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

Mystery Town Tour Jasper
Cost: $30/person

This year's conference activity is Mystery Towns Jasper, a clue-solving adventure that transforms Jasper Park Lodge into a real-life puzzle board where you and your friends are the game pieces! Follow a series of FUN and challenging clues using the Mystery Towns App that will lead you around Jasper Park Lodge, solving the puzzles you need to unlock a final mystery. Along the way you will discover local icons, hidden secrets and some fun surprises - all while racing your friends and colleagues. We recommend playing in pairs for the most fun - choose your partner carefully!! Great prizes for the fastest teams, as well as the ones clearly having most fun along the way. Check out their website at:

You can play at any time during your stay at the conference.

"Part Scavenger Hunt, part Escape Room, part Amazing Race, and SO MUCH FUN!"




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Mystery Town Tours is brought to you by
the great people at Uncorked Experiences.

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. 

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 Poster Competition in the Moose’s Nook to see what is happening at libraries across Alberta! Winning posters will be displayed all weekend.

Friday April 26

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

8:00 p.m     Author Talk: Pauline Dakin

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


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.