Public libraries Entries

2014 Minister's Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Public Library Service Award Winners

Posted: April 29, 2014, 2:56 PM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 7 Comment(s)

The winners of the 2014 Minister's Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Public Library Service were announced at the Alberta Library Conference on April 25, 2014 by Acting Municipal Affairs Minister Greg Weadick.  A complete list of the winners and description of the services that won can be found here.

Trustee Workshop - Drayton Valley

Posted: January 28, 2014, 12:14 PM by: Mari Scott
Categories: Public Library Services Branch, Public libraries, Alberta, Planning, Systems, Workshops | 40 Comment(s)

 

PLSB invites you to attend the
LIBRARY BOARD BASICS WORKSHOP
to be held

Saturday, February 22, 2014
from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

at Drayton Valley Civic Centre
5120 - 52 Street
Drayton Valley

This workshop is open to all library trustees, library managers and library system staff.  It is designed to help launch participants on a path to good public library service delivery by enhancing their knowledge of the Libraries Act and Regulation and other pertinent legislation.  In particular, participants will understand:

  • The Alberta library network in context
  • Library board roles, responsibilities and relationships
  • Other important issues such as finances and effectiveness.

In order to reserve your seat, please register before Friday, February 14, 2014.  There is no fee for the workshop. Participants will receive a workbook and other support materials, snacks, and lunch.  Other meals, travel, and any required accommodation will be the participant’s responsibility.

Come prepared to ask lots of questions, become informed, meet colleagues from across the province and have FUN!  Questions regarding the workshop may be directed to the Public Library Services Branch at 780-427-4871.

Click here to complete the registration form and send it via mail, email or fax to: 

PLSB Library Board Basics Workshop
803 Standard Life Centre
10405 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, AB  T5J 4R7
Email: 
karen.petch@gov.ab.ca
Fax: 780-415-8594 

 

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Posted: December 16, 2013, 11:27 AM by: Mari Scott
Categories: Uncategorized, Public Library Services Branch, Public libraries, Alberta, Systems | 107 Comment(s)

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From the Staff at PLSB to all of you...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We look forward to working with you in 2014!

2014 Minister's Award for Excellence and Innovation in Public Library Service

Posted: September 10, 2013, 8:04 AM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 1 Comment(s)

The Honourable Doug Griffiths, Minister of Municipal Affairs, invites public library boards to apply for the fifth annual Minister's Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Public Library Service.  The application form can be found here.

Journey of a Book in the Parkland Regional Library System

Posted: August 29, 2013, 7:52 AM by: KarenP
Categories: Public libraries, Systems | 17 Comment(s)

Parkland Regional Library System has put together a video to take you through the journey of a book in their system. The video demonstrates the complexity of the acquisitions, receiving, cataloging, processing, and delivery processes.

Click here to view the video.

Culture Days - September 27-29, 2013

Posted: August 28, 2013, 11:04 AM by: KarenP
Categories: Public libraries, Alberta | 2 Comment(s)

Congratulations to the following library boards for being selected as Feature or Host Celebration sites for the 2013 Culture Days (September 27-29, 2013).

Feature Celebration Site
City of Brooks Library Board

Host Celebration Sites
City of Spruce Grove Library Board
Town of Stony Plain Library Board
Town of Sylvan Lake Library Board
Town of Beaumont Library Board
Barrhead Library Board
Town of High River Library Board
Village of Vilna Library Board

Click here if you would like to see upcoming events for the 2013 Culture Days.

Municipal Affairs Taking a Larger Role in Public Library Technology

Posted: August 20, 2013, 9:14 AM by: KarenP
Categories: Public libraries, Alberta | 11 Comment(s)

Municipal Affairs taking a larger role in public library technology

During the Results-Based Budgeting process, Municipal Affairs has decided to take a larger role in supporting public library technology.  For many years, The Alberta Library consortium (TAL) has managed the Alberta Public Library Electronic Network (APLEN) on behalf of Government.  As of January 2014, the Public Library Services Branch in Municipal Affairs will take over management of electronic network programs once done by TAL/APLEN. 

Over the past few years, Municipal Affairs has been working closely with stakeholders to meet recommendations of the MLA Committee report Framework For the Future and in the development of a Public Library Technology Plan.  Managing electronic resources on a Provincial level, in consultation with key library stakeholders, will enable better efficiencies and effectiveness for Albertans using their public libraries.  The amount to be invested in e-resources remains stable.

Municipal Affairs will work closely with TAL/APLEN to ensure a smooth and seamless transition over the next few months.  Municipal Affairs will continue to provide an operating grant to TAL to support the membership organization’s cross-sectoral library work.  Also, this decision does not affect MA recently providing nearly $ 1million to TAL to link all public libraries and TAL member libraries to a WorldCat union catalogue to provide seamless access to provincial library collections. 

Thank you to TAL administration for all the work it has done in managing APLEN over the years.  We look forward to the future.

NNELS SYMPOSIUM - OPEN TO ALL LIBRARIANS AND BOARD CHAIRS

Posted: August 14, 2013, 9:59 AM by: Mari Scott
Categories: Public Library Services Branch, Public libraries, Alberta, Planning, Systems | 39 Comment(s)

TO ALL LIBRARIANS AND BOARD CHAIRS: We still have some spots for our NNELS Symposium on Friday, August 23.  See information below: 

You are invited to a meeting to discuss the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS). The meeting will take place Friday, August 23, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel (10155 – 105 Street) in Edmonton.

NNELS partners are currently piloting the Canadian Accessible Library Service (CALS); a repository of downloadable alternate format materials for the print disabled, made available through open-source software. NNELS is being built by the BC Libraries Cooperative and is being beta-tested by print-disabled library user groups. The Provincial Territorial Public Library Council is supporting NNELS as an option for public library users. PTPLC is also working with the Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC) to learn about CULC's proposal to build an NGO that works with CNIB to provide service to print-disabled library patrons. PTPLC and CULC are working to see if there are possibilities of collaboration with the two service models.

Since NNELS is set to go live in September 2013, Public Library Services Branch (PLSB) of Municipal Affairs is hosting this August 23rd information session on NNELS for the Provincial resource-sharing nodes. NNELS is one option for providing accessible service to print-disabled library patrons.

This information session will address policy issues and include a demonstration of technical infrastructure. We are inviting each of the Province's sixteen resource-sharing node libraries/systems to bring 2-4 people. We suggest that a CEO/Director or Senior Manager, Board Chair/Board Member, and/or ILS expert attend. Regional library systems may also want to bring Library Managers from specific libraries.

Please email Mari Scott at mari.scott@gov.ab.ca or at 780-415-0303 for more information.

The Town of Vulcan Library Board presents The Fine Art of Reading

Posted: August 8, 2013, 12:04 PM by: Mari Scott
Categories: Public Library Services Branch, Public libraries, Alberta, Planning, Systems | 16 Comment(s)

The Town of Vulcan Library Board is excited to announce The Fine Art of Reading, a special event that pairs visual artists and the books that inspire them on Friday, September 20, 2013 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Vulcan Municipal Library (303 Centre Street).

Four works have been commissioned for this event. The only constraint placed on the artists was that their chosen books must be available through our library system.

Steve Coffey, Michael Shain, Patricia Seifert and Darryl Barth are the four artists. Each of them will chose a book, read it, and illustrate it. The paintings, along with the books and the artists, will be presented at the library on Friday, September 20, 2013 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at a wine and cheese reception. There will be no charge for this event.

 The paintings will remain on permanent display to inspire our patrons and enhance our library.

 For more information, please contact Susan at 403-485-6950.

MAYERTHORPE - BOARD BASICS WORKSHOP - Saturday, October 5, 2013

Posted: August 6, 2013, 10:46 AM by: Mari Scott
Categories: Uncategorized, Public Library Services Branch, Public libraries, Alberta, Planning, Systems, Workshops | 198 Comment(s)

PLSB invites you to attend the
LIBRARY BOARD BASICS WORKSHOP
to be held Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
at Mayerthorpe Public Library – 4911 – 52 Street

This workshop is open to all library trustees, library managers and library system staff.  It is designed to help launch participants on a path to good public library service delivery by enhancing their knowledge of the Libraries Act and Regulation and other pertinent legislation.  In particular, participants will understand:

  • The Alberta library network in context
  • Library board roles, responsibilities and relationships
  • Other important issues such as finances and effectiveness.

In order to reserve your seat, please register before Friday, September 20, 2013.  There is no fee for the workshop. Participants will receive a workbook and other support materials, snacks, and lunch.  Other meals, travel, and any required accommodation will be the participant’s responsibility.

Come prepared to ask lots of questions, become informed, meet colleagues from across the province and have FUN!  Questions regarding the workshop may be directed to the Public Library Services Branch at 780-427-4871.

Click here to complete the registration form and send it via mail, email or fax to:

PLSB Library Board Basics Workshop
803 Standard Life Centre
10405 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, AB  T5J 4R7
Email:  libraries@gov.ab.ca
Fax: 780-415-8594

FALL BOARD BASICS WORKSHOPS

Posted: July 31, 2013, 11:40 AM by: Mari Scott
Categories: Uncategorized, Public Library Services Branch, Public libraries, Alberta, Planning, Systems, Workshops | 14 Comment(s)

As we are half-way through the summer, we here at PLSB are already gearing up for the FALL BOARD BASICS WORKSHOPS. 

These workshops are open to all library trustees, library managers, and library system staff.  The Workshop is designed to help launch participants on a path to good public library service delivery by enhancing their knowledge of the Libraries Act and Regulation and other pertinent legislation.  In particular, participants will understand:

  • The Alberta library network in context
  • Library board roles, responsibilities and relationships
  • Other important issues such as your Board's legal name, finances, and effectiveness

Participants will receive a workbook and other support materials, snacks, and lunch.  Other meals, travel, and any required accommodation will be the participant’s responsibility.

Come prepared to ask lots of questions, become informed, meet colleagues from across the province and have FUN!  Questions regarding the workshop may be directed to the Public Library Services Branch at 780-415-0303.

Click below at the Workshop in your area to complete the registration form and send it via mail, email or fax to:

PLSB Library Board Basics Workshop
803 Standard Life Centre
10405 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, AB  T5J 4R7
Email:  mari.scott@gov.ab.ca
Fax: 780-415-8594

Here is the list of our upcoming Fall Library Board Basics Workshops.  Click on the city nearest you to register: 

October 5, 2013 ~ Mayerthorpe
October 19, 2013 ~ Vegreville
October 26, 2013 ~ Lethbridge
November 2, 2013 ~ Grimshaw
November 16, 2013 ~ St. Albert

Recent Flooding

Posted: July 8, 2013, 11:07 AM by: KarenP
Categories: Public libraries, Alberta | 42 Comment(s)

The information below is from an email from the Libraries Association of Alberta.

LAA was devastated to see many of Southern Alberta’s libraries damaged by recent flooding.  We are working on gathering information about the extent of the damage and providing updates. At this time, we can provide the information below. We will continue to keep you informed as more information becomes available.

We are here to help these libraries recover in any way we can, not just now in this time of need but in the future as well. If you know of a library that was damaged or destroyed and have information on fundraising initiatives, please send them to us at info@laa.ca. We will distribute the information to our members so they can assist in the recovery process. Any other updates you have can also be sent and we will get the news out to members.

High River
The Town of High River remains under a provincial state of emergency. Follow the official Facebook page and Twitter feed for up-to-date information and communications.

High River Library
Posted to Facebook on June 20: "The library has water in it, up to about 3 feet when it was last checked. It came up so fast that library staff and the last clients had to break a window to get out. Everyone was rescued safely. We have accounted for most of the staff, and they are safe."

No fines will be charged on overdue items during this crisis, and any books that patrons may have out can be returned to another library. Library materials can be returned to the Okotoks Public Library. If you have your Library card with you, you can check out their items too.  Okotoks can send your Hold items there in the meantime as well and you can access their FREE internet, you do not need a Library card to use their Internet services wi fi.

Bow Valley College, Calgary - Tim Loblaw, Acting Library Director
"There is a bit of a good news/bad news perspective regarding the state of Bow Valley College’s Library and Learning Commons and the recent flood. The bad news is that the College’s West Campus, where the Library and Learning Commons (LLC) is housed, was severely impacted by flooding. This building will not re-open for a period of time, so the LLC will have to be relocated to BVC’s South Campus. The good news is that since the LLC was on the second floor of the West Campus building, the Library collection was NOT damaged. The Library won’t be set-up in the new (temporary) location for another week, and we are in the midst of assessing the depth and breadth of service we can provide in light of this new location.”

Calgary Public Library
Calgary Public Library has also been affected by the flooding in the city of Calgary.  While the Central Library was the only location flooded, all 18 locations have been affected, and were closed during the worst days of the flood.  All but four libraries were able to open on Monday, June 24, with no online services, thanks to our resilient and amazing staff.  All locations except Central are now open, and are operating with almost all services.  The catalogue and circulation services are operational, and customers can access their accounts, place holds and borrow materials.  Customer are using these services and most locations are experiencing normal or above normal activity levels.

The Central Library experienced damage to the basement levels, including some collections.  There have been damage estimates reported in the media, but these have not yet been confirmed.  The basement level will require extensive rebuilding, which has already resumed.  Power is still not fully restored downtown, which means that Central Library does not have full power. This affects the entire system, and CPL is running on backup servers.  The estimated date for reopening Central (with exception of the basement level) is approximately 4 weeks.

The positive story of this experience is the incredible spirit in the city of Calgary and in Southern Alberta.  Many of our staff and customers were personally affected by this flood, and the primary concern for Calgary Public Library has been the safety and well-being of those impacted.  We are doing everything we can to provide services that are needed, and this will continue into the coming months when Calgarians and those in the surrounding area will need information and support to help them recover from this disaster.  No fines are being charged on late returns and due dates have been extended.

Many in the Canadian Library Community have expressed their concern and desire to help, which is appreciated.   For a chronicle of the flood from the CPL perspective and further information about donations and ways to help, please check our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/#!/calgarypubliclibrary?fref=ts

University of Alberta Libraries Alberta Flood Archive Collection
UAL initiated an Alberta Floods web archive collection. Given the scale and impact of the recent flooding we feel it is important to gather a representative sample of the online activity surround these events.  A very simple URL nomination (suggestion) form has been created at: http://goo.gl/do3XF.  

All suggestions are appreciated so please consider helping us identify potential resources. Materials added to the archive are accessible at: 

http://www.archive-it.org/collections/3747

2011 edition of Alberta Public Library Statistics now available

Posted: June 28, 2013, 2:43 PM by: Kerry_A
Categories: Public Library Services Branch, Public libraries, Statistics | 2 Comment(s)

The 2011 Alberta Public Library Statistics have been posted to the PLSB website at www.albertalibraries.ca/statisticshttp://www.albertalibraries.ca/statistics/local-support; and http://www.albertalibraries.ca/statistics/provincial-support. Please feel free to download and repurpose the information contained in the various pdf and Excel documents published there.

The Alberta Public Library Statistics are compiled from the required reports submitted to PLSB by Alberta's 232 municipal and system library boards.  With some minor exceptions, the data is presented "as is".  If you have any questions or concerns about the statistics, please contact Kerry Anderson or Bonnie Gray.

Library presentation to Airdrie municipal council ends with a celebration

Posted: May 16, 2013, 1:20 PM by: Ken Feser
Categories: Public libraries, Alberta | 30 Comment(s)

Public library supporters celebrated at a municipal council meeting in Airdrie on May 6.  The library was introducing a consultant who will be doing work towards the new library that is planned for 2015.  Close to 150 library supporters gathered at council chambers to demonstrate how important the library is to local citizens.

Library board members held a banner saying “@ my library” and citizens expressed what the library meant to them.  From bonding with baby to downloading music, from connecting to WiFi to getting reliable information, from learning a new language to viewing amazing art, from getting a child ready for reading  to meeting local authors – APL’s resources, programs and services were celebrated by the people who love their library.

The event ended with the youngest library users handing a flower to each Alderman thanking them for supporting a new library. A loud, prolonged cheer ended the march and the crowd dispersed as the music swelled.

Ultimately, APL’s aim was to ensure that the City’s decision-makers realize the essential role the library fills in the community and the real need for a larger facility in the not-too-distant future. “What an absolutely amazing job was done with the presentation to council,” said Alderman Glenda Alexander, who also sits on the library board. “It was definitely a success. Council member spoke about how well this was done and that they had NEVER seen that many in Chambers.”

Congratulations to Airdrie Public Library and Municipal Council on their effective community engagement.

Community celebrators at May 6 Aidrie council meeting

2013 Minister's Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Public Library Services

Posted: April 26, 2013, 12:30 PM by: DianaD
Categories: Public Library Services Branch, Public libraries, Alberta, Systems | 0 Comment(s)

Congratulations to this year's winners of a "Minister's Award for Excellence and Innovation in Public Library Service": City of St. Albert Library Board, Lac La Biche County Library Board, Sheep River Library Board, and (jointly) the Chinook Arch Regional Library System and the Kainai Literary Committee.

Click here to see photos of the Hon. Doug Griffiths, Minister of Municipal Affairs, with this year's winners at the Alberta Library Conference: http://www.albertalibraries.ca/ministers-awards/

Click here to read the Government of Alberta Info Bulletin on the 2013 Minister's Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Public Library Services   Minister's Awards Winners for Excellence and Innovation in Publi

LEGAL Library Board Name on 2013 Grant Application

Posted: April 9, 2013, 11:59 AM by: Mari Scott
Categories: Public Library Services Branch, Public libraries, Alberta, Planning, Standards, Systems | 35 Comment(s)

Please remember to use your LEGAL LIBRARY BOARD NAME when you apply for the 2013 Library Operating Grant.  We do require that you apply for the 2013 Library Operating Grant by using your legal board name [Libaries Act, Section 3(4)]on the 2013 Application for Financial Assistance.  This legislation requires that we only accept applications that use their legal name.  We will be sending back Applications that do not apply using their legal name. Please contact mari.scott@gov.ab.ca if you have any questions.   

Grande Prairie Library Board Basics Workshop

Posted: April 8, 2013, 9:29 AM by: Mari Scott
Categories: Public libraries, Alberta, Planning, Systems, Workshops | 2 Comment(s)

 PLSB invites you to attend the
LIBRARY BOARD BASICS WORKSHOP
to be held Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
at Grande Prairie Public Library – 101, 9839-103 Avenue, Grande Prairie, Alberta

This workshop is open to all library trustees, library managers and library system staff.  It is designed to help launch participants on a path to good public library service delivery by enhancing their knowledge of the Libraries Act and Regulation and other pertinent legislation.  In particular, participants will understand:

  • The Alberta library network in context
  • Library board roles, responsibilities and relationships
  • Other important issues such as finances and effectiveness.

In order to reserve your seat, please register before Tuesday, April 16, 2013.  There is no fee for the workshop. Participants will receive a workbook and other support materials, snacks, and lunch.  Other meals, travel, and any required accommodation will be the participant’s responsibility.

Come prepared to ask lots of questions, become informed, meet colleagues from across the province and have FUN!  Questions regarding the workshop may be directed to the Public Library Services Branch at 780-427-4871.

To register, complete the registration form and send it via mail, email or fax to:

PLSB Library Board Basics Workshop
803 Standard Life Centre
10405 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, AB  T5J 4R7
email:  rosanna.badree@gov.ab.ca
fax: 780-415-8594

Grande Prairie Library Board Basics Workshop Registration Form

Commissioner of Oaths Signature

Posted: March 22, 2013, 1:58 PM by: Mari Scott
Categories: Uncategorized, Public Library Services Branch, Public libraries, Alberta, Systems | 641 Comment(s)

Good news!  Public Library Services Branch does not require a signature from a Commissioner of Oaths for the 2013 Library Operating Grant Application.  We are trying to make it a little easier for you to submit your 2013 Grant Application by June 15, 2013. 

Library Board Basics Workshop - Grande Prairie

Posted: March 11, 2013, 9:55 AM by: Mari Scott
Categories: Public Library Services Branch, Public libraries, Alberta, Workshops | 9 Comment(s)

PLSB invites you to attend the
LIBRARY BOARD BASICS WORKSHOP
to be held Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
at Grande Prairie Public Library - 101, 9839-103 Avenue

This workshop is open to all library trustees, library managers and library system staff.  It is designed to help launch participants on a path to good public library service delivery by enhancing their knowledge of the Libraries Act and Regulation and other pertinent legislation.  In particular, participants will understand:

  • The Alberta library network in context
  • Library board roles, responsibilities and relationships
  • Other important issues such as finances and effectiveness.

In order to reserve your seat, please register before Friday, April 12, 2012.  There is no fee for the workshop. Participants will receive a workbook and other support materials, snacks, and lunch.  Other meals, travel, and any required accommodation will be the participant’s responsibility.

Come prepared to ask lots of questions, become informed, meet colleagues from across the province and have FUN!  Questions regarding the workshop may be directed to the Public Library Services Branch at 780-427-4871.

To register, complete the registration form and send it via mail, email or fax to:

PLSB Library Board Basics Workshop
803 Standard Life Centre
10405 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, AB  T5J 4R7
email:  rosanna.badree@gov.ab.ca
fax: 780-415-8594

Grande Prairie Library Board Basics Workshop Registration Form

Funding for libraries remains stable in Budget 2013

Posted: March 8, 2013, 9:17 AM by: Ken Feser
Categories: Public Library Services Branch, Public libraries, Alberta | 26 Comment(s)

The Government of Alberta has released its budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year and funding for provincial public library operating grants will remain stable.  Click here to access the 2013-2014 grant charts which show the amount that individual libraries and systems are eligible to receive (subject to legislative approval of the 2013-2014 budget).  More information on the Alberta budget can be found here.

Library Board Basics Workshop - Innisfail

Posted: February 14, 2013, 3:35 PM by: Mari Scott
Categories: Uncategorized, Public Library Services Branch, Public libraries, Alberta, Workshops | 21 Comment(s)

The Public Library Services Branch Invites You to Attend the

 

LIBRARY BOARD BASICS WORKSHOP

 to be held

 Saturday, March 9, 2013
9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

at

Innisfail Public Library
5300A 55 Street Close
Innisfail, Alberta

This workshop is open to all library trustees, library managers and library system staff.  It is designed to help launch participants on a path to good public library service delivery by enhancing their knowledge of the Libraries Act and Regulation and other pertinent legislation.  In particular, participants will understand:

  • The Alberta library network in context
  • Library board roles, responsibilities and relationships
  • Other important issues such as finances and effectiveness.

In order to reserve your seat, please register using the attached form before Friday, March 1, 2013.  There is no fee for the workshop. Participants will receive a workbook and other support materials, snacks, and lunch.  Other meals, travel, and any required accommodation will be the participant’s responsibility.

 Come prepared to ask lots of questions, become informed, meet colleagues from across the province and have FUN!  Questions regarding the workshop may be directed to the Public Library Services Branch at 780-427-4871.

To register, please click here for the registration form and send it via mail, email, or fax to:

PLSB Library Board Basics Workshop
803 Standard Life Centre
10405 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, AB  T5J 4R7
Email:  rosanna.badree@gov.ab.ca
Fax:  780-415-8594

Press Display

Posted: December 11, 2012, 7:22 AM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 0 Comment(s)

Starting in January 2013, more Albertans will have access through their local public library to more than 1,200 newspapers from around the world through Press Display.

Click here to view the full news release.

Parkland Regional Library's "The Library Effect" Storywriting Contest

Posted: November 26, 2012, 9:57 AM by: Mari Scott
Categories: Uncategorized, Public Library Services Branch, Public libraries, Alberta | 20 Comment(s)

Parkland Regional Library is pleased to annouce Cathy Grills of Didsbury as the grand prize winner of The Library Effect story contest.  The contest ran through the month of October and received over 150 entries from central Alberta residents about the powerful, positive effect libraries can have on individuals, families, and communites.

For more information please click on http://www.prl.ab.ca/files/Library_Effect_PRLRelease_Nov_21_0.pdf

 A link to the list of winners and their stories is available here http://www.prl.ab.ca/libraryeffect

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners!

Canada Post Continues to Support Library Book Rates

Posted: November 22, 2012, 1:37 PM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 6 Comment(s)

Click here to view the joint Canadian Library Association and Canada Post newsrelease regarding library book rates.

Innovative Partnership Results in Opening of Public Library in Standoff

Posted: November 22, 2012, 10:54 AM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 6809 Comment(s)

Chinook Arch Regional Library System is excited to announce that the Minister of Municipal Affairs has approved the Kainai Board of Education as the newest member of the Library System.  The Public Library in Standoff will be the only public library on a First Nations reserve in Alberta and the 34th public library sharing their resources in southwest Alberta. The partnership of Chinook Arch, the Kainai Board of Education and the Blood Tribe, with the support of Alberta Municipal Affairs and the Public Library Services Branch, will ensure that members of the Blood Tribe have equitable access to resources for early literacy and lifelong learning in their home community.

Chinook Arch has been working with the Literacy Committee of the Kainai Board of Education (KBE) for over a year to find a viable model for the provision of public library services on the Blood Reserve.  The literacy committee will be operating the Kainai Public Library as an outlet library of Chinook Arch.  The committee is currently working on plans to open a temporary library facility in the Kainai Alternate Academy by January until the permanent library is ready.  Through a partnership with the Blood Tribe council the KBE will be opening the Kainai Public Library in the new multipurpose building to be built in Standoff in 2013.

Members of the Kainai Literacy Committee, led by Professor Carol Williams and KBE teacher Hali Heavy Shields, have organized a book sale at the University of Lethbridge to raise funds for the new library.  Donations of books to sell are welcome and may be dropped off at the U of L Student Union Ballroom B on Wednesday Nov. 28 from 2 to 5 PM. The sale will run on Thursday Nov. 29 from noon to 5 PM.  For additional information on the book sale contact Professor Carol Williams at carol.williams@uleth.ca or 403-380-1818

There is a strong correlation between low literacy and poverty. Establishing a public library for the community will help to address those problems that stem from poverty and low literacy.  A community library will provide access to resources and information such as books, online resources, public internet, video conferencing, and a space for Blackfoot resources and tribal archives. The benefits of being a member of the Chinook Arch Regional Library System include: access to more than 900,000 library materials, technical and network support, internet access in the library, and a website and online catalogue.  The library will provide families, youth and elders an opportunity to come together in a positive way that will promote language and literacy.

Innisfree Public Library Grand Opening

Posted: October 31, 2012, 1:48 PM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 4 Comment(s)

The Innisfree Public Library, which is the newest public library in Alberta, held its official grand opening on October 24, 2012. There were approximately 50 people in attendance including Ron Koniczny, Mayor; Eric Anderson, Reeve, County of Minburn; Lil Carter, Chair, Village of Innisfree Public Library Board; Mircea Panciuk, Director, Northern Lights Library System and staff members from the Public Library Services Branch with Municipal Affairs.

The new library’s home is in a 1,200 square foot space in the Innisfree Agriculture Society’s Millenium Building. Volunteers restored the interior, including re-installing original woodwork, painting the interior space and refinishing the original wood floor.

Congratulations to the Village of Innisfree Library Board trustees, staff, volunteers and community on a successful grand opening.

Library Month Events-Spruce Grove Public Library

Posted: October 17, 2012, 7:16 AM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 9 Comment(s)

Check out what is happening for the rest of Library Month at the Spruce Grove Public Library.

Special Events

Saturday, October 20

LitFest at the Spruce Grove Public Library Join us from 2:00-5:00 PM for a free and fun afternoon  at local author Curtis Gillespie’s presentation based on his humorous new memoir  Almost There: The Family Vacation, Then and Now. Visit www.sgpl.ca or call 780-962-4423 for more information.

Friday, October 26-Sunday, October 28

Book Sale at the Spruce Grove Public Library Visit us during regular library hours all weekend (October 26-28) and find your new favourite reads – take what you want, pay what you want. Hurry in for the best selection. Visit www.sgpl.ca or call 780-962-4423 for more information.

Saturday, October 27

What Do You Do? for Ages 3-6 at the Spruce Grove Public Library Come and learn all about martial arts from 11:00 AM-Noon at this special presentation for the whole family by Silent River Kung Fu. Visit www.sgpl.ca or call 780-962-4423 for more information.

Recurring (Weekly) Events

Tuesday, October 23 & 30

Pajama Baby Laptime for Ages 0-2 at the Spruce Grove Public Library A new program for babies and their caregivers who can’t share in the daytime fun! Feel free to come in your pajamas. Older siblings are welcome. Visit www.sgpl.ca for more information and/or call 780-962-4423 to register.

Wednesday, October 17, 24 & 31

Tales For Tots for Ages 3-6 at the Spruce Grove Public Library Stories, rhyming and singing! Enjoy tales together and help develop a lifelong love of reading and learning. Visit www.sgpl.ca or call 780-962-4423 for more information.

                AND

Creative Crew for Ages 7-12 at the Spruce Grove Public Library Learn new media-related skills, produce exciting group projects, and express your creativity through reading, writing and technology. Visit www.sgpl.ca for more information and/or call 780-962-4423 to register.

                AND

Wednesday Night Writers at the Spruce Grove Public Library Join other writers each week and create a body of work based on a variety of prompts and exercises that get – and keep – you writing. Visit www.sgpl.ca for more information and/or call 780-962-4423 to register.

 

Thursday, October 18 & 25

Technology Night @SGPL Need help downloading eBooks or Audiobooks to your device? Want to learn more about the library's electronic resources? Drop in from 6:00 – 8:00 pm and bring your devices and your questions. Visit www.sgpl.ca or call 780-962-4423 for more information.

 

Friday, October 19 & 26

Friday Frenzy for Ages 13-17 at the Spruce Grove Public Library Interested in drama, music, scriptwriting, or animation? Learn new media-related skills, express your creativity, and share your ideas over a pizza party. Visit www.sgpl.ca for more information and/or call 780-962-4423 to register.

                AND

Teen Dungeons and Dragons at the Spruce Grove Public Library If magic and fantasy interest you, come join us for adventure in Dungeons and Dragons. Learn how to make characters and play the game. Players of all skill-levels welcome! Visit www.sgpl.ca for more information and/or call 780-962-4423 to register.

Lac La Biche County Libraries

Posted: October 2, 2012, 8:54 AM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 0 Comment(s)

The Lac La Biche County Libraries have had a few changes this year.  The Stuart MacPherson Public Library has moved into their new location at the Bold Center in Lac La Biche.  With the new space they have been able to offer a variety of new programs including: Babies in the Libraries, Happenin’ Homeschoolers, Family Movie Day, Read n’ Roll (in association with Parent Links and the Lac La Biche Health Unit) and an official Lego Club.

Lac La Biche libraries have also accessed the Alberta Art Gallery travelling art exhibits with its variety of art work, sculptures and other pieces.  Plus they continue their partnership with the local Art Club and Portage College to provide an array of artwork.

The main branch now has a Career Centre with a wide variety of materials to assist with career planning and job searching.  The library will be offering regular Career Nights at the library hosted by: Careers: the next Generation, Human Services, J.A. Williams School, Portage College and Statoil.

The Plamondon Municipal Library continues to maintain a high level of service and provides a Roving Rhyme Time.   The library has just undergone a major re-organization.   Thanks to a joint operational agreement with the Northern Lights School Board, the Plamondon location is open to the public during school hours with extended hours on Wednesday evening.

Lac La Biche libraries will be starting "Visiting Library Services for Seniors" this October in both Plamondon and Lac La Biche.   This will enable library members a chance to sign out materials even if they cannot travel.

   

2012 Library Month Events - Bonnyville Municipal Library

Posted: October 2, 2012, 8:43 AM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 1 Comment(s)

On Tuesday, October 9th Edmonton storyteller, Mary Anne Lippiatt will be visiting. In an effort to encourage children’s literacy and to support the great job our local schools are doing, we are offering 8 local Kindergarten – Grade 4 classes the chance to attend one of two free performances.  We are challenging every qualifying class to participate in our Tell Us a Story Contest. Winning classes will be invited to join us on October 9th.

On Wednesday, October 24th at 8:00 p.m. well known Canadian author, Marina Endicott will be joining us to discuss her second novel, Good to a Fault. This free event is open to everyone.

On Wednesday, October 24th we will  also be hosting Snapshot Day in our Library.

If you have an event(s) that you would like us to promote, email us at libraries@gov.ab.ca.

Freading Training - September 27, 2012

Posted: September 21, 2012, 1:41 PM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 2 Comment(s)

Name: Freading eBook Webinar

Date: 09/27/2012, Time: 10:00am MDT

Description: Learn More About Freading

Registration is mandatory for this event. Please use the following URL to register for this event:

Registration URL: http://libraryideas.omnovia.com/registration/pid=95081347994411

You may enter the event up to 30 minutes before the start of the event but you cannot enter 30 minutes after the event has started.

PAGES Workshop - October 19, 2012

Posted: August 31, 2012, 9:00 AM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 8 Comment(s)

PAGES is a workshop on supporting readers through partnerships.   It’s going to be held on October 19, at the Stanley Milner Library in Edmonton.

The keynote speakers are Cory Doctorow, blogger and bestselling author; and Patsy Aldana, of the National Reading Campaign.
Registration is free and is available now!

The PAGES website is here: http://pages.sclibrary.ab.ca/

Summer Courses from the Education Insitute

Posted: June 13, 2012, 9:33 AM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 0 Comment(s)

Looking for something to learn this summer? Check out these Education Institute courses coming up. LAA members and affiliate members get member pricing.

Technology with a Smile!: Community Librarians’ use of technology to connect, engage and collaborate with community members with Christy Alyea

1 hour web conference - Thursday June 14 @ 3pm ET 

Although technology seems to have penetrated most societies and communities, some people still see technology as a barrier to accessing information and accessing services. Lack of skills, resources and understanding of how to use technology are some of the factors that might prevent an individual or groups from seeking or obtaining information that is critical in making their lives better. In line with the Community-Led Service Philosophy of the Edmonton Public Library, Community Librarians assist community members facing barriers and work with them to provide responsive library services based on the needs the community had identified. A big part of this work includes using technology in innovative ways to connect people, engage them and collaborate with them in evaluating services and developing relevant and interesting programs. 

Pinterest for Libraries and Museums with Joe Murphy 

1 hour web conference - Tuesday June 19 @ 2pm ET 

Pinterest is not only extremely popular; it is also a powerful social tool for extending the reach of your library. This online session explores the basics ways to use Pinterest in your library and the advanced project applications.              

Pinterest is a virtual pinboard for online images. It serves as a way to discover or share pictures and infographics and visually curate online resources in a collaborative environment. Pinterest has more than 12 million users, drives more traffic than Google+, Linkedin, and YouTube combined, and has been called “2012’s hottest website”.              

This webinar about how to make the most of the popular virtual pin board site in your library includes advanced tips & considerations for beginners, novice, & pro Pinners and focuses on how Pinterest plays well with collection and service needs as a strong resource in the modern library tool box.

Coming this Summer! - Academic Instruction Series: How to Improve Your Teaching Skills 

Insights from the Performing Arts for Information Professionals Who Teach  with Sarah Polkinghorne - July 17

Beyond Technology: the good, the bad and the ugly of creating screencasts with Silvia Vong - July 24

Learn How to Use Prezi for Dynamic Presentations! with Kate Cushon - July 31

The Lesson Plan: your roadmap to great teaching with Cara Bradley - August 14 

$75 each or $225 for the series

Chinook Arch Regional Library System Members Add Ancestry Library Addition

Posted: May 24, 2012, 11:20 AM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 39 Comment(s)

On May 25, 2012, member libraries of the Chinook Arch Regional Library System will go live with Ancestry® Library Edition. By visiting their local library, patrons can log into this database and access billions of historical records. Ancestry® Library Edition makes finding your family history fun and provides tips, tools, and helpful advice to get you started.

To view full media release click here.

AALT Salutes Library Technician from Red Deer Public Library

Posted: May 23, 2012, 10:43 AM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 6 Comment(s)

The Alberta Association of Library Technicians (AALT) presented their Merle Harris Achievement Award recently.  The Merle Harris Achievement Award is the highest honour granted by AALT.  It is given to a library technician in recognition for their distinguished service in the library field in Alberta.

This year's reciepient is Laural Grimes.  A Library Technician and the Chidren's Services Coordinator at the Red Deer Public Library.  Laural Grimes graduated from SAIT as a Library Technician in 1978.  Since then she has been a librarian at Westlock Public Library, was the K-12 Librarian at Delburne Centralized School, and in 1987 she was employed at the REd Deer Public Library as a part-time Children's Services Assistant.  In 1995 she became the Children's Services Coordinator for the Red Deer Public Library.  Laural's passion for literacy and reading programs have been displayed in the many projects and initiatives in which she has been the driving force behind.

 

"Last Chapter" Book Sale Raises Over $10,000 for Slave Lake's Library

Posted: May 16, 2012, 7:48 AM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 389 Comment(s)

From May 4th to 6th, Peace Library System (PLS) held a gigantic book sale at the D Company Armouries in Grande Prairie.  The proceeds will be used to purchase books and other materials for the Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library's collection.  To read the full media release please click here.

 

Freading News Release

Posted: May 7, 2012, 10:11 AM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 2 Comment(s)

Click here to view the news release from The Alberta Library regarding Freading.

2012 Minister's Award for Excellence & Innovation in Public Library Service

Posted: April 30, 2012, 10:23 AM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 7 Comment(s)

Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Minister's Award for Excellence and Innovation in Public Library Service. They are: City of Edmonton Library Board, Town of Rocky Mountain House Library Board, City of Cold Lake Library Board and Strathcona County Library Board.  Click here for more information on the winners.

Alberta Culture Days - Sept 28-30, 2012

Posted: April 24, 2012, 11:39 AM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 3 Comment(s)

It's that time of year to start thinking about becoming a Celebration Site for Alberta Culture Days (formally Alberta Arts Days).

If you would like to become a Celebrations Site the deadline for the Request for Submissions is May 8, 2012.  Click here for the forms.

The full Alberta Culture Days website is http://culture.alberta.ca/culturedays/default.aspx.

AALT 2012 Conference

Posted: April 11, 2012, 8:03 AM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 6 Comment(s)

The theme for the 2012 AALT Conference is Achieving Balance and runs from May 3-6, 2012 in Canmore.

Start your quest for balance by taking part in the one of the pre-conference sessions being held in Calgary and Edmonton.  Then hop on the AALT bus and continue your journey to Canmore where the majestic Rockies and the AALT Conference Committee will be waiting to greet and inspire you!

Conference highlights include:

  • 27 information packed sessions on topics such as grant writing, aboriginal perspectives in literature, RDA, E-book cataloguing, procrastination, twitter, unique tours, updates on the school library initiative, and much, much more!
  • Vendor Showcase with company delegates there to answer all your product questions!
  • Saturday Awards Banquet that promises to be an energized and entertaining event starting with tributes to AALT award recipients and retiring MacEwan instructor Tony Fell and finished up by the lively and melodious tones of the renowned Pat Belliveau Quartet featuring Sherry Kennedy.
     
  • Social events include eye opening morning events, and a unique scavenger hunt where achieving balance is the key to both winning as well as the setting for laughs and camaraderie!

Note:  We are arranging a conference bus from Edmonton / Red Deer / Calgary to Canmore if you are interested in taking the bus please contact conference@aalt.org for more information.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about Achieving Balance: AALT Conference 2012 please email Marcia and Melanie at conference@aalt.org.

Conference website coming soonhttp://www.aalt.org/conference

Upcoming Education Institute Sessions

Posted: April 5, 2012, 1:24 PM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 16 Comment(s)

Some of the upcoming sessions for the Education Institute include; Best Practices for After-School Reading and Homework Help, Sticks & Stones will Break my Bones.....Books on Bullying and Canadian Government Information - Key Sources and Search Strategies.  Click here for more information on these sessions as well as others.

Performer Information for Public Libraries

Posted: April 5, 2012, 1:10 PM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 13 Comment(s)

The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta would like to make public libraries aware that they have a roster of performers who can be booked to perform in public libraries.  Their website -www.artstouring.com- includes a young artists/performer directory as well as an Alberta touring directory.

They will be hosting a performer showcase in Edmonton on April 20th at the Faculte St. Jean.  Click here for more information.

2012/13 Library Operating Grant Funding Announced

Posted: March 14, 2012, 4:33 PM by: Mari Scott
Categories: Uncategorized, Public Library Services Branch, Public libraries, Alberta, Systems | 1870 Comment(s)

The 2012/13 Library Operating Grant funding has been announced.  Please see http://www.albertalibraries.ca/funding/ to see what it means for your library.

Kaleideoscope Children's Literature Conference

Posted: March 14, 2012, 10:31 AM by: Mari Scott
Categories: Uncategorized, Public Library Services Branch, Public libraries, Alberta | 6 Comment(s)

The Kaleideoscope Children's Literature Conference will be held in Calgary, AB from November 1 - 3, 2012. 

For details see www.kaleidoscopeconference.ca

Mango Mania Contest

Posted: February 16, 2012, 1:56 PM by: Mari Scott
Categories: Public libraries, Alberta | 6 Comment(s)

The Mango Mania contest is still open and accepting entries!  Any event that engages the community and promotes the use of Mango is eligible, and the more creative, the better.  Document your activities through photos, articles, posters, videos or any other medium and submit the entry form to Lauren de Bruin at ldebruin@thealbertalibrary.ab.ca.  Your entries can also be used to earn Mango Points to put towards fun swag from Mango Languages.

To help with your promotions, check out Mango Language's free marketing materials at https://libraries.mangolanguages.com/?p=promote (enter the email account mangomania2012@gmail.com  the password "AlbertaRocks1").  

The contest closes on Friday, March 16th.  

Full contest details may be found at http://www.thealbertalibrary.ab.ca/services/Mango/pdfs/Mango_Mania_Info.pdf

Contest entry form may be downloaded at  http://www.thealbertalibrary.ab.ca/services/Mango/pdfs/Mango_Mania_Submission_Form.pdf

The Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library’s official Grand Opening – February 11, 2011

Posted: February 16, 2012, 10:19 AM by: Mari Scott
Categories: Public libraries, Alberta | 9 Comment(s)

On February 11, 2012 - nine months after the devastating wildfire that destroyed 40% of the Town of Slave Lake - the doors were officially opened at the temporary location of the Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library. Many were on hand to celebrate the important event, including staff from Strathcona County Library, who so generously donated the Bookmobile that was used by Slave Lake residents throughout the summer. As people walked around the library, they browsed shelves full of books, purchased library cards, looked at the display of books donated and signed by the authors themselves, and drew on the art wall.

Councillor Ed Procyshyn provided greetings and best wishes on behalf of the Town of Slave Lake. Reeve Denny Garratt addressed the crowd on behalf of the M.D. of Lesser Slave River, acknowledging the countless hours of dedicated service spent in the rebuilding of the library by volunteers, library staff, board members and Peace Library System.  Darcie Acton, Library Board member and master of ceremonies, read a letter on behalf of Minister Doug Griffiths, who was unable to attend. Ministers Griffiths wrote, “Our public libraries are hubs of our communities. They inspire discovery, advance education, and promote lifelong learning that helps build strong communities. In fact, 67 per cent of households in Alberta have used a public library in the past 12 months. This library will support the information, education, and recreational needs that enhance quality of life until it, too, is replaced by a permanent facility. I congratulate each of you on re-establishing your library.”

Peace Library System Director Linda Duplessis spoke of the labour of love that System staff undertook to assist Slave Lake library in the journey to reopen. She acknowledged the generous support of the Government of Alberta by providing funding to cover the cost of cataloguing and transporting the donated items.  Linda presented a clock on behalf of Peace Library System to Slave Lake Regional Library Board Chair, Marilyn Cavanaugh.

Marilyn spoke of the outpouring of support that the library has received from individuals young and old, organizations, businesses and libraries across Canada, which resulted in over 35,000 items and thousands of dollars being donated. Earlier in the week, she said, they had received the proceeds from the Paul Brant benefit concert for the amount of $127,500 which would be put towards the cost of shelving and furniture. A letter from Mr. Brandt accompanied the cheque, which Marilyn read in part: “We’ve come a long way in a short time…Today is one more step towards recovery and healing, and what a step it is. A meeting place for minds to grow, be inspired and to catch a glimpse of the past and a vision for the future. My prayer is that this library would be a place of peace, of hope and of healing for the Town of Slave Lake. Through my foundation…I am proud to partner with the Town of Slave Lake as it continues to build towards its undoubtedly meaningful future upholding the strong community values that have made it such a special place to live. Congratulations on this incredible moment, and nothing but the best for the future.”

The grand opening event was sponsored by Spike & Grant McCullough, who assisted in cutting the ribbon along with Councillor Procyshyn, Reeve Denny Garrat, Marilyn Cavanaugh, and Linda Duplessis.

For pictures, click on the link below:

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.327587540610287.67306.319858941383147&type=1&l=cd0884fc56

Freedom to Read Week ~ February 26 to March 3, 2012

Posted: February 15, 2012, 9:44 AM by: Mari Scott
Categories: Public libraries, Alberta | 353 Comment(s)

This year Freedom to Read week runs from February 26th to March 3rd , and CKUA Radio is celebrating with a feature on our website. http://www.freedomtoread.ca/   

On behalf of CKUA Radio, we would like to invite libraries Alberta-wide to submit local events relating to Freedom to Read Week on our Online Events Calendar. With 17 transmitters, CKUA broadcasts throughout the province. We also have a strong online presence, and one of the key components of this presence is our free Online Events Calendar.  Anyone can submit any event that is occurring in the province, and we will approve and post it usually within a few hours.

We realize that it is sometimes difficult to reach the community, and we’d love to help by creating a go-to calendar for all things music and arts-related in Alberta.

Please visit http://www.ckua.com/pages/submiteventlisting to submit your event listing, and contact us if you have any questions or suggestions.

Genealogy Conference

Posted: February 6, 2012, 10:37 AM by: Mari Scott
Categories: Public libraries, Alberta | 4 Comment(s)

A genealogy gathering in Western Canada will be held in Red Deer on April 13-14, 2012.  It is convened by a collaboration of the Alberta Genealogical Society and the Alberta Family Histories Society.  Penny Allen from Vulcan Municipal Library will be presenting on public library resources for genealogists.  The website has information about registration and speakers.   

http://rdgensoc.ab.ca/conferenceindex.html

Achieving Balance…AALT Conference May 3-6, 2012

Posted: January 31, 2012, 3:29 PM by: Mari Scott
Category: Public libraries | 12 Comment(s)

Achieving Balance...Quest, Journey, Lifestyle, Change

Whether in work, life, or even collection development, everyone strives to achieve balance.  With that in mind, the Alberta Association of Library Technicians Conference Committee (AALT) has decided to focus the 2012 Conference on Achieving Balance.  Come join us May 3 - 6, 2012 in Canmore, Alberta, a place where the Rocky Mountains demonstrate what balance is all about! 

Achieving Balance:  AALT Conference 2012 has something for everyone!

Start your quest for balance by taking part in one of the pre-conference sessions being held in Calgary and Edmonton.  Then hop on the AALT bus and continue your journey to Canmore where the majestic Rockies and the AALT Conference Committee will be waiting to greet and inspire you! 

Conference Hightlights Include:

  • 27 information packed sessions on topics such as grant writing, aboriginal perspectives in literature, RDA, E-book cataloguing, procrastination, twitter, unique tours, updates on the school library initiative, and much, much more!
  • Vendor Showcase with company delegates there to answer all your product questions!
  • Saturday Awards Banquet that promises to be an energized and entertaining event starting with tributes to AALT award recipients and retiring MacEwan instructor Tony Fell and finished up by the lively and melodious tones of the renowned Pat Belliveau Quartet featuring Sherry Kennedy.
     
  • Social events include eye opening morning events, and a unique scavenger hunt where achieving balance is the key to both winning as well as the setting for laughs and camaraderie!

Note:  We are arranging a conference bus from Edmonton / Red Deer / Calgary to Canmore if you are interested in taking the bus please contact conference@aalt.org for more information.

 

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about Achieving Balance: AALT Conference 2012 please email Marcia and Melanie at conference@aalt.org

 

See you in Canmore May 3 – 6, 2012!

 

Conference website coming soonhttp://www.aalt.org/conference

TAL Tales - January 2012

Posted: January 17, 2012, 1:13 PM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 2 Comment(s)

Click here for the latest edition of TAL Tales.

Young Canada Works program

Posted: December 22, 2011, 4:15 PM by: Kerry_A
Category: Public libraries | 4 Comment(s)

The Canadian Library Association is now accepting applications for the Young Canada Works 2012 program.  This program provides program contribution amounts to organizations for the creation of summer jobs for youth.  To learn more, click here.

2012 Minister's Awards of Excellence & Innovation in Public Library Service

Posted: December 20, 2011, 1:28 PM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 4 Comment(s)

Just a reminder that the 2012 Minister's Awards of Excellence & Innovation in Public Library Service applications are up on our website.  Click here for more information.  The deadline for applications to be received in our office is February 17, 2012.

Grande Prairie Public Library Welcomes New Director

Posted: December 20, 2011, 9:33 AM by: Kerry_A
Categories: Public libraries, New hire announcement | 4 Comment(s)

On Wednesday, December 14, the Grande Prairie Public Library Board announced the appointment of Dawn Silver as the new Library Director.  To learn more about Ms. Silver, click here.

New Director in Fort McMurray

Posted: December 14, 2011, 4:02 PM by: Kerry_A
Categories: Public libraries, New hire announcement | 8 Comment(s)

The Fort McMurray Public Library Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Salmons as Director of the Fort McMurray Public Library, effective December 1, 2011.  Mr. Salmons is replacing Mr. Craig Shufelt who recently left the position after five years of outstanding service. Mr. Salmons comes to Fort McMurray from Tennessee, USA where he managed the Jackson Public Library.

To read the full news release, click here

Call for Nominations - LAA Board of Directors

Posted: December 12, 2011, 10:59 AM by: Ken Feser
Categories: Public libraries, Alberta | 38 Comment(s)

Contribute to your profession by becoming a Board member of the Library Association of Alberta! You will have an opportunity to influence the direction of the Board and the Association as you work with others to improve the state of libraries in Alberta. You will become familiar with issues affecting libraries of all types. On a personal level, you get to make new friends and contacts.

Yes, there is a time commitment if you become a Board member. LAA holds four day-long meetings a year, plus a shorter one held at the Alberta Library Conference. Board members chair and participate on the Association’s committees, such as: Continuing Education, Member Services, Intellectual Freedom and Advocacy. The work accomplished by these committees benefits the Alberta library community.

This year, there are four positions available:
• First Vice President/President Elect,
• 2nd Vice President,
• Web/Social Media Manager, and
• two Director positions
If you need more information, please contact one of the current Board members. The list of members is available at http://www.laa.ca .

The Library Association of Alberta strengthens the library community in Alberta by effectively providing responsive member services, advocating for libraries and cooperating with partners.If you believe in promoting library and information services in Alberta, we encourage you to become involved on the LAA Board. The deadline for receipt of nominations is January 15, 2012.

New Branch for Red Deer Public Library

Posted: December 2, 2011, 8:55 AM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 2 Comment(s)

Red Deer City Council approved funding for a public library branch in the Timberlands Elementary School which will open in September 2014.  The Red Deer Public Library will run the branch and provide services to both the shool and the public.

You can read the full press release here.

The Red Deer Advocate has written an article and you can view it here.

This Week in Libraries

Posted: November 28, 2011, 8:44 AM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 3 Comment(s)

Gerry Meek, CEO of Calgary Public Library, was interviewed for This Week in Libraries, which is a show from the Netherlands.  The video is here.

Alberta Urban Municipalities Association Workshop

Posted: November 21, 2011, 11:57 AM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 0 Comment(s)

The Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) is pleased to invite you to join municipal leaders and community service providers in a FREE workshop on building welcoming and inclusive communities. This workshop will be of key interest to Alberta’s libraries given your critical role in supporting learning and fostering community engagement.  In particular, Alberta’s newcomers can benefit from using libraries and their services to learn, meet other members of the community, and get involved in community events. 

We would be delighted if representatives from libraries across the province could attend this important workshop.

Date:  December 1 -2, 2011
Location:  The Courtyard by Marriott Edmonton West, 10011 184th Street, Edmonton
Meals: December 1 all meals & December 2 breakfast & lunch are provided

The workshop includes a variety of dynamic speakers and lots of opportunities for participants to dialogue on how they can play a critical role in helping to welcome and integrate newcomers so that they can  participate fully in the economic, social and cultural life of a community.  Library staff will have the opportunity to be part of a dialogue on best practices and will take home cutting edge ideas and practical tools for action.  They will also hear about the launch of a new micro site filled with resources for community service providers, including a set of videos profiling best practices in Alberta communities.

Session topics include:

  • Creating Welcoming Public Spaces (including best practice profiles on how Alberta libraries are building relationships with newcomers)
  • Strategies for an Inclusive Workplace
  • Relationship Building with Aboriginal and Newcomer Communities
  • Developing Intercultural Sensitivity

Space is limited. Click here to register now!  

For more information contact Aliya Jamal at 780-989-7436 or visit http://wic.auma.ca

2012 Southern Library Conference

Posted: November 3, 2011, 7:20 AM by: KarenP
Categories: Public libraries, Systems | 0 Comment(s)

Registration is now open for the 2012 Southern Library Conference on March 9 and 10, 2012.  Click here for more information.

Strathcona County Library Helps Slave Lake Library

Posted: September 15, 2011, 9:41 AM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 4 Comment(s)

Here is a link to an article of how the Strathcona County Library has helped out the Slave Lake Library.

Good news from Slave Lake

Posted: August 16, 2011, 2:55 PM by: Kerry_A
Categories: Uncategorized, Public libraries | 2 Comment(s)

Peace Library System has issued a press release with an update on the Slave Lake library.  What a wonderful display of generosity by Albertans and Canadians.  What a great reminder of how highly valued public libraries are.

ALTA Trustee Learning

Posted: August 3, 2011, 11:22 AM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 42 Comment(s)

Earlier this year, the Alberta Library Trustees’ Association set ambitious goals to renew and revitalize Trustee Learning  – making learning more accessible, engaging, and collaborative.  ALTA believes effective Library Trustees need to have access to the right knowledge and resources to be library champions.

To assist Trustees to serve their libraries passionately, the Alberta Library Trustees’ Association introduces Trustee Learning (http://www.librarytrustees.ab.ca/trustee-learning) – a single gateway with a range of methods to deliver learning – onsite, online, individual or board, through videos, seminars, readings, articles, and coaching.

 

When Trustees desire to learn more about Trusteeship, Library Boards, and leading their community’s libraries, the resources are now available at their fingertips 24 hours a day. Although the website has lots of information, Trustee Learning is not simply another website. 

 

This fall, stay tuned for the first of the Trustee Learning in-person sessions at the Yellowhead Regional Library System conference (http://www.yrl.ab.ca/content/conferences-and-workshops) and Northern Lights Library System conference (http://www.nlls.ab.ca/document/show/4438).

 

If you would like to have a session for your Board or conference, please send ALTA an email at learning@librarytrustees.ab.ca.  Questions are welcomed at either via email or by calling ALTA at 780-761-ALTA (2582).

Serving Communities Internship Program: SCiP

Posted: July 27, 2011, 3:40 PM by: DianaD
Categories: Uncategorized, Public libraries, Alberta | 2 Comment(s)

Alberta nonprofit/voluntary organizations, including libraries, now have a new tool to connect skilled post-secondary students with the opportunities in the sector and build stronger communities and leaders.

It’s called the Serving Communities Internship Program (SCiP) and it already has the strong support of student groups from all 26 publicly funded post-secondary institutions, and much of Alberta’s nonprofit/ voluntary organizations.

Click http://joinscip.ca/  or call Volunteer Alberta at 1.780.482.3300 ext. 231 for more information.

Your Libraries e-Newsletter - Summer 2011

Posted: July 27, 2011, 9:16 AM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 2 Comment(s)

The Summer 2011 edition of the Your Libraries e-newsletter is now available here.

In Memoriam - Catharina Zon

Posted: July 14, 2011, 2:24 PM by: Ken Feser
Category: Public libraries | 1 Comment(s)

Catharina Zon, the chair of the Village of Waskatenau Library Board, has passed away suddenly.  She was on vacation in the Toronto/Niagara Falls region with relatives visiting from Holland when she suffered an apparent heart attack.

Cathy was on the library board for many years and was very actively involved with literacy, summer reading programs and the library itself.  She also taught in the region for many decades.

Our thoughts and condolences go to Cathy's family and friends.

2011 Directory of Alberta Public Libraries

Posted: July 13, 2011, 10:15 AM by: KarenP
Categories: Public libraries, Alberta | 2 Comment(s)

The new 2011 Directory of Alberta Public Libraries has been posed to our website - http://www.albertalibraries.ca/directory/ 

If you would like a printed version please send an email to libraries@gov.ab.ca and let us know how many copies you would like.

Alberta Public Libraries Technology Report and Recommendations

Posted: July 11, 2011, 11:40 AM by: DianaD
Categories: Public Library Services Branch, Public libraries, Alberta | 17 Comment(s)

Technology is featured in many of the recommendations of the 2009 MLA report Framework for the Future: Positioning Alberta Libraries for the 21st Century.

Recommendation 14 states that we should “Develop a province-wide technology plan to create a standardized, seamless network of library services, including a single library card available to all Albertans. This should be led by the Alberta Public Library Services Branch (PLSB) and supported by The Alberta Library (TAL).”

In the summer of 2010, Municipal Affairs sent out a request-for-proposals to develop the basis of a technology plan for the public libraries in Alberta. Alternetive Converged Solutions Inc (ACSI) was the successful vendor and began work on this project in October 2010.

ACSI received input directly from key public library stakeholders and developed a comprehensive report, the Alberta Public Libraries Technology Report and Recommendations, complete with six general areas of recommendations and candidate projects:

1) Transparent/Seamless Access to Public Library Holdings: Update and create services that realize transparent (i.e. “seamless”) access to all Public Library holdings for all Albertans.

2) Centralized-Decentralized Information Technology Support: Centralize and share information technology (IT) resources and services where and when possible.

3) Collaborative Communications and Content Creation: Support past and current innovation by libraries (such as videoconferencing) in information exchange between people (collaborative communication), and support the emerging role of libraries as facilitators and co-creators of content (collaborative content creation).

4) Alberta Centre for Information Technology and Services: Establish a technology group overseen by library domain experts that manages and executes technology, reports on candidate projects and provides IT support. Ensure continuity through the development of yearly project and activity goals, and demonstration of quantifiable results.

5) Electronic Resources: Seize the opportunity of eBooks by using technology to include them in the Seamless Access vision. Support the relevance of libraries by ensuring access to and familiarity with eBook technologies.

6) Infrastructure: Ensure that the SuperNet and Internet – the backbones of modern Library services – are utilized effectively and efficiently by all public libraries.

Click here to read the entire report.

Poet Laureate of Edmonton announced by EPL, the City of Edmonton, and the Edmonton Arts Council

Posted: July 4, 2011, 2:41 PM by: DianaD
Categories: Uncategorized, Public libraries, Alberta | 5 Comment(s)

See story on EPL's website: http://www.epl.ca/poetlaureate

Edmonton Public Library receives over $600,000 for downtown community safety program

Posted: June 15, 2011, 4:33 PM by: Ken Feser
Categories: Public libraries, Alberta | 27 Comment(s)

EDMONTON, AB, May 10, 2011 – The Edmonton Public Library (EPL) received a $605,402 grant from the Provincial Government today to fund a new community safety and outreach project.  The “Building a Safer Community through Inclusive Learning” project will operate in the heart of Edmonton’s downtown, at Stanley A. Milner Library.  The Safe Communities Initiative Fund (SCIF) provided the money which will fund the project for three years. Awarding EPL such a substantial grant shows that the Province recognizes EPL’s essential role in building safer communities.

“The Edmonton Public Library touches and changes lives every day,” said Linda C. Cook, CEO, Edmonton Public Library.  “We are thrilled that the Provincial Government, and the Safe Communities Initiative in particular, recognize the vital role EPL plays in preventing crime, drug abuse and homelessness by supporting and empowering at-risk Edmontonians through literacy, education and social support. This substantial grant will help us further our work as a community cornerstone and change agent.”

Libraries act as community cornerstones that can help prevent and resolve societal challenges including drug abuse, crime and illiteracy that marginalize segments of the population. “Building a Safer Community through Inclusive Learning” is a collaborative outreach project between EPL and Boyle Street Community Services.  The project’s goal is to reduce the social disorder, victimization and isolation that at-risk individuals encounter.  The Stanley A. Milner Library is seen as a safe daytime refuge for many Edmontonians, and the goal of this program is to empower them through literacy and social support as offered by both EPL community librarians and outreach workers working within and outside the library walls.

The Government of Alberta created the $60 million SCIF in the effort to reduce crime.  Safe Communities brings together provincial and municipal governments, law enforcement agencies, community groups, businesses and social agencies to keep Alberta a place where all are free to live, work and thrive.

Boyle Street Community Services is an outreach organization for Edmonton’s poor. Boyle Street Community Services exists to build and provide community support for people with multiple barriers to community inclusion.
 
The Building a Safer Community through Inclusive Learning project has received support from The Edmonton Police Service, City of Edmonton Corporate Security, City of Edmonton Community Services, REACH Edmonton, YMCA and Inner City High.

Media Contact:
Susan Wong Armstrong, Edmonton Public Library                                           
Tel:  780-496-7055/ 780-504-6026
Email:  swarmstrong@epl.ca

Reposted from www.epl.ca

 

Stony Plain Public Library wins TD Summer Reading Club first prize

Posted: June 1, 2011, 11:03 AM by: Ken Feser
Category: Public libraries | 3 Comment(s)

Each year, the TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards recognize and reward the most innovative and effective TD Summer Reading program in public libraries across Canada. They hope to celebrate creativity of library staff, promote community partnerships that strengthen children’s reading skills, and encourage sharing of information across libraries in Canada.

The Stony Plain Public Library won first place in the English category of this award for its Destination Jungle summer reading program in 2010. Highlights of the program include adopting a Red Panda from the Valley Zoo by reading over 120,000 minutes, seeing caterpillars turn into butterflies and releasing the butterflies into the library garden, a prize-winning float in the Farmers Day Parade, and many fun guests, performers and programs. The wind-up party was a jungle-themed carnival complete with face painting and a jumpy castle.

Library Director Tamara Van Biert went to Halifax, NS to accept the award at the closing ceremonies of the Canadian Library Association’s annual conference. Alan Convery, National Manager of Community Relations of TD Bank Financial Group and Cecelia Muir, Assistant Deputy Minister of Library and Archives Canada presented the plaque and $5,000 to put towards the Stony Plain Public Library.

Community support from service organizations and local businesses worked together with ongoing support from the Town of Stony Plain and Parkland County and a team of dedicated staff and volunteers to make this program possible.

Congratulations also go to the Hanna Municipal Library in Hanna, AB for receiving a nomination of Special Mention from TD for their 2010 Summer Reading Program.

Statement from Peace Library System on Slave Lake Public Library

Posted: May 19, 2011, 11:14 AM by: DianaD
Categories: Public libraries, Alberta, Systems | 10 Comment(s)

Rebuilding the Slave Lake Library – one Donation at a Time

 

The public library in the Town of Slave Lake was completely destroyed on Sunday, May 15, as a result of a huge forest fire.   The beautiful new Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library had just opened in 2010. 

 

About forty per cent of the Town is gone and support for those who lost their homes and possessions is pouring in via the Red Cross and other organizations.  Support for the library is also pouring in.  Libraries, bookstores, publishers and other library-related organizations have been in touch with Peace Library System to see how they can help the library rebuild.  Here’s what you can do:

 

Donations of new or nearly new books (no more than two years old) can be shipped to Peace Library System headquarters where they will be catalogued, processed and stored until a temporary library opens in Slave Lake.  Please ship prepaid to:

 

Peace Library System

8301 – 110 Street

Grande Prairie, AB  T8W 6T2

 

ATTN: Books for Slave Lake Library

 

Cash donations can be made by going to the library’s web page at www.slavelakelibrary.ab.ca and clicking on the “Make a Donation” link.

 

The Slave Lake Library and Peace Library System thank all who make a contribution to rebuilding the library.

 

For additional information, please contact Carol Downing, Assistant Director, at cdowning@peacelibrarysystem.ab.ca

Minister's Awards create media interest in libraries

Posted: May 11, 2011, 1:58 PM by: Ken Feser
Categories: Public Library Services Branch, Public libraries | 2 Comment(s)

The 2011 Minister's Awards for Public Library Service have been picked up by news media, creating publicity for Alberta libraries.

The Lethbridge Herald, Morinville News, Red Deer Advocate, Brooks and County Chronicle, Bassano Times and Airdrie City View have all published articles on the 2011 Minister's Awards.

Links to articles available online are here:

Morinville News


Red Deer Advocate - Local Briefs


Airdrie City View

Now you can win 50 children's books when you do a summer reading program

Posted: May 10, 2011, 9:10 AM by: Ken Feser
Categories: Public libraries, Alberta, Systems | 8 Comment(s)

The TD Summer Reading Club has been a programming fixture in many Alberta libraries for years.  Now participating libraries in the seven Alberta library regions have an opportunity to win an update to their book collection.

The Centre for Family Literacy's Splash! Celebrate Summer Contest is part of the Centre's 10th Anniversary Celebrations.

Submit your TD Summer Reading Club activities along with photos and you will be entered to win a collection of 50 children's books for your library.

"We look forward to hearing about all the creative activities that the libraries develop to engage Alberta families in the TD Summer Read program. Reading, writing, singing, rhyming and playing together are the foundations for future learning," said Jonna Grad, Executive Director of the Centre.

Contest rules and entry forms can be found on the Centre's website at www.famlit.ca

For more information, please contact:

Donna Lemieux, Resource Director

Centre for Family Literacy

(780) 421-7323

donna_lemieux@famlit.ca

In Memoriam - Doreen Lewis

Posted: May 4, 2011, 2:38 PM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 2 Comment(s)

The Public Library Services Branch wishes to extend condolences to the family of Doreen Lewis who passed away on April 24, 2011.

Doreen was a strong advocate for public library service not only in the Peace region, but also in the province as a whole.  She served as a member of The Alberta Library Board and the Grande Prairie Library Board.  She also worked with the Peace Region Cooperative Library Project steering committee as it set up the Peace Library System.  We acknowledge her contribution to the development of library service in the Peace region.

Thank you and Goodbye.

2011 Minister's Awards for Excellence and Innovation for Public Library Service

Posted: April 29, 2011, 1:14 PM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 4 Comment(s)

The Honourable Hector Goudreau announced the winners of 2011 Minister's Award for Excellence and Innovation in Public Library Service at the Alberta Library Conference and they are:

Excellence Category

  • City of Airdrie Library Board for the Airdrie Public Library's programs "Tales for the Tall" and "Wii for the Tall"
  • Town of Morinville Library Board for the Morinville Public Libary's "Genealogy Program"

Innovation Category

  • City of Red Deer Public Library Board for the Red Deer Publc Library program "Election Forum 2010"
  • Sheep River Library Board for the Sheep River Public Library's "Wildlife Program"
  • Chinook Arch Regional Library Board, Marigold Library Board and Shortgrass Library Board for the "RISE Network"

Congratulations to all the winners!  Stay tuned later this year for next year's application form.

Visit http://www.albertalibraries.ca/ministers-awards/ to see photos.

Grant Allows Libraries to Expand Digital Services

Posted: April 28, 2011, 2:10 PM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 2 Comment(s)

Click here for the link to the newsrelease.

First annual R.E.A.D. awards

Posted: March 28, 2011, 1:51 PM by: Ken Feser
Categories: Public libraries, Alberta, Systems | 23 Comment(s)

Chinook Arch Regional Library System presented the first annual READ (Rewards for Excellence and Distinction) awards at the Southern Alberta Library Conference on March 4.  The awards were as follows:

Advocacy - to the Jim and Mary Kearl Library of Cardston for their efforts during Library Snapshot Day.

Innovative Children’s Programming - to the Lethbridge Public Library for their Mini Spelling Bee Competition.

Community Partnerships - to the Claresholm Public Library, for their part in the Golden Eagle Book Award.

Highest Circulation per Capita - to the Glenwood Municipal Library, who lent more than 32 items per person in their geographic area last year.

Intellectual Freedom - to the Raymond Public Library, for their response to a request for filtering on public computers.

Innovative Uses of Videoconferencing - to the Thelma Fanning Memorial Library of Nanton for their part in providing English as a Second Language programming in their community; and to Lethbridge Public Library for their Law @ Lunch program.

Outstanding Service in Librarianship, to Kathy Davies, Library Manager at the Claresholm Public Library, for her years of dedicated service to her community and the library community.

“The R.E.A.D. Awards were developed by Chinook to reward and acknowledge Chinook Arch member libraries and library professionals who have displayed excellence in library service” says Marie Logan, Chair of the Chinook Arch Marketing & Communications Committee. “The Board expects that the awards will bring attention to the efforts of the regional libraries to serve their communities.”

Arts Days funding is available to libraries

Posted: March 25, 2011, 9:09 AM by: Ken Feser
Categories: Uncategorized, Public libraries, Alberta | 2 Comment(s)

From a communication released by Alberta Culture and Community Spirit, February 22 2011:

 

SUBJECT:  Funding Available for Alberta Arts Days 2011 Events and Activities 

The fourth annual Alberta Arts Days will occur from September 30 to October 2, 2011, in celebration of National Culture Days. The goal is to once again ensure all Albertans have access to a wide range of cultural experiences and encourage a greater love and appreciate for the arts.

 All Albertans are encouraged to participate in Alberta Arts Days. Participation can be as simple as adding an artistic element to an existing event, or attending one of the hundreds of free, family-friendly events throughout the province.

 To help grow this worthwhile initiative and encourage broader participation throughout the province, the Government of Alberta will be offering funding to those wishing to plan Alberta Arts Days 2011 events and activities.

 Those selected to become Feature Celebration Sites are eligible to receive a maximum of $20,000. Applicants that wish to become Host Celebration Sites are eligible to receive a maximum of $5,000.  Cultural organizations, nonprofit groups, libraries, venues and facilities, schools, community groups and event planners and are all encouraged to apply.  

 Hosting an Alberta Arts Days event is a wonderful opportunity to foster relationships and develop new partnerships, strengthen community spirit and showcase local talents. It’s also an opportunity to boost the impact and reach of existing audience engagement activities on a provincial level.

 The deadline to apply for this opportunity is April 20, 2011.  For more information and to access the Request for Submission package, visit www.AlbertaArtsDays.ca.

 Thank you for your continued support of Alberta Arts Days and I look forward to reviewing your submission.

 Sincerely,

 

Tom Thackeray

Assistant Deputy Minister

Alberta Culture and Community Spirit

Virtual Ink! Announces Author

Posted: March 18, 2011, 1:54 PM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 17 Comment(s)

Southern Alberta writers will get guidance, encouragement and training from J. Jill Robinson, a successful, published author through Virtual Ink! – a writer in residence program provided by videoconference through the RISE Network.

In addition to numerous articles, poems, plays and short stories, J. Jill Robinson has published four books: Residual Desire [2003], Eggplant Wife [1995], Lovely in Her Bones [1993], and Saltwater Trees [1991].  Her work, which has appeared in many Canadian literary journals, has won numerous awards. 

Born in Langley B.C. Jill has served as a Writer in Residence at the Saskatoon Public Library, Red Deer College, the Alexandra Writing Centre, and she has led many weekend and daylong writing workshops throughout Saskatchewan.  She has also taught English Literature, Composition, and Creative Writing at several universities and colleges.

J. Jill Robinson will be offering five workshops between late March and early May and will be available for one-on-one consultations with writers. The complete schedule of workshops and instructions on participating in the consultations will be posted on the RISE Network website on or before March 8th, 2011. The RISE Network website is at www.risenetwork.ca.

With traditional writer-in-residence programs aspiring writers are required to travel to a central point to receive coaching and guidance. This amounts to increased travel time and associated costs. With Virtual Ink!, the writer in residence is as close as your local RISE Network public library.

J. Jill Robinson will be based at the Canmore Public Library and will be providing the workshops and consultations via videoconference to any of the 78 member libraries that make up the RISE Videoconference Network. A complete list of all member libraries is available at http://risenetwork.ca/about.

The Virtual Ink! program is offered in partnership by Chinook Arch Regional, Marigold and Shortgrass Library Systems using the RISE videoconference network and is supported by a grant from the Library Association of Alberta.

Standards and Best Practices for Public Libraries in Alberta

Posted: March 1, 2011, 12:52 PM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 4 Comment(s)

A committee of library professionals has developed a document of Standards and Best Practices.  Click here for the full document.

2011-2012 Municipal Library Board Maximum Operating Grants

Posted: February 25, 2011, 1:22 PM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 2352 Comment(s)

Budget 2011 shows the province’s ongoing commitment to Alberta's public libraries.

Municipal Affairs Public Library Services Branch budget increased by $600,000 to $32.3 million for 2011/12.  This enables provincial per capita operating grants for municipal libraries and regional library systems to be adjusted to official 2010 population levels.   This funding benefits growing communities and funding to all other library boards has been maintained.  This increase also allows for on-going support for provincial resource sharing to enable and encourage seamless access.

Budget 2011 marks the third consecutive funding increase to Alberta public libraries initiated with a 39 per cent ($9 million dollar) increase in 2009.

 Click here to see what this means for your library: http://www.albertalibraries.ca/grant-information/

CAPL/Brodart Outstanding Public Library Service Award

Posted: February 17, 2011, 8:08 AM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 4 Comment(s)

This award may be given annually by CAPL for outstanding service in the field of Canadian public librarianship. The contribution of the individual should have a positive, lasting impact on public library service at a local, provincial or national level. Any personal member of CAPL may be considered for the award.  Submission deadline is February 28, 2011.  For more information go to http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Section=CAPL_Brodart_Outstanding_Public_Library_Service_Award1&Template=/TaggedPage/TaggedPageDisplay.cfm&TPLID=28&ContentID=4272

CLA/Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship

Posted: February 17, 2011, 8:07 AM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 2 Comment(s)

This award honours individuals who contribute significantly to the public recognition and appreciation of librarianship. Preference will be given to a CLA member; however, non-members will be considered. Submission deadline is February 28, 2011. For more information go to http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Section=CLA_ACB_Ken_Haycock_Award_for_Promoting_Librarianship

CLA Library Technicians Interest Group Award of Merit

Posted: February 17, 2011, 8:05 AM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 9 Comment(s)

Acknowledges a library technician who demonstrates outstanding professional achievement and leadership in the library and information community at a regional, provincial or national level. The nominee must be a student or graduate of a recognized Library Technician program.  Submission deadline is February 28, 2011.  For more information go to
http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Section=CLA_Library_Technicians_Interest_Group_Award_of_Merit&Template=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=2490

Good news from Alberta libraries

Posted: February 14, 2011, 1:27 PM by: Ken Feser
Categories: Uncategorized, Public Library Services Branch, Public libraries, Systems | 6 Comment(s)

The directors and chairs from Calgary Public Library, Edmonton Public Library and the seven library systems met on February 11.  A first item on the meeting agenda was a roundtable introduction that included a "good news" story from everyone.  Among the highlights:

Edmonton Public Library is now opening all library branches on Sundays following a targeted budget increase from the city.

Regional interlibrary lending of materials within the Chinook Arch Library System is up 35%.

Marigold Library System has launched a Web-based "Teen Experience" program.

A major renovation of the Signal Hill branch of Calgary Public Library is almost complete.  The $5 million project will double the size of the branch and will include CPL's first automated returns sorting system.  The grand opening is scheduled for March 26.

Peace Library System has new libraries opening in several of its member communities.

Congratulations Alberta libraries!

Chairs and Directors of CPL, EPL and the systems, plus PLSB staff

Edmonton Public Library wins top PR award

Posted: January 11, 2011, 1:38 PM by: Ken Feser
Category: Public libraries | 6 Comment(s)

Edmonton Public Library has won a 2011 John Dana Cotton Public Relations Award, considered the top PR award for libraries.  EPL won for their 2010 rebranding, which included a new logo, visual identity, advertising and guerilla marketing campaign. 

The judges noted that the EPL rebranding was "a masterful blending of the work of professional designers and library staff that let each do what they do best. The simple, stylish logo and the slogan 'Spread the words' were taken by library staff and customers and used in a guerilla marketing strategy that was impossible to ignore and hard to resist. The success of this campaign was built on a strong foundation of shared values, clear assessment, strategic marketing and a committed and enthusiastic library staff. The result was a colorful, adaptable, effective campaign that also happens to be a lot of fun."

Congratulations Edmonton Public Library on this impressive award.

Edmonton Public Library's award winning new logo and slogan

Happy Holidays from Public Library Services Branch

Posted: December 21, 2010, 3:08 PM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 3 Comment(s)

Click here to view the Holiday card.

 

Ability Celebration

Posted: December 16, 2010, 8:28 AM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 4 Comment(s)

In honour of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Wetaskiwin Public Library hosted an Ability Celebration on December 3.

A link to the article is here.

Stony Plain celebrates 65th birthday, and expansion

Posted: December 14, 2010, 3:15 PM by: Ken Feser
Category: Public libraries | 2 Comment(s)

Like many of us, Stony Plain library celebrated a birthday by getting bigger (sorry, couldn't resist).  The enlarged space and 65th birthday were marked by a celebration on December 8.  A children's choir performed and many dignitaries including the mayor, the library system director and MLA Fred Lindsay attended the event.

The circulation desk was busy at the Stony Plain 65th birthday bash

Chinook Arch is launching Bibliocommons

Posted: December 8, 2010, 12:08 PM by: Ken Feser
Categories: Public libraries, Systems | 5 Comment(s)

The Chinook Arch library system will be launching Bibliocommons on December 14.

Bibliocommons is an overlay that adds to the library catalogue.  Bibliocommons has social media functions that, for example, allow booklists, book reviews and connections to other users to be made.

Chinook Arch joins a growing community of Alberta libraries running Bibliocommons.  Edmonton Public Library was the first and St. Albert Public Library is the most recent library to launch the service.

Alberta Filmmaking Showcased at the Wetaskiwin Public Library

Posted: December 2, 2010, 8:29 AM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 0 Comment(s)

Below is a link to an article from The Wetaskiwin Times about the 12th Annual Alberta Film & Video on Tour - Prairie Tales, held at the Wetaskiwin Public Library.

http://www.wetaskiwintimes.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2870827

Library community looks to the future at NEXT

Posted: November 24, 2010, 9:17 AM by: Ken Feser
Categories: Public libraries, Alberta, Planning | 15 Comment(s)

Is it possible to sum up two days of intense, sometimes passionate discussion about the future of libraries and librarians in one phrase? Well, no. But the graffiti wall at the recent NEXT: A Library Futures Symposium in Edmonton had lots of zingers.

“Two hundred and thirty heads are better than one,” was just one of dozens of comments on the board, which gave participants a chance to comment on anything they wanted.

And that, perhaps, is not a bad way to at least sum up the idea of the symposium – bringing people together in conversation, and letting the collective intelligence emerge.

 “The symposium was based on the belief that the community is filled with leaders and, whatever the issue, the community itself has the answers,” said Clive Maishment, Chair of The Alberta Library, which organized the symposium.

Outcomes for the symposium include articulating a roadmap for libraries across Alberta, contributing to the vision and strategic planning process of libraries and sparking innovation, learning and creativity. Participants included everyone from students to recent graduates, government representatives, vendors, seasoned administrators and trustees.

Day one of the symposium featured five speakers, from Canadian demographer Michael Adams to Vancouver Sun Editor-in-Chief Patricia Graham – providing participants with an opportunity to think about the major cultural, demographic, social and economic shifts that are likely to affect libraries in the coming years.

“You are going to change the world tomorrow. If you don’t believe it, don’t come,” David Lankes, the final speaker on day one challenged the audience. “If you don’t want to do it, don’t come.”

Lankes needn’t have worried, because shaping the future was exactly what participants had come to the symposium to do.

Conversations centred around a series of questions, such as:

  • What business is your library really in? What does this suggest in terms of allocating energy and resources?
  • What is your greatest hope for the future of Alberta’s libraries? What needs to happen to make this a reality?
  • How is your community changing? What new roles is the community asking the library to play?

Judging by some of the feedback, participants felt the process gave them an opportunity to talk about things that are important to them.

“Wonderful insights and new ideas,” said one. “Innovative, engaging and fun,” said another.

While the final report from the symposium is scheduled for early 2011, the results of the discussion – in raw data format – are already available on the web.

“We want to be as transparent as possible,” said Maishment. “And we see the symposium as not just an end in itself, but as part of a broader conversation about the future.”

You can participate in the conversation by posting on www.albertalibraries.ca or at www.libraryfutures.ca.

Join the conversation – and help shape the future!

Thanks to Bill Rice of The Alberta Library for this summary of NEXT.

Canada Post Library Book Rates

Posted: November 23, 2010, 8:33 AM by: KarenP
Category: Public libraries | 26 Comment(s)

From the Canadian Library Association, Association pour l'avancement des sciences et des techniques de la documentation and Canada Post

"Canada Post maintains current Library Book Rates for a sixth year.

Canada Post recognises the importance of the Library Book Rates to Canadian libraries and will continue to support the community by maintaining the current reduced postal rates for mailing printed library materials.  The Library Book Rates will remain unchanged through 2011.

There has been no increase in the Library Book Rates since January 2005, despite the fact that the inflation rate has risen by 10.9% since then.

Libraries are required to use the electronic shipping tool to continue to access the Library Book Rates.  These rates continue to apply only to printed library materials.

The reduced rates remain well below Canada Post's costs to ship library books, and Canada Post receives no Government appropriation or compensation of any kind for the reduced Library Book Rates.

Canada Post is committed to continue working with the library community, through the Canadian Library Association (CLA), and the Association pour l'avancement des sciences et des techniques de la documentation (ASTED), to ensure that the library community's concerns are understood and that their needs are considered in the future."

Calgary Public Library's Nomination of *Waiting for Columbus* makes IMPAC Dublin Award Longlist for 2010

Posted: November 18, 2010, 10:41 AM by: DianaD
Category: Public libraries | 20 Comment(s)

Calgary Public Library's nomination of Thomas Trofimuk's novel Waiting for Columbus makes IMPAC Dublin Award longlist for 2010.  Thomas is an Edmonton-based author who also works as a Business Plan writer for Municipal Affairs, the Ministry of the Alberta Provincial Government responsible for public libraries.

The IMPAC Dublin Award is not only prestigious, but unique: public libraries are the force behind nominations.   As Thomas says, "Libraries are an incredibly important part of our communities.  I've always loved libraries -- and I love them even more now."

Over 150 public libraries from around the world participate in the annual competition, including Calgary Public and Edmonton Public.  Edmonton Public Library's nomination of Hiromi Goto's Half-World also made the longlist: Goto lives in BC but was the Writer-in-Residence at the University of Alberta in Edmonton during the 2009-2010 academic year.

See http://www.impacdublinaward.ie/Libraries/libs.htm for a complete list of libraries and their nominations. 


Thomas Trofimuk

Dixonville library has a grand opening

Posted: November 8, 2010, 3:05 PM by: Ken Feser
Categories: Public libraries, Alberta | 2 Comment(s)

The Dixonville library celebrated their Grand Opening on October 13, 2010.  The community had an informal book exchange for a time and local school principal Ann Young helped take the exchange to the next level.  The library is housed in the Dixonville school and it is a member of the Peace Library System.

Congratulations Dixonville on your impressive achievement.

Shortgrass Library System Announces New CEO

Posted: November 4, 2010, 4:12 PM by: DianaD
Categories: Public libraries, Alberta, New hire announcement, Systems | 2 Comment(s)

Shortgrass Library System welcomes Petra Mauerhoff as the new CEO for Shortgrass, starting January 3, 2011.

 

Petra brings to us experience from a variety of libraries across Canada, including the public library environment.

 

As Chief Librarian/CEO for Eastern Counties Regional Library (ECRL) in Nova Scotia she was responsible for overseeing all library operations for the geographically largest library region in Nova Scotia.  The region includes the counties of Inverness, Richmond and Guysborough and currently has seven branch libraries and nine mobile library sites with headquarters in Mulgrave. ECRL serves a population of approximately 42,000 spread throughout many small communities; 80 per cent of which have populations of fewer than 200 people.  Petra’s experience in serving these rural communities has provided her with the knowledge and skills necessary to work within the dynamic that determines our focus of “Linking Rural Communities”.  Just like the libraries within Alberta’s Library Regions, Nova Scotia public libraries work collaboratively in many areas, such as a shared ILS and consortial licensing of electronic databases,

 

Prior to her Nova Scotia position, Petra was the Manager of Nunavut Public Library Services for the Government of Nunavut.  In that capacity she was responsible for the administration, coordination and direction of public library services to all residents of the territory of Nunavut.

 

She is also currently serving her 3rd year on the Executive Council for the Canadian Association of Public Libraries (CAPL).

 

In addition to her time spent in public libraries, Petra also has experience working in academic libraries, most recently as Manager of College Library Services for the College of the Rockies in Cranbrook, British Columbia, as well as in various positions at Dalhousie University, St Mary’s and Mount Saint Vincent University Libraries in Nova Scotia, as well as special Library experience from the Goethe-institut in Montreal.

 

Bob

--

Bob Batchelder, Acting CEO

Shortgrass Library System

2375 10th Ave SW, Medicine Hat, AB, T1A 8G2, Canada http://www.shortgrass.ca 403/529-0550;  fax: 403/528-2473

New Strathcona County library opens

Posted: November 2, 2010, 2:42 PM by: Ken Feser
Categories: Public libraries, Alberta | 6 Comment(s)

Strathcona County's new library had a "soft opening" on November 1.  The official Grand Opening is not until the spring of 2011 and final touches such as landscaping remain to be done but the new facility is open for business and serving the public.

The new library is part of a larger community building that will eventually house city council, an art gallery and social services offices.  A foyer in front of the library is part of a space called the Agora, which can expand to auditorium size and will which host the local Farmer's Market as well as other community events.

Honourable Iris Evans, MLA for Sherwood Park, and Strathcona County Mayor Linda Osinchuk attended an art unveiling ceremony on opening day.  Artists Alex Janvier and Manola Borrajo-Giner created works for the new facility.

The new library features thoughtful architecture and quality furnishings.  The children's area features fairy-tale cottage fronts and a tree.  Glass walled "Living room" nooks project out of the main space  at the front of the building.  There are several smaller meeting rooms for unscheduled use, other rooms that can be reserved and large meeting rooms shared with the entire facility.  The magazines area features a fireplace and a coffee shop near the front is surrounded by "quick pick" materials.

A new bookmobile and a dedicated bookmobile garage / loading dock help the library deliver services to the many rural residents of the county.

Congratulations Strathcona County Library on your excellent new facility.

A stunning glass artwork by Manolo Borrajo-Giner at the top of the stairs in the new Strathcona County Library

Strathcona County Library Unveils New Book-mobile

Posted: October 26, 2010, 9:29 AM by: KarenP
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The Strathcona County Library unveiled its new eco-friendly book-mobile.  It holds 100s of books, cds, DVDs and has wireless internet and gaming consoles.

Starting next week it will visit 12 rural communities regularly.

Onoway Public Library has a new location

Posted: October 5, 2010, 9:28 AM by: Ken Feser
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On October 2, Onoway Public Library officially reopened in the Onoway Heritage Centre.  The Centre is a former public school, now home to the library and other organizations such as a museum.

 

MLA for Whitecourt-Ste.Anne George VanderBurg presents library board chair Yvonne Slemko with a plaque and ceremonial cheque at the library opening.

Bill C-509 will protect and extend the library book rate - maybe

Posted: October 4, 2010, 4:28 PM by: Ken Feser
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Bill C-509, An Act to Amend the Canada Post Corporation Act, is a private member's bill introduced by Member of Parliament Merv Tweed.  The bill will guarantee the long-term viability of the Canada Post library book rate, and will extend the book rate to new non-book media formats - IF it passes and becomes law.

Minister of State (Transport) Rob Merrifield supports the bill.  “As the Minister responsible for Canada Post, I am keenly aware of the benefits of the Library Book Rate and its history,” said Minister Merrifield.  “I am here today to proudly state that our Government is proud to support literacy and our libraries across the country, both urban and rural, and that our government will strongly support Mr. Tweed’s Bill.”

“We are thrilled to see support from all sides and we hope to continue this momentum as the Bill moves through the various stages,” commented CLA Executive Director, Kelly Moore. “Members of the library community continue to be concerned about the sustainability of the Library Book Rate, which contributes to the public policy goals of literacy, lifelong learning, inclusion, and vibrant communities.”

In Memoriam - Michael Parkinson

Posted: September 21, 2010, 10:43 AM by: Ken Feser
Categories: Public libraries, Alberta | 4 Comment(s)

Michael William Parkinson passed away peacefully surrounded by family at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at the age of 63 years. Mike was born on November 17, 1946 in London, Ontario. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario with Masters Degrees in Library Science and Philosophy. Mike moved to Calgary in 1975 where he spent most of his career working as an Instructor at SAIT in the Library Information Technology program.

Mike was welll known in the Alberta library community and he will be missed.

Michael Parkinson

Lethbridge Public Library has a new branch

Posted: August 27, 2010, 9:37 AM by: Ken Feser
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Lethbridge's new Crossings branch opens Monday August 30.  The full service branch is located in west Lethbridge.

There will be a celebration on opening day, with refreshments from 11:30 to 1:30 and speeches at noon.

"It's a full service library with a smaller collection.  Everything you can do at the main library you'll be able to do at the Crossings Branch, plus some added and upgraded services," said Todd Gnissios, library director and CEO.

Congratulations Lethbridge on your beautiful new library.

The new Crossings Branch of Lethbridge Public Library

Slave Lake has a new public library building

Posted: August 5, 2010, 10:00 AM by: Ken Feser
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A new government centre and library was opened in Slave Lake on Thursday July 30, 2010. The LEEDS certified building will house municipal and provincial offices as well as the library.


Alberta Infrastructure Minister Ray Danyluk and Mayor Karina Pillay-Kinee test drive the fire truck in the new children's area

Red Deer Public Library provides online election forum

Posted: August 3, 2010, 9:08 AM by: Ken Feser
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The Red Deer Public Library is providing an online forum for candidates and voters in Red Deer's upcoming municipal election. This innovative public library service was first developed in 2004. It consists of a website, www.electionforum.ca, which hosts a number of discussion forums and polls. The site is moderated by a library staff member and a team of trained volunteers. Congratulations Red Deer Public Library on a ground-breaking public library service that is meeting the needs of your local community.