Thursday, April 28, 2011

Around the Room to Read World Wine Tasting/Appetizer Fund Raiser - Edmonton

Join the Room to Read Edmonton Chapter for an evening of wine and world cuisine in support of literacy. The event will include wine tasting courtesy of Barefoot Wines, delicious appetizers from Room to Read countries, and an inspiring presentation by Crystal Flaman, social entrepreneur, motivational speaker, Ironman athlete, and Room to Read Champion.

There will also be a silent auction including a Westjet travel voucher and many other great items. Doors open at 6:30pm. We hope to see you there!

Location: Sutton Place Hotel, 10235 101 St. Edmonton AB
Time: 7:00pm-10:00pm
Thursday, June 09, 2011 at 7:00 PM
Tickets: $55. ($25. tax receipt)
Order online:

Alberta Readers' Choice Award announces the Top 5 Titles

The Top 5 titles from the Alberta Readers' Choice Award have been announced. Public voting begins on May 1st.

As you will see in the release, this year’s top five books and their champions are:

• The Grizzly Manifesto by Jeff Gailus (RMB); championed by Ken Chapman, lawyer, social commentator, blogger and one of Alberta Venture Magazine’s 50 Most Influential People of 2010

• Too Bad: Sketches Toward a Self-Portrait by Robert Kroetsch (U of A Press); championed by Kirk Heuser, Edward R. Murrow Award-winning journalist, CBC News Calgary

• Cinco de Mayo: a novel by Michael J. Martineck (Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing); championed by Janet Lane, Executive Director of Literacy Alberta

• Bitter Medicine: A Graphic Memoir of Mental Illness by Clem & Olivier Martini (Freehand Books); championed by John Estacio, award-winning Canadian composer and JUNO nominee

• Letters from the Lost - A Memoir of Discovery by Helen Waldstein Wilkes (AU Press); championed by Sharon Budnarchuk, co-owner of Audrey’s Books in Edmonton

Banners and advertising resources for libraries will soon be made available at

GELA/CASLIS Spring Reception - Edmonton

Join us on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 in the Program Room of the Strathcona Branch, Edmonton Public Library at the annual Spring Reception. Meet up with colleagues to celebrate spring and to welcome our featured speaker, Michael Brechtel.

Michael Brechtel will share about the vision for the city that is being realized through the Edmonton Champions project (see link below), and will talk about Edmonton’s next chapter that is being written for this city. Michael will share compelling ideas and how we are shaping Edmonton to be relevant and connected, and how we can become more engaged with our community, right in our city.

Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:15 pm
Location: Edmonton Public Library Strathcona Branch 8331 104 St NW Edmonton

Cost: $15 for members, $22 for non-members/guests of members (cash or cheque payable to GELA)

Catered reception; wine bar will be available (no-host).

RSVP: by Thursday, May 5, 2011 to

Thursday, April 21, 2011

CLA 2011 Free Pre-Conference Session: OCLC ARC Meeting and OCLC Canada Symposium - Halifax

While you are gearing up to enjoy this year's Canadian Library Association (CLA) National Conference and Trade Show, you are warmly invited to attend the OCLC Americas Regional Council (ARC) Member Meeting and OCLC Canada Symposium on Transformational Literacy: Life Stages and Libraries, Museums and Archives. This event will take place on May 25, from noon until 5:00 p.m., as a pre-conference session at the World Trade & Convention Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

It promises to be a very exciting program, including guest speakers such as Daniel Boivin (Executive Director, OCLC Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean), Tom Hickerson (Vice Provost, Libraries and Cultural Resources, and University Librarian, University of Calgary), and keynote speaker DeNel Rehberg Sedo (Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University).

This pre-conference session is free and open to all, and lunch will be provided. Please register through CLA Online. Registration will be capped at 150 attendees.

For more information, please visit the OCLC Meeting and Symposium on "Transformational Literacy" webpage.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Canadian Health Libraries Association 2011 Conference Continuing Education - Calgary

This year's CHLA/ABSC conference will be held in Calgary from May 26 to May 30. They have Continuing Education sessions lined up, including a full day workshop developed especially for CHLA/ABSC by the Banff Centre and held at the Banff Centre. The workshop fee includes transportation to and from the Hyatt Regency Calgary and lunch at the Banff Centre.

Powerful Expression for Leaders: The Leader's Voice Workshop

Leaders can’t just walk the walk, they also have to talk the talk! Great leaders need to be great communicators to inspire and lead others into action. This workshop will use artistic processes to help you to develop a “leader’s voice.” But great leaders are also great listeners, so we’ll also be spending time on the critical connections between voice and good listening. This session employs unconventional, arts-based learning methods to develop your creative leadership voice. Instructor Colin Funk is the Artistic Director of Precipice Theatre in Banff and the Creative Program Director of The Banff Centre’s Leadership Learning Lab. He has done extensive work in leadership development.

Transforming Data into Statistics
Thursday, May 26, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Increasingly, health librarians are being asked to locate statistics. Often, all that’s available is raw data that hasn’t been turned into useful statistical figures. Don’t despair – you don’t need a magic wand to transform data into statistics! Join Peter Peller, University of Calgary’s data librarian, as he explains how to use the wizardry of open-source statistical software to extract data from the Canadian Community Health Survey and turn it into statistics your clients can use.

Register from the conference website, If you are already registered for the conference and would like to add this workshop, you can still do so by contacting the CHLA/ABSC office at 416.646.1600 or The early bird deadline is April 25.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Greater Edmonton Library Association Annual General Meeting

When: Wednesday, April 13th, 2011, 6:00p.m.
Where: Rm 6-07 of the Stanley Milner (Main) branch of the Edmonton Public Library, Churchill Square
Perks: Vote for your Execs, PD Grant Award announcement, and enjoy refreshments and catch up with others!

Your vote is needed! Plan to attend the AGM on April 13th. This is your chance to meet the new executive, renew your membership, and enjoy refreshments and connect with other GELA members!

The following information are on our website: (to save on paper, reports will *not* be available at the meeting)
  • Exec Bios
  • Proxy Form: If you are unable to attend, please submit your vote via this method

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Education Institute: Readers Advisory Series

Interested in Readers Advisory? The Library Association of Alberta provides member pricing to all members for the Education Institute workshops. You can check out their session information here.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Provincial Archives of Alberta Annual Film Night

Provincial Archives’ Film Night recreates small town Alberta movie house in 1939

On Friday, April 15, the Provincial Archives of Alberta will once again present its annual Film Night with a showcase of rarely seen archival footage from the vaults. This year patrons will purchase a ticket to the past as they experience going to the movies in small town Alberta in 1939.

The playbill includes a typical selection of long and short features audiences would enjoy at the movies in the days before television:

Trigger Fingers – a comedy western featuring Tim McCoy as an undercover FBI agent in a menacing gang of cattle rustlers.

News Parade of the Year - a 1939 newsreel by Castle Film, showing the worrying situation in Europe.

Woodland – a cartoon produced by Terrytoons, creators of Mighty Mouse.

Musical selections - When You Go Up on the Ferris Wheel; Tony Pastor and His Orchestra with That Did it Marie; the Denver Darlings with Mama Don’t Want No Music.

Film Night starts at 8 p.m. at Metro Cinema in the Citadel Theatre, 9828-101A Avenue, Edmonton. Tickets are available at the door only. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. There will be door prizes.

Read more at:

NAHLA (Northern Alberta Health Libraries Association) Annual TRENDS Mini-Conference

NAHLA (Northern Alberta Health Libraries Association) Annual TRENDS Mini-Conference, April 8th, Noon-5 pm

Location: Room L-10, Humanities Building, University of Alberta

For more information and to register, see registration details, please go to

Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU) 2011 - 'Learning Under Living Skies'

Registration is now open for…

Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU) 2011 – ‘Learning Under Living Skies’ June 1-3, 2011 in Regina, Saskatchewan

The tri-institutional WILU 2011 Committee from the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST), the University of Regina, and the University of Saskatchewan invites you to the 40th annual WILU Conference. We are very pleased and excited to bring WILU to our province – for the first time ever!

Over the decades, WILU has grown to encompass all aspects of library instruction and librarians as educators. Traditionally WILU has focused primarily on the academic librarian, however this year we have made an effort to branch out and include school and public librarians in the conversation too.

See our exciting Program line-up:

Register by April 15th to take advantage of the Early Bird discount. Another good reason to register early: to book a spot in the Hands-On Workshop sessions – space is limited in these sessions to first come, first served!

Full Conference Registration fees: Early Bird (by April 15th) = $255 Cdn + 5% GST After April 15th = $300 Cdn + 5% GST Single Day Registration fees: $120 Cdn + 5% GST

Registration closes on May 16th

See more registration information and a link to the secure Registration form: See information on Accommodations (including the UofR Residence Registration Form):

The sky looms large over Saskatchewan. It is bold, active and constantly changing – just like learning in libraries. And, as we all know, learning can happen anywhere…the sky’s the limit