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).

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).


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.




New website officially launched

NLA president Yvonne Earle officially re-launched the NLA website in its new WordPress dress on January 14, 2013:

“We are officially launching the new NLA website. Our thanks to Tina Rose for the impetus and initial testing of WordPress and to Carol Rigby for all her work to bring our new website live. It has taken a lot of volunteer hours and is much appreciated.

Thanks also to NALD who allowed us to use their original design and supported our initial website for 4 years.


Yvonne Earle”

Please see the second website report from Carol Rigby posted in the NLA Minutes and Business Reports publications section of the website for further details.

Creepy Crawlies at latest NLA meeting

The fall meeting of the Nunavut Library Association was held at the Nunavut Legislative Library, in person and by teleconference. Those attending in person got a sneak preview of Halloween with the creepy crawly cupcakes provided by Tina Rose, courtesy of her nephews. Eat your hearts out, anyone who missed the meeting!

Creepy crawly cupcakes for Halloween!

Minutes from the meeting and a report on updating the website are posted on the publications page for meeting minutes.

Nunavut wins Read for 15 territorial challenge!

October 19, 2012: Catherine Hoyt, Chair of the Friends of Iqaluit Centennial Library, reports that Nunavut has won the annual Read for 15 challenge:

The Nunavut Literacy Council will be sharing details in their upcoming newsletter. Here are some details they passed on to me;

  • Our final number was 6,583.
  • Tusarvik School in Repulse Bay was the winner of draw ($100.00) and they had 342 readers
  • Many great moments were mentioned on send-in sheets;
    • Schools and parents/community members coming together to read.
    • Libraries holding special reading events.
    • Daycares gathering children and parents for reading sessions.

The Friends of Iqaluit Centennial Library at the Rotary Fall Fun Fair 2012

Rotary Fall Fair – Saturday, October 5th

For the 3rd year the Friends of the Iqaluit Centennial Library held a successful outreach program at the Rotary Fall Fair. Each October hundreds of Iqaluit families enjoy an afternoon of carnival games, canteen and cotton candy. The “Friends” host a free booth to promote library programs and services to our community. This year we were able to distribute over 460 new children’s books. Children were able to choose between Inuktitut, English and French books. There were library loot bags, tattoos and children played a free game to win a finger puppet. We collected e-mail addresses for our mailing list and people could even sign up for a library card. This was excellent opportunity to reach families who are not regular library users. We are already planning our booth for next year!

Report submitted by Catherine Hoyt, Chair, The Friends of Iqaluit Centennial Library.

YABA Presentation

Presentation of the 2012n CLA Young Adult Book Award to Catherine Austen by Michael Monaghan (CEO of Library Services Centre, award sponsor) and Carol Rigby (jury chair)

May 29-June 1, 2012: NLA member Carol Rigby wound up her five-year term on the Canadian Library Association’s Young Adult Book Award jury with the opportunity, as this past year’s chair, to present the award to this year’s winner, Catherine Austen, for her novel All Good Children at a gala awards evening at this year’s annual CLA conference, held in Ottawa. She also presented this year’s “notables” — the top ten shortlist — at a conference session. The notables presentation is posted in the publications section of this website. Carol can now go back to reading something other than 100+ YA novels in a year.