A message regarding the APLA 2020 Conference

Dear APLA members, invited 2020 conference guests, and library colleagues –

It is with deepest regret, and concerns for all involved during these uncertain times, that the Board of the Atlantic Provinces Library Association (APLA) – upon advisement of the Public Health guidelines in effect due to the COVID 19 pandemic, and in conversation with the 2020 Conference Committee – has decided to cancel this year’s 2020 APLA Conference to be held in early June 2020 at Acadia University,  in Wolfville Nova Scotia.  The APLA conference is a cherished time for all our members to gather, socialize, touch base and be inspired.  It was not an easy decision, and the Board wishes to thank all the Conference Committee volunteers for their continued dedication, and inspiration – and also all our conference program participants and supporters, for volunteering to give presentations and workshops to our members and library colleagues.

The 2020 Conference will be postponed until spring 2021.  

·        The new dates for the 2021 Conference will be Tuesday June 8th to Friday June 11th, 2021.

·        The 2021 Conference location will be Acadia University,   in Wolfville NS.

·        Program: Everyone who has accepted the offer to present is automatically accepted for the program in 2021.  We will be in touch in July to confirm whether you are still able and willing to present in Wolfville. If you have any questions about the programme please get in touch with aplaprogram@acadiau.ca .

·        Refunds: For those who are already registered, please get in touch with jason.levy@acadiau.ca.  We are waiving the cancellation fee. 

We very much appreciate your patience while we work through the efforts of postponing the 2020 conference, and rescheduling the conference to spring of 2021.  If you have questions, please get in touch with us at conference@apla.ca . We will be posting information on our website shortly. 

And for APLA Members, the APLA Board will be in touch with details in late April 2020, with regards to the arrangements for the 2020 APLA OGM (Ordinary General Meeting).

Thank you,

With kind regards,

Trecia Schell,
APLA President, 2019-2020

Keynote Announcement!

We now have our two keynote speakers! Camille Callison, a Librarian, Archivist and Anthropologist from the University of Manitoba, will be our Opening Keynote. Gerold Gloade, a Program Development Officer with the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq, will be our closing keynote!

APLA 2020: Cross Pollinate. Cultivate.

APLA 2020 logo

Please join us in the lush and beautiful Annapolis Valley for APLA 2020: Cross Pollinate. Cultivate. Change. From June 9th to June 12th, 2020! Although we’re still in the early stages of planning, we invite you to reflect on the ways in which you’ve collaborated (or cross-pollinated!) with others to nurture and grow exciting change in your library and beyond. We’re looking forward to hearing about the incredible partnerships you’ve made! In addition to learning about the fascinating work of your colleagues, you’ll be hosted in the stunning town of Wolfville, where our specialties are food, drink, and merrymaking! Walk the dykes, grab some fresh produce at the farmers’ markets, catch a glimpse of Cape Blomidon, or enjoy a drink at one of the many wineries in the area. Come and see what the buzz is all about at APLA 2020!