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 25

7:45 p.m.-8:45 p.m.    First Timers' Event: 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. 


9:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.    Grand Opening

Join the Presidents of LAA and ALTA to celebrate the opening of the 2019 Alberta Library Conference! Celebrate with our evening sponsor, the University of Calgary Libraries and Cultural Resources, as they showcase the Glenbow Archives acquisition. 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.


Friday April 26

7:00 p.m. - Four timeslots    Escape Rooms with a Literary Theme

Harry Potter - Come have some “Sirius” fun in the land of Harry Potter and help solve a wizardly mystery! Enter with a team of 4-5 players and use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, locks, and tricks to complete a task within 30 minutes. Sign-up is required, sheets are on the whiteboard in the JPL main lobby.

Jane Austen - The manuscripts for three of Jane Austen’s novels are missing. What a loss if you cannot find the manuscripts in this room! Enter with a team of 4-5 players and use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, locks, and tricks to find the manuscripts in 30 minutes. Sign-up is required, sheets are on the whiteboard in the JPL main lobby.

7:00 p.m.    Author Talk:   Kate Harris

Kate Harris is a writer with a knack for getting lost. Her words have been featured in The WalrusCanadian Geographic, and The Georgia Review, among other publications, and cited in Best American Essays and Best American Travel Writing. A Rhodes and Morehead-Cain scholar, she was named one of Canada’s top modern-day explorers and in 2012 won the Ellen Meloy Desert Writers Award. Her journeys edging the limits of nations, science, and sanity have taken her to all seven continents, often by ski or bike. She's been profiled in GuernicaThe Globe and MailVOGUE Germany and the short film The Art of Wild. When she isn't wandering the world, she lives off-grid in a log cabin in Atlin, British Columbia. Her first book is the national bestseller Lands of Lost Borders.

8:00 p.m     Author Talk: Pauline Dakin

Pauline Dakin is the bestselling author of Run, Hide, Repeat: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood which won the Edna Staebler Prize for Creative Non-Fiction, was named one of the best 100 books of 2017 by The Globe and Mail, and was shortlisted for the BC Book Prize, the Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award and the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award – Non-Fiction. For many years Pauline was a trusted voice on health and medical issues as health reporter for CBC National News. She was a long-time host of the regional CBC documentary program Atlantic Voice. Her reporting and documentary work is recognized with many regional, national and international awards. She is a three-time recipient of fellowships from the National Press Foundation in Washington and is a fellow of the MIT/Knight Science Journalism program on medical evidence in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She currently teaches journalism at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Saturday April 27

6:00 p.m.    Closing Dinner & Social

In honour of the 10th Annual Jasper Pride Festival, dress in colours of the rainbow for the evening. Winners will be drawn for door prizes! You must be in attendance to win!

8:00 p.m.  Panel Discussion: Social Responsibility & Neutrality in Libraries

Libraries 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: 
Dale Askey - Vice-Provost (Learning Services) & Chief Librarian, University of Alberta
Christina de Castell - Chief Librarian, Vancouver Public Library
James Turk, Distinguished Visiting Professor and Director of Ryerson’s Centre for Free Expression

The discussion will be moderated by:
Pilar Martinez - Chief Executive Officer, Edmonton Public Library 

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. Be sure to get your photo in the photo booth – bring your own props, or use ours.

Sponsored by TBA


Please note, the Mystery Town activity has been cancelled due to low enrollment. If you've registered, you'll be receiving an email with instructions on how to get a refund.

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.