Library professionals from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland are gathering to celebrate achievements and share ways to advance life-long learning. Acadia University in Wolfville is hosting the Atlantic Provinces Library Association annual conference from today, May 22 to Friday, May 25. The theme for this year’s conference is Discovering Hidden Treasures. Speakers and delegates will share stories and best practices with sessions on technology, advocacy, people, spaces and library collections. There will also be author readings and panels. “This conference is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the professional library community while sharing and collaborating on new and innovative ways for our four provinces to work together towards advancing life-long learning in the Atlantic region,” said David Wilson, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. Bill Greenlaw, executive director of the department’s archives, museums and libraries division, is today’s keynote speaker. He will present on the developments of the department’s new division that includes the Nova Scotia provincial libraries, museums and archives. “I look forward to showcasing the great work our libraries are doing around collaboration and innovation and being able to discuss the importance of libraries and archives with the regional delegates,” said Mr. Greenlaw. “The association is poised to shed light on the many ways libraries serve real people with real needs,” said Atlantic Provinces Library Association president Jocelyne Thompson. “So much of the excitement around the conference involves sharing our knowledge and bringing ideas that will enable us to better serve our users back in our own communities.” Atlantic Provinces Library Association is one of the oldest library organizations in North America. Its mandate is to promote library and information service, serve regional library interests and co-operate with other library associations and organizations. For a schedule of conference events and information on the association, visit www.APLA.ca .