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

Thursday, 9 November 2017

AALT Conference 2018: Unearthing Potential

The Alberta Association of Library Technicians is pleased to announce our 2018 Conference: Unearthing Potential, will be held May 10-13, 2018 in Drumheller, Alberta!

The call for proposals is now open, please submit by December 15, 2017. For detailed information and the speaker application form please see the full document

We look forward to your proposals!

Sunday, 7 May 2017

2017 AALT Conference: Awards and New Board

The AALT Executive Board proudly recognizes the following award winners recognized at the 43rd AALT Conference that took place April 20-23 2017 in Banff, Alberta.

The AALT Advocacy Award was presented to Sandra Lee, Academic Chair of the Library and Information Technology program at SAIT.

The Bernice Neufeld Special Service Award was presented to the 2017 AALT Conference committee co-chaired by Marcia Holmes and Melanie Belliveau and supported by committee members Janell Hurdman, Leanne Gosse, Kim Martin, Jane Sarsfield, Marcia Wong, Sarah Stephens and Jennifer Latham

The AALT Student Awards were presented to Alaina Kelly from SAIT and Jasmine-Grace Nacu from Grant Macewan University.

President, Karen Hildebrant and President Elect, Theresa Remtulla also presented a special award, The AALT Superstars award to Board members: Christy Nichols, Amy Southgate and Lynda Shurko. This special award is in recognition of their hard work in the first year of the newly combined positions of Online Services Director, Communication Services Director and Administrative Services Director.

The AALT Annual General Meeting on April 22, 1017 saw the election of the 2017-2018 AALT Executive Board and appointment of the 2018 AALT Conference Co-Chairs.

President: Theresa Remtulla
President: Elect- Nancy Scott
Member-at-Large: Chandra Turgeon,
Administrative Services Director: Lynda Shurko
Communication Services Director: Amy Southgate
Online Services Director: Christy Nicholls

Conference Co-Chairs: Megan Desrochers-Fenton  and Chloe Giroux

We look forward to seeing everyone next year for another great conference!

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Caught the Service Bug? Volunteer with AALT!

The count down to the 43rd AALT conference, Bringing It All Together, is on! The AALT board of directors is looking forward to seeing all 150 delegates soon in Banff!

The Nominations Committee is currently soliciting the following position nominations for the upcoming board of directors:

President Elect: One-year term, followed by a one-year term as President. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Chairs the Communications Group, Awards Committee and Nominations Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee.

Member at Large: One-year term, responsibilities include, but are not limited to: chairs the Professional Development Group, administers the AALT Mentoring Program, chairs the Mentoring Committee and Conference Committee.

We are also looking for a couple of rockstars to be Conference Co-chairs! Not only do you get to decide where and when next year's conference will be, choose an amazing line up of speakers and play host to awesome library techs from across the province. But, you will also receive the respect and adoration of your many delegates! Think you can plan the best conference ever? Send your names and ideas in! 

If you are interested in one of these positions please contact President Elect, Theresa Remtulla,

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Faces of AALT #5: AALT Communication Services Director Amy Southgate

Hello AALT!

This is the fifth post in the post in the Faces of AALT interview series, in which I interview myself, and manage to retain most of my sanity. I hope you have been enjoying this series, it is a great way to learn about different kinds of library technician work and about your co-members across the province. We are starting by featuring our 2016-17 board members, but soon we will be turning it over to regular members. If you would like to be featured please email for more information.
I look forward to seeing all of you on Faces of AALT soon!
Amy Southgate AALT Communication Services Director 2016-17

Faces of AALT: Amy Southgate, AALT Communication Services Director

AALT Technician: What is your professional background? 
Amy Southgate: I completed the Library Information Technology program at SAIT, and I also have a Bachelors degree from the University of Calgary. I have spent all of my career so far working in academic libraries. I started with practicum placements at Mount Royal University and the University of Calgary. After graduation I did a contract at the University of Lethbridge as a Library Operations Specialist, where I catalogued audio visual materials, worked on the public service desk as well as student engagement and social media. After that I moved to the University of Alberta in the Interlibrary Loans department.

AT: Where do you work and what are your responsibilities? 
AS: This past summer I transferred into a new position at the UofA as a Public Services Assistant. I spend lots of time doing reference in person at the service desk as well as chat. Off the desk I work on: subject liaison support, social media, displays, reading lists, institutional repository support, and other projects.

AT: What made you want to work in the library and information field?
AS: I love learning. So for me being able to work with interesting passionate people, and learn something new every day, is a real dream job!

AT: What is the most awesome part of your job?
AS: Public service is the most awesome part of my job. Being able to answer someone's question or teach them something new is so satisfying. Working in public service you get to build relationships with your patrons, it's so nice to have students and faculty stop by to chat with you on the desk.

AT: What advice would you give to someone looking to becoming a library technician?
AS: What you learn in school is very important, but the best resource you will ever have is other people. Your coworkers and colleagues at other organizations are invaluable, so take the time to get to know people in your organization and throughout library land. Also take time to get involved in organizations, not only will you gain connections but you will also be making libraries and the library technician profession stronger. Remember that relationships are give and take, you never know what skill or knowledge you have that might be valuable to someone else. Especially if you are new! a fresh perspective is more valuable than you think. Finally, remember that because so much of library land is build on relationships, your reputation is very important and you never know who knows who and where information will spread.

AT: What is the last book(s) you read?
AS: I split my time between reading non-fiction and fantasy or science fiction. A couple of my favourites from this past year were The Aeronaut's Windless and Walkable City

AT: What do you like to do outside of work?
AS: I love going to local events and believe in supporting local business, so living in Edmonton great, there is so much to do here! I can often be found at street festivals, craft fairs, farmers market or seeing live music, theatre and recently ballet.

Friday, 20 January 2017

AALT Conference Registration Now Open!

The Alberta Association of Library Technicians is pleased to announce that registration for the 43rd AALT conference is now open!

Please Join us in Banff, Alberta April 20-23rd for 4 great days of professional development and networking. 

For more information please see the Conference Website or email the Conference Committee