APLA 2009 is only three weeks away! The response has been fantastic,
but never fear - there is still time to register.   Online registration
(  is being accepted until Wednesday, June 3.  After
June 3 you will be able to register in person at the conference
beginning June 10.  

Pre-Conference Workshop News:

The APLA pre-conference session "Workshop on Writing: Reaching Your
Intended Audience"  has regrettably been cancelled due to speaker
scheduling conflicts.  For those of you who have already registered for
this session we will be getting in touch with you regarding

Due to the overwhelming response to the "Readers' Advisory: RA in a
Day" pre-conference workshop we will move the session to a larger space
and will now be able to accept more participants.   The session is being
held Wednesday, June 10 and the cost to participate is $75.  This is an
all-day session (8:30 - 4:30) and lunch will be provided.  To register,
visit the conference website

A little more about the workshop:

The task of helping a reader to discover their next great read can be a
challenge for many reasons.  Today’s reader is looking for meaningful
suggestions but usually within very limited time constraints, and the
harried readers’ advisor may come to see the question, “What should
I read next?” as a daunting one.
Co-sponsored by the Nova Scotia Provincial Library and the Canadian
Association of Public Libraries this day-long workshop focuses on
Readers’ Advisory skills and techniques to help both new and seasoned
staff.  During the day recognized experts in the field of Readers’
Advisory (RA) as well as public library staff will share their tips,
tricks and successes.  By the end of the day attendees will have gained
new perspectives in RA as well as a heightened appreciation for readers
and the value of our service to them.
For the past three years RA in a Day has been run successfully by
Sharron Smith of the Ontario Public Library Association’s Readers’
Advisory Committee.  For the first time, she is taking it on the road
and adding an east coast twist.

Who should participate?
Whether you are new to the field of reader guidance or highly skilled
at making reading suggestions, plan now to attend this day and discover
techniques and inspiration to enhance you readers’ advisory skills.

Presenters include: 
Sharron Smith -  Manager of Readers’ Advisory Services at Kitchener
Public Library
Duncan Smith -  founding partner of NoveList
Denis Cunningham - Manager of Communications and Marketing with Halifax
Public Libraries
Members of Halifax Public Libraries' Readers' Services Team -  Sarah
Wenning, David Hansen, Kristina Parlee, Maureen Collier and Laurel
Heidi Hallett - owner of Frog Hollow Books

Sara Gillis
Promotion/Marketing Chair
APLA Conference 2009

APLA Conference 2009
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June 10 - 13, 2009
Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel