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. 

Networking Events

Thursday April 23

7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.    First Timers' Event: Pints of Advice: How to Get the Most Out of ALC (Tent City)

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. 


8:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.    Grand Opening (Great Hall)

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 (8:30-9:30 pm).


Friday April 24

7:00 p.m.   Author Talk TBA

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).


Saturday April 25

6:00 p.m.    Closing Dinner & Social

Tonight we celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Alberta Library Conference! To commemorate this sapphire anniversary, dress in shades of blue for the evening. Winners will be drawn for door prizes! You must be in attendance to win!

7:00 p.m.  Author Shelley Wood

Join Shelley Wood for a discussion of her novel, The Quintland Sisters, inspired by a visit to her local library! Shelley will discuss her decision to tackle this well-known story as historical fiction, and to use an ‘epistolary’ format (diaries and letters, along with real newspaper articles from the day) to approach this tale in a new way. Which versions of the story can be trusted? How can these types of narrative choices compel readers to go beyond the novel to seek out the ‘true’ history of the Dionne quintuplets?

8:00 p.m.  Panel Discussion: “If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change”: the library workforce in the 21st century

Libraries want to remain at the heart of the communities we serve, as the bedrock of a healthy society.   To do so, we must stay responsive to the times, current technology, and community needs, as we have been so adept at doing throughout the ages. At this time of profound social, economic, and cultural change, we recognize that the skills we need for that responsiveness must evolve. 

As a result, what do libraries need to do to hire the right staff so they can remain responsive? How do we shape the education of information professionals to create agile, multi-layered skills that serve complex, forward moving, globally and socially aware communities? We must exceed the needs and expectations of our communities, anticipate and develop those skills. This panel will debate the skills life cycle of library workers, from education to professional development and answer the question ‘What needs to change so we can stay the same?”.s have historically been institutions that defend access to a wide range of materials and differing viewpoints. But with everything going on in the world around us, does this mean we are truly neutral? Come hear an animated discussion about social responsibility, neutrality, and where we should draw the line.

Panelists for the evening include: 
Jonathan Bengtson - University Librarian, University of Victoria Libraries, and President of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries
Norene Erickson - Assistant Professor at MacEwan University, teaching in the Library and Information Technology program 
Mark Asberg - CEO, Calgary Public Library

The discussion will be moderated by:
Kathleen De Long - Executive Director and Deputy Chief Librarian, University of Alberta Library and Museums 

Cash bar will be available.



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 celebrating the end of a great conference with your colleagues. 

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. 

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Conferences aren’t only about the sessions! ALC is a great opportunity to catch up with your friends and colleagues from across the province!

All delegates and their registered guests are welcome to attend the conference social events.
Plan to take in at least a few of these activities planned for your entertainment.

For guests not staying at the Lodge, all meal tickets, including those for the closing dinner, can be purchased at the Lodge’s concierge desk.