ALTA is the collective voice for public library trustees across Alberta.
We empower trustees to become strong leaders in their library communities and strive to ensure that all library trustees have access to the information, resources, communication, advocacy and training they need to be effective and strong leaders within their library communities.
The Alberta Library Trustees Association (ALTA) was founded in 1971, and represents the library boards and trustees that govern public libraries in Alberta. We serve over 2400 volunteer library trustees across Alberta who provide governance to over 165 library boards across the province.
The Alberta Library Trustees’ Association believes that library services are essential to the quality and standard of life of Albertans and vital to the education, social, and cultural development of the province.
ALTA is the collective voice for library trustees. ALTA builds trustee capacity through education, leadership, communication, partnerships, and collaboration.
Effective Library Board Trustees providing leadership for great community library services to all Albertans.
The ALTA Board Composition
- President, elected from the ALTA Board and can serve up to three, consecutive two year terms.
- Vice-President is elected annually at the first meeting after the AGM from among the Directors.
- One Director from each of the eight regions. They can serve a maximum of three consecutive two year terms but must be re-elected by the members every two years. Even and odd-numbered regions elect their Directors in alternate years.
- One Director is appointed from the Edmonton and Calgary Public Library Boards every two years.
ALTA Board’s Vision for the Future 2018 – 2019
ALTA continues to collaborate to create the communication and resources to support all library trustees and their boards.
We understand libraries are ever changing; their needs, their communities, their demographics, and their economies continue to evolve as they embrace diversity and the changing social landscape within their library programs and resources.
- 2019 Elections Plan of Action
- How libraries can effectively Advocate
- Provincial perspective: Libraries are Essential Services
- Continue lobbying for increasing per capita funding for all libraries*
- Educate communities on library matters
- Ensure resources are available to fulfill ALTA’s mission and values
- Reviving ALTA’s presence at PLSB Board Basics workshops
Improve Library Board Governance and Best Practices
- Launch Trustee Forum (formerly called Trustee Link) online message board, connecting trustees to fellow trustees to engage, discuss issues, challenges and best practices
- ALTA Directors and Library Board Chairs Direct Engagement
- Maintain open dialogue with all Library Board Chairs
- Secure bursaries for smaller libraries to attend educational sessions
- Collaborate with larger Libraries to gather dynamic learning materials to share and distribute
- Build solid inter-provincial relationships with other trustee organizations to share resources, knowledge and best practices
- Maintain a strong presence at the regional level by attending conferences, presenting educational sessions and connecting with participating trustees
Develop and Effectively Distribute Educational Resources & Knowledge
- Update and Revise the Trustees Handbook
- Develop New Trustee Package
- Reorganize online Educational Tools and Resources
- New Indigenous content as shared by our PLSB partners
- E-Newsletter, possibly special editions & featuring guest articles
- New Trustee Educational presentations/sessions
Communications and Marketing
- New Website to improve communications
- New membership database to simplify memberships
- New newsletter to share information
- New calendar of events
- New Trustee Forum
- New logo and ALTA brochure
- Key Messages are consistent
- Celebrate the great work of trustees through stories and recognition. Honour the contributions and value they provide to their communities
- ALTA awards restructured and rebrand
- Sharing the stories of libraries and their value
Internal Good Governance
- Review and expanded job descriptions for board and alternates
- Letter of expectations and commitment
- Recruitment strategies review
- Policy review, scheduled for every meeting
- Project based teams to replace Committees
- Three annual Face to Face Board meetings, rotated throughout the Areas, to replace annual weekend retreat
- Quarterly Business Reports for all stakeholders
For more information please take a look at ALTA’s Leadership Review.
If you want to learn about ALTA’s history, click here.