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 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!

Online courses on Canadian Copyright Law

2 online courses on Canadian Copyright Law are being offered. One is an eTutorial in which you’ll receive 16 lessons sent to your email inbox. A very simple way to learn copyright! The other course has 3 webinars and a private discussion list for asking questions. You’ll receive a Certificate of Completion for either course.

eTutorial info is at It begins September 16th.

Webinar-based course info is at It begins September 24th.

There is also an online course on writing a copyright compliance policy or guidelines in which you’ll actually prepare a draft! See

Call for guest presenters for the library apprentice program - October 2-3

A library apprentice program hands-on salon OPEN HOUSE on Friday and Saturday, October 2nd and 3rd focusing on the following topics.
Digitization, classification, cataloging (MARC and RDA), indexing, records management, taxonomy, and indigenous research methodologies.

Please let me know if you are interested in presenting. Grab this opportunity to visit Maskwacis and learn about indigenous culture and indigenous research methodologies.

Earn stackable credentials: 1 college credit = 13 hours of learning time.
Interested in receiving free books to giveaway to First Nation children contact:

Manisha Khetarpal, MLIS, MA
Chair of Library Studies and Scholarly Research
Maskwacis Cultural College
Toll Free: 1 866 585 3925

ASA Workshop announcement - Managing Electronic Records

Managing Electronic Records
Instructor: Jeremy Heil, Digital and Private Records Archivist at Queen’s University Archives
Date: Friday, September 18, 2015
Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Glenbow Archives, Board Room, 130 - 9 Avenue S.E., Calgary

The ASA is bringing a workshop to Alberta from the Archives Association of Ontario on archives and electronic records. This workshop was offered in Edmonton in November 2014 and due to popular demand, we are offering it a second time.

This hands-on workshop will lead students from the development of policies and procedures through to the practical elements of acquiring, processing and preserving electronic records. Students will learn how to develop a programme statement and discuss preservation planning, examine the nature of electronic records and the role of metadata, and practice tasks in acquiring and processing electronic records with some of the commonly available tools.

Class size: 12 (minimum) / 17 (maximum)
Cost: $150 (ASA member); $175 (non-member)
To register, please visit our website:

Registration deadline: September 10, 2015
To register, please send or fax completed form along with your payment to:

Archives Society of Alberta
Suite 407, 10408 – 124 St Edmonton, AB
T5N 1R5
fax: (780) 425-1679.

Note: If you choose to email your form, please make sure to send it to in order to avoid delays in processing.
For additional information, contact ASA Database & Administrative Assistant, Maryna Chernyavska at


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