APLA 2022 Conference is Finished!

Many thanks to all speakers, presenters, participants and volunteers for attending this year’s conference – See you next year!

2022 Conference Registration and Schedule LIVE!

It is with great pleasure that the APLA 2022 Conference Committee announces that registration is now open and our Conference schedule is now live!

Register for APLA 2022 here: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/atlanticprovinceslibraryassociation/310132#
View APLA’s 2022 Schedule here:


Questions about registration or the conference schedule can be sent to: conference@apla.ca

Opening and Closing Speakers Announced!

Opening Keynote Speaker: Ryan J. Dowd

Ryan Dowd has worked most of his career running homeless shelters. Currently, he works at the second largest homeless shelter in Illinois. He trains libraries around the country (and world) on how to work with difficult homeless patrons, using the same tools that homeless shelters employ. He is the author of the ALA book, “The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness.” He is married, with two children. His favorite book is Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac.

Closing Keynote Speaker: Julie Pellisier-Lush

Julie Pellissier-Lush is an actress, and bestselling author of ‘My Mi’kmaq Mother’, Poet Laureate for PEI, recipient of the Queens jubilee medal in 2013, the Meritorious Service Medal recipient in 2017, and the Senators 150 metal in April 2019. Julie wrote the poems for the play ‘Mi’kmaq Legends’ in 2010 & they have been performed for the last 8 years on many different stages in the Atlantic region. Julie lives in PEI with her husband, her five children, & her granddaughter.

Call for Proposals Open!

Deadline: March 4th, 2021

The APLA 2022 Committee invites proposals to be considered for presentation at the 2022 virtual annual conference

Bridging the Gap: Inclusion & Diversity in Libraries

Réduire les barrières: l’inclusion et la diversité dans les bibliothèques

Join us virtually from Tuesday, June 7th – Friday June 10th, 2022 to learn, engage and celebrate diversity and inclusion within our libraries!


APLA (the Atlantic Provinces Library Association) represents libraries, librarians and library technicians across the region, all of whom sit on the unceded and traditional territories of First Peoples. In Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, we find our friends and colleagues situated on the territory of the Mi’kmaq. In New Brunswick, libraries are found on the land of the Wəlastəkwiyik, Mi’kmaq, and Passamaquoddy Peoples. In Newfoundland and Labrador, our libraries sit on the homelands of the Inuit of Nunatsiavut and NunatuKavut, the Innu of Nitassinan, the Beothuk and the Mi’kmaq peoples. We at APLA wish to express our sincerest gratitude to the First Peoples who share their ancestral homelands with us all