APLA 2013

APLA 2013 is over.  Thanks to all those who presented, volunteered, sponsored, exhibited and attended. See you next year in Moncton!

The theme for APLA 2013 is Go Organic! Locally sourced libraries. The theme underlines the idea of the library as a "natural" part of a healthy community. Focusing on the vital services and space offered while highlighting homegrown library initiatives. The Conference will be held at The University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), Charlottetown, PEI, May 14-17, 2013. Located on 140 acres in central Charlottetown, UPEI has a rich history of community engagement.


Welcome To Charlottetown – May 14 -17, 2013

APLA Pre-Conference Sessions: Tuesday May 14

APLA Conference: Wednesday May 15 – Friday May 17

General Information:

Parking is free this time of year except in gated and metered areas.  Parking lots A and B off Belvedere Avenue are closest to Don and Marion MacDougall Hall, the Conference venue.  (#12 on map).

The Registration Desk is located in McDougall Hall Room 244.  Registration Desk hours are: 

  • Tuesday 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The APLA Conference Office is located in McDougall Hall Room 245.

All Conference Sessions are located in McDougall Hall.

If you are staying on campus, breakfast is available for purchase at the Atlantic Veterinary College (#27 on map).  The AVC Cafeteria opens at 8:00 a.m.   Samuel’s Café in the Robertson Library (#15 on map) provides coffee, muffins, bagels, gourmet cookies, fruit, juice etc. Samuel’s opens at 8:00 a.m.  Breakfast can also be purchased at Subway, Burger King and Superstore, all within 5 minute walking distance of the campus.


The exhibitor’s area will be located in a large, open space ("Market Square") and corridor ("Market Street") adjacent to food service and conference sessions.  Exhibit hours are:

  • May 14th 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • May 15th 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • May 16th 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
  • May 17th 9:30 -  5:30 p.m.

(Exhibitors can move out after the program for that day is complete)


Use the hashtag #apla2013 to tweet about Conference sessions and events.


Printable program: Download PDF
Mobile Program:

Printable Program Now Available!

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The Merit Award Banquet


The Merit Award Banquet will be held at the downtown Charlottetown location of the world famous Culinary Institute of Canada. This year’s dinner will feature locally grown produce and meat prepared with expert culinary flair.  All served in the beautiful floor to ceiling windowed dining room with an amazing view of Charlottetown Harbour. The Culinary Institute of Canada is regarded by many as the premiere culinary school in Canada. Chefs and students are drawn from around the world to the institute.

“Arguably, the country's hottest cooking school, nestled in Charlottetown's waterfront" - MacLean's Magazine

Afterwards dance the night away to Gordie McKeeman and His Rhythm Boys. Hailing from Prince Edward Island, the award-winning Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys serve up old-time roots music with an energy level that practically yanks you out of your seat by the collar. The Rhythm Boys were given the Galaxie Supernova Award at the 2012 Ottawa Folk Festival for outstanding live performance. Tom Power, host of Deep Roots on CBC, recently called the Rhythm Boys his "Best Discovery Band" at the 2012 East Coast Music Awards. If ever someone was deserving of the nickname “Crazy Legs”, it just might be Gordie MacKeeman. His thrilling dance style mixed with great bluegrass vocals, Peter Cann’s blistering guitar solos, and the lively multi-instrumental talents of Thomas Webb and Mark Geddes, and Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys are a complete entertainment package.

APLA 2013 is Coming!

Check out the awesome new video from the APLA 2013 Registration Committee. Sweeping vistas! Delicious local food! Puppets!

Call for Proposals has ended

The call for proposals for the APLA 2013 Conference in Charlottetown is now closed. Thank you to all who submitted. Contributors will be contacted in the beginning of February.

See you in Charlottetown in May!