Monday, July 25, 2011

Netspeed 2011 Conference - Calgary

One of the constants in today’s society is that technology is continually changing. Alberta libraries have always embraced change and the opportunities presented by new technologies. Netspeed 2011 is your opportunity to get up to speed on the emerging technology issues facing libraries today.


Lending games and game systems may stretch the boundaries of library acquisitions and cataloguing, but gaming also offers opportunities to build relationships with new library users and expand programming. Come learn about some of the things you need to consider when incorporating games into your library.

Community engagement

We’re all looking for ways to engage our community and many of this year’s sessions have great ideas that can help you do just that. Web-based tools teens can use to create graphic novels, delivery of information services via text messaging, room bookings using mobile technology and use of video cameras and MP3 players to enhance the customer experience are just a few of the fascinating topics we have lined up for you.


When it comes to e-books, libraries must address a multitude of factors such as licensing, multiple platforms and devices, whether to lend e-readers with pre-loaded titles, promoting e-book use to a variety of populations, staff training, and circulation logistics. Our sessions will help you explore many of the issues related to e-books so that you can develop workable solutions for your library.

In addition to these emerging issues, Netspeed offers sessions on search engines, virtual library services, digital preservation, wikis, assistive technology and more!

Embrace this opportunity to learn about new technologies and register for Netspeed 2011. For conference updates visit our blog and view the most current program on the Netspeed website.

One week left for early bird rates for YRL conference - Edmonton

July 29 is the last day to take advantage of discounted rates for Transforming futures: the power of libraries, YRL's annual conference taking place on Friday, September 23 at the Edmonton Marriott River Cree Resort.

For more information, or to download registration forms and/or pay online, please visit If you have any questions about registering, please don't hesitate to contact me Shannon Edge (780-962-2003 ext. 241 or

Friday, July 22, 2011

T.A.L.E.S. - 2 Professional Development Workshops

T.A.L.E.S. Alberta (The Alberta League Encouraging Storytelling) is hosting 2 Professional Development Workshops on the September 2011 long weekend.

These workshops are part of the 23rd Annual TALES Fort Edmonton Park Storytelling Festival -- "River of Dreams"

Location of workshops - Reed’s Tearoom at Fort Edmonton Park, Edmonton, Alberta

Sean Buvala (from Arizona U.S.A.) will lead both workshops.

Sunday Sept. 4th, 2011-- 8:30am gathering / Workshop 9:00am-Noon
Workshop is “Fidget, Flicker, Finesse: Improve Your Storytelling With Focused Gestures and Movement”

This workshop has been created to benefit storytellers and speakers of all levels of experience. It is excellent for both adult and youth storytellers.

You paint pictures in your audience's imagination with the brush strokes of your gestures and movements. Learn to master gestures and "where you are in the story" to improve your storytelling. Experience "Intentionality", "Three Consonants", "Heavy Hands" and more. This is an active, "never bored" workshop. You will leave this workshop with new skills that you can use immediately at your next presentation to "wow!" your audience.

At the end of this session, storytellers will be able:
1. To understand the role of body language, movement and emotional presence in storytelling.
2. To define and utilize the concepts of stage space, object location and personal placement.
3. To develop personal characterizations based on gesture and spatial location and present that for the group.
4. Explore and experience techniques to correct common problem areas with gestures and movement

Monday Sept. 5th, 2011-- 8:30am gathering / Workshop 9:00am-Noon
Workshop is “The Five Keys to Energize Your Artist Marketing”

This workshop is intended for artists who derive (or want to derive) any part of their income from their storytelling work.
* This marketing workshop is also of value to working Artists of all genres!

You must promote your work to survive! Marketing is not a dirty word! In our session, you will experience the five essential tools for marketing your artistry. From "quick fire" to "social media" you will start to develop your niche plan in a time where the old marketing rules almost never apply. Then, work together with your peers to create a sample of one or more of the tools taught.

By the end of this session, storytellers will:
1. Experience the need to be always ready to market their work.
2. Learn how marketing is relationship focused and not sales focused.
3. Begin to identify their specific niche.
4. Identify and experience the five main marketing tools for artists.
5. Experience creating one of these tools in a small group.

Advance Registration--A Special Offer to Library Staff

: Receive the T.A.L.E.S. Membership rate of $40.00 each per workshop or both workshops for $75.00 per registrant.
Additional discount offer to Library Staff

: If 5 or more registrants are from one Library System,
there is a reduced price of $5.00 less per workshop for each registrant & therefore a rate of $35.00 each per workshop or both workshops for $70.00.

Registration includes:

1) workshop(s), 2) a free lunch after the workshop(s) - (if your registration is completed by Aug, 19, 2011) and 3) admission to the Fort Edmonton Park grounds for a wonderful afternoon of storytelling.
---FOR WALK-IN REGISTRANTS ADD $5.00 / workshop.

---Upon early registration, invoices can be sent out in advance, when requested.


T.A.L.E.S. Edmonton email @ or phone 780-932-4409.
Learn more about our 2 day storytelling festival by visiting the TALES website. Google --T.A.L.E.S. Alberta and view the heading Festivals for more details about the Sun./Mon. morning workshops...Sun./ Mon. (1-5pm) afternoon storytelling sets at 4 venues on the Fort Edmonton Park grounds...the Sunday evening concert at Egge's Barn...and even a story swap Monday afternoon.

We look forward to meeting you at the festival!!


Debbie Woiken

Festival committee member

T.A.L.E.S. The Alberta League Encouraging Storytelling has operated since 1982 as a non-profit organization promoting the tradition of oral storytelling. We are storytellers, story listeners, writers, interpreters, speakers, entrepreneurs, teachers, curators, librarians, ministers, educators, and parents - anyone who celebrates the art of storytelling! The focus of our work as an organization is to advance education by raising the aesthetic taste of the community through public performances, presentations and workshops in the art of storytelling.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

GELA Streetcar Social Event August 2nd - Calgary

GELA (Greater Edmonton Library Association) is pleased to announce an evening social event on Tuesday, August 2nd: "A Streetcar Named Osaka #247 (or Hannover #601)."

Join us for a sunset excursion over the High Level Bridge aboard an historic streetcar. Once on the bridge, you'll enjoy a unique opportunity to admire the views and chat with fellow GELA members and other guests over wine and nibbles until the sun goes down. Children are welcome to attend.

We invite you to arrive at the Strathcona Streetcar Barn between 7:45 pm and 8:00 pm, when you'll have a chance to visit the Edmonton Radial Rail Society's small museum. At 8:15pm the streetcar will depart for the High Level Bridge, remaining on the bridge until sunset, and returning around 9:30 pm. The streetcar barn is located at the intersection of Gateway Boulevard (103 St) and 84 Ave at the North end of the Strathcona Farmer's Market.

Please send an RSVP to to reserve your spot(s), as the capacity is limited to about 40 people. You may pay for your reserved ticket(s) at the event. Tickets for remaining spots will be available at the event on a first come, first served basis.

For those interested in joining GELA, memberships will be available for purchase at the event.

Ticket prices (includes train fare, nibbles and 1 drink ticket):

  • GELA member: $15
  • non-member: $20

Ticket prices (includes train fare, nibbles and 1 non-alcoholic drink ticket):

  • Children/Teens 5-18: $5
  • Children under 5: free
Facebook page for this event:

Join the 2011 Librarians Run for the Cure Team!

On Sunday, October 2nd, join us in our 8th year by running or walking as a member of the Librarians Run for the Cure Team. To date, we've raised over $140,000 as a National Team. Now is the perfect time to get a group together from your library to participate. All library staff and library supporters are welcome.

You can register now and choose to pay the registration fee later. If you raise $150 in donations, the $40 registration fee is waived.

We're ready to take your 2011 registrations if you plan to participate at the following run sites: Calgary, Edmonton, Kitchener - Waterloo, Niagara Region, Ottawa-Gatineau, Thunder Bay, Toronto, or Windsor:

Select "Find a Location and Register", choose your Run Site, then select "I want to Join a Team". Type "Librarians Run for the Cure" into the Team Name search box and select "Librarians Run for the Cure" under National Team Affiliation.

Please contact Pam Ryan ( if you'd like to set up a team at another run site.

Call for Session Proposals for Alberta Library Conference 2012

The Alberta Library Conference (ALC) 2012 Planning Committee invites proposals for sessions for next year's conference in Jasper, Alberta, on April 26-29, 2012.

The theme for ALC 2012 is iLibrary: tag… you’re it.

Libraries and Library Boards are forward looking and this theme ties into our sense of play and the technologies that are transforming our services and work. From creating hyperlinks to RFID tagging of collections, and our trends in gaming – in our professional lives, we continue to use innovation in technology, collections (gaming) and services. so that we can continue to be responsive to our communities. We thrive with change and play. Join us for learning and for fun!

Sessions may be of general interest to the library community in Alberta or directed towards the membership of the co-sponsoring organizations: the Alberta Library Trustees Association or the Library Association of Alberta. The committee aims to provide a range of sessions. Proposals of interest to staff and trustees from libraries of all types and sizes are welcome, as well as proposals that are not specific to a particular library type or size.

Please submit session proposals by August 15th, 2011 to: