August 2019


Summer 2019 Trustee Voice

New ALTA Website & Database and more!

ALTA has had a very busy summer and we are over the moon with the excellent work of our two summer computer engineer students who customized and developed ALTA’s new communications system, which includes the website, database, trustee directory, and the Trustee Forum!

Thank you Jonathon Klassen and Rhoel Lazo for all of your amazing work!

Check it out!

The NEW Trustee Forum is Ready to Launch!

To ensure your Library Board has access to the trustee forum,
Your ALTA membership must be current and updated.


ALTA Member benefits include;

  • Unlimited access to the New Trustee Forum
  • Direct emails of all ALTA communications including the newsletters
  • Invite ALTA Board to attend your next library board meeting & lets talk
  • Early bird discount to the Alberta Library Conference
  • Eligible for the ALTA Trustee Awards of Excellence & Lois Hole Lifetime Achievement
  • Eligible to vote at the AGM & elections






What is a Trustee Forum?

The Trustee Forum is your message board to connect with fellow trustees across AB to discuss issues, challenges, ask questions, share best practices and build relationships.


When your library board is facing a challenge, get onto the Trustee Forum to discuss with fellow trustees who have faced the same issues and are serving the same size populations as your community. You can also invite members of the ALTA board to attend your next Board meeting.

Accessing the Trustee Forum

Ready to gain access to the Trustee Forum?


1) If your ALTA membership is active and you are listed as a trustee, check your email for a login mailed out last week. Can’t find it? Check your junk email folder! Now that you have it, login to see the new Trustee Forum.


2) If you didn’t receive a login email Click on the Member Directory here. Now look to see if your name is registered with your library board.


3) If your name is NOT listed, you will need to contact your Admin. To find out who your admin is, click on the Member Directory and select your board. Look for blue admin icon under the trustee list and you will see your admin name. Contact them to add your name/email to your board’s ALTA membership.


4) If your name is listed, click on the login screen, now, click lost password. You will be sent an email with a direct link to set up a password and can now login.

(Be sure to record your new password as you will need every time you login into the Trustee Forum)

2020 ALC Coming April 23 to 25th!

Thank you everyone for your submissions!


Theme this year is “VISION 2020”

Vision 2020 will celebrate visionaries from libraries and beyond by reminding us of the endless opportunities we have to create change in not only our communities, but in the lives of the people we impact. Planning for the future of libraries takes innovative thinking, creative solutions, and imagining what is possible.

Learn more.

Library System Conferences

We’re on the road again! Don’t miss President Tanya Pollard’s presentations.

See the Calendar for more information.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Check it out here!

New Advocacy Podcast

Check out the Advocacy Podcast with Dr. Margaret Law & Punch Jackson.

Welcome New ALTA Board Area Representatives!

Area 1 (Peace)


Area 7 (Metro)




Camille Zavisha


Colleen McClure


Brian Heidecker


  Craig Blackmore


Meet the Board Members!

NEW Advocacy Tools

Learn more about the New Policy Advocacy Tools

Tell us Your Library Stories

Come on don’t be shy, brag a little and share with us your library stories, the ones that make your librarians smile.  The ones your Board like to share!

Send them to ALTA, we are collecting the stories and would love to feature the great work happening in your library community!

Publishers’ embargo on eBooks ‘could be crippling’ to Edmonton libraries

Edmonton Public Library is joining a North America-wide network that’s urgently calling on publishers to revamp a growing licensing system for the kind of eBook you could read on a Kindle or other electronic device.

Read the article.

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