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

Monday, 18 April 2016

Announcing Student Lightning Talk Presenters (Updated)

Updated on April 20th to add a 3rd presentation by Tiffany Woods

Student lightning talks return to the AALT Conference for their 2nd year. Conference delegates can join us Saturday afternoon (session 6C) for a series of short presentations of current work by LIT students. Each lightning talk is followed by a moderated discussion of ideas and issues raised by the presenters.

This year's student presenters are:

Jessica Machacek presents Camtasia

Jessica has recently completed her first year in the Library Information Technology program at SAIT, where she also worked as a Student Monitor in the Reg Erhardt Library. Since moving to Calgary, Jessica enjoys spending time exploring the city, and is a regular visitor to the Glenbow Museum and the Calgary Zoo.

Screen capture software, like Camtasia, can be used to create useful and simple tutorials for library patrons and staff.  These videos can help patrons increase their understanding of a subject, like using specific computer programs. Screen capture videos can also help staff members to be consistently trained on new electronic procedures or software.

Anna Friesen & Kira Maros present Promoting Hans Christian Andersen

Anna is going into her second year of LIT studies at SAIT. After spending 6 years in the high-stress corporate world, she decided it was time to follow her heart, returning to the library world where she has previously worked for the Calgary Public Library as a page. One of her passions includes working with children while inspiring literacy and an excitement for learning.

Kira has recently completed her first year here at SAIT in the LIT program. In 2010 she was the dramaturg and assistant director on the world premiere (MontrĂ©al, Quebec) of Andersen’s Inkwell - a children’s production about the life and works of Hans Christian Andersen. She believes in fostering creativity and exploration at a young age and that you’re never too old to play...and what better place to start molding the minds of tomorrow than a library?

Come explore the secret garden of Hans Christian Andersen! Two SAIT Library Information Technology students share their experience in showcasing the diversity of his work over the ages and how his themes and stories are still relevant today. Through planning their first ever marketing event at the Calgary Public Library’s Nose Hill branch, these ladies learned valuable lessons, including some issues and the excitement that follow with planning events for children of all ages.

Tiffany Woods presents Library Innovation

Tiffany is a library technician graduate from SAIT Polytechnic. She is a huge Star Wars fan, so if you want to geek out with me about the Rogue One trailer after my presentation, she'd be okay with that.

The overall topic of the presentation is diversity of libraries. The relevance of my presentation to libraries, is that libraries are branching out into different formats. They aren't the libraries that are portrayed in the media anymore. The audience will get an introduction to different types of libraries are evolving with the times, to stay relevant with the technological changes of today's society.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Whet your appetite for AALT 2016

Enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of Calgary.

Capping off Friday night, venture around the city and try one these restaurants recommended by the staff at the Reg Erhardt Library at SAIT.

Many are just a short drive from the conference site or easily accessible from the city's C-train service.

Check your delegate package for more information on amenities near SAIT campus.

Conference Information and Registration

Monday, 4 April 2016

Early Bird Registration Closes April 15th, 2016

What:  AALT Conference 2016
When:  May 12th to 15th
Where:  Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT Polytechnic)
Address:  1301 16th Avenue NW, Calgary, AB

Registration for the 42nd annual AALT Conference is now open.  Join colleagues from across the province each morning for exciting keynotes by:
  • Stephen Abrams: an expert in library planning and leadership
  • Dr. Lauryn Oates: a human rights and development expert
  • Glenda Goertzen: a successful children’s and YA fantasy author
This year’s conference features a range of informative sessions for you, including:
  • Service Excellence: Serving Persons with Disabilities
  • Blurred Lines: Redefining Technical Services
  • By the Numbers: Using Statistics and Data to Simplify Weeding
  • and many, many more.
You can also sign up for tours of the Military Museums Library and the Taylor Family Digital Library.

Accommodations are at the beautiful SAIT campus close to city transit, shopping and a variety of restaurants. 

We hope to see you all at AALT 2016.