News from Nova Scotia - Nova Scotia Provincial Library

Submitted by CATHERINE KELLY, Communities Librarian, Nova Scotia Provincial Library

NSPL’s government department of Communities, Culture and Heritage was able to hire a content marketing firm to document activities taking place in the province highlighting Canadian Library Month.

Photographers, writers, and videographers were deployed to various events during the month of October to visually document programs and activities ranging from chair yoga for seniors, living libraries, the Thundermaker art exhibit, “Singing Storytellers” (held in conjunction with Cape Breton University and the Celtic Colours Festival), and much more.

Content gathered from these events can be viewed on Shelf Life, the NSPL blog, at or via the NSPL Facebook page: #LibrariesInspire

The province of Nova Scotia gained access to the NNELS (National Network for Equitable Library Service) system in the month of October.  NNELS provides digital delivery of a growing collection of over 12,000 downloadable eAudio and eBraille titles to the approximately 93,000 Nova Scotians who have a print disability.

Public library membership is the main access point to the NNELS system. Patrons self-identifying as print disabled (as per the definition of perceptual disability in the Canadian Copyright Act) at their local library will be authorized to use their library login to download files in DAISY, MP3, eBraille and eText formats. Titles may be downloaded to mobile devices such as phones and tablets, laptops and home computers, DAISY devices and eBraille readers.

Check with your local library for more details, or visit the NNELS website: and on Twitter @nnelsCA