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 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:

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

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:

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.

43rd Annual AALT Conference - Call for Speakers

The AALT Board of Directors and Conference Co-Chairs, Marcia Holmes & Melanie Belliveau, are pleased to announce the 43rd Annual AALT Conference!

The 43rd annual Alberta Association of Library Technicians Conference will be held in beautiful Banff, Alberta from April 20-23, 2017 at the Banff Park Lodge Resort & Conference Centre. The 2017 theme, "Bringing It All Together", 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.

We are interested in session proposals that address this theme and are of interest to one or more of the following types of libraries (academic, special, public, or school.) Author talks and those that cover health and wellness and other topics of interest will also be considered.

Sessions are 45 or 60 minutes in length.

Please submit proposals through the Speaker Form

If you have any questions about submitting a proposal, please contact

Submission deadline is October 30, 2016.

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

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:

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


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