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 what's happening at their libraries. 

Checklist Challenge

Starting Thursday April 26, grab a Checklist Challenge sheet and complete the challenges by 6 pm April 28 to be entered for some awesome prizes! Challenge sheets can be picked up at the Registration Desk, and winners will be drawn at the closing banquet on Saturday April 28.

Thursday April 26

7:45 p.m.-8:45 p.m.    Pints of Advice: How to Get the Most Out of Your First ALC

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! Enjoy a beverage while browsing through the Exhibit Hall (which opens at 6:30 pm) and touring the posters on display in the Moose’s Nook to see what is happening at libraries across Alberta!

Friday April 27

6:45 - 7:45 a.m.      Morning Yoga ($18.00) Registration required. (Max 20 guests)

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.    Sunset Photo Tour ($42) Registration required. (Max 20 guests) 

Enjoy the unique opportunity to join two talented Jasper photographers, Brian Van Tighem and Ashley Kennedy, as they lead you on a walking sunset photo tour! Bring your camera along, as they guide you on how to best capture the stunning scenery surrounding Jasper Park Lodge in the beauty of the evening light. After the hike, you will have a chance to look over your photos as you warm yourself by a campfire with a mug of hot chocolate. You will spend the evening outside, so dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable hiking shoes. 

7:30 p.m.    Author Talk:   Trevor Herriot

7:00 – 11:00 p.m.    Jasper SkyTram Alpine Star Session (Cost $100. Registration required. PLEASE NOTE, THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

Lift off into the Rocky Mountains and touch down at 2,277 metres and gain a new perspective on the alpine night sky! Your SkyTram flight will take you 1 km closer to the stars above where you’ll have the chance to look through the most powerful telescopes in the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy complimentary warm beverages or purchase an alcoholic beverage in the Summit Café under the darkest skies in the Rockies. Join astronomy experts from the Jasper Planetarium for an exclusive stargazing experience atop the Jasper SkyTram.

Transportation: Rotating shuttles provided by Sundog. Pick-up from the Fairmont begins at 7:00 PM

Event Flight Times Flights begin at 7:30 PM, flights down begin at 9:00 PM

Remember to dress for the weather on the top of a mountain! There will be snow!

7:30 p.m.    Author Talk:   Trevor Herriot

Saturday April 28

6:45 - 7:45 a.m.      Morning Yoga ($18.00) Registration required. (Max 20 guests)

6:00 p.m.    Closing Dinner & Social: Stand Up!

We're stronger together, and tonight, we're celebrating courage. So don your pussy hats, roll out your rainbow colours, and dress to celebrate what you believe! Winners will also be drawn for door prizes and the Checklist Challenge – you must be in attendance to win.

7:30 p.m.   Author Talk - Sheila Watt-Cloutier

8:00 p.m.   Panel Discussion: Fake News & Alternative Facts: Managing the Muddy Media Waters - Gerald Beasley, Paula Simons, and Kathleen Smith. Panel moderated by Toni Samek.
Printing and dispersing misleading information is hardly new, but wide use of the term "fake news" is. Come hear an animated discussion about alternative facts, misleading media, and what counts as news in this post-truth, fake news era. Cash bar will be available

Gerald Beasley was recently appointed the Carl A. Kroch University Librarian at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, effective August 1, 2017. He formerly held leadership positions in Canada as Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian at the University of Alberta (2013-17) and University Librarian at Concordia University, Montreal (2008-13). Born and educated in the United Kingdom, Beasley has a Masters’ Degree in Library Studies from University College, London, and in English Language and Literature from Oxford University. He has published and presented on a variety of professional topics including fake news.

Paula Simons is a documentary-maker, a playwright, and the Edmonton Journal’s City Columnist. A graduate of the University of Alberta and Stanford University, Simons has won many national and international awards for her investigative reporting, feature writing, and political commentary - and for her ground-breaking use of social media. Last spring, she was honoured at the National Newspaper Awards, for her investigations of Alberta’s secretive child welfare system, and by UNESCO, for her contributions to the advancement of press freedom

Kathleen Smith is an Edmonton based writer, commentator and political pundit. Via her @KikkiPlanet twitter account and her Facebook page, Smith focuses on engaging with and encouraging others to become better informed citizens. Smith's work has been published in several local and national publications, and she has appeared on a variety of television and radio panels.

Toni Samek is a Professor and Chair at the School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta. Toni works in the area of information ethics and currently serves on the Advisory Board of Canada’s Centre for Free Expression.


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.