off, the opening reception will be held at the newly-expanded Beaverbrook Art Gallery; come see the Dalis in their brand new purpose-built space!

Our conference theme – Libraries in Action / Bibliothèques en action – is meant to be elastic enough to incorporate diverse areas of library engagement; we’re aiming for a varied program. We do, however, hope to focus some attention on libraries’ response to the Truth and Reconciliation Committee’s Calls to Action, building on the excellent sessions held at our last conference in Charlottetown. Elder-in-Residence at UNB, Imelda Perley, has graciously accepted our invitation to accompany us on our journey as we prepare for 2018.

So save the dates! We look forward to seeing you in Fredericton June 6 – 9, 2018!

Jocelyne and Ella
Jocelyne & Ella

Call for Proposals

Atlantic Provinces Library Association Conference 2018

The APLA 2018 Programming Committee invites proposals to be considered for presentation at the 2018 annual conference in Fredericton, New Brunswick (June 6-9): Libraries in ACTION!

We are seeking content that exhibits the dynamic role that libraries play in our communities and institutions. Libraries in Action is a jumping off point for proposals and could include innovation, leading change, physical literacy, actions to defend libraries and their services, or social justice. Special consideration will be given to proposals addressing the Truth and Reconciliation Committee’s Call to Action. We also invite your own take on the conference theme.

We are seeking the following:

  • Oral presentations or panel discussions (45 minute session + 10 minute question period);
  • Lightning talks (5-10 minutes);
  • Poster sessions;
  • Proposals that do not fit the above time and structure will be considered by the committee but are dependent on schedule, logistics and other proposals received

Please submit your proposals via email to APLA2018Program@unb.ca by January 7th, 2018 at midnight and should include:

  • Title
  • Type: presentation, panel, lightning presentation, poster
  • Name, title, institution of presenter(s)
  • Two sentence bio of the presenter(s)
  • Approx. 300 word session description
  • Language of presentation: French/English/Bilingual
  • Contact information including email, address, phone number

Presenters will be notified by February 14, 2018. Presenters are responsible for their own registration, travel and accommodation.

We request that presenters make their presentation available on the conference website.

If you have any questions about your proposal, please contact Joanne Smyth (jsmyth@unb.ca) directly.