Friday, April 30

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference has been cancelled. Please see the announcement in the News section.

6:45 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Breakfast in Beauvert Dining Room (Breakfast in Moose's Nook available until 10 a.m. for Guests of delegates.)

8:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Registration Desk open

A1 8:45 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Keynote speaker - Alfredo Tan

10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Exhibits open

10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Coffee break and time to visit the Exhibits

10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Registration Desk open

10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Conference Sessions

B1 Dewey Divas Present: Best Books for Children and Young Adults, Spring 2020 – Rosalyn Steele, Lahring Tribe, Andrea Colquhoun 
Publisher sales reps present their favourite new children's and young adult books for collection development, general reading, and book clubs.

Learning Objective:

  • Review new titles for collection development, readers' advisory, and book club resources

B2 Mii Koozeans: Relationality and Library Services at the University of Alberta – Anne Carr-Wiggin, Kayla Lar-Son, Gabrielle Lamontagne, Leigha Rind, Kaia MacLeod, Debbie Feisst
Learn how relationality guides Indigenous library initiatives at the University of Alberta. Relationality connects knowledge and learning to a specific place, centres experiences and relationships, and provides a framework that all libraries can use to grow services with Indigenous communities.

Learning Objective:

  • Learn about programs and techniques to build relationality into services with Indigenous communities

B3 Building Awareness and Advocating for Digital Content: A Canadian Urban Library Council Initiative – Sharon Day
Key priorities of the CULC eBook Task Force Working Group include sharing information on what is currently being done in Canada and the US with respect to ebooks and e-audiobooks; implementing public awareness campaigns; advocating with politicians; and providing opportunities for collaboration across the public library community regarding issues related to digital content.

 Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the impact of public libraries on the publishing industry
  • Learn about international public awareness campaigns
  • Join advocacy efforts to improve restrictive licensing models

B4 When Vision Becomes Surveillance – Margaret Mackey
Surveilled reading is now taken for granted in many arenas: in ordinary daily digital reading, online, in school library reading programs, in academic measures of impact, and in many other places. Why should librarians care about the privacy of private reading?

 Learning Objectives:

  • Develop an understanding of the ubiquity of surveilled reading
  • Consider how librarians may be implicated in surveillance
  • Reflect on appropriate roles for librarians in this context

B5 Supporting the Public Library Network: Resource Sharing Update – Kerry Anderson, Miranda Maguire, Colette Poitras, Kim Johnson
From interlibrary loan software to interlibrary loan delivery, there have been a number of changes to the Alberta public library resource sharing ecosystem in the past year. In this session, Public Library Services Branch will describe these recent changes and how they affect and support public libraries in Alberta, including the new interlibrary loan software and a new model for delivery.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the public library resource sharing environment in Alberta
  • Learn about the Public Library Network
  • Learn about the recent changes in resource sharing for Alberta public libraries

B6 Activating a New Archival Collection: Outreach, Engagement and Service for Glenbow Library and Archives – Christena McKillop, James Murphy
The Glenbow Library and Archives collection is a vast treasure trove of many types of materials documenting the history of Alberta and Western Canada. In this presentation, two librarians will share their vision, contributions and creative strategies for service planning, outreach and engagement for the collection and its new home at the Glenbow Western Research Centre. 

 Learning Objectives:

  • Hear outreach and engagement strategies for a new archival collection
  • Identify outreach and service planning ideas suitable for your own library
  • Learn more about the vast collections in Glenbow Library & Archives

B7 Bringing Maker Tech Out from Behind Closed Doors - Jolene Brisbois, Lisa Stormer
Do you have a vision for bringing Maker tech to your community but don’t know where to start? Edmonton Public Library and St. Albert Public Library developed creative and innovative strategies to bring Maker tech out from behind closed doors and into the hands of our communities. Learn how we inspired staff to engage communities with Maker tech by modeling curiosity and the right to fail.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn techniques to overcome staff barriers with Maker tech
  • Understand and assess barriers to having Maker tech in libraries
  • Identify and develop a model to bring out your library’s Maker tech

B8 Extra! Extra! Read All About It: Creating Civic Journalism at Your Library – Lisa Shamchuk, Steve Lillebuen
Library staff and journalists share a similar goal: build well-informed communities. Both fields are also undergoing similar challenges, particularly in smaller centres, which have seen a steady decline in local news reporting. In the United States, however, public library staff have been finding ways of participating in civic journalism activities to keep their communities informed. Lisa and Steve recently examined public libraries across Canada to discover if any were involved in journalistic activities during the 2019 Federal election campaign. During this session, we will share our results, present the principles of civic journalism, and present ideas for using your information skills to better inform your community.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about recent Canadian public library journalistic efforts during the Federal election campaign in October 2019
  • Appreciate the links between library professionals and journalists
  • Be inspired to start civic journalism initiatives in your library!

B9 When a Children’s Museum Meets the Library: The Questionarium at Calgary Public Library - Kate Schutz, Kim Wagner
Join the Calgary Public Library to hear about the success and F.A.I.L.s of re-imagining our Children’s Library into a dynamic play-based learning space designed just for school-age children, and discover practical ideas to engage kids ages 6-12 in your Library's spaces and programs.

Learning Objectives:

  • See the Questionarium model in practice
  • Discover how to integrate inquiry-based learning and STREAM subjects into programs
  • Learn from the successes and challenges of designing for school-age kids.

B10 Stronger Together: Trustee Toolkit – Tanya Pollard
The Alberta Library Trustees' Association is the central voice for all trustees across the province. This session will showcase all of the training materials ALTA has to offer, give a tutorial on how to access our online resources, and provide an open environment to ask questions and find the resources you need to be a successful trustee.

 Learning Objectives:

  • See an array of ALTA learning materials
  • Learn about real-time support for accessing online applications.

11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Conference Sessions

C1 Dewey Divas Present: Best Adult Books for Spring 2020 – Rosalyn Steele, Lahring Tribe, Andrea Colquhoun
Publisher sales reps present their favourite new adult books for collection development, general reading, and book clubs.

Learning Objective:

  • Review new titles for collection development, readers' advisory, and book club resources

C2 Planning for the Unthinkable: What You Can Do Before Disaster Strikes – Sharon Siga, Jennifer Duguid, Kerry Vandenhengel
Strathcona County Library staff share their experience of being displaced for six months due to an explosion in the underground parkade connected to the library. They will discuss the resources and practices in place that made a difference in offering library services again, what didn’t work as expected, and what they would have done differently. They will also explore how recovering from an intentional act of violence differs from recovering from a natural disaster.

 Learning Objectives:

  • Review steps libraries could take to be prepared
  • Explore strategies that could help during recovery
  • Understand potential impacts on staff and patrons and ways to provide support

C3 Programming for People with Developmental Disabilities – Jill Kergan, Dianna Chellaturai-Wright
This session is designed to help libraries develop programs to serve the needs of people with disabilities. It will cover who people with developmental disabilities are, and how to develop programs for them. Jill will discuss how to assess community needs, and review how to develop partnerships with service providers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the unique needs of people with disabilities
  • Learn how to develop successful programs for people with disabilities
  • Learn how to foster positive interactions, build community, and elicit meaningful feedback

C4 Academic Librarians Use Collaboration and Innovation to Meet Students’ Information Literacy Needs by Creating an E-Learning Resource  – Christena McKillop
Today's challenges in higher education include the changes in the information eco-system, limited budgets, and increased student needs for library support. How do we meet these needs in this complex environment? Learn how a diverse team of experts including librarians from three Canadian universities collaborated, created and found solutions that combined to produce Student2Scholar, an award-winning e-learning resource for students.

 Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how strategic collaboration can be powerful
  • Consider how diverse team membership has strengths
  • Identify how shared values contribute to successful teams

C5 Indigenization of Informal Learning Spaces in the Library Using Photovoice – K. Alix Hayden, Susan Beatty, Cheryl Jeffs, student co-researchers/participants
This session focuses on a research project with Indigenous students at the University of Calgary. Students’ lived experiences of informal learning spaces are presented and explored through a Photovoice framework. The initial results of this study show how informal library spaces can be enhanced and become more supportive of Indigenous students’ learning.

 Learning Objectives:

  • Identify how informal library spaces enhance Indigenous students’ learning
  • Explore Photovoice as a research method in a library context
  • Discover how to include students as co-researchers/participants

C6 STEAM on the Go – Emily Brady, Anthea Dacruz-Smith
Looking for sure wins with your library’s outreach programs? Look no further! Discover new ways to incorporate STEAM programming out in your community. Connect your programs with your customers’ interests and pop culture, create hubs of learning and discovery in community locations, and improve the accessibility of your library’s programs and tech.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover ways to make technology, including VR, AR, green screen, digital design, and robotics, accessible to your community
  • Gather practical ideas for STEAM activities suitable for outreach

C7 Trials and Tribulations of Managing a Small Workplace – Susan Parkinson
Herding cats can be easier than managing staff at times. With everyone's diverse personalities, motivations, and pet peeves, it at times can feel overwhelming. This presentation will touch on the challenges managing a small to medium sized library.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn why managing employees in a small library is more difficult
  • Learn how to have the tough conversations
  • Identify ways to create an ideal workplace

C8 Consumer Health 101: Where to Find the Best Resources for Your Patrons – Lauren Seal
Are you confused as to what "health literacy" is? Do you struggle with finding quality consumer health information? This session will demystify health literacy, describing what it is and why it is important. The presenter will outline some of the best consumer health information, with the goal of making attendees more competent health information searchers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the importance of health literacy
  • Discover key consumer health information resources
  • Review how to critically appraise consumer health information to tell when something is CRAAP

C9 Building Capacity, Connection, and Empowerment with Volunteers – Sarah Meilleur, Azmin Poonja, Avnish Mehta
Volunteers can be an innovative solution to building capacity in libraries. Learn how volunteers can support staff, make a difference in a patron’s life, get key tips on offering a successful volunteer program, and gain an understanding of who are the 21st century volunteers, including how they want to be recognized and celebrated. Engage your volunteers and be a visionary in 2020!

 Learning Objectives:

  • Review types of volunteer programs and how they support staff and patrons
  • Understand who volunteers today
  • Identify key elements of a successful volunteer-based program

C10 Trustee Connect – Tanya Pollard
The Alberta Library Trustees' Association welcomes all trustees to join in an open discussion forum. Each library is unique and has its own story. We welcome you to share those stories, ask questions and discuss the issues that all libraries face on different levels. Join the conversation!

 Learning Objectives:

  • Connect with fellow trustees and share ideas
  • Learn about support available for trustees

2:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m. Coffee break

2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m. Conference Sessions

D1 Salvy Trojman Presents – One on One with Ian Williams - 2019 Giller Prize Winner – Salvy Trojman, Ian Williams
Join Salvy for a conversation with 2019 Giller Prize Winner Ian Williams. A honest, humorous and serious exchange of ideas, stories and wisdom. There will be a Q & A following the session.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the creative process
  • Get insights into the Canadian experience
  • Experience storytelling

D2 YRCA in 2020: Building on 80 Years of Success – Jocie Wilson, Kyle Marshall
The Young Reader’s Choice Award program is celebrating 80 years of creating lifelong readers. Join us to learn why the values of this program encourage reading for pleasure and are important for creating future generations of readers. Explore the adaptations made to Edmonton Public Library’s delivery of YRCA, and the outcomes these changes have had on customers and staff.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review how YRCA can be adapted for 21st century trends and readers
  • Explore how YRCA aligns with literature and library values
  • Determine ways to streamline staff and build relationships with schools

D3 I Wanna Read Where the People Are: Outreach in the Great Outdoors – Sarah Bean, Elliot Harder
Want to unlock the secrets of connecting with the members of your community who aren't coming through your doors? Outdoor outreach might be the tool for you! Alumni from the Camrose Book Bike program discuss how existing in outdoor spaces can improve your connection to your patrons, and open doors to a new world of opportunities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the importance of outreach and community visibility for public libraries
  • Discuss how outdoor outreach could serve libraries
  • Identify a variety of outdoor outreach formats

D4 So Two Pieces of Legislation Walked into a Room... – Karla Palichuk, Margaret Law
Ever thought that you should know more about the legislation affecting public libraries, but been afraid to ask? Afraid that it's all too much detail to keep straight? Have a vague sense that there's more legislation out there than meets the eye? Attend this session and see the puppet show that reveals all...

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the relationship between the Municipal Government Act and the Libraries Act
  • Identify additional legislation that is of importance to library trustees and managers

D5 Strong Library Boards are Built on Firm Ethics – Ian McCormack
Community members trust the boards of their libraries to act in their long-term best interest. That trust is built on an historical foundation of ethics and culture. Both take time to create, but can crumble quickly. Explore what a firm foundation of ethical practice looks like with your trustee colleagues.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how ethics are expressed in the context of library board work
  • Discover ethical practices and pitfalls for use in libraries, work and personal life

D6 BIBFRAME Implementation in Canada: Alea Iacta Est – Ian Bigelow
The University of Alberta Library (UAL) has made implementing linked data an institutional priority, and BIBFRAME is a major component of this work. This session will outline work on BIBFRAME local to UAL, as well as participation in national and international initiatives, such as Linked Data for Production and Share VDE.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an overview of current work on linked data and BIBFRAME
  • Build awareness of changing metadata standards
  • Develop understanding of practical aspects of BIBFRAME implementation

D7 Words That Start With E and Other Reasons for Librarians to Fight Climate Change and Climate Change Denial – Jennifer McDevitt
As community leaders, librarians can be exemplars, educators, and enablers in understanding the science behind climate change and the need for environmentally-friendly and sustainable practices and policies. This session equips librarians with the tools to consider sustainability in all their choices, including educating the public, devaluing disinformation, and advocating for collective action.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the dire reality of climate change in Canada
  • Consider sustainability as an ideology and a literacy
  • Gather resources for collective action and education of library users and staff

D8 0 to 100: Connecting the Youngest with the Oldest in Intergenerational Programs – Emily Brady, Anthea Dacruz-Smith
Running programs that connect and build relationships between seniors and children has known benefits for both groups. Over the last three years the St. Albert Public Library has developed a number of intergenerational programs through their Community Outreach Van. The presenters will share ideas and strategies used to build connections between the two groups and discuss the benefits of running intergenerational programs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover the benefits of running intergenerational programs
  • Learn tips and tricks for creating a successful program and overcoming challenges

D9 In Good Health: Libraries as Collaborative Learning Environments – Brin Bugo, Ever Active Schools
A multidisciplinary approach to curriculum development sets students up for success by drawing on the expertise of the community and expanding participants’ support network. Libraries are uniquely positioned to facilitate collaborative learning. Explore how participants in our “In Good Health” program benefited from this approach to gain valuable employment skills and support for lifelong success.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the benefits of a multidisciplinary approach to community-based learning
  • Understand how collective impact prepares youth for employment
  • Apply elements of the case study to your local context

D10 Lightning Strikes 1
How Working Part-Time as a 911 Dispatcher Has Made me a Better Librarian – Tanya Boudreau
Tanya will share how her experiences working at 911 have made her a librarian with a better vision of herself, other people, and the surrounding communities.

What Does the Community Want? How Any Library Can Build Meaningful Partnerships for Research – Carley Angelstad, Christian Isbister
Community based participatory research (CBPR) is a practical research method that highlights the partnerships between researchers, community members, and organizations. CBPR is uniquely suited to libraries because of its focus on community benefit. Whether you are interested in conducting your own research or want to learn more about being a community research partner, a CBPR framework can help.

Something from Nothing: The Power of Storytime – Heather Smith
So many people think of storytime when they think of children and libraries. But what actually happens inside a children’s brains when they are being read to? Learn why reading to a child from birth, whether in your library, or in your personal life, is so important.

Not Another Meeting! – Susan Parkinson, Allison Stewart, Jeri Maitland
So many meetings! So little time! In a world of meetings why would you want to join an association just to have to go to another meeting? Alberta Public Library Administrators' Council (APLAC) representatives will explain the positive investment for you as a member, no matter what size of library you manage.

4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. ALTA and LAA Annual General Meetings. Be sure to attend the meeting for your association.

4:00 p.m. Exhibits close

6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Dinner

7:00 p.m. Author Sarah Leavitt

Sarah Leavitt will discuss why and how she created two very different book-length comics: her memoir Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer’s, My Mother and Me (2010) and the historical fiction graphic novel Agnes, Murderess (2019). She will provide a quick introduction as to what comics are and what makes them such a powerful medium, then move into a description of her research, writing and drawing process, finishing with a short reading from each work.

8:00 - 10:00 p.m. - tawâw: Cooking Progressive Indigenous Cuisine

*Registration required, $75/person, max 40 guests

Join Central Alberta chef, Iron Chef Canada contestant, and Food Network’s Wall of Chefs judge Shane Chartrand and food writer Jennifer Cockrall-King for a culinary tour de force as they share the history and stories surrounding Indigenous cuisine, all while demonstrating techniques used to cook two recipes from Chef Chartrand’s latest cookbook. Guests will have a chance to sample two dishes during the evening: Rabbit in a Garden, and Salt-Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad with Candied Pistachios. Following the cooking demo and tasting, Shane and Jennifer will host a Q & A with the audience. They will also be available to sign copies of their cookbook at the event (books available to purchase in the Exhibit Hall).

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