AALT TECHNICIAN “The Official Voice of Library Technicians in Alberta.” ISSN 0703-5276
Volume 38, Number 3
IN THIS ISSUE: AALT SPOTLIGHT Doing it Right in Alberta
Do you Know Where to Go to Locate Legal Information?
The AALT Conference Experience
Our Field of Dreams
Libraries, Authors and BRIDGE-ing the Social Media Gap
School Libraries in Transition
AALT FEATURES Secret Diaries
AALT’s Most Wanted
Award Winning Technicians
A Salute to Volunteers
AALT BUSINESS Editor’s Notes
AALT: Board Committees
AALT Technician Contributors
AALT: Mission & Purpose
AALT: Membership Form
AALT: Board of Directors
Journal Advertising and Submission Policy
The Journal of the Alberta Association of Library Technicians
ANDREW “ROCKSTAR” PLAIT
Welcome to the mid-summer of 2011. Grads are still finding employment, reading programs are in full swing, and union negotiations are taking place. It’s a time for tanning, vacationing, and visiting with friends and family (and we all hope they’ll stop by the library during their travels). I find summer to be the halfway point where the hopes and dreams of the New Year are revisited. Personal accomplishments are celebrated while the untouched plans are either scrapped or better prioritized. Think of it as making an informal mid-year’s resolution. Soon droves of young adults (and not-so-young adults) will be lining up for post-sec programs. K12 students will be hitting the books. Library life will again be replete with children’s programs, crazy reference questions, book clubs and author visits. Remember Slave Lake and tell others about it so we can help them to rebuild, and, if it’s your turn for negotiating, may you get the raise you deserve. Andrew
I volunteer because: there is a need and because I need to be fulfilled. it’s an excellent way to learn! Plus it’s fun to meet and help people around me.
AALT: COMMITTEES & VOLUNTEERS 2011/2012 Board Committees Executive Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org) Kirsten Livingstone, President - Chair; Sarah Stephens, President-Elect; Leanne Gosse, Member-at-Large Administration Group (email@example.com) Kirsten Livingstone, President - Chair; Kristian McInnis, Membership Director; Nicole D'Agnone, Treasurer; Lynda Shurko, Secretary Dianne Guidera, Board Appointee Communications Group (firstname.lastname@example.org) Sarah Stephens, President -Elect; Erin Storey, Marketing Director ; Andrew Plait, Journal Editor; Any Liu; Web Team Director Professional Development Group (email@example.com) Leanne Gosse, Member at Large â€“ Chair; Melanie Belliveau, Conference Co-Chair; Marcia Holmes, Conference Co-Chair
CONTRIBUTORS TO THE
Tamara Van Biert: “Doing it Right in Alberta” [p. 7]; - Tamara is the Director of Stony Plain Public Library. Shelley Buckler: “Do you Know Where to Go to Locate Legal Information” [p. 8]; - Shelley is a Law Library Technician at Alberta Law Libraries in Calgary Jane Huber: “The AALT Conference Experience” [p.10]; - Jane is a library technician at Concordia Lutheran Seminary, Edmonton Lynda Shurko: “My Library” [p. 13]; - Lynda is the Secretary for AALT and works as a Serials Technician in Government of Alberta Legislature Library. Shannon Boisvert: “Our Field of Dreams” [p.16]; - Shannon is the librarian at Eastview Middle School. Judith Graves & Dawn Ius: “Libraries, Authors and BRIDGE-ing the Social Media Gap” [p. 17]; Judith is a library technician and author of the YA paranormal SKINNED series. Dawn is the Executive Director of the Young Alberta Book Society and author of adult thriller and paranormal romantic suspense fiction. Carol Fowler & Jean Nickel: “School Libraries in Transition” [p.19]; - Carol and Jean are co-chairs of AALT’s School Library Committee as well as being school library technicians.
BY KIRSTEN LIVINGSTONE
In my office all alone, No more time to postpone, This article I should have writ Which I now must submit. … FAIL! Ladies and gentlemen, the thought process of your esteemed President! Aren’t you just so excited for this upcoming year? All joking aside, I really am excited. A little terrified, and a lot nervous, but this year will be a great year. You have a fantastic board to help continue to move AALT forward, and I am just thrilled to be working with them all. It’s summertime! The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and my lawn needs mowing. It’s also a quiet time at the University of Lethbridge Curriculum Laboratory. As I sit here staring down my giant pile of cataloguing, ignoring the eerie silence of the empty campus, I contemplate life, love and AALT. What is AALT going to achieve during my presidency? What mark do I want to make before my time is over? How much fun are we going to have at our board meetings and member events? And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. As a relatively new addition, not only to AALT, but the library profession as well (with only two years under my belt on both accounts), I feel a little under-prepared for this task. I remember sitting at the AGM at the Carriage House Inn being stared down by Kim Martin and Allison Stewart thinking “Oh, gracious! What am I getting myself into?” But I said yes, and you know what? I wouldn’t take it back. This past year has been an incredible experience, and I can’t imagine this incoming one will be any different. So what if I feel a little young? So what if I feel like I don’t have enough experience? You all put me into this position, trusting me to do my best, and I don’t intend to let you down. So, with that in mind, it’s going to be an amazing year for AALT, and not just because we’re in Canmore for conference! The board is excited to have a few projects already on the go, such as continuing to monitor the free student membership program and completing the AALT brochure. The new and improved AALT website is also to be completed and launched this year. Go Web Team! We as a board are all committed to bringing you new experiences and opportunities, and would love to hear your ideas! So please, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me in on your innermost thoughts. I promise to use them only for good. Now here’s hoping that my ridiculous amount of enthusiasm is contagious, and that you are all as excited as I am to see what this year will bring. Here’s to a year under your new and ruthless (22year old) leader. May it be everything you hope for!
Kirsten Livingstone President AALT 2011-2012
Our esteemed President (Kirsten Livingstone) and Journal Editor (Andrew “RockStar” Plait) rockin‟ out during conference. (Left)
Library Technicians gone wild, or, just one more reason not to miss conference!
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AALT: MISSION & PURPOSE The Alberta Association of Library Technicians (AALT) is an organization dedicated to fostering and enhancing the professional image of library technicians through information, education, promotion and support. AALT is a non-profit organization with an energetic, dynamic and dedicated membership governed by an annually elected Board of Directors. AALT strives to: Address the ongoing professional development needs of the membership Ensure that a high standard of progressive, timely and appropriate education continues to be offered in the library information programs Promote accurate information on the qualifications and capabilities of library and information technicians Interact with other associations within the library and information field Provide networking opportunities within an educational framework Maintain liaisons with various organizations to support Library Technicians AALT provides an avenue for professional and personal development, interaction and communication through: the annual Spring conference serving on the Board of Directors regional professional development and social online job board events the quarterly journal, AALT Technician volunteer opportunities on committees discussion forums and chat rooms
ALBERTA BY TAMARA VAN BIERT
Each year, the TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards recognize and reward the most innovative and effective TD Summer Reading program in public libraries across Canada. They hope to celebrate creativity of library staff, promote community partnerships that strengthen children’s reading skills, and encourage sharing of information across libraries in Canada. The Stony Plain Public Library won this award for its Destination Jungle summer reading program in 2010. Some highlights of the program include adopting a Red Panda from the Valley Zoo by reading over 120,000 minutes, seeing caterpillars turn into butterflies and releasing the butterflies into the library garden, a prizewinning float in the Farmers Day Parade, and many fun guests, performers and programs. The wind-up party was a jungle-themed carnival complete with face painting and a jumpy castle. On May 28, 2011, I went to Halifax, NS to accept the award at the closing ceremonies of the Canadian Library Association’s annual conference. Alan Convery, National Manager of Community Relations of TD Bank Financial Group and Cecelia Muir, Assistant Deputy Minister of Library and Archives Canada presented the plaque and $5,000 for the Stony Plain Public Library. Community support from service organizations and local businesses worked together with ongoing support from the Town of Stony Plain and Parkland County and a team of dedicated staff and volunteers to make this program possible. The Stony Plain Public Library Board and Staff would like to thank our Summer Programmer Mei Li for organizing such a successful summer reading program in 2010. Ms. Li has just finished an Education degree at the University of Alberta with a minor in Early Childhood. Congratulations also go to the Hanna Municipal Library in Hanna, AB for receiving a nomination of Special Mention from TD for their 2010 Summer Reading Program . It’s exciting to see relatively small libraries from Alberta recognized on the national stage for providing great programming !
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THE SECRET DIARIES
CAPITAN AALTIMATE & DR. BIRNZBUKS Editors Note: The Technician has found a reliable source to bring you these extremely confidential writings. In order to protect our source they shall remain anonymous.
Dear Diary, today was the best day ever! I saved a child from summer boredom and introduced him to the awesomeness of reading! Oh, what joy has filled my heart! To see the happiness on that little boy’s face when I gave him a library card was just magical. I love bestowing the delight of reading and libraries upon everyone I meet. Ever since that day when I was a mere lad, when I met a fine AALT representative who led me to my hearts true calling, serving libraries. I also joined Facebook today. This way I will be able to help even more people and share my adventures with my new friends. Capitan AALTimate Journal: July 15th, 2011, I’m still working on the finishing touches for my evil plan to rule over all of the libraries in the ENTIRE WORLD! Mwahahaha! My minion, Ovrdu, has been setting up to spy on Capitan AALTimate... Capitan, pff! What, was just plain Captain not good enough? Anyways, we must find out how we can destroy him and rule all! The first step would be to somehow infiltrate AALT, his beloved organization, and find out all their secrets! I shall prevail... Dr. Birnzbuks
I volunteer because: someone has to do it. If I don’t, who will? of the rewarding experiences and friendships that come from it. I like knowing that I have the power to make a difference.
THE AALT CONFERENCE EXPERIENCE: BY JANE HUBER I had the opportunity to attend on Saturday at this year’s AALT Conference due to receiving the Conference Bursary. This year’s theme was “Get Connected”. It was held at the Mayfield Inn and Suites in Edmonton from May 26 -29. I found the day to be most enjoyable as I connected with colleagues and took in some valuable information-packed sessions. The morning started with keynote speaker Darcie Friesen Hossack who talked about her recently published book, Mennonites Don‟t Dance. Hossack’s book centers on what life was like living on the prairies while also indirectly referring to her own childhood on the farm in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. In her short story entitled Ashes, Hossack relates the experience of helping her grandmother make varenyky, which are like perogies filled with dry cottage cheese or Saskatoon berries and topped with cream gravy. She referred to varenyky as being sinfully good! She went on to talk about grasshoppers while reading aloud the short story from her book entitled just that. The story outlines how there were always several grasshoppers around which would find a home either by nesting in your hair or crawling up your pant legs. To this day, she mentioned that she will go around and cross the street from the other side just to avoid these pesky critters. After this very insightful talk, Darcie was on hand to sign copies of Mennonites Don‟t Dance which is an excellent read! My first conference session was Funds for Books which was presented by Jennifer Young of Strathmore Junior/Senior High School. Her talk focused on how to get various groups in the community involved in supporting the library. Some ideas she gave included: Hosting book fairs Having used book sales Advertising among local businesses Putting up posters in places such as the senior’s centre, town office, or Co-op
Next, Jennifer outlined the types of people to be sure to get involved in supporting the library. Some of these groups were volunteers, student helpers (who can assist with organizing Scholastic or Christian book fairs), oil companies, the curling board, or Lions Club. She also stressed the importance of asking the last groups in January before the new yearly budget is set. The second session I attended was entitled 60 in 60 and presented by Crystal Friars of the Stettler Public Library. She ran down a list of books which had been compiled through the sharing of ideas, and opinions from the various book clubs of all ages and backgrounds at the library. This gave me a good idea about some of the most talked about books out there and the genres and authors that were the most preferred by the readers. Crystal went on to share some of the titles from the handout explaining the reviews given by the readers. A few of the titles included: Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson The Bone Cage by Angie Abdou Divergent by Veronica Roth Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann The last session of the day was entitled Naughty, Nice, or Nixed, and was presented by Deborah Cryderman and Sharon Thompson of the Parkland Regional Library System. The topic they discussed was censorship. As participants, we were each given a few books to review and determine why they may have been censored. Some of the reasons given were ones that would have never crossed my mind. For example, Kevin Bolger, author of Sir Fartsalot Hunts the Booger, was asked to leave a during an author talk at a school because of the so-called bad reference which is indicated in the title. Another book, Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder, which has been read by millions, was censored due to unwanted references in the way Indians were treated by the people of that era. A third title, The Barenaked Book by Kathy Stinson, was culled due to the nature of its pictures which, according to some, were deemed inappropriate by some readers. Deborah and Sharon then shared some of the most important items to keep in mind when it comes to censoring:
1. We may not even be aware that we are censoring books on a daily basis. 2. It is important to assess the needs of our community when deciding what should be put into the collection. 3. Just because the book has been censored by someone does not mean that it should be taken out of the library collection, but that it is a matter of personal opinion. It is important to remember that censoring interferes with the â€œFreedom to Readâ€?.
Attending the conference proved to be an invaluable experience not only because I attended with other library colleagues but also I was able to once again take back much insightful information and apply it to my particular library setting.
The author, Jane Huber, in front of the School Library display.
BY LYNDA SHURKO
When I first purchased my townhouse I had a vision of turning one of the rooms into a library. Those of you who read the AALT Technician will recall me telling you this in my biographies. I am now working on making my vision a reality. The color I chose for the room was a blue gray color. I removed all the book boxes so I could paint the room. I never realized I had so many books until I took them out. Once the room was painted I could go shopping for bookcases. The bookcases I chose are black with grey on the top. I have five of them - three on one wall and two on the opposite wall. My books have been unpacked and placed on the shelves. I left the first row of shelves free so I can inventory them and have room to move them as I add more books. I have filled up four rows of books in this section for a total of 188 books (so far). ??? down!
Being a good library technician you need to put them in some sort of order. I decided to organize them by Library of Congress. I set up a Microsoft Access database to list my books. I have columns for the author, the title, publisher, date, etc. Once all my books are listed I can rearrange them or weed them as necessary. While doing the inventory I discovered that I had some duplicates, which anyone who has organized their book collection will relate to. These titles will be going to the local branch of the Edmonton Public Library. This is still a work in progress. I still need to put up curtains, make a tablecloth and get a recliner. I have a tea chest that looks like a book and I can hardly wait until I can make a cup of tea and curl up in my recliner with a good book. ??? Down & counting
The author, Lynda Shurko, with her long term service award
CLA-LTIG Updates from the 2011 CLA Conference. Eight people attended the Interest Group breakfast meeting on Friday, May 27 at 7:30 am. It was the last meeting for our group with the restructuring of CLA and the dissolution of all divisions and interest groups and the move to form networks. I’m proud to announce that we are one of the first CLA networks. We are now called “Library Technicians and Assistants Network” or “LTAN”. CLA Library Technicians and Assistants Network (LTAN) Terms of Reference To act as a national forum, with effective communication across Canada, for the exchange of concerns, ideas and activities of library technicians and assistants. To coordinate activities in order to facilitate this exchange of concerns and ideas. To study and recommend improvements, in conjunction with existing and future provincial/regional library associations, in the education and training, recruitment, effective use and employment and working conditions of library technicians and assistants. To investigate career development/advancement for library technicians and assistants. To review, with the assistance of CLA/ACB task forces or sub-committees, the Guidelines for the Education of Library Technicians on a regular basis, with the objectives of maintaining their validity and currency, and to communicate these results to library technician educators, employers, and the library community. Oversees the awards committee for The CLA/ACB LTA Network annual award of merit. At least ten members are CLA members. Proposed Plan of Activity Investigate library technician programs accreditation. Network with Provincial and Regional Library Associations and Interest Groups. Plan networking social event(s) during CLA Conferences. I am honoured and deeply humbled to have been awarded this year’s CLA LTIG Award of Merit. I am deeply touched by the support and recognition of the work I have done on behalf of CLA LTIG.
It’s a labour of love and I never expected any kind of recognition which makes this award that much more meaningful. I want to thank Libramation for sponsoring our award over the past six years. Without their support, this award couldn’t have become a reality. Nineteen people attended the LTIG networking supper at the Split Crow Pub on Saturday, May 28. We had library technicians, librarians, library assistants, students and even two LIT program chairs/ coordinators attending and a great time was had by all. With the ending of our interest group, I thought it only fitting to share a brief history or time line with you and to thank all those that served as convenor before me. Library Technicians were previously a sub-committee of the Education for Library Manpower Committee which was established in 1967. Library Technicians (Role and Education) operated from 1974 – 1979 as Education for Library Personnel. The Library Technicians Interest Group was established March 1984. In March 1989 it merged with Committee on Library Technicians (Role and Education). LTIG Convenors:
CLA LTIG Award of Merit Winners
1984-1987 – Stephen Porrier 1987-1988 – Joyce Thompson 1988-1989 – Shirley Kerr 1989-1990 – Donna Duncan 1990-1991 – Maggie Weaver 1991-1993 – Diane Dwarka 1993-1994 – Pat Sifton 1994-1995 – Marg Anderson 1995-2004 – Maggie Weaver 2004-2011 – Karen Hildebrandt
2006 – Dianne Walker 2007 – Erica Smith 2008 – Carmelita Cousins 2010 – Karen Darby 2011 – Karen Hildebrandt
I’d like to encourage everyone to consider becoming a member of LTAN. Together we can make a difference. We are CLA! Respectfully submitted by, Karen Hildebrandt CLA LTIG Convenor 2004-2011; LTAN Moderator 2011 Hildebrandt, K. (June 7, 2011). CLA LTIG Highlights from 2011 CLA Conference. In Canadian Library Association --> CLA at Work -> Interest Groups --> Library Technicians. Retrieved June 8, 2011, from http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm? Section=Library_Technicians&Template=/CM/ContentCombo.cfm&NavMenuID=926&ContentID=11409
OUR “FIELD OF DREAMS”: WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS AT EASTVIEW MIDDLE SCHOOL LIBRARY.BY SHANNON BOISVERT “If you build it, they will come.” And so he built it and they came, and the more he built the more they came. He was not just building a field; he was building a foundation, a place to gather. He drew them in and once they were in, they continued to come. It was a baseball field, not a library, that W.P. Kinsella wrote about, but we too can build something so interesting in our libraries that our students will come. It can be the hub of the school, a place of comfort and a place to meet your peers and community. In our middle school we strayed from the traditional library setting by drawing the students in with “Wellness Wednesday.” “Wellness Wednesday” is a fairly new project that was started in January at our school and ran bi-weekly. Different organizations and clubs showcased their professional instruction to help students discover their varied interests with demonstrations, PowerPoint presentations and displays to exhibit their brochures. Organizations that came to present to our students included representatives from karate, dance, Pathfinders, music, fencing and hockey. To promote “Wellness Wednesday”, pictures were displayed on our school website, posters were placed in the halls, and it was advertised in our morning announcements as well as over the school intercom. It was not just the school that benefitted from this, but our community as well. As a public facility we were able to bring businesses from our community to show our students what types of activities were available to them. By June the students were fully engaged in “Wellness Wednesday” and already requesting who they want to see come in next year. We plan to continue this in the fall, maximizing the spectrum with other activities such as cadets, bowling, scrapbooking, skateboarding, swimming and anything else that the students come to us about. Just like in our opening quote we built something in our library and the students came and continued to come. They created a connection to not just to the library, but to the librarian as well. They were excited to share what presentations they enjoyed and which ones they were already involved in. They were feeling a special type of comfort and connection, so were spending more time in the library. “So let’s continue to build it and they will continue to come.”
LIBARIES, AUTHORS & BRIDGE-ING MEDIA GAP
JUDITH GRAVES & DAWN IUS
Looking to book an author but concerned you don’t have the population to draw the talent? Concerned about finances? We understand the potential obstacles. In addition to our respective roles as library technician for public and elementary school libraries, and executive director for the Young Alberta Book Society, we are writers of both adult and young adult fiction. Which gives us a close up view of the challenges you’re facing. Money doesn’t have to be a factor. Today’s authors are promoting themselves through social media – and are keen to see their efforts rewarded by increased exposure and support from the reading community. Frankly, there are dozens of ways for authors and libraries to connect – for very little moola. Most are even FREE. Unfortunately, there’s a communication gap between authors and libraries – resulting in missed opportunities. Enter BRIDGE. Our mission is to BRIDGE that gap and ensure authors and libraries get the most out of social media opportunities. Here’s a brief list of the average social media efforts of authors today and ways in which libraries can tap into these opportunities to further promote literacy and reader/author interaction: Blogs – either a blog of their own, or co-writing with a group of authors (instant access to multiple authors). An example of this would be the Class of 2k10, a group of 23 debut authors who blog and tour together: www.classof2k10.com Vlogs – video blog entries you are free to share with book clubs, post on your website, etc. Authors record live events or create a montage of images complete with voice overs, background music – to help illustrate their message. A quick search on YouTube and you’ll find loads of vlogs from authors.
Twitter – updates often include SWAG giveaways, advance reader copy (ARCs) giveaways, scheduled chat times where readers can tweet questions, etc. You can even follow us @BridgeSocial. Facebook – great place to chat with authors, get excerpts to upcoming works, event listing info, etc. Website – general information about authors, with links to their Social Media contacts Book trailers – mini movies based on book content, full of great music / visuals – great for posting to your websites/blogs/playing for your bookclubs, to promote award programs like YRCA by grouping nominee title trailers together, etc. YouTube channels – usually where vlogs / booktrailers are accessible all in one location The Young Alberta Book Society has a YouTube channel to feature the booktrailer of its touring authors: http://www.youtube.com/user/YABSvids?ob=5 Conferences – authors are increasingly participating in virtual conferences like www.writeoncon.com - a completely virtual conference where authors pre-record workshops via videos which are archived for future reference Skype visits / virtual visits – using Skype, an online teleconference program, writers can connect with libraries across the globe. Visits under twenty minutes are usually free of charge, and authors can often be hired to conduct virtual writing workshops. Scheduled chats – using an available chat program, libraries could book an author for an hourlong chat with library patrons, students in a classroom, etc. Not only can libraries connect with authors via social media, they can connect with each other, pooling resources, planning literacy promotion events together, etc and getting the word out via their own social media efforts. Your patrons are online, seeking information, connections, and literacy opportunities. As purveyors of information and the arts – let’s meet them half way and surf the social media wave together. Bridge Social Media is made up of Judith Graves, library technician and author of the YA paranormal SKINNED series, and Dawn Ius, Executive Director of the Young Alberta Book Society and author of adult thriller and paranormal romantic suspense fiction. www.bridgesocialmedia.com
I volunteer because: because it’s important to me.
SCHOOL LIBRARIES IN TRANSITION BY
CAROL FOWLER & JEAN NICKEL
Qualified teacher-librarians, technicians and updated collections and technology should be considered essential in all schools and not „choices as seen necessary to achieve the outcomes in the Guide to Education.‟ How can anyone without library training provide „professional direction‟ in the library?” -Merle Harris. We find this quote by Merle Harris very apt given that the new School Library Policy, in theory, will be in the 2011/2012 Guide to Education when school opens in September yet inadequate funding by Alberta Education to school districts means yet another year of belt tightening in Alberta schools already working with reduced levels of financial support from the Province. How can Alberta Education continue consider cuts to school districts and school libraries when a barrel of oil is hovering around the $100 mark? Most Alberta school libraries are still chronically under funded and understaffed and those with “professional direction”, both teacher librarians and library technicians are continuing to see cuts in staffing and funding for resources in school libraries in order to balance shrinking budgets. School libraries in many parts of Alberta continue to be staffed by personnel without library training and “professional direction” through the use of administrative assistants/ secretaries, educational assistants, even parent volunteers. We’re also seeing an exodus of trained library technicians from some school districts primarily due to retirement, burnout, job insecurity (coupled with inadequate hours), and school closures. As the demographics of school support staff (including library technicians) reaches retirement age, the recruitment of new library technician graduates to school libraries in the province should become a priority but at the present time is so minimal that it is non-existent. It is anticipated with increased retirement of support staff including library technicians, that a “war for talent” will be seen across staff groups in school districts within the next few years unless school districts and Alberta Education work cooperatively to come up with a plan / strategy to attract and retain qualified staff. Many graduate library technicians are hesitant to work in schools because of job insecurity, wages below the norm for library technicians compared to those in other library sectors and inadequate hours. Within schools and school districts there are still principals and school trustees who still do not understand “What is a library technician” and our role. Some think we are clerks “who check books in and out” while others use us as replacements for teacher librarians and other support staff workers such as administrative assistants, secretaries and education assistants. Others think that we can be replaced by those very administrative assistants, secretaries, and education assistants not realizing the specialized skills and training we bring to our positions. Discussions in the past, with school library technicians, have yielded comments such as “bored housewives looking for something do” and support staff working for “pin money” coming from district trustees. At the April 20th meeting of the Alberta Education School Library Services Initiative Advisory Committee, a video clip was shown to the advisory members in which a principal from a metro Edmonton school district stated that he had a “library technician who checked books in and out”. A surprising statement given that qualified library technicians have been in Alberta schools since the 1970s and that particular district now hires only qualified library technician graduates or those working towards the diploma.
As the School Library Committee anticipated news and updates from Alberta Education with regards developments to the new school library policy, factors within Alberta in the spring of 2011 pointed to more hard times for school districts: The release of the provincial budget in March 2011 saw decreased allocations to education funding for a third straight year. School districts were forced to draw on ever decreasing reserves to balance their budgets and cover shortfalls. A 4.54% wage increase is scheduled for September 2011 for teachers in the province (this is the final year of the provincial memorandum of agreement between the Province and the Alberta Teachers Association giving the teachers a guaranteed wage increase based on the Alberta Average Weekly Earnings (AAWE). Funding for teacher salaries is also guaranteed through grants for basic instruction whereas districts must fund support staff salaries. Alberta Education School Library Services Initiative Update The Advisory Committee met only once the last AGM in 2010. The only meeting of the Advisory Committee took Place on April 20th, 2011. Policy: The policy is on track for ministerial approval. Minister Hancock still seems supportive of the policy as it aligns with the new School Act which was recently tabled in the Legislature. Early updates to the AALT Board anticipated Ministerial approval of the policy in Spring 2011 with probable announcement at the Library Association of Alberta conference in Jasper. At the Jasper conference there was a session on the Initiative, but no announcement. Questions have been raised as to whether or not the policy will now be included in the 2011/2012 Guide to Education. Advisory Committee members were put on notice for any future updates including the policy announcement. A communication plan is being developed by Alberta Education’s Communication Branch for the new policy. An implementation plan is being developed with short- mid-term and long range objectives. Subcommittees: Work continued at the sub committee level where four subcommittees meet to develop the implementation strategies to support the new policy. Seamless Access: “The committee is reviewing models that would facilitate seamless access to library services for students, ensuring that models will work in all scenarios, e.g., rural and urban. They are focusing on alignment with the overarching provincial library model, collaboration with community partners, exemplars of learning commons practice, teaching and learning related to lifelong learning and information, standards of service, and accountability.”
Implementation Support “The committee’s review consists of content that would facilitate a shift in learning and teaching in student access to library services. They are focusing on team roles/responsibilities (principals, teachers, teacherlibrarians, library support staff, students), glossary, and resource links centered on a concept of “getting started”.
In Service “Committee members are exploring what resources/partners are available and what needs to be created for building capacity around revised policy/guidelines. They are exploring in-servicing of districts and school library teams (principal, teacher-librarian, teachers, library technicians and assistants) to enable development of context-based school library plans focused on policy implementation (short, mid, five-year plan).”
Digital Licensing “The committee continues to review the current state of licensing digital content in Alberta, other models, gaps, and best fiscal recommendations.”
The authors, Carol Fowler and Jean Nickel, accepting the Bernice Neufeld Special Service Award for the School Library Committee.
Kirsten Livingstone —- President Aka: Augustus Wanted: For being entirely too young for this position and cataloguing too many books at Lethbridge University. Warning: Has been known to trip over her own feet and take you down.
Sarah Stephens —- President-Elect Aka: Best Mom EVER Wanted: For being well-versed in virtually all aspects of the library system at Mount Royal University; Tech, Circ, Media and currently Information Assistant. Warning: Incredibly well-informed.
Charity Ambs —- Student Representative, GMU Aka: Chaz Wanted: For volunteering as an Arts and Crafts Facilitator at the Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre Warning: Can be found in the garden for most of the summer.
Lynda Shurko —- Secretary Aka: The Sage Wanted : For being indispensible to AALT Warning: Has served AALT for decades and knows her way around a government library. Very handy with needles of all kinds; cross-stitch, knitting, crotchet, sewing. AALT Technician
Leanne Gosse —- Member-at-Large Aka: Cissa (don’t ask) Wanted: For being determined to change the image of library technicians one city at time Warning: Extremely fun to hang out with at conventions and willing to go to the dark side of IT in order make schools better in Red Deer. Knows her way around a garden as well.
Dianne Guidera —- Board Appointee Aka: Cissa (don’t ask) Wanted: For being always being available for AALT when needed Warning: Concise, clear and capable. Known to be an active volunteer and avid traveller.
AWARD WINNING TECHNICIANS Merle Harris Award
Deborah Cryderman & Merle Harris at the 2011 AALT Conference
Deborah Cryderman, the library technician and manager at the Stettler Public Library in Stettler, Alberta is the recipient of the 2011 Merle Harris Achievement Award. This award, the highest granted by the Alberta Association of Library Technicians (AALT), is given to a library technician in recognition for distinguished service in the library field in Alberta. Deb Cryderman was presented with this prestigious award in recognition of her contribution to libraries, literacy and community development. Merle Harris, author, story teller and literacy advocate, presented the award at the 37th AALT Conference held at the Mayfield Inn and Suites in Edmonton, Alberta, on May 26 - May 29, 2011.
Deborah Cryderman graduated from the SAIT Library and Information Technology Program in 1996, but she has had libraries in her blood since childhood. Over the years, Deb has taken on roles from page, summer program organizer, and storyteller-at-large to cataloguer, library manager, and yes, even Conan the Librarian at Halloween. Deb’s first job as a new library technician graduate was as the School Library Manager at the Diamond Jenness Secondary School in Hay River, North West Territories. Deb took a library that was under renovation and turned it into a thriving, active learning centre with a collection to match. In 2006, Deb was employed as the Library Manager at the Stettler Public Library. Since her arrival, library usage and programming statics have soared. Programs, events and book clubs such as Bambinos and Botanicals, Craftapalooza, and Brain Candy Book Club have been successfully added to the library’s lineup as well as an outreach program was created to bring service to remote communities and seniors lodges. Deb has also played an important role in the education, training and professional development of library technicians throughout Alberta. She is a member of the SAIT LIT Advisory Council, a practicum supervisor, and has been a frequent presenter at AALT conferences, including the AALT 2011 Get Connected conference. Deb Cryderman is a positive leader, an effective manager and a strong team player. These attributes directly relate to the success and strength of the library program at Stettler but Deb was quick to share the role that others played as well. “None of my accomplishments have occurred in a vacuum,” says Deb. “I am backed by a terrific team of colleagues both at my library and in surrounding libraries. Board and municipal support has been undying as well. I could not have chosen a career path that would have been more supportive, nurturing, challenging, creative or exciting.”
Like the Inukshuks on her award, Deborah Cryderman has definitely left her mark on the library landscape and is an inspiration to the library technician profession. Deb is currently enrolled in the MLIS program at the University of Alberta and her colleagues at AALT wish her all the best in her studies.
Library Technician Award of Excellence Patrick Buhr, library technician at the Justice Canada Library in Edmonton is the recipient of the 2011 Alberta Association of Library Technicians Library Technician Award of Excellence. This award was created to recognize the efforts of a library technician who has made a major contribution to the library field in Alberta. AALT is recognizing Patrick Buhr for his “sixteen years of outstanding dedication to the library profession and his exemplary service to library clients.” Allison Stewart, outgoing AALT President and Chair of the Awards Committee, announced the award recipient at the 37th Patrick Buhr accepting the award AALT Conference held at the Mayfield Inn and Suites in Edmonton, from Allison Stewart. Alberta on May 26 - May 29, 2011. Patrick Buhr graduated from the MacEwan Library and Information Management program in 1995 and has been sharing his knowledge and expertise in several libraries over the years including Concordia, North American Baptist College/Seminary library, and the U of A Rutherford Library. Currently Patrick is at the Justice Canada Library where he is involved in a variety of areas including reference, training, acquisitions, cataloguing, and circulation. Although Patrick is proficient in these areas, where he excels the most is in his positive attitude, commitment, initiative, and team work. As May Zhou his award nominator says, “During the four months I worked with him, I was very impressed with his work attitude, high client service standards, team working skills and great dedication to his job. Patrick trained me in legal research with great patience, and without any reservation.” Recently Patrick was recognized with an “instant award” and a “regional merit award” by Justice Canada and now he can add the AALT Library Technician Award of Excellence to his well deserved collection. Editor‟s Note: Patrick‟s award was presented to him following the conference as he was unable to join us during the event.
Dewey Award The Dewey Award, which recognizes the efforts of a Board member who has gone above and beyond the call of duty, was presented this year to Journal Co-Editors Rea Gosine and Joanne Shum for dedicating the last three years to working on the journal. Rea and Joanne were recognized and thanked for their work creating, developing, and editing the AALT Technician, the association’s online journal. They were also acknowledged for their many contributions on Board projects. Joanne Shum & Rea Gosine
Bernice Neufeld Special Service Award The Bernice Neufeld Special Service Award, which was renamed in 2006 in recognition of the drive, dedication and perseverance of Bernice Neufeld in the creation of AALT, was very appropriately presented to the AALT School Library Committee by outgoing President Allison Stewart in appreciation for their advocacy of school libraries and school library technicians. The AALT School Library Committee is co-chaired by Jean Nickel, who has been a member of the committee since its inception, and Carol Fowler, who is also the AALT representative on the Alberta Education School Library Services Initiative. (see Carol and Jean’s picture under their article in this issue)
AALTimate Volunteer Award The final award of the evening was presented to the “AALTimate” AALT volunteer, Lynda Shurko. During the Saturday banquet at the AALT 2001: a Library Odyssey Conference in Grande Prairie, Alberta, AALT celebrated the many volunteers that had given so much to get AALT to where it is today. In particular, the volunteer efforts of Lynda Shurko were acknowledged with the presentation of the International Year of Volunteers 2001 Certificate of Recognition. Ten years later, AALT is still powered by the strength of our volunteers, volunteers such as Lynda Shurko who has now dedicated over 31 years to AALT committees as well as to the AALT Board of Directors. Lynda Shurko graduated from the Grant MacEwan Community College Library Technician Program in 1978 but actually joined AALT in 1977. Since becoming a member, Lynda has served 23 terms on the AALT Board of Directors, and when she wasn’t on the Board, she volunteered on various AALT committees. (See Lynda’s picture under her article in this issue)
Peer Reviews Lynda’s colleagues had this to say about her: Like many past AALT Presidents, I had the honour of being on the executive board of our association with Lynda Shurko. Lynda's dedication to the association is amazing. Any little task was always done to the best of Lynda's ability. Lynda, congratulations on being recognized at this special event. You are the very definition of an AALT volunteer. ----Shaunna Mireau, AALT President 2004-2005
So many times on the Board, I remember you stepping up and going beyond the position you held, willingly taking on even more duties. No job was too tough; you handled everything with confidence and tact in your own quiet way. Your dedication, reliability, tireless hard work, and upbeat attitude, deserves to be recognized again and again. I hope you know how truly appreciated you are and continue to be! ---Marcia Holmes, AALT President 2008-2009 Lynda is an inspiration and perfect example of dedication to her profession and to her association. She is enthusiastic about AALT and is always willing and ready to lend a hand and step up to help out however she can. She‟s dedicated so many years of her time and energy to AALT and has really made a difference to the association and to the members. Thank You to Lynda for always being there working behind the scenes. It is never for glory or recognition but because she cares and she believes in what she does and AALT stands for. ---Karen Hildebrandt, AALT President 2003-2004 During the year I was President, it was so wonderful to have Lynda on my executive. She is one of those individuals who are tireless in her dedication and you never had to worry about what she was doing or if the work she needed to get done, was getting done. It always did. Give Lynda my congratulations. She is very deserving of this award. ---Julie Freigang, AALT President 2001-2001 While both of us were serving on the AALT Board of Directors, Lynda and I had the dubious pleasure of cleaning out and organizing the AALT storage locker in Edmonton. Luckily, Lynda was a genius at remembering the organization‟s history so she could decide what was really important to keep. If any of you have been inside that storage facility you will know how dark and crowded the halls are. Picture the two of us putting together some Ikea shelving in that limited space, with neither of us being all that dexterous when it came to tools, even that funny little Allen wrench that comes with the furniture. A good sense of humour and lots of patience (hers) got the job done. I wonder…is it still standing? ---Joanne [Howell] Clevett, AALT Marketing Director 2000-2002, 2006-2007
I volunteer because:
I can. AALT Technician
VOLUNTEERS BY KIM MARTIN
We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. ---Mother Theresa No salute to volunteers would be complete without discovering why people volunteer in the first place. So with that in mind, AALT revisited the question that they asked the Saturday delegates and banquet guests ten years before during the AALT 2001: a Library Odyssey Conference in Grande Prairie, Alberta, “I volunteer because…” After reading all the responses from the 2011 Get Connected Conference delegates and banquet guests, it was interesting to note the similarity of many of the answers, especially when compared to the responses from 2001 (see AALT Technician, July 31, 2001, Volume 28 Number 3). Overall, three themes emerged, the first indicating the symbiotic relationship involved with volunteering, i.e. “I volunteer because of what it gives back to me while helping others!” The second theme is the concept of “paying it forward” or passing a good deed onto someone else. For example, “I volunteer because I want to pass on all the good things that have happened to me.” Finally, the third concept was the simplistic and yet powerful response of “I volunteer because I can.” You’ll have read some of the response scattered throughout this edition of the Technician and the following (with the exception of the ones that said they volunteer because “Kim made me,”!!) is the full list of how the AALT 2011 Get Connected conference delegates and banquet guests completed to the phrase:
I Volunteer Because… Jean and Carol volunteer on the AALT School Library Committee because they believe strongly in the role that school libraries and library staff play in the educational process. When Committee members Bernadette Giblin, Marjorie Jantzen, and Tracy Belsher were asked why they volunteer on the AALT School Library Committee, they replied: Bernadette Giblin – “I like to know how things work and volunteering with this committee gave me a better understanding of the political process for redeveloping the provincial school libraries act. It also gave me the opportunity to voice my opinion on the role of the Library Technician in our schools.” Marjorie Jantzen - “With changes and budget constraints in education the influences of AALT and the School Library committee are more important than ever and we have to continue to advocate for Libraries.” Tracy Belsher – “As a young adult author, as well as library tech, and I think that gives me a unique perspective on our role in school / public libraries. I believe in this organization and see it as a way for library techs to connect, learn from each other, and ultimately expand opportunities for techs professional development or employment related.”
Volunteers are unpaid, not because they are worthless but because they are priceless. ---Anonymous
I can make a difference and it makes me feel good.
I feel that I can make a difference in people’s lives!
it feels good and brings smiles to many faces.
I believe AALT is a valuable organization to belong to and I want to contribute my abilities to keeping this association in step both today and tomorrow.
I love learning from others and helping people.
it allows me to contribute to my community and leave it better than it was.
it makes me feel good…more hands make events like this run smoothly.
some programs cannot happen unless folks volunteer.
I enjoy the experience. I learn and grow in every way. I volunteer at SIAST because the students should be recognized and appreciated.
I give back to my community in a positive way.
I enjoy helping people and if one person volunteers, others then tend to join in.
I love to read and I like to see others read, so I volunteer as a Program for Adult Learning tutor so that someone else can read too. it gives me the opportunity to contribute to my community and spend some quality time with my children.
it makes living in communities rewarding and meaningful – pay forward.
someone has to do it/if I don’t, who will?
I like knowing that I have the power to make a difference.
I want to pass on all the good things that have happened to me. I get far more than I give.
this is what helps run this organization to the greatness it has now achieved and will continue to do so.
there is a need and because I need to be fulfilled.
I care about AALT and what happens to it now and in the future.
of the rewards I get from the people I work with – I learn so much!
to make a contribution, meet new people, make new friends, learn new skills, and have fun!!!
Of the rewarding experiences and friendships that come from it.
I want to give back for so many blessings I have been on the receiving end of.
because it’s important to me.
everyone deserves a safe place to sleep, ideally in their own home.
I want to give something back to people/organizations that have given something to me.
it is rewarding, fun, social and morally right.
they won’t pay me.
I believe in the cause/group.
(I volunteer extra hours at my library because) I love my job and I can’t get the important things done in the hours that I’m paid for.
I like to help – it makes me feel good.
it is great to see the appreciation in people’s eyes.
of what it gives back to me while helping others!
that’s how things get done!
it’s an excellent way to learn! Plus it’s fun to meet and help people around me.
I think it’s wonderful to feel needed an appreciated.
it’s a good way to meet and get to know new people.
I can share my skills and knowledge with others, and learn new skills and acquire new knowledge from others. I love to spend time with the cats. (I volunteer for a cat rescue society. They need to feel loved until a new home is found for them and I hope we do that for them.)
• it is fun!!! The AALT Board has challenged my limits and made me a better leader and ambassador of a profession I love. Congratulations and thank you to all volunteers, especially those of you who list being an AALT volunteer as one of your accomplishments! Dear Reader, now it’s your turn. While reading through the above list, it’s easy to see that there are many stories and experiences behind some of the comments made so why not share your volunteer stories with us? Or, if you didn’t have the opportunity to answer the question “I volunteer because…” at the conference, drop an email to email@example.com or visit the Alberta Association of Library Technicians: the Lighter Side of AALT Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ groups/96867929556/ and tell us why you volunteer. Being a man or a woman is a matter of birth. Being a man or a woman who makes a difference is a matter of choice. ---Byron Garrett
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Get your Groove On!
Mo from SAIT looking debonair!
Splendid Stories from keynote speaker Darcie Friesen Hossack
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