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2022 NSLA Conference Program

Libraries. Communities. Connections.
October 14-16, 2022
Sydney, NS


We are excited to welcome you to the 2022 Nova Scotia Libraries Association Conference hosted in beautiful Cape Breton-Unama’ki. This is the first in-person conference since 2019 and we are thrilled to safely meet with old friends and make new acquaintances.

The theme of this year’s conference is Libraries. Communities. Connections. Libraries inform, inspire, and connect people through in-person and online services, leading to many impactful experiences for individuals, families, organizations, and businesses in our communities.  They provide welcoming spaces where all people can learn, relax, discover, and connect with others. Valuable community partnerships are also fostered and developed through libraries.  

The conference keynote speaker on Saturday morning is Mary Beth Doucette. Ms. Doucette is Assistant Professor and Purdy Crawford Chair in CBU’s Shannon School of Business. With her wealth of knowledge and experience in community economic development and her work with reconciliation, she understands the impact of valuable human connections to build strong communities.

The conference will also offer several networking opportunities and time to develop meaningful social connections:

  • Kick off your socializing at our Friday evening Meet & Greet.
  • Meet with exhibitors and colleagues during the Saturday luncheon.
  • Saturday evening’s awards banquet will feature Cape Breton’s comedic duo Bette MacDonald and Maynard Morrison.

We hope you find this year’s complement of sessions informative and provide you with opportunities to further develop connections with your library communities.

We must thank all of the conference volunteers and the NSLA Board. The conference committees have worked diligently for the past year and we are grateful for your hard work and dedication.

The past two years were filled with professional and personal challenges. This year, more than ever, we need to gather, celebrate and enjoy our time together.

We wish you a fulfilling and fun conference experience – céad míle fáilte!



Conference Planning Committee Co-Chairs

General Information

The Venue

The 2022 NSLA Conference is being held at:

Holiday Inn – Sydney Waterfront

300 Esplanade

(902) 562-7500

For more information about the hotel, please visit their website. Delegates are responsible for arranging their own accommodation.

  • The conference room rate is $149.00/night & tax, single or double occupancy
  • Specify that you are attending the Nova Scotia Library Association or Group Code LAR
  • Guest rooms will be available at the conference rate until September 14. After that time rooms will be available on a first come, first serve basis, and conference rate will not be guaranteed.
  • Check in time is 3 pm.
  • Check out time is 11 am.
  • Parking is complementary.

Conference Fees

Early Bird Rate (until September 14) NSLA Members $175/Non-Members $200

After September 14 – NSLA Members $185/Non-Members $210

Saturday Workshop Only Early Bird – NSLA Members $100/Non-Members $110

After September 14 – Saturday Workshop Only – NSLA Members $110/Non-Members $120

(Conference fees include breakfast, lunch, nutrition break and 1 banquet ticket)

Additional Banquet Ticket $45

Exhibit Information

Exhibit Hall: Saturday, October 15 9:30am to 4:30pm

Exhibitors play a vital role in our annual conference. They not only introduce their latest services and products to our community, but also provide important sponsorship and support for our conference. Please take the time to visit our exhibitors, show your appreciation, and enter to win some fabulous prizes! On behalf of the 2022 Conference Planning Committee and all of the conference delegates, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to all of the exhibitors participating in the 2022 NSLA Conference.

Registration Desk Hours

Friday, October 14 12:00pm to 7:00pm

Saturday, October 15 8:00am to 2:00pm


Friday October 14

Preconference Sessions

NSLA Board of Directors Meeting – 4:30pm -6:30pm

LBANS Meeting – 4:30-6:30pm

Welcome Reception – 7:30pm-9:30pm.

Sponsored by Library Boards Association of Nova Scotia (LBANS) and Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM).

Saturday October 15

Downtown Walking Tour – 7:00am-8:00am

Meet in the hotel lobby at 6:45am.

Breakfast – 7:00am – 9:00am

Sponsored by Connors Basics.

8:00am-2:00pm – Registration Desk Open

9:30am-4:30pm Exhibits open

Visit our Exhibitors!

Official Opening/ Keynote Address 9:30am-10:30am

Reflecting on Libraries: Places of Knowing, Doing, and Sharing Stories and Experiences.

Keynote address: Mary Beth Doucette, sponsored by Whitehots.

Ms. Doucette is Assistant Professor and Purdy Crawford Chair in CBU’s Shannon School of Business. She is also a band member with Membertou First Nation and a doctoral student in management at St. Mary’s University. She has a B.Eng in industrial engineering from Dalhousie and an MBA in Community Economic Development from CBU. With a focus on interactions between Mi’kmaw and Canadians, Ms. Doucette researches how people in organizations use policies and procedures to share knowledge in culturally informed ways.

Nutrition Break – 10:30am-11:00am

Nutrition Break, Exhibits Area. Sponsored by Library Bound.

Session 1 – 11:00am-12:00pm

Session II – 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Lunch & Exhibit Hall Viewing 1:00-2:30pm

Lunch sponsored by Nova Scotia Provincial Library.

Session III – 2:30pm-3:30pm

Pre-dinner Meet & Greet 6:30pm-7:00pm

Dinner and NSLA Awards Banquet 7:00pm-9:00pm

Entertainment: Bette MacDonald and Maynard Morrison

Banquet and Entertainment Generously Sponsored by Atlantic Book Ltd.

Bette MacDonald and Maynard Morrison

Cape Breton’s finest comedic duo, Bette MacDonald and Maynard Morrison have delighted audiences worldwide. Sit back and prepare to be entertained at the antics of their unique and lively characters. Bette and Maynard will be sure to connect the audience to Cape Breton culture welcoming you to our island community.

Following the banquet, the fun continues with live entertainment at The Crown and Moose Pub, located adjacent to the hotel lobby.

Congratulations to all NSLA 2022 award recipients!

Sunday October 16

Breakfast 7:30am-9:30am

Sponsored by Whitehots.

NSLA Annual General Meeting – 8:00am – 9:30am

LBANS Annual General Meeting – 8:30am – 9:30am

Session IV – 9:30am-10:30am

Thank you for attending the 2022 NSLA Conference. Safe travels!

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