AALT 2016 Conference Update

Thank you to all of the organizers, vendors and participants who made the AALT 2016 Conference a success! Presentations, photos and highlights are now up on the AALT Technician Blog:

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Lorne Rubis EPL Leader-in-Residence Public Lecture

In keeping with Edmonton Public Library’s mission “We Share!”, library staff and trustees from Edmonton and area libraries are welcome to participate in EPL’s Leader-In-Residence Program. Our next leader is Lorne Rubis, Chief People Officer, ATB Financial.

Lorne will be speaking on Leaders All In! in the Stanley A. Milner Library theatre from 10 – 11:30 a.m. on Monday, November 9th. Please register via email to LLalchan@epl.ca

Leaders All In!
People have a right to great leaders and leaders have a responsibility to be great (not perfect). What does it mean to be a great leader? The Leaders All In framework is a behavioural and practiced guide to addressing that question. Follow it and you're never done but the journey will be rewarding and help you develop your personal leadership.

Online Reference Centre (Edmonton, November 23 and Calgary, November 24)

The Alberta Library is proud to present Online Reference Centre (ORC) workshops for Library staff for all TAL members in Edmonton on November 23 and Calgary on November 24th. There will be morning (9:00 am to 12:00 pm) and afternoon (1:30 - 4:00 pm) workshops for both days.

To register for ORC training as well as location information about the the workshops please go to the following link: http://www.onlinereferencecentre.ca/orc-training-for-tal-members.html

This workshop is intended for library staff who:
Provide customer service
Support education students in an academic setting
Promote education and lifelong learning
Provide professional development for other library staff.
The Online Reference Centre is a collection of online resources curated to support Alberta's curriculum for Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle School and High School students.

Registrants in this workshop will learn how to easily connect Alberta K-12 students to learning resources that will help with homework, reports and test preparation directly tied to what they are learning in school.

Other learning outcomes include:
How to access information for the ORC
How to quickly connect learners with resources relating to what they are learning in school
An overview of the resources available
An overview of support materials for working with K-12 patrons
Ideas for promoting and building awareness for the ORC in public library setting

Call for Speakers

The 2016 Conference will be held from May 12 -15, at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT Polytechnic) Calgary, Alberta.

Submit your session proposals for AALT 2016

The theme for this year's conference is "Celebrating Diversity". Session proposals should address this theme, the daily work of library technicians or health and wellness. We are particularly interested in workshops and panel discussions.

Sessions are 75 minutes in length.

If you have any questions about submitting a proposal, please contact conference@aalt.org or call Janis at 403-284-8688 or Pablo at 403-210-4425.

Submission deadline is December 15th, 2015.
Thank you,
Janis Rapchuk and Pablo Zanetta
AALT 2016 Conference co-Chairs.

Please join us from 3:15-4 pm on Saturday, September 26 to hear Paula Simons speak about the importance of the public library in a digital age.

While you are here, check out our Adaptive Technology Station and our Music Creation Station.

Please RSVP to us at 780-998-4275.

Congratulations to Our 2015 AALT Award Winners!

Norene James - Advocacy Award

  • Recognizes an individual who is a strong supporter and promoter of library technicians and the library technician profession in general. (Non-Library Technician)

Jenna Innes and Meghan Staal - Bernice Neufeld Special Service Award

  • Recognizes an active AALT member or committee's outstanding contributions to the Association.

Karen Hildebrandt - Library Technician Award of Excellence

  • Recognizes the efforts of a Library Technician who has made a major contribution to the library field in Alberta.

Lynn Blain - Dewey Award

  • Recognizes the contributions of a current Director on the AALT Board who has shown initiative by performing above and beyond their assigned duties.

Chloe Giroux (SAIT) and Vanessa Styzm (MacEwan) - Student Awards

  • Provides financial support for educational opportunities in the information field. Award includes $250 and a complete conference package for a Student in the SAIT and MacEwan Library Technician programs.

Invitation to Readers' Advisory workshop with Nancy Pearl

The Calgary Public Library is pleased to invite Alberta library staff to a special workshop with renowned librarian and literary tastemaker,
Nancy Pearl, on Monday, October 5, 9 -12.

As a result of this course, workshop participants will understand:
The qualities that go into becoming an excellent reader’s advisor
The concept of the four doorways and how to use them to be able to help library patrons find books that they might enjoy
How to draw a pie chart for a favourite title
How to use doorways to mentally recategorize fiction and narrative nonfiction collections to make them more reader friendly

Please register by September 25, 2015, using the Eventbrite link!

A pre-assignment will be emailed to participants.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Fall 2015 public speaking course in Edmonton

Registration is now open for Public Speaking for Beginners and the Truly Terrified, which begins on September 22nd.

Most people find public speaking intimidating, but it is also an important and often necessary skill. Over the course of 8 in-person sessions, you will learn foundational skills for public speaking and presenting.
The skills you will develop include:

  • overcoming panic and calming the physical symptoms of stage fright,
  • key vocal techniques to speak with greater strength and ease,
  • creating and maintaining a clear, focused presentations,
  • memory and content creation techniques to free you from relying on notes or scripts,
  • learning how to receive and deliver helpful, meaningful critique,
  • strategies for dealing with and answering questions from the audience

In addition to the 8 in-person classes, I also give each participant four one-on-one coaching phone calls (20 minutes max per call, to be scheduled at their discretion). You will have email access to me for brief advice and questions during the period that the course is running.

Participants are typically professionals - often at the management level - but I have also had students in my program as well. To make sure that what you learn in class is immediately applied, you use upcoming work (or school) presentations for all your class assignment material. I've had great response with this class and have found that employers really like this course as a professional development option for their staff.

The details:
We meet every two weeks from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, from Tuesday September 22 to Tuesday December 29 in room 6-10 of the Stanley Milner Library in downtown Edmonton. Class size is limited to 10 people so that I can provide plenty of personalized attention. The price for the whole course is $597 +GST, and I provide receipts for tax purposes. Registration deadline is September 18th.

The full info is on my website HERE

See you in class!

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