The national network of provincial and territorial library associations, operating as The Partnership, completed its annual multi-day working retreat in Toronto on August 22, 2007. All twelve associations were represented, the majority by both their President and Vice-President. All four Executive Directors participated as did the new Nunavut Library Association.

Chaired by the Atlantic Provinces Library Association President Donna Bourne-Tyson, the 24 representatives spent an intensive two days on the programs and services the associations are collectively offering to their 8,000 members. The projects discussed during the retreat included: the Education Institute, the national Job Board, the Partnership's electronic journal, Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, the OLAStore and the newest development, the Library Career Centre.

The discussion on the Library Career Centre was led by Judith Silverthorne, Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Library Association, where the project's interim Web site is located. Enormous progress was made over the two days. It is hoped that a test version can be made available this fall for comment by the 8,000 members for which the associations are creating the Library Career Centre. Discussion on how CLA's Info-Nation could be inter-linked was inconclusive since no-one at CLA was in a position to comment on the status of that Web site. This and other questions raised will be pursued aggressively over the coming two months. The Partnership will consider members' comments on the Library Career Centre at its January meeting with a mind to launching the finished product some time in the spring.

It was the first opportunity for the associations to see the printed Education Institute catalogue which is more impressive than ever. EI Committee chair, Trudy Amirault, former president of the Nova Scotia Library Association and OLA Education Director Liz Kerr led discussions around the streamlining of procedures, relations with speakers and the marketing of the fall program. For more on the Institute, see the News Headline Story for August 17.

Jennifer Richard, Editor of Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, and a former President of the Atlantic Provinces Library Association, offered to continue as editor for The Partnership. The meeting expressed great pleasure at her offer and offered their congratulations to her and her cross-Canada editors for the extraordinary job they have done in the first two issues.

The three-month-old national Partnership Job Board is hosted by the British Columbia Library Association and has been adopted by about a third of the associations. The concept is totally new to several associations and some associations have been providing job advertising at no cost requiring local adjustment in thinking and expectations. Efforts are to be made to bring the Job Board up on the Web sites of all Partnership associations.

Participants in the Partnership retreat were:
Library Association of Alberta: President Della Paradis, Executive Director Christine Sheppard
Atlantic Provinces Library Association: President Donna Bourne-Tyson, Vice-President Su Cleyle
British Columbia Library Association: Vice-President Lynne Jordon, Executive Director Michael Burris
Manitoba Library Association: President Rainer Schira, Vice-President Carolyn Minor
Newfoundland and Labrador Library Association: President Daniel Duda
Northwest Territories Library Association: Vice-President Alison Hopkins
Nova Scotia Library Association: President Charlotte Janes, Vice-President Lynn Somers, former President Trudy Amirault (Partnership committee chair)
Nunavut Library Association: President Rae-Lynne Patterson
Ontario Library Association: President Esther Rosenfeld, Vice-President Sam Coghlan, Executive Director Larry Moore, Deputy Director Jefferson Gilbert, Education Director Liz Kerr
L'Association des bibliothèques du Québec Library Association: President Janine West, Vice-President Lisa Milner
Saskatchewan Library Association: President Amy Rankin, Vice-President Erin Romanyshyn, Executive Director Judith Silverthorne
All programs and services of The Partnership are part of APLA membership benefits.

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