Overview

The Public Library Services Branch is pleased to host a series of annual symposia on emerging and/or identified library service topics. The symposia are designed to provide a mix of context and theory with practical tips and tools help public library staff and trustees meet the needs of their communities.

For more information about each symposium, please visit the links below:

Symposium 2019

Update: Registration is now full. If you wish to be added to the waitlist, please email libraries@gov.ab.ca with your name and contact information, plus the name of the library or library board you are representing, and your role (e.g. trustee or library manager).

If you have registered and are no longer able to attend, please email libraries@gov.ab.ca as soon as possible.

Registration is now open for the Public Library Services Branch's fifth symposium: Shifting Services for Inclusivity. This symposium will focus on how libraries can serve the entire community and recognize the diversity of those who reside within.

We are very excited to present this free event as a learning and networking opportunity for library trustees and staff. 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 Thursday, February 21 and Friday, February 22, 2019 at the Holiday Inn Edmonton South (4485 Gateway Blvd, Edmonton).

The opening keynote address will be provided by Jesse Lipscombe, founder of the #makeitawkward movement, and Dr. Toni Samek, Professor and Chair at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta, will provide the closing keynote address.

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

Thursday, February 21, 2019 – 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • Unconscious bias
  • Core values of librarianship
  • The public library as a safe/neutral/public space
  • Facilities – making them barrier free and inclusive
  • Collections – developing inclusive collections (content and format)
  • Duty to Accommodate
  • Conversation Cafes and a Human Library (more detail to follow in January)

Friday, February 22, 2019 – 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

  • Being an Ally
  • Embracing challenges
  • Needs assessments
  • Lightning rounds featuring Alberta public libraries

A full agenda will be available in early 2019.

A continental breakfast and lunch will be served at no cost on each day and registration is free. The Public Library Services Branch is unable to subsidize travel, accommodation or other related expenses for attendees.

For any questions regarding the symposium please contact Karen Petch at libraries@gov.ab.ca.

Symposium 2018

Update: Registration is now full. If you wish to be added to the waitlist, please email libraries@gov.ab.ca with your name and contact information, plus the name of the library or library board you are representing, and your role (e.g. trustee or library manager).

If you have registered and are no longer able to attend, please email libraries@gov.ab.ca as soon as possible.

Registration is now open for the 2018 public library symposium, entitled "Public Libraries: We're Only Human". This year, the Public Library Services Branch (PLSB) is pleased to be hosting the symposium in partnership with the Alberta Library Trustees' Association (ALTA). We are very excited to present this free event as a 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).

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

Friday, February 23, 9:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.:

  • Libraries Act
  • Employment Standards
  • Occupational Health and Safety/Working Alone
  • Board and staff relations
  • Personnel policies
  • Job descriptions and competencies
  • Performance appraisals
  • And to finish off the day (attendance is optional) bring your questions to a Conversation Cafe (topics: unions, small libraries, ask ALTA a question, ask PLSB a question, library boards with societies, school-housed public libraries)

Saturday, February 24, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.:

  • Minimum wage, salary grids, pay equity
  • Benefits
  • Library boards contracting for municipality payroll services
  • Handling grievances
  • Closing address by parliamentarian and board expert, Eli Mina (www.elimina.com)

A full agenda will be available in early 2018.

A continental breakfast and lunch will be served at no cost on each day. PLSB and ALTA are unable to subsidize travel, accommodation or other related expenses for attendees.

For any questions regarding the symposium please email libraries@gov.ab.ca.

Symposium 2017

The Public Library Services Branch (PLSB) is hosting its third annual symposium, and the topic for 2017 is Public Library Services for Indigenous Communities. The symposium will be held at the Matrix Hotel (10640 - 100 Avenue, Edmonton).

Please note that Richard Wagamese is not able to attend the symposium. In his place we have Aaron Paquette, author of the best-selling, award-winning novel Lightfinder. He is also an illustrator, goldsmith and cathedral stained-glass artist.

6:00 p.m.

Registration opens - Meet and greet - Cash bar

7:00 p.m.

Author Talk with Aaron Paquette

8:30 p.m.

Cash bar

You may want to bring a pen and paper. Topics to be covered during the course of the symposium include:

Thursday, February 23, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Where we are, how we got here:

  • Opening keynote by Aaron Paquette
  • Introduction to Indigenous issues
  • Canadian Federation of Library Associations' Truth & Reconciliation Commission Committee Update and Municipal Affairs United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples response
  • Alberta Public Library Survey Results
  • Creating Welcoming Inclusive Spaces in the Public Library
  • Library service delivery at Kainai Public Library, Blood Reserve

Friday, February 24, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Future directions:

  • Effects of trauma
  • Working in Relationship with Indigenous Peoples
  • Lightning rounds by Alberta libraries
  • Post-secondary library initiatives
  • Digital initiatives
  • PLSB grant recipients reports

Things you should know....

Location and Room Name - including the Wednesday evening event
Matrix Hotel (10640 – 100 Avenue), Edmonton. Quartz Ballroom, second floor.

Start and End Times
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – registration will be open from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Thursday, February 23, 2017 – 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – registration will open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Friday, February 24, 2017 – 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Food and Beverage
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 – cash bar and appetizers will be available starting at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 23, 2017 – continental breakfast will be available starting at 9:00 a.m. and lunch at 12:30 p.m.
Friday, February 24, 2017 – continental breakfast will be available at 8:15 a.m. and lunch at 12:30 p.m.

Parking
Also attached is a map of parking around the Matrix Hotel. Hotel parking lot can fill up quickly.
Parking costs can range between $25 to $35/day depending on where you park.

Temperature of Room
We do our best to keep the room at a comfortable temperature for everyone attending. Please bring a sweater or jacket if needed.

Photos
Photos will be taken throughout the symposium. If you don't want your photograph to be taken please let us know when you register.

Audrey's Books will be on site selling books related to the topic of the symposium and they will accept credit, debt or cash.

Please be considerate of those attending the event who are scent sensitive.

Symposium 2016

Public Library Services Branch (PLSB) hosted Little Ones in Libraries: Symposium on Early Childhood Library Services on February 25-26, 2016. Seventy-seven participants from across Alberta attended and spent two days immersed in discussion about programs, services and best practices. Guests included librarians and early childhood development experts.

2016 Symposium Report (PDF)

Public Libraries as a Hub for Early Childhood Development - This report was produced by PolicyWise for Children & Families to help define the impact for early childhood development in public libraries. It was published in 2018.

In 2015, PLSB administered a survey to all of the public libraries in Alberta to get an overview of how libraries serve the under-5 (Pre-K) population. 130 responses were recorded.

Full Pre-K Survey Results (B&W) Word document

Full Pre-K Survey Results (Colour) Word document

Full Pre-K Survey Results (B&W) PDF

Full Pre-K Survey Results (Colour) PDF

Symposium 2015

On February 26-27, 2015 the Public Library Service Branch hosted a province-wide Symposium on Public Library Service for People with Print Disabilities. Fifty participants from across Alberta attended and spent the two days immersed in discussion about these services. Guests included librarians, service providers, and people with print disabilities.

The report that came out of the symposium can be found here.