About Nunavut Library Association

Mission Statement The Nunavut Library Association provides a forum for discussion, encouragement and professional development for its members. The mission of our Association is: to support anyone working in or with Nunavut libraries to represent all types of libraries in Nunavut to advocate for excellent library services for Nunavummiut with all levels of government and other agencies to promote library services and literacy in the official languages of Nunavut.

Are you interested in cataloguing? Join CTSN!

If you are interested in the technical services side of library work (cataloguing, classification of materials, purchasing and processing of materials, etc.), you are invited to join the Canadian Technical Services Network. Best of all — it’s free!

A message from Emma Cross:


My name is Emma Cross and I am a librarian at Carleton University. Christopher Carr at Concordia University and myself are currently running an email list for the Canadian Technical Services Network (CTSN). This is an informal grassroots network based on the former CLA Technical Services Network.

Please consider joining the Canadian Technical Services Network email list:

  • free / no obligation
  • great way to keep up to date on Canadian Technical Services issues
  • all members are encouraged to share information and start discussion relevant to the technical services community.
  • CTSN aims to be inclusive with representation from all library sectors
  • List is moderated and not overly busy
  • Recent posts include job ads, reports from the Canadian Committee on Cataloguing and the Canadian Committee on Metadata Exchange, notices from Library and Archives Canada, conferences and training events.
  • Link into our network and connect with colleagues and friends

Please contact me if you would like to be added to the CTSN list emma.cross@carleton.ca

Feel free to forward this message to anyone who might be interested




Pond Inlet Archivist featured in Up Here Magazine

The members of Nunavut Library Association come from many varied backgrounds, and Philippa Ootoowak, currently the Archivist for the Pond Inlet Archives, is a case in point. She first arrived in Pond Inlet as a nurse in the 1970s, and served for many years as the community librarian for the Rebecca P. Idlout Library, before setting up and managing the Archives. Her story as the “accidental archivist” has been highlighted in the June issue of Up Here, and can also be viewed online:

The Accidental Archivist

Congratulations, Phil!

If you’d like to know more about the Pond Inlet Archives, check out their post in “Our Libraries”:

Pond Inlet Library and Archives Society


CFLA-FCAB Truth and Reconciliation Committee releases report

The CFLA-FCAB Truth and Reconciliation Committee has released its report responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action in the context of libraries and library services. Former NLA members Helen Halbert and Ben Gosling participated in the Committee’s work as representatives of libraries serving Nunavut and Inuit.

The report makes 10 major recommendations, with each of these being broken down into a number of actions that can be taken by libraries to promote best practices in the relationships between libraries and Canada’s indigenous peoples.

You can read the full report here: Truth and Reconciliation Committee Report and Recommendations (2017).

NLA Supports Canadian School Libraries

The Nunavut Library Association is pleased to offer its support for the newly established Canadian School Libraries organization.

As our association is small, we don’t have a dedicated school association or chapter, but anyone working in a school library in Nunavut can obtain valuable information from the organization’s website. This  includes their landmark document Leading Learning, published in 2014, and associated resources. They also offer access to the Canadian School Libraries Journal, which also contains the archived editions of School Libraries in Canada, and is now published three times a year.

Writing to NLA to introduce the organization, CSL Chair Anita Brooks Kirkland indicates that it is the

home for the national school library standards, Leading Learning, in English & French. CSL’s  goal is to provide school libraries with “one-stop” shopping for resources, news & professional development.  As you will see on our home page, school library and multi-library associations that often support schools across Canada have shared their logos/links and sometimes news on CSL (http://www.canadianschoollibraries.ca). … We really want to be able to connect people across the country, including Nunavut.
We encourage your association to connect with us anytime if you need some help with school library concerns. You members may be interested in some of the resources on our website, so I encourage you to share our link as you best see fit.

So if you’re involved with running a school library in Nunavut, check out their website for helpful resources and connections to other people working with similar challenges and opportunities.

Fall 2016 NLA Meeting

The Fall NLA meeting was held by teleconference on November 16, 2016. Meeting space was provided at the Legislative Library by Riel Gallant, who has left NTI to take up the position of Nunavut Legislative Librarian. Jenny Thornhill ably chaired and kept us on time, and teleconference services were kindly provided by Ron Knowling, Manager at Nunavut Public Library Services. For the first time, an afternoon rather than evening meeting time was tried, and worked well for many. Meeting minutes and reports are posted on the NLA business page.

Routledge offering free access to articles on institutional repositories and the digital library

Time-limited offer: until September 30, 2016, Routledge is posting a free access article collection on Institutional repositories and the digital library. Although the focus is on academic libraries, the issues involved are relevant for many kinds of libraries and organizations. As subscriptions to the journals involved can be wildly expensive to access, if you have an interest in any of these topics, check them out while they’re free!

From their press release:

Routledge is pleased to offer the Library & Information Science community free access to a collection of over 50 articles covering the topic of Institutional and Subject Repositories in academic libraries. The articles in this collection cover the basics of starting and maintaining an institutional repository, the impact of repositories on the open access movement and publishing, repositories for special collections, and institutional repositories around the world.

Click here to access the entire article collection.
Articles will be free to access until September 30, 2016.

ITK Announces Interactive Digital Library of English and Inuktut Early Learning Materials

September 2, 2015 – Ottawa, Ontario – Responding to appeals from early childhood educators, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, in collaboration with its Inuit Early Childhood Development Working Group, has developed an interactive digital library of English and Inuktut materials to allow educators to share teaching tools across Inuit Nunangat and build upon existing resources.

These resources can be found through their website for Katiqsugat. (ᑲᑎᖅᓱᒐᑦ)

ᓯᑎᐱᕆ 2, 2015-ᖑᑎᓪᓗᒍ – ᐋᑐᕙ, ᐊᓐᑎᐊᕆᐅᒥ – ᐱᑕᖃᓕᖁᔭᐅᖏᓐᓇᖅᐸᒃᓯᒪᓂᖏᑕ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᓕᓵᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᑦᓯᔨᐅᔪᓂᑦ, ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑕᐱᕇᒃᑯᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ, ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖃᖃᑎᒋᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᓕᓵᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖃᖅᑎᒋᔭᖏᓂᒃ, ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᐃᓯᒪᓕᓚᐅᕐᐳᑦ ᐱᑐᒃᓯᒪᕝᕕᐅᓗᓂ ᖃᕆᑕᐅᔭᑎᒍᑦ ᐅᖃᓕᒫᒐᖃᕐᕕᒻᒥᒃ ᖃᓪᓗᓈᑎᑑᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑑᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᑎᑎᕋᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᖁᑎᓂᒃ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᑦᓯᔨᐅᔪᐃᑦ ᐊᒥᖅᑲᖃᑎᒌᒍᓐᓇᖅᓯᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᑦᓯᔾᔪᑎᔅᓴᕆᔭᒥᓐᓂᒃ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᒫᖓᓂᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐱᕈᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᑎᑕᐅᓕᖁᓪᓗᒍ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑕᐅᕝᕕᒃᓴᓂᒃ ᐱᑕᖃᓕᐊᓂᒃᑎᑕᐅᔪᖅ.

For more information, see the ITK press release in English (Online Collection of Early Learning Materials Helps Inuit Educators Share Resources) or .ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑕᑦ (ᖃᕆᑕᐅᔭᑎᒍᑦ ᐱᑐᒃᓯᒪᕝᕕᐊᓂ ᑲᑎᖅᓱᒐᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᓕᓵᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕈᑎᔅᓴᐃᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᕈᑎᔅᓴᐅᕗᑦ ᐃᓄᓐᓄᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᑦᓯᔨᓄᑦ ᐊᒥᖅᑲᒐᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᑑᑎᑕᐅᓗᑎᒃ).


NLA advocates for fair e-book pricing

FairE-book pricing BannerThe Nunavut Library Association has added its voice to those advocating for a fair e-book pricing system for libraries. The campaign was launched by the Canadian Library Association and a number of partners on June 15, 2015. NLA has sent a letter of concern to Nunavut Minister of Culture and Heritage George Kuksuk, and received a reply indicating that the matter is being considered by federal, provincial and territorial ministers and that his department will keep NLA informed of developments. More details and all the correspondence are posted to the “Fair ebook Prices” campaign 2015 page on our website.

This issue is critical to the future of libraries and readers’ access to information. For more information, check out the Fair Ebook Prices website. For those who tweet, check out #FairEbookPrices.

Fall 2014 NLA Meeting

The fall meeting of the Nunavut Library Association was held at the Legislative Library in Iqaluit on November 5, 2014. We took advantage of the fact that two of our out-of-town members, Leigh-Ann Cumming and Carol Rigby, were able to attend in person–the first time Leigh-Ann was not on the telephone for an NLA meeting! We also welcomed new member Helen Halbert by teleconference, the new librarian of the Inuit Qaujisarvingat resource centre at ITK in Ottawa.

NLA's fall meeting at the Nunavut Legislative Library

NLA’s fall meeting at the Nunavut Legislative Library Photo by Carol Rigby

We shared lots of interesting information about what is going on in our libraries, from programs to encourage users (3D printer and scanner at Iqaluit Centennial Library! Word games as prizes for borrowers at NAC Nunatta Campus Library!) to new developments in technology (RFID for Iqaluit Centennial) and technical services (adopting RDA as a cataloguing standard by the Leg Library next year). All of us have faced the dilemma of Robert Rao taking on the task of being the first records manager at QEC: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. But which bite do you take first??

Minutes from the meeting are posted on the publications page if you want all of the interesting details.




Leading Learning: Standards of Practice for School Library Learning Commons in Canada

Leading Learning: Standards of Practice for School Library Learning Commons in Canada was recently launched at the Canadian Library Association’s annual conference, held this year in Victoria, B.C.Leading Learning from CLA

The document has been developed jointly by CLA’s Voices for School Libraries Network and CLA’s School Libraries Advisory Committee, in consultation with many regional groups, associations and individuals, including the Nunavut Department of Education.

The press release from CLA provides more information and background on all the partnerships involved and further contacts.

The complete Leading Learning document is available free of charge through the CLA website, as is the supporting extensive bibliography.