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Canada & Libraries as One

Northern Lights Library System

Thursday, 14 September 2017 at 8:00 AM - Friday, 15 September 2017 at 5:00 PM (MDT)

Canada & Libraries as One

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Conference Fee 2 Sep 2017 $40.00 $0.00
Exhibitors 2 Sep 2017 $65.00 $0.00

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Thursday, September 14th Morning

Library Managers' Council Meeting & Pre-Conference

8 am—5:30 pm          Registration, Vendors Open

9 am—12 noon          Library Managers’ Council Meeting            

9 am—10:15            Everything You Wanted to Know about Your Library Manager but were Afraid to Ask

                   Laura Ross-Giroux & Dr. Tanya Pollard, Alberta Library Trustees Association

This session is in response to numerous trustee questions regarding human resources in their libraries. In this session, we will address the responsibilities and duties of the library manager, the role of the library manager in respect to the board, how to evaluate your manager and, if necessary, how to hire or dismiss your library manager. 

10:45—12 noon Trustee 2.0                          Laura Ross-Giroux & Dr. Tanya Pollard, ALTA

You’re new and you’ve taken the Board Basics workshop, but now what? There is more to being a trustee beyond knowing the Library Act and Regulations. This workshop will quickly guide trustees through the issues and expectations they will face as a governing library trustee. We will touch upon policy and bylaw development, board/staff relations, collaborative relationships, community engagement, advocacy, resources, continuing education and other topics related to their role.

12 noon—1 pm Lunch

 Thursday, September 14th 1:00pm - 4:00pm Pre-Conference Sessions

 P1 Websites                       Limit 20                      Clinton Boyda, TownLife

Website training will include taking advantage of the features already included in your website that we see as valuable but underused. We will also ensure your social networks like Facebook and Twitter have their feeds on your website to keep your visitors informed. We have some exciting new changes planned; better ways to promote events etc., and these topics will be included.


P2 How to Strategically Engage your Community                          John Chrastka, EveryLibrary

Library boards and CEOs have a unique responsibility to advocate for their libraries within the constraints of municipal funding and amidst pressures on donors from many causes. In this pre-conference you will learn how create and share a Plan of Service with key communications and coalition building goals at its heart. Learn a new approach to building a Plan that resonates beyond your users to excite and engage your funding partners. Join John Chrastka, Executive Director of the US based political NGO EveryLibrary for practical, data-driven advice every library leader should know. 

 P3 Book Repair                                             Kayla Lorenzen & Susan Frisby, NLLS

Come and learn about how to fix books within your collection! Through a combined demonstration and hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to extend the lives of the items on their shelves. Please bring an item from your collection that you would like to learn how to fix!

 4:15—5 pm Keynote AddressPLSB Management Staff

5:30 pm Corks & Cans Dining Event, at Wally’s Pub & Restaurant

We hope that you will join us at Wally’s Pub & Restaurant for an evening of fun and socialization! Northern Lights will be providing an assortment of appetizers, and people are welcome to purchase their own drinks and additional food. Please let us know in advance if you wish to participate, so that we have an idea of the numbers involved.

5:30 pm Golfing

As an alternative to participating in Corks & Cans, feel free to go to the Elk Point Golf Club! The cost will be approximately $17 for 9 holes and $17 for cart rental. Please let us know in advance if you wish to participate, so that we have an idea of the numbers involved. Please note that if you choose to golf, you will pay the costs directly, and a meal will not be paid for by the conference.

 Please feel free to visit the Vendors until 5:30 pm

 Friday, September 15th

7:30 am—9 am  Registration

8 am                  Vendors Open

Session A, 9 am—10:15 am

A1 Grants in your Library

                     Tracy Woloshyniuk (ANE), Maureen Penn (ALLB), Terri Hampson (NLLS)

Are you perplexed by the grant application process? Would you like to give your grant applications an edge? In this session, we will share tips and tricks that have aided our libraries to rise above the other applicants to receive funding. Behind any successful fundraising project, is relationship building. Find the resources needed, and match your programming needs to their funding interests.

A2 ULS                                                 Tony Onisko, Keitha Langston of ULS

This will be a pre-recorded electronic slide session. Handouts will be provided. Learn about the fresh fiction, gorgeous graphic novels and noteworthy non-fiction for adults, children and teens for the current and forthcoming 2017 seasons. Keitha will discuss essential titles that will help you stay in the know and keep your collections current.

ULS sales representative Tony Onisko will present at the session and have copies of the books or advanced reading copies for viewing by attendees.

A3 Office 365                 Limit 20                         Clinton Boyda, TownLife

This session includes the classic Microsoft Office tools and the benefits of Microsoft Exchange email platform, but also explores the dozens of new tools available. Would you like to know how to embed a PowerPoint onto your website? Are you using OneDrive to store and backup your files? These and more topics will be included in the training session to better take advantage of the Office365 suite of tools that you now have available.

A4 Move Your Community Up the ‘Ladder of Engagement’           John Chrastka, EveryLibrary

Learn tips and tools for web based and real-world interactions that build affinity, increase awareness, and deepen participation with your library. Join John Chrastka from US-based NGO “EveryLibrary” for a discussion of proven, practical low-cost or no-cost techniques that help you identify why community members want to support your library, and how you can help them do it.

Session B, 10:45 am—12 noon

B1 Polaris—Basic               Limit 20               Jodi Dahlgren, Wainwright Public Library

Are you new to Polaris? Are you looking for some ideas to streamline your workflow? This session will delve into check in/out, patron registration, the find tool and more. Come armed with your questions and be prepared to take home some treasures that you can quickly implement to make your library the best that it can be for your patrons.

B2 Policies                                                                  Ken Allan, PLSB

Why are policies so important? What elements make up a good policy? Come to this session as Ken Allan, Library Consultant from Public Library Services Branch, looks at the answers to these questions and takes a closer look at some of the required policies for Alberta Public Libraries.

B3 Decorating/Renovating your Library

Ina Smith (ABM), Stuart S. Pauls (AVER), Mary Ann Sparks (AEDG)

In 2006, the Bonnyville Municipal Library contracted a Library Needs Assessment to see what should and could be done to bring our 1989 library into the 21st century. The consultant suggested that a total library refit could be accomplished at a cost of $154,000. We completed our library renovation in 2008 at a cost of just under $200,000 in a 7-week timespan. This session will review how we raised the money for this renovation; completed it with minimal disruption and decorated on a shoestring.

In July 2016 Vermilion Library began renovations on our lower level. This project was scheduled to be completed in 2 months for $75,000. In reality, the project was finished in 7 months for $140,000. This session will review some of the mistakes made and lessons learned on our second major renovation in 5 years.

About mid-September 2015, Edgerton’s Village Administrator said the library was required to be packed up and moved out of their building by the end of the month, as demolition was to start shortly. The construction of a new Village Office, Library, and Fire Hall was to take place on this lot. So, the fun started and is continuing with a new library!

B4 Think Nationally, Act Locally: Create Audiobooks and Build Community

                                       Kim Johnson (PLSB) & Sabina Iseli-Otto (NNELS)

Audio-book recording provides libraries with an exciting, collaborative, and low-barrier way to build community. In British Columbia, both the Pemberton & District Public Library and UBC Okanagan Library were able to engage staff and patrons to record audio-books for readers with print disabilities by partnering with the National Network for Equitable Library Services (NNELS). The recording happens in the library and then NNELS extends that collaborative activity across the country by providing access through public library systems. This session will outline how to launch an audio-book recording project in an Alberta public library, highlighting recommendations to ensure success. We will also collaborate on the spot to record a children’s book for the NNELS collection!

Lunch 12—1:30 Keynote titled “The Librarian as Candidate: Lessons from the Campaign Trail on activating activists for libraries” with John Chrastka

Lunch 12:15—1:15, along with Keynote by John Chrastka

Session C, 1:30 pm—2:45 pm

C1 Polaris—Reports  and Notices     Limit 20

Jodi Dahlgren,Wainwright Public Library

Does the Reports and Notices folder in Polaris seem overwhelming? Are you looking for an uncomplicated way to pull statistics for your board meetings? This session will get down in the trenches of the Reports and Notices section of Polaris so you can go back to your library armed with the ability to weed, budget and so much more.

C2 PLSB Update                                                Kerry Anderson, PLSB

The Public Library Services Branch (PLSB) has provided support to build a strong foundation for public library service in Alberta for many years. The combined resource strength of all libraries in the province goes a long way toward meeting Albertans’ diverse information, education and recreational needs. PLSB has a long history of encouraging this outcome. Come hear how the Branch continues to build on this foundation through a variety of ongoing programs and new initiatives. Learn how these programs and initiatives can free boards and staff to deliver top-quality public library service delivery in their communities.

C3 In Your Own Words: Digital Storytelling at the Public Library

Carla Iacchelli, Associate Manager, Edmonton Public Library

Digital storytelling is a creative, multimedia process that uses simple digital equipment and applications to create, collect, and share stories of the people in our communities. Through stories we can learn more about one another’s lives and experiences, helping to broaden understanding, build empathy, and foster relationships between and within diverse groups. Canada’s 150th anniversary afforded the opportunity at Edmonton Public Library to launch two projects involving digital storytelling: the Canada 150 Digital Storytelling project and the Indigenous Digital Stories – Public Space. In this session you’ll hear lessons from EPL, engage in activities to help build your understanding and skills, and learn about various approaches to digital storytelling that your library can adapt into meaningful programs for your community.  

C4 Trustee Connect                            Laura Ross-Giroux & Dr. Tanya Pollard, ALTA

This is an opportunity for library trustees to come and network with their fellow trustees and meet their ALTA representatives. It provides a forum for the exchange of best practices and ideas, to discuss issues of concern and to learn about the latest tools and resources to help them build capacity as trustees. It is also a chance for ALTA to receive feedback from the trustees in order to be more responsive to their needs and to assist in our strategic planning and for designing and creating future presentations.

Session D, 3:15 pm—4:30 pm

D1 Library Legislation                               Jen Anderson & Grant Tolley, PLSB

Do you dread the thought of a session on library legislation? Fear not: like quality dentistry, it'll be as painless as possible! We will drill right down into the Libraries Act and the Libraries Regulation, but good humour will be our anaesthetic. You’ll learn how to identify relevant sections of the legislation, recognize the requirements of the legislation, and distinguish the difference between the act and the regulation.  Copies of the legislation will be provided, but please be sure to bring along your questions!

D2 E-Resources                                                    Robyn Gray, NLLS

This session will consist of an overview of the different e-resources offered through the Northern Lights Library System. Robyn will provide a more in-depth overview of about 10 e-resources in particular, and will outline the e-resources that require log-ins besides one’s library card.

D3 Lightening Round: Job Sharing/Seed Library                        Evelyn Henke (AMML),

Marilyn Newton (AIP), Leslie Price (AGCM), Tracy Woloshyniuk (ANE)

Thinking about implementing a job-sharing program with another library manager? Innisfree and Mundare Library Managers would like to share their win-win successful job-sharing model with you.

According to Cicero, "If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” Both the Newbrook and Cold Lake Public Library are examples of the success of having both in one place! Tracy from Newbrook discusses how they first introduced a Seed Lending Library, where patrons and/or community members can get or donate seeds. This idea led to a Community Garden at the Newbrook Library. Leslie from Cold Lake describes how the South branch went from having an outdoor space with a few trees and a crumbling patio, to a full-fledged Reading Garden. In this session, learn how both of these libraries were able to make this happen, and how you can bring these initiatives into your library

D4 Comics in your Library                             Jay Bardyla, Happy Harbor Comics

A library is often thought of as a resource, but in the current day of easy and immediate access, libraries need to look at their facilities in new ways, such as a retail store. How are you attracting customers? Which customers aren't visiting your store? How do you make your books pop and grab interest? And how can the rising boom in pop culture, particularly from comics, help you make your library a bustling place people want to be? Jay will discuss demographics, retail concepts, displays and event ideas, along with a basic introduction to comics and how you can use them to help put some pop (culture) into your library! 

Visit the Vendors until 5 pm



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5615 48 Street
Elk Point, AB T0A

Thursday, 14 September 2017 at 8:00 AM - Friday, 15 September 2017 at 5:00 PM (MDT)

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