AGM 2015 Information Now Available

The 2015 AGM for AALT will be held May 30, 2015 at 12:00 at the Coast Hotel and Conference Centre in Canmore, AB. The information package for the AGM is now avaliable in the Members Only section of the website. If you need assistance accessing this area please contact the Webteam for help.

CLA Mourns the Passing of Canadian Civil Rights Champion, Alan Borovoy (1932-2015)

(OTTAWA) May 12, 2015. Yesterday evening, civil rights champion, Alan Borovoy passed away at age 83. Borovoy received the 2011 CLA Award for the Advancement of Intellectual Freedom in Canada for his unwavering dedication to social justice and freedom of expression in Canada. An undisputed leader in the civil rights movement in Canada, Mr. Borovoy was a tireless advocate for freedom of expression, along with its corollaries freedom of the press and freedom of association; and equally an activist for equality and procedural fairness.

"We are deeply saddened by the profound loss of such a powerful and compelling voice for freedom of expression" said Alvin Schrader, Chair of CLA’s Intellectual Freedom Advisory Committee.

Mr. Borovoy was one with the Canadian library community, whose core values include a strong
commitment to intellectual freedom and freedom under continual challenge. Mr. Borovoy’s voice has always been there with the Canadian library community’s to combat both censorship and episodic public apathy enabling it, and he has referred to Canada’s librarians as “the Clark Kents of political action.” In 1987-1988, he was a leader in the opposition to Bill C-54, new obscenity legislation that would have drastically curtailed the ability of Canadian libraries to distribute materials. His legacy in public policy advocacy will continue to inspire librarians and library workers for generations to come.

Mr. Borovoy was recruited by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) as General Counsel in 1968, a position he held for 41 years until his retirement in June 2009 at which time CCLA named him General Counsel Emeritus. Prior to joining the CCLA, he had already distinguished himself with other human rights and civil liberties causes and organizations, including activism on behalf of the residents of Africville in 1961 that lead to the formation of the Halifax Advisory Committee on Human Rights, and a protest march against Aboriginal discrimination and poor government services in Kenora in the late 60s.

Mr. Borovoy was a compelling and magnetic speaker: informed, articulate, and passionate. And as one of the most recognizable civil libertarians in Canada, he also knew the value of maintaining a sense of humour while trying to change the world; otherwise, he has said, “you'll go off your rocker." Of attacks from both left and right in his defence of free speech as absolute, he wryly observed, "If you live long enough, you have the opportunity to experience (criticism) every which way."

via CLA

Maskwacis Cultural College Library Open House

Maskwacis Cultural College will be hosting a library open house on May 20th from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. Please join us to celebrate libraries, library staff and our services. Sherwood Park Bookmobile will be participating this year. Do let us know if you would like to tour the libraries or archives in Maskwacis. The special this year is a cultural training session for librarians.

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Smorgasbook Calgary 2015

The Young Alberta Book Society is presenting Smorgasbook 2015 on May 12th at 6:30PM to 9:00 at the Cardel Homes & Theatre 180 Quarry Park Boulevard Southeast Calgary. Here is their tempting description of the event:

In collaboration with the Young Alberta Book Society, The Calgary Children's Literature Roundtable, Foundations for the Future Charter Academy and the Calgary Girls' School we would like to invite you to a buffet of youth literature; Smorgasbook 2015.

Join us for an evening featuring some of Alberta's best youth and children's authors showcasing their upcoming work. Our current lineup for this event features ; Karen Bass, Bill Bunn, Deborah Miller, Shirlee Smith Matheson, Cora Taylor, Lois Donovan, David Poulsen, Trina St. Jean and Jacqueline Hudon-Verrelli. Authors will be discussing their work, selling books and will also have time to chat to attendees.

Entry is FREE, all you need to do is bring an item to donate to the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank. We have 140 spots available, RSVP today to reserve your seat!

To get tickets just follow the link below
Smorgasbook 2015

AALT Conference 2015 Registration is now open!!

Registration for the 2015 AALT Conference is now open, sign up now to beat the early bird deadline!

Call for Speakers - AALT 2015 Conference

Planning is underway for the next AALT Conference, to be held in Canmore, Alberta from May 28 -31, 2015. This is your opportunity to contribute to the success of AALT 2015 by presenting at the conference.

The theme for this year is Libraries in Transition. Your Conference Committee is looking for presentations that address this theme, the daily work of library technicians or health and wellness

Are you working on an interesting project? Tried something new at your library? Or, do you have great tips for improving one's work or personal life? We all have skills, knowledge and stories to share. AALT 2015 wants to hear all about the great work you do.

If you would like to submit a session proposal for AALT 2015, please complete this online form.

Thank you.

Kristian McInnis & Janis Rapchuk
AALT Conference 2015 co-Chairs

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Hot off the Press!!!

The newest edition of the of the AALT Technician is now available in the Members only section of the website. I you have a membership and don't know how to log in, or are having trouble please contact the Web Team for help. Just send us an email at webteam@aalt.org.

Results of the 2014 Salary Survey are in

The results of the 2014 salary survey have been compiled and are available. Once you log in just click on the Members Only tab and select the Employment Survey link to view the final results.

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