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Check out what’s coming up at the Education Institute:

Kim Martin, Ryan Hunt
Wednesday, February 22  | 2 – 3PM
Providing access to information has always been a core value of libraries. With the rise of makerspaces and fab labs, information and access come in many forms: from 3D printing and scanning to sewing machines. How do libraries include these new items in their programming and how do they ensure that all patrons can access them? One way of doing this is by creating a mobile makerspace. A modern take on the bookmobile, a mobile makerspace can be a bus, van, or truck that has been transformed into a space to support new literacies — a space to learn with your hands. Join the co-founders of The MakerBus, as they walk you through the steps of creating, sustaining, funding, and programming Canada’s first mobile makerspace. Reflections on working with schools, the London Public Library, and universities will be included, and other examples of mobile makerspaces will be highlighted throughout the session.
Pam Saliba, Andrea Cecchetto
Tuesday, March 7  | 1 – 2 PM
Have you ever thought about hosting a TEDx event at your library? TED, a globally recognized brand that needs no introduction, known for inspirational (and viral) videos on the topics of technology, entertainment, and design, introduced the TEDx program in the spirit of ideas worth spreading.

TEDx highlights your local inspirational thinkers. They are self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

Libraries have always spread ideas and a TEDx Library Event is the next step in that evolution. Learn how to plan a TEDx event at your library, and discover the many benefits.

Marie-Marthe Gagnon
Tuesday, March 21  | 12 – 1 PM
Mailchimp s’inscrit dans la série des outils du processus de veille et plus précisément pour la diffusion. Gratuit mais pas parfait, il présente le grand avantage de maximiser les efforts via l’automatisation. Que ce soit pour envoyer la table des matières d’un périodique ou le résultat d’une alerte sauvegardée dans une base de données ou plusieurs, Mailchimp vaut la peine d’être exploré.
Marie-Marthe Gagnon
Tuesday, March 21  | 2 – 3 PM
Mailchimp is a tool that can be used to push information to users. Its strength is the automation, the user registration form and the relative ease with which a specific product can be configured. Whether you send periodical’s table of contents or results from one or many alerts saved in a database, it is worth your while to learn how to use this cool tool.
Brooke Windsor
Wednesday, April 19 | 2 – 3 PM
Instagram has become a very common social media platform for public libraries. The image-based site allows libraries to show off materials and program successes. It can also be used as both an engagement tool and founding service within the library’s teen department. The platform is one of the most popular among today’s teens and helps librarians to connect with youth in a realm where the teenagers are already comfortable. In rethinking the Cambridge Idea Exchange Teen Summer Reading, Instagram became the primary focus instead of the number of hours or books read. With a strategic online outreach plan and weekly photo challenges, the teen summer Instagram program (dubbed #IEXchallenge) was an immense success. It managed to garner 182 Cambridge teen followers and received over 350 photo submissions in just 10 weeks. This session details how to take your teen Instagram presence to the next level as an engagement tool instead of leaving it as a simple library promotional platform.
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Congratulations and Happy Retirement Deborah!

Deborah Bruser stepped into her first role at the Yellowknife Public Library (YPL) as Public Services Librarian in 1996, becoming Library Manager in 2003.  She had attained her MLS at the University of British Columbia, and moved to Yellowknife with Brian and their family in 1986.

Through the years, Deborah has shown herself to be an intense, focused and passionate librarian with a very strong interest in promoting and maintaining professional ideals within librarianship.  In practice, she’s an expert in collections development.  Her inquiring mind, wide-ranging interests and knowledge of our unique northern community have been integral in creating a truly outstanding collection that both she and the City of Yellowknife should be proud of.

Her expertise in public librarianship doesn’t end there.  Over the years, she’s promoted a robust suite of programs that range from intriguing (Human Library) to engaging (Yellowknife Reads) to just plain fun for children (like the very popular T.A.I.L.S. Read to a Dog program).

Her understanding of the importance of a welcoming and comfortable environment led her to successfully lobby for physical improvements to the YPL that are today appreciated by patrons and staff alike.  She arrived to a dark and rather dingy facility, and managed its transformation to an open and colourful space filled with timely displays designed to catch the eye and interest of toddlers, teens, and beyond.

Deborah is retiring from her position amidst accolades from the staff at both the YPL and the City.  That she should be held in such high esteem by the people she’s worked most closely with says a lot about her as a professional and as a person.  Over the years, she’s been an exemplary colleague to many of us.  To me she’s a cherished friend.

Deborah and Brian are pulling up stakes … leaving Yellowknife for the exceedingly green and leafy Victoria where they will pursue their many and varied interests, though probably not a lot of skiing.

– Carolynn Kobelka



The Passion of Newfoundlanders for their Libraries

“You know the government is in trouble when a public library consultation erupts into a near riot.

The scene at the public library consultation Thursday night in St. John’s was a remarkable one — both in terms of gauging public anger at the government, public passion for the endangered provincial library system, and the emerging level of awareness among the public of government techniques for manipulating public discourse.” TheIndependent.ca…….

Newfoundlanders Fighting for their Libraries





Janet Diveky’s Contest Entry


“When we sailed into  Santa Rosalia, Baja California Sur, Mexico, we visited  the Mahatma Gandhi Library, which was sadly very poorly stocked with reading materials.  But, hey!! Lots of really old government publications which looked like lists of stuff … Didn’t seem to be anything written by Gandhiji.” – Janet Diveky

Thanks for the entry Janet and good luck! Want to give Janet some competition? There’s still lots of time to enter the contest…

Save the Date! October 21st is Canadian Library Workers Day

canadian-library-workers-day-3 A message from the Canadian Federation of Library Associations:

Great libraries can be about great collections or great buildings but in the 21st century they’re also about great people. Without library workers libraries simply cannot function. Libraries rely on their staff to provide service to their communities and to help their libraries and communities grow. The vital contribution of library workers to libraries and communities across our country deserves national recognition.

CFLA-FCAB has designated the third Friday in October as Canadian Library Workers Day. CLWD is a day for Canadians to recognize the valuable contributions made by all those who work in and for the public, academic, school, government, academic, corporate and private libraries that are integral to our communities.
Canadian Library Workers Day is recognized during Canadian Library Month, an annual celebration of libraries, library workers, and the services they provide to their communities.

On behalf of the Canadian Federation of Library Associations / Fédération Canadienne des Associations de Bibliothèques (CFLA-FCAB) we are very pleased to proclaim October 21, 2016 as Canadian Library Workers Day.

Donna Bourne-Tyson & Paul Takala
Co-Chairs, CFLA-FCAB

Canadian Library Month: NWTLA Members Contest

This summer, vacationing around California, I found myself once again popping into libraries whenever I happened to stumble upon them. I know I’m not the only one to do this as I’ve also heard from co-workers who do the same. Perhaps tellingly, I never heard of this when I worked in other professions. So why is it different for us?

I suppose we have a natural curiousity but more than that, I think it shows our respect for information. We visit to see what programs they have, how they organize their resources, even what furniture they use; all to make us reconsider our own work environments and reflect upon ways to improve.

This year, the OLA coined the phrase “A Visit Will Get You Thinking,” as a way to encourage the public to visit libraries during their Ontario Public Library Week. It’s a great slogan and in an earlier blog post, I tried to work with that sentiment to encourage the public to visit our libraries during Canadian Library Month. Of course, it’s just as important for us.

With that in mind, the NWTLA exec would like to see and share photos of you visiting other libraries. If you have some photos of a library you visited while on a past vacation and don’t mind us sharing on this blog, send them our way! Don’t have any? Get out to another library this month, even something local (i.e., one where you don’t currently work) and take a few snaps. Feel free to add a small blurb about something that impressed you about that library or how it made you think.

For all of those that submit entries this month, we’ll enter your name in for a $20 gift certificate from the book store of your choice.

I’ll get you started…


A public library in San Francisco. Great program ideas and made me reconsider the need for on-going programs when “one-offs” are also quite useful.


Alcatraz prison library: An important reminder that libraries are vital for every segment of the population!


Henry Miller Memorial Library. When I discovered that there were no books to borrow, just to buy, it really challenged my idea of what a library is. However, when I discovered that it is non-profit and the great number of community programs they do, I’m more comfortable letting them keep the “library” name (though I’d still prefer some borrow-able materials!)