AALT Conference 2018: Unearthing Potential

The Alberta Association of Library Technicians is pleased to announce our 2018 Conference: Unearthing Potential, will be held May 10-13, 2018 in Drumheller, Alberta!

The call for proposals is now open, please submit by December 15, 2017. For detailed information and the speaker application form please see the full document https://www.dropbox.com/s/vlna3ucre8cy1sg/CallforSpeakers2018.doc?dl=0

We look forward to your proposals!

2017 AALT Conference: Awards and New Board

The AALT Executive Board proudly recognizes the following award winners recognized at the 43rd AALT Conference that took place April 20-23 2017 in Banff, Alberta.

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2017 AALT AGM is scheduled for Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 at 11:45 am
Banff Park Lodge Resort Hotel & Conference Centre
222 Lynx St,
Banff, AB

Please see below to download the meeting package, we will not be printing copies so please bring your own digital or print version. We look forward to seeing you there!

AALT Board Nominations

The Alberta Association of Library Technicians (AALT) Nominations Committee is currently soliciting nominations for the following positions on the upcoming board of directors:

President Elect: One-year term, followed by a one-year term as President. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Chairs the Communications Group, Awards Committee and Nominations Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee.

Member at Large: One-year term, responsibilities include, but are not limited to: chairs the Professional Development Group, administers the AALT Mentoring Program, chairs the Mentoring Committee and Conference Committee.

Conference Co-chairs: One year term, plans and hosts the 44th Annual AALT conference with the support of the conference committee.

If you are interested in one of these positions please contact President Elect, Theresa Remtulla, president-elect@aalt.org

Conference Update

AALT Conference 2017 - Bringing It All Together and accommodations at the Banff Park and Bow View Lodges have now sold out! We are no longer taking registrations but we are making a wait list for those who are still interested if there are cancellations. Send your names to conference@aalt.org and we will add you. There is still room on the conference bus and family/friends are welcome at the same price, best to act soon as seats are filling fast.

The AALT Silent Auction is also back and shaping up to be better than ever. We will be running the Silent Auction from Friday, April 21 to Saturday, April 22 during the conference. Items for the Silent Auction are arriving daily and they are awesome! If you have something you would like to donate for the Silent Auction, please let the Conference Committee know at the conference email listed above. Handcrafted and handmade items are welcome.

We look forward to seeing you in April!

Bringing It All Together: AALT Conference April 20-23, 2017

Early bird registration is now open for the Alberta Association of Library Technicians’ annual conference being held in beautiful Banff, Alberta, at the Banff Park Lodge Hotel & Conference Centre, on April 20-23, 2017. The theme this year is Bringing It All Together! The theme expresses the idea that library technicians/library personnel use various concepts, tools, and resources with a focus on collaboration, creativity and communication, not only to fulfill their duties as technicians but also in their daily lives.

Enjoy one of our 3 fabulous keynote speakers. Learn about the future of library technicians by attending these sessions: Library Technicians: Our Changing Landscape or Preparing Library Technicians for the 21st Century. Update your cataloguing skills with our session entitled RDA for Beginners and Experts or attend Spaghetti, Marshmallows and Team-Work and discover new team building techniques. We are also offering sessions on learning commons, digitization, resilience and much more! Join us on a fascinating tour to the Whyte Museum – Gateway to the Rockies & Banff Public Library. Come to our banquet and awards ceremony; celebrate with your colleagues and stay for our Saturday night entertainment – Chris Visser Magic!

The AALT conference is not just for Technicians … we are open to all library personnel! Talk about bringing it all together!

Early bird registration is ending on March 1st, 2017 so register now! For more information or to register go to: http://www.regonline.com/aaltconference2017

Open Education Continuing Education Opportunity

Announcement of Grant for Open Education Gathering, October 4th , 2016 at the Maskwacis Cultural College

Interested in learning about open education? You are invited to apply for an exciting funded continuing education opportunity. The Maskwacis Cultural College (MCC) is hosting a day-long gathering about open education practices. This grant will cover registration costs, applications must be received by Friday, September 16th 2016.

Open Education in Action

Date: Tuesday, October 4th, 2016, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Maskwacis Cultural College

The gathering covers a very timely topic in light of the recently released report and calls to action that were published by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Details about the gathering can be found at http://oeruse.blogspot.ca/2016/08/register-now-for-open-education-in.html

Maskwacis Cultural College Library is proud to fund this workshop because it supports library’s statement of values in its Diversity Policy and Plan to demonstrate and promote diversity, inclusivity, and equity throughout the organization and its programs and services.

Application deadline: Friday, September 16th
Amount of Grant: Eligible expenses include registration fees
Eligibility: Education administrators, instructional designers, instructional technologists, instructors, students, literacy, and library staff
Criteria: Application to contain the following: one paragraph rationale statement stating ways in which you will apply open education practices in your life or work
Reporting: Provide a 1-2 page report describing the event and the impact it had on your professional development, within one month of attending the workshop.

Apply at: https://goo.gl/forms/lvo7qf64vSKDH2ZQ2

Professional Development Resources Newsletter: Sept 2016

The latest edition of the Marigold Library System Professional Development Resources for Library Staff Newsletter is now available. You can view the issue here. Please pass this information along to any library staff who may find it useful. You may sign-up or opt-out at any time.

- Courtesy of Caleigh Haworth, Training and Communications Coordinator.


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