Networking Activities

Conferences are about more than sessions and trade shows – they’re your chance to mix, mingle and meet your colleagues from all over Alberta, and find out how they’re shaking it up at their libraries. 

Thursday April 27

7:45 p.m.-8:45 p.m.    First Timers’ Get Together

Kick off your first Alberta Library Conference with a bang! This is the place to meet other first-timers – make new connections, learn how to make the most of your conference, enjoy a beverage, and enter to win terrific door prizes. 

Sponsored by Alberta's Regional Library System.

9:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.    Opening Reception

Join the Presidents of LAA and ALTA to celebrate the opening of another Alberta Library Conference! Afterwards, browse through the Exhibit Hall (which opens at 6:30 pm) before touring the posters on display to see what is happening at libraries across Alberta!

Friday April 28

6:45 - 7:45 a.m.      Morning Yoga ($15.00) Registration required

7:00 – 11:00 p.m.    Jasper SkyTram ($70, includes transportation to/from JPL, max 80 guests) Registration required

Enjoy the unique opportunity to take the Jasper SkyTram at night! Lift off into the Rocky Mountain alpine and touch down at 2,277 metres for an alpine winter scene. Enjoy complimentary warm beverages, snow sculptures, and maple taffy from a Cabane à sucre (Quebecois sugar shack), and enjoy the winter setting and mountain vistas at the lower station. Feeling adventurous? Borrow a pair of snowshoes (or bring your own!) and venture up the Summit Trail for breathtaking panoramas of the seven mountain ranges encompassing Whistlers Mountain. Bring a headlamp if you have one, and dress warmly with proper footwear! Buses start leaving Jasper Park Lodge at 7 pm, and trips back to the lodge begin around 9:30 pm.

7:30 p.m.    Author Talk:   Kate Beaton

9:00 – 11:00 p.m.     Canadian Trivia Pub Night ($25, includes one drink, max 80 guests) Registration required

Have you ever tried a Timbit, bitten a Beaver Tail, or baked bannock over a fire? Can you name all the provinces and territories, list the Prime Ministers, or sing the national anthem? If so, join a team of fellow library lovers to compete in a rollicking game of Canadian trivia! Patriotic prowess will help edge your team on to victory, with prizes (and bragging rights) awarded to the winners! A cash bar will be available. All are welcome – singles, couples, groups – the more the merrier!

Saturday April 29

6:45 - 7:45 a.m.    Morning Yoga ($15.00) Registration required

6:00 p.m.    Closing Dinner & Social: Red and White

Red and white rule the night! Celebrate by donning Canada’s national colours for the closing banquet!  Head to the photo booth at the dance, starting at 9 pm, to make sure your memorable look is captured forever!

8:00 p.m.   Author Talk - Joseph Boyden

8:00 p.m.    Beer Tasting ($35, max 30 guests) Registration required

Think you know chapter and verse about beer? Think again! Surprises are in store as you taste your way through six Canadian craft beers with beer expert Samantha Sinotte, Manager of Jasper Park Lodge’s Emerald Lounge.

9:00 p.m.    Dance!

Don’t be shy about attending the dance:  you don’t need a partner and you don’t even need to dance. Just plan to have some fun socializing and sharing with all the great people in our Alberta library community. Be sure to get your photo in the photo booth – bring your own props, or use ours.

Sponsored by TBA




If you are not staying at the Lodge you can buy all meal tickets, including those for the closing dinner, at the JPL Concierge Desk right up until dinner time. Extras are also sometimes available – check at the Registration Desk periodically. Tables are first come, first served (no reserved tables), but look for the New Friends table (marked with balloons) if you’re not with a group. Alcoholic beverages are available to order from the wait staff at the banquet, or to purchase at the bar in the dining room, but are not included in your meal ticket.