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HLA in 2004 - Join the Club!

Join the Club!  HLA in 2004!

The Halifax Library Association will be 70 years old in 2004!!  Founded in November, 1934, the “Halifax Library Club” recognized the need for all library workers to meet and discuss mutual problems and concerns and to improve library services for both Halifax and the province of Nova Scotia.  Exceeding its original objectives articulated in 1934, HLA has a long history of contributing to library workers’ professional development by providing valuable programming, as well as addressing numerous issues and concerns that affect libraries with all levels of government.  Also, anyone who has been a part of the association’s history knows how active HLA has been in providing social events for the library community.  Programming, representation and networking form the foundation of the current association.  HLA is committed to making 2004 a year that celebrates its history and accomplishments.  The current Executive calls on all Halifax library workers to “join the Club” in order to be a part of the 2004 experience.  We are focusing on three goals in the upcoming year:

Programming – HLA will be increasing its programming, with an eye to offering workshops and sessions that serve a number of different types of library staff, as well as an array of topics that address current issues.  Upcoming programs that are currently under development include: Infotrac Database Searching, Science Database Searching (STN), Disaster/Conservation Planning in Libraries and intellectual freedom issues post September 11th.  However, if you would like to see other types of programming offered, please feel free to e-mail your suggestions to any members of the current Executive.

Social Events – One of HLA’s strengths has been the numerous social events it organizes and sponsors each year, whether it is their lively AGMs or perennial pubcrawls.  The current Executive is committed to providing venues where library workers can discuss issues of the day, engage in idle chat, and, of course imbibe in refreshments.  Some ideas that are percolating include a Trivia Pursuit contest (start assembling your institution’s team now), Martini Hour @ The Bitter End, Chat @ the Fireside and closing out 2004 with a grand 70th Anniversary Party in November.  We are also co-sponsoring the Holly Jolly Christmas Social on December 5th, 2003 with many other library associations.  We hope to meet you at these events!

Reflection - People who attended HLA’s annual general meeting in June, 2003 may remember that I committed myself to start the process of compiling and organizing some sort of historical record of the Halifax Library Association.  I have begun the task of sifting through the available documentation but find there are significant gaps in the Executive’s documentation.  I would like to ask any of HLA’s previous Executive members to forward me copies of any documentation they may still have in their possession such as AGM or Executive minutes, programs announcements and flyers, memberships lists, Executive Member lists, Treasurer’s reports, etc. with particular emphasis from 1985 to the present.  I hope to be able to share a compilation of the association’s history with the library community at our 70th year anniversary party.  It truly will be a celebration of all the hard work, commitment and dedication of so many members of the library community over the years.

Our 70th Year Anniversary Party in November, 2004 will be the “toast of the town” and you may want to mark it on your calendars now.  A small committee has been assembled to start the planning process but we would like to invite a few people from the Halifax library community to also participate.  If you are interested, please submit your name to me ([log in to unmask]).  We want to ensure that HLA’s rich and diverse history is represented in this celebration so if you have stories or experiences to share, please consider joining our committee.

Watch for HLA program announcements on the various library listservs, share them with a colleague or visit HLA’s website frequently to see what is going on around town. 

Thank you and the HLA Executive hopes to see you in 2004.

Debbie Costelo
HLA President 2003-2004
C/O Nova Scotia Community College
Library Services
5685 Leeds St., P.O. Box 2210
Halifax, N.S., B3J 3C4
Ph: (902) 491-4724
Fax: (902) 491-4800
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HLA’s Web Site: http://www.nscc.ns.ca/lrc/hla