The AALT Technician is the official journal of the Alberta Association of Library Technicians.

Friday, 29 January 2016

Wanted: Awards Nominees

The AALT Board is seeking nominations for the following awards, to be presented at the 2016 AALT Conference.

AALT Advocacy Award
This award recognizes an individual who is a strong supporter and promoter of library technicians and the library technician profession in general. The nominee must be an active advocate of library technicians but not a library technician him/herself.

Library Technician Award of Excellence
This award recognizes the efforts of a Library Technician who has made a major contribution to the library field in Alberta. Nominees can be students or graduates of a recognized Library Technician program. Current AALT Board members and Awards Committee members are ineligible.

Merle Harris Achievement Award
This award, the highest honour granted by AALT, is given to a Library Technician in recognition for distinguished service in the library and literacy field in Alberta. Nominees  must be a student or graduate of a recognized Library Technician program whose contribution should represent an achievement which is outstanding in the field.

Nomination Forms are available online at

Extended Deadline for Nominations:  March 15, 2016

Sarah Stephens

Thursday, 7 January 2016

AALT President's New Years Message

Greetings AALT Members!

A slightly belated Happy New Year on behalf of the AALT Board of Directors. I hope you all had a happy and safe holiday season and that you are excitedly looking to the exciting possibilities 2016 holds.

Your board has been busy with the behind the scenes business of running a provincial organization, as well planning a PD event for February. Those of you who attended the AALT Conference last spring may remember our speaker, Chris Gartner. Chris put on a well attended and interesting session about Learning Commons and now she's going to continue the conversation. I'm looking forward to this fun and collaborative event and hope you are too!

Check this post for more information or head straight to the RSVP:

The planning for the 2016 AALT Conference is well underway, the website has launched and registration will be open shortly.  Watch this space!

Sarah Stephens
AALT President 2015-2016

PD Event - Learning Commons Transition from A to Z and Then Some

Once you have vision of your Learning Commons how do you “make” a learning commons? What physical issues do you have to examine, what issues can pop up and how do you handle them? How do you identify the needs of the learner and provide a supportive learning environment?

AALT, GELA and LAA are please to host Chris Gartner of Rocky View School Division for a session that not only presents suggestions but also offers an opportunity for participants to share challenges, planning templates and successes.

Join us February 6 from 1:30-4:00 pm in the Carrel Room (2-09) at Rutherford Library, U of A. Light refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP at