Spark & Ignite: Celebrate Hope and New Horizons

The Spark & Ignite Northern Library System Conference is an annual conference providing an immersive, interactive experience on relevant topics to library staff and board members of our system and beyond.

This year's theme is Celebrate Hope & New Horizons. The 2022 conference will be held in person at the Allied Art & Leisure Centre (4605 57 Ave, Elk Point, AB T0A 1A0), Elk Point from Thursday, May 26 to Saturday, May 28, 2022.

Please register for the conference by May 16th.

**Meals will be provided on all three days. If you have any dietary restrictions, please email to let us know, before May 17**

Pre-conference Schedule (May 26)

This day is only for NLLS member library managers, limited library staff and library board chairs


Coffee and pastries available starting at 9:00 am

Meeting: 10 am - 12:00 pm

Lunch and Networking: 12 pm – 1:30

Training: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

There are three training options, but you can only choose one because they will all be running at the same time (these session are going to be directed at managers, not staff):

Topic Facilitator Location
Working with your Board Jessie Allied Arts Centre
Introduction to CCD Tool Diane Training Lab
Running Repots Alliah Executive Director's Office

We'll be able to give managers a tour around the building in the afternoon, after your training.

Library Staff (Capacity: 10 people)

Coffee and pastries available starting at 9:00 am

We’ll be able to accommodate 10 library staff for a job shadow-tour type event, where, for those libraries who wish to bring staff members, library staff can come and tour HQ, and take three sessions on things done in the library. The bulk of the training will happen during LMC, as it is designed for staff and not managers. We think it would be beneficial for all participants to go through all three sessions, even if their role doesn’t call for that type of skill set, so they have a familiarity with that process. The “teaching” portion of these sessions won’t be designed to be really long so that the staff can ask questions and interact. The three staff sessions are:

Topic Facilitator Location
Kits/Steam tech Demonstration/Play time Rhonda Consultants Lab
Operations Overview Demo/FAQ Crystal/Paul/Dolores Operations
Cataloguing FAQ, Cat Sheets/Volume Control Darby Training Lab

Please RSVP to Joanne by May 17 if you have staff that will be attending, keeping in mind we can only accommodate 10 people.

Board Chairs’ Meeting

Coffee and pastries available starting at 9:00 am

Training: 10 am - 12:00 pm

Lunch and Networking: 12 pm – 1:15

Training: 1:15 pm – 3:00 pm

Training will be "Working as a Board"

**Meals will be provided on all three days. If you have any dietary restrictions, please email to let us know, before May 17**

Conference Schedule (May 27)

This day is for everyone in the library community. We'll be running the following schedule:

8:00 am Doors open for check-in
8:30 am Light breakfast
9:00 am Opening remarks
9:30 am Maureen Penn, Library of Things (Non-Traditional Collections)
9:50 am Summer Reading Program Committee, Introduction to Summer Reading Program
10:10 am Question Period
10:30 am Coffee Break (visit the vendors and displays)
10:45 am Keynote: Notorious Cree
11:15 am Lunch!
1:00 pm Clifton Cross and the Frog Lake Library Board, Opening an Indigenous-Led Library
1:20 pm Skye Durocher, Revitalization of Cree Language
1:40 pm Question Period
2:00 pm Coffee Break (visit the vendors and displays)
2:15 pm PLSB, Accessibility in Libraries
2:35 pm Margaret Law, Governance vs. Operations
2:55 pm Question Period
3:15 pm Coffee Break
3:30 pm Dr. Norene Erickson and Dr. Joanne Rodgers, Love It or Leave It? How to Manage the Emotional Labour of Your Public Library Job
4:30 pm Closing remarks
5:00 pm Dinner!
7:00 pm Sheldon Casavant, Magician

*Please note: Schedule and speakers are subject to change if needed.

The registration will be done through Showpass, a handy tool for registering for major events. You can pay for your tickets on Showpass using major credit cards or choose the option to be invoiced. Register before May 16thPlease email with any questions or dietary restrictions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a cost to attending the conference?

The conference is $85 for all attendees, and vendor tickets are $52.87.

If I am not a member of NLLS, can I still register?

Yes! Are you passionate about libraries and want to engage with other like-minded individuals? Then we welcome your participation in our event. 

When does registration close?

Registration closes Wednesday, May 17th. We can accommodate 400 people!

What is this year’s format?

This year, we’re piloting a new format: a single stream of presenters over one day. There will be six shorter talks and two keynotes on one stage, and a chance to talk to the speakers one-on-one. The vendors and displays will all be in the same room as the stage, and there will be plenty of time to see them and visit each other. Meals and coffee will be provided. At the end of the day? There will be dinner and then a magic show.

How do I register multiple employees from my organization?

We ask that each attendee registers with their own email. This allows us to keep accurate attendance numbers and send follow-up information to registrants.

Where do I send in my questions if I need help?

Please email the planning team:

What if I have accessibility needs?

If you have any accessibility needs, please email the planning team at We will do our best to accommodate all needs.

I have dietary needs! Who do I contact?

If you have dietary needs, please contact us at We’ll make sure to tell the caterers so there is the food you will enjoy.

Code of Conduct

The Spark & Ignite  Conference is committed to creating and supporting a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and harassment-free conference experience for our community. The Northern Lights Library System and our member libraries embrace the full spectrum of human and social identities, including but not limited to: race, ethnicity, national origin, gender and gender identity and expression, sexuality, ability, class, and religion. We expect conference participants to help create thoughtful and respectful environments during our virtual conference, on related social media platforms, and in any online communications associated with our event. We expect you not to assume the pronouns of participants and to respect the pronouns indicated.  

We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Harassment can include unwelcome or offensive verbal comments or nonverbal expressions related to age; appearance or body size; employment or military status; ethnicity; gender identity or expression; individual lifestyles; marital status; national origin; physical or cognitive ability; political affiliation; sexual orientation; race; or religion. Harassment (including online) can also include the use of sexual and/or discriminatory images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation; stalking; following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; bullying behavior; inappropriate physical contact; unwelcome sexual attention; and personal attacks. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Conference participants violating these rules will be warned, then removed from the session at the conference organizers’ discretion. We value your presence and constructive participation in our community and thank you for your attention to the comfort and safety of fellow collaborators and attendees.

The Spark Ideas, Ignite Passion Virtual Conference planning team gratefully acknowledges the Library Assessment Conference for sharing their codes of conduct with us.