ALTA November/December 2017 Report

2018 Symposium for Trustees & Library Managers:

The Public Library Services Branch (PLSB) in partnership with the Alberta Library Trustees’ Association is hosting its fourth annual symposium. The topic for 2018 is Public Libraries: We’re Only Human.  We are very excited to present this free event as learning and networking opportunity for trustees and library managers. It comes as a direct response to the numerous requests we’ve heard from the library community across the province. 

The symposium will be held on Friday, February 23 and Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Radisson Hotel Edmonton South (4440 Gateway Blvd, Edmonton).

Be sure to sign up early, only 125 spots are available. More information will be posted on the ALTA website Questions contact Heather at

Registration for the symposium will open in December, 2017.

Anticipated topics to be covered during the course of the symposium include:

Advocacy – Collaborating to request new Library Funding

The President of LAA, Debra Cryderman and the President of ALTA, Laura Ross–Giroux, are collaborating to send a letter to Minister Andrew to request an increase in new library funding.

Unification Meeting Update

The Unification meetings continue.  The next meeting is in November.  It is probable ALTA will not be actively joining this group, as we are mandated by the Alberta Government and our focus is on Alberta. The prime goal of this new group is to ensure they have a voice with the Canadian Federation of Library Associations. (CFLA)

If you have any questions or concerns, please see the ALTA website to connect with your local ALTA representative and/or contact the ALTA President, Laura Ross-Giroux

2018 Board Nominations

Nominations for the Alberta Library Trustee Board of Directors will open December 1, 2017 – January 31st, 2018.  For more information please go to

2018-2020 Nominations will be accepted for:

Area 2   (Yellowhead)

Area 4   (Marigold)

Area 6   (Shortgrass)

Area 8   (Northern Lights)


ALTA welcomes Brenda Kerr, the new Alternate for Area 1 (Peace)

ALTA is looking for a new alternate in Area 2 (Yellowhead)

2018 ALTA Awards

Isn’t it time to nominate your outstanding Library Board and/or fellow trustees for the incredible work they have done in your library community?

Nominations are open for the 2018 ALTA Awards, to honour Library Boards and Library Trustees

For more information please go

2018 ALTA Memberships

Your 2018 Library Board membership can be renewed by going online to

or by mailing in your cheque with an updated list of your library board and their emails, to ensure they receive the E-Newsletter, eligible to vote and access to new member only resources (announced in 2018).  Please send to ALTA, 4024 – 37A Avenue, Edmonton, AB, T6L 7A1.