Thursday, April 25

1-5 pm Preconferences  (Half day) 

P1 Find a Way to Develop Data Literacy - Using Library Carpentry

This preconference session will help participants find a way to develop staff’s data literacy by leveraging Library Carpentry training ( Library Carpentry’s goal is to create a community of learners who embrace technologies and software to get work done more effectively. This session will begin with an explanation of Library Carpentry and how the presenters have applied it at the University of Alberta Libraries. Participants will then learn tangible and scalable ways they can use Library Carpentries at their libraries to break down barriers for library staff’s professional development around coding & data analysis. Following these discussions, participants will take part in a hands-on Intro to Data workshop demo (, highlighting pedagogical techniques that help demystify key-tech concepts & support learners at all levels. 

Abigail Sparling is the Serials Metadata Librarian at the University of Alberta Libraries, and co-chair of ALA’s Electronic Resources Interest Group. Her explorations in the world of Linked Data and her experience as a certified Carpentries instructor have furthered her interest in providing digital humanities & data literacy training for library staff. Before working at UAL, Abigail held a variety of positions in academic & special libraries.

Céline Gareau-Brennan is a Public Services Librarian at the University of Alberta and a certified Carpentries Instructor. Her prior experience in both academic and public libraries has piqued her curiosity and passion for digital humanities and data literacy. Céline has recently completed a dual MBA/MLIS degree at the University of Alberta. Prior to working in libraries, Céline worked professionally in theatre & sustainable retail management. 

P2  What's Next? Finding Leadership Opportunities to Progress Your Career

Are you at a stage in your career where you are looking to move into more senior leadership positions? What's the first step? What opportunities can you avail of to build your professional brand as a leader and visionary? This session delves into the professional development of librarians and how to action your career trajectory. It will explore how librarians can seek out and position themselves for the "next step." Discussion will conclude with consideration about how to determine which leadership role is best for you and set up a timeline to achieving success. If you are a librarian looking to build your brand and move your career forward, come to this session! 

Susan E. Cleyle is University Librarian at Memorial University, Newfoundland and Labrador and chair of The Partnership, the network of provincial, regional and territorial library associations of Canada. Her current research interests explore the value of library associations and their impact on the careers of academic library leaders throughout Canada. Her pursuit of leadership excellence extends beyond the library world. Susan is also a certified Executive Coach. 

Please note, preconferences are run on a cost-recovery basis. If registration numbers are not enough to cover costs, the session will be cancelled.


3:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Registration Desk open

6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Dinner

6:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Exhibits open in the Mary Schaffer Ballroom

9:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Poster Session 

Networking Activities

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. 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 Exhibits Hall (which opens at 6:30 pm) and tour the Poster Competition in the Moose’s Nook to see what is happening at libraries across Alberta! Winning posters will be displayed all weekend.

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Available all day: Mystery Town Tour Jasper
Cost: $30/person

Grab a friend and play this clue-solving adventure that transforms Jasper Park Lodge into a real-life puzzle board! 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. You can play at any time during your stay at the conference.

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Poster Session

9:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Check out the posters at the Opening Reception! 

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