This year's theme is TRUE GRIT.

October 20-22, 2023
Truro, Nova Scotia


We are excited to welcome you to the 2023 Nova Scotia Libraries Association Conference hosted in Truro, Nova Scotia. 

It takes true (=real) grit to work in today’s libraries. As the library’s role in the community grows broader, we must summon passion and perseverance in order to continue to adapt to our communities’ ever-changing needs.

Below you will find more information about the conference program and venue. You can register now by downloading the registration form.


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All conference attendees must adhere to the Code of Conduct.

General Information

The Venue

The 2023 NSLA Conference is being held at:

Inn on Prince Hotel & Conference Centre
437 Prince Street
Truro, NS
(902) 895-1651

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

  • The conference room rate is $124.00/night plus tax (single or double occupancy).
  • Specify that you are attending the Nova Scotia Library Association Conference.

  • Guest rooms will be available at the conference rate until September 20. After that time rooms will be available on a first come, first served basis, and the 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 Period: August 18 – September 12                Regular Period: September 12 – October 5

Full Conference (includes Friday night Meet & Greet, breakfasts, nutrition breaks, lunch, and 1 banquet ticket):

  • Early Bird Member ($185)
  • Early Bird Non-Member ($210)
  • Regular Member ($195)
  • Regular Non-Member ($220)

Pre-Conference Only ($40)

Saturday Sessions (includes Saturday breakfast, nutrition breaks, lunch, and 1 banquet ticket):

  • Early Bird Member ($100)
  • Early Bird Non-Member ($110)
  • Regular Member ($110)
  • Regular Non-Member ($120)

Additional Banquet Tickets ($50)

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Exhibit Information

Saturday, October 21 9:00am to 4:00pm

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 play vendor bingo to win some fabulous prizes! On behalf of the 2023 Conference Planning Committee and all of the conference delegates, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to all of the exhibitors participating in the 2023 NSLA Conference.

Registration Desk Hours

Friday, October 20 12:00pm to 6:00pm

Saturday, October 21 8:00am to 2:00pm

Featured Speakers

James (Jim) L. Turk

Saturday Morning Keynote
Appearance Date: Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 9:00am AST

Jim is Director of the Centre for Free Expression at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University).

He speaks and writes extensively on intellectual freedom, freedom of expression, human rights, and civil liberties and on their importance for social justice and democracy. His most recent book is an edited collection, Academic Freedom in Conflict: The Struggle over Speech Rights in the University.

From 1998 to 2014, Jim was Executive Director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers; previously having been a professor of sociology at the University of Toronto teaching Canadian studies and labour studies. He has also held several senior positions in the Canadian trade union movement.

Dr. Lynn Jones

Sunday Morning Keynote
Appearance Date: Sunday, October 22 at 10:30am AST

Jones is a proud African Canadian born and raised in Truro, NS. She has over 30 years of experience as a federal public service employee, and extensive experience in the Canadian Labour Movement. Dr. Jones became the first Black person to join the executive ranks of the largest union in Canada, becoming the first general vice-president of the Canadian Labour Congress and national vice-president of the Canada Employment and Immigration Union. She co-chaired the first national union Anti-Racism task force conducted in Canada. She has spent much time assisting communities in their development and in coordinating diversity, employment equity, and embracing change initiatives.

She possesses several awards including the Queens Jubilee Medal and 100 Black Canadian Women of Excellence Award. She holds honorary doctorate degrees from Acadia and Mount Saint Vincent Universities and in 2023 was named to the Order of Canada, the highest civilian award in Canada. She presently chairs the Global Afrikan Congress – NS Chapter, which seeks reparations for the atrocities of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Her present passion is in obtaining affordable housing for the Indigenous African Nova Scotian community from “The Marsh” in Truro. This has been possible through the creation of a community land trust that addresses the gentrification and environmental racism that swept through her home community.

Conference Program

View the latest 2023 Conference Program here.


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