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AALT TECHNICIAN “The Official Voice of Library Technicians in Alberta.” ISSN 0703-5276

Volume 38, Number 1

Winter 2011

IN THIS ISSUE: AALT SPOTLIGHT AALT Conference 2011: Get Connected

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Under the Covers

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Winter WordsWorth: Inspiring the Next Generation of Alberta Writers

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AALT FEATURES The Bookcase: Sharing Stories—Sharing Futures

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CLA Update

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Alex and the Ironic Gentleman - A Review

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School Library Advisory Committee Update

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Calendar of Events

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AALT BUSINESS Journal Advertising and Submission Policy

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Editor’s Notes

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AALT: Committees & Volunteers

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AALT Technician Contributors

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President’s Comments

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AALT: Mission & Purpose

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AALT: Membership Form

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Board Meeting Highlights & Group Reports

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AALT: Board of Directors

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The Journal of the Alberta Association of Library Technicians


SUBMISSIONS POLICY All article submissions are accepted at the discretion of the Journal Editors’. All articles must be submitted as a .rtf, .txt, or .doc file and may be subject to editing as the Journal Committee sees fit. Articles may be held for publication in a future issue, (in the same calendar year) of the AALT Technician. Questions or concerns regarding this submission policy can be directed to the Journal editors’ @ journal@aalt.org.

DISCLAIMER All views & opinions expressed by contributors are the sole opinion of the author & do not necessarily reflect the opinions of AALT.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR THE SPRING ISSUE IS: April 15, 2011 SUBMISSIONS CONTEST Winners cannot be current members of the Board of Directors or the Journal Committee. CONTRIBUTE TODAY! Turn that great idea you had into an article and share it with everyone! Have an article you would like to see? Send us your request. Comments or questions about any content? Want to join the Journal Committee? Send your ideas, requests, questions and comments to:

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EDITORS’ NOTES

BY

JOANNE SHUM & REA GOSINE

As I write this, I’m currently nursing a nasty cold and keeping myself home from work to avoid being a germ there. I think I’ve gone through a box of Kleenex and the end is nowhere in sight. I am wishing for Spring or Summer to get here and the sooner, the better. Round two of this cold is making me more miserable than round one ever did! Anyways, the new year is here and it’s time to renew your AALT Memberships for 2011. With Conference just a few short months away, it’s time to renew and start looking into what’s coming up for this year. The Conference website has been updated so check it out! The website is www.aalt.org/conference. We have a couple book reviews for this issue, a Conference Update and some Marketing opportunities for those interested in volunteering. It’s also a great time to start thinking about joining an AALT Committee. We are always looking for volunteers and committee members! My head is about to explode so I think I will call it an Editor’s Note and let Rea take over from here. Nyquil. Dayquil, please take me away. (With apologies to Calgon. I don’t think Calgon can help me in this case.)

… Joanne

Will this cold weather ever end? Looking out my window it doesn’t seem like there’s any relief coming anytime soon! So in an attempt to distract myself from the extremely poor showing outside, I’ve turned my attention to an event that implies warmer temperatures are coming soon. AALT Conference is coming up at the end of May – be sure to check out the promo pages for details! And remember to visit www.aalt.org/conference for the most up-to-date information. I swung by the other day and was pleased to discover we have some exciting sessions and keynote speakers to look forward to, in addition to warmer weather. The snow should be melted by then at least – right? As always if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions for the AALT Technician send them our way: journal@aalt.org. Oh, and don’t forget to set your clocks one hour forward on March 13. It’s um, a leap towards Spring and hopefully some warmer weather! … Rea AALT Technician

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AALT: COMMITTEES & VOLUNTEERS 2010/2011 Board Committees Executive Committee Allison Stewart, President - Chair; Kirsten Livingstone, President-Elect; Lynda Shurko, Member-at-Large Administration Group Allison Stewart, President - Chair; Sarah Stephens, Membership Director; Nicole D'Agnone, Treasurer; Dianne Guidera, Board Appointee Communications Group Kirsten Livingstone, President-Elect; Melanie Belliveau, Marketing Director ; Rea Gosine, Journal CoEditor; Joanne Shum, Journal Co-Editor; Any Liu; Web Team Director Professional Development Group Lynda Shurko, Member-at-Large – Chair; Erin Storey, Conference Co-Chair; Kristian McInnis, Conference Co-Chair Director Chaired Committees Conference Committee (conference@aalt.org) Erin Storey - Co-Chair, Kristian McInnis - Co-Chair, Dianne Guidera Journal Committee (journal@aalt.org) Rea Gosine – Co-Chair, Joanne Shum – Co-Chair, Beth Vandenboogaard, Joel Nielsen, Lisa Bui, Herald Wong , SAIT student-rep Marketing Committee (marketing@aalt.org) Melanie Belliveau– Chair, Chris Gartner, Jonathan Wainwright, Crystal Friars, Kim Martin, Janell Hurdman Membership Committee Sarah Stephens - Chair, Normita Coralejo, Christine Stacey

Web Site Committee (webteam@aalt.org) Any Liu – Chair, Marnie McFarland, Kim Martin, Charmaine Sipe, Colleen Rowe

Additional Committees Alberta School Advisory Committee Carol Fowler – AALT Representative

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CONTRIBUTORS TO THE WINTER

2011 ISSUE:

Bev Rayner: “The Bookcase: Sharing Stories—Shaping Futures” [p.8]; Beverley Rayner is the Library Facilitator at Dr. Gerald B. Probe School in Lethbridge, Alberta. Kirsten Livingstone: “Books Across My Desk” [p.15]; - Kirsten is the President-Elect for AALT and is currently employed at the University of Lethbridge. Karen Visser: “Under the Covers” [p. 12] - Karen is a Library Technician and past Conference Co-Chair. Carol Fowler: “School Library Advisory Committee Update” [p.17] - Carol is a past AALT Marketing Director and AALT representative on the School Library Advisory Committee. Tracey Belsher: “Winter WordsWorth: Inspiring the Next Generation of Alberta Writers” [p.18] - Tracey writes paranormal young adult fiction as Judith Graves.

The AALT Journal Submissions contest is open again for another year! This year we’re running TWO contests: 1. Each article is entered to $25 gc for the issue submitted for. 2. All entries up to & including the Spring 2011 issue will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a FREE registration to the AALT Conference May 26 – May 29, 2011 at the Mayfield Inn & Suites in Edmonton.

Deadline for submissions to the next issue of the AALT Technician is APRIL 15, 2011! We look forward to hearing from you! journal@aalt.org

CONGRATULATIONS TO KAREN VISSER ! WINNER OF THE DRAW FOR A $25 GC!

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PRESIDENT’S COMMENTS

BY ALLISON

STEWART

Snake, Spiders and Other Things We Fear EVERYONE knows that Roosevelt said “We have nothing to fear but fear itself”. My daughter has quote saying “..and snakes. Well yes of course, snakes, that goes without saying. And spiders. Oh yes spiders...”. The point is, while yes, we get the concept that fear itself is debilitating, sometimes those fears are so ingrained we don't even realize we have them.

We limit ourselves and our opportunities for growth because of those fears. I, myself am deeply regretting that I didn't jump off the roof of our house after the first few massive snowfalls this winter. There was only about 6' between the roof and the snow but I was afraid people would think I was stupid. Now that the snow is too hard and crusty to jump onto, I'm berating myself for not taking the opportunity. How often do we get to do something as fun as jumping off the roof of our houses??

I see that same limiting fear in action every spring at our AGM when we open the floor for volunteers or nominations for a position on the board. Everyone looks down at the table and avoids eye contact. We're all so scared of standing out from the crowd. Maybe we're afraid of screwing up (although even if you did, chances are pretty good AALT wouldn't collapse as a result of your mistake!). Maybe we're afraid that people will think we're pushy or full of ourselves if we volunteer. Maybe we're afraid that it's too hard or complicated and we won't be able to do the job.

Whatever the reason, we limit ourselves when we don't take the opportunity to learn something new. Being a member of the AALT board is a definite eye-opener, it gives you a chance to see the bigger picture of libraries and the technician's role in libraries. It can help you discover talents, skills or abilities that you might not have known you possess. It definitely gets you out of your own personal library into the larger world. It provides you with some professional development opportunities (paid for by the board!). If you're currently job-hunting or updating your resume, employers are always impressed when you sit on the board of organization, let alone one that is provincial.

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And yet with all of these great reasons to be a board member, most of us are still afraid to put up our hands and volunteer. Take some time to think about it and this spring when the call goes out, take a deep breath and jump off the roof of the house, step on the spiders, look fear in the eye and say “I'm ready to see what I can do!� and join the AALT Board of Directors!

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THE BOOKCASE: SHARING STORIES—SHAPING FUTURES BY BEV RAYNER A shared read aloud story should always include discussion before, during, and after. I recall my mother reading many bedtime stories. One comes to mind about a small boy in Africa who climbed a tree to escape a wild boar. I needed assurance that wild boars would never be roaming the streets while I was on my way to school, and that the children of Africa would somehow survive. With drama, suspense, mystery and magic, how else can a child drift off into pleasant sleep without such reassurances. Since we want children to be active rather than passive participants in their learning, discussion is a key with many advantages. Discussion brings the written text to life. Talking provides an environment that makes reading an enjoyable part of social interactions while allowing children to make connections between what they are reading and their own lives. As we share experiences and thoughts we are aiding children to create a bridge between written and oral language. Picture books open doors for discussion. Canadian Railroad Trilogy is a fine example of a book that will generate many discussions. With Gordon Lightfoot’s memorable song illustrated with bold chalk pictures by award winning author and illustrator, Ian Wallace; each picture holds special significance in telling the story of Canada’s epic railroad—“an iron road runnin’ from sea to sea.” Remember that discussion implies talking with your children rather than at them. Leave yourself time for great book talks this winter. When you read aloud life will be enriched by these shared experiences. Canadian Railroad Trilogy by Gordon Lightfoot and Ian Wallace. Groundwood c2010. A great feat of visionary proportions; the building of the transcontinental railroad is retold in the pages of Canadian Railroad Trilogy. Gordon Lightfoot’s music and lyrics are included along with a brief history of the railroad and illustration notes.

I know Here by Laurel Croza’s, Illustrated by Matt James. Groundwood: c2010 Croza’s first book speaks of change, the comfort of familiarity and the uncertainty of moving on. “We’re moving” he shouts. “We’re moving to Toronto when summer comes.” I Know Here is a child’s view of everything around her that makes a place a home. Have the city kids seen the same things? The teacher suggests drawing a picture of something to remember.

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Rather than leaving memories behind, they are drawn and folded neatly, then hidden away in a pocket. A tangible way of taking all that’s special with you: a beautiful well-written story that children will readily relate to. One Hockey Night by David Ward : Brian Deines. North Winds Press, c2010 Another fine hockey story from David Ward complete with a lobster trap hockey rink. What I enjoy about Ward’s books is his way of adding reflections of hockey past while meshing them with the present. The warmth and depth of the illustrations brings this story to life.

The Rescue of Nanoose by Mary Borroman and Chloe O’Loughlin : Illustrated By Jacqueline Wang. Touchwood editions Ltd. c2006 (third printing) I discovered this book on Vancouver Island. The Rescue of Nanoose is a true story of a humpback whale hopelessly entangled with ropes from a fishing boat. Local residents of Telegraph Cove unite in one community effort led by local fishermen and whale researchers. To free Nanoose and return him to his freedom is their goal.

The Cat’s Pajamas : by Wallace Edwards. Kids Can Press. c2010 Rather than a read aloud story, this is a great discussion book on the meaning of idioms. Wallace’s detailed and quirky illustrations will generate lots of talk about the true meaning behind so many odd sayings in the English language.

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Get Connected to News AALT Conference 2011 Update Kristian McInnis & Erin Storey AALT Conference 2011 Co-Chairs Erin and I want to give a big thank you to everyone who has helped us over the past several months. In particular, we would like to note the contributions of:

• Leanne Gosse, Lynda Shurko and Dianne Guidera for their work with our vendors, sponsors and donors

• Kim Martin for her advice and support • Any Liu for her technical support of the conference website • Janell Hurdmann for her advice as a prior conference chair and work on the registration system Bringing the conference together has been a lot of work and we would not have gotten this far without their help and support. The Conference Committee has confirmed both keynotes for the conference. The GELA Prison Library and Reintegration committee’s Friday keynote was announced before Christmas. We are now happy to announce that Darcie Hossack – a Commonwealth Prize First Book Nominee for her recent book Mennonites Don’t Dance – will join us on Saturday. There are also many great session presenters this year. Just to highlight a few:

• Diana Balbar will talk about Stratcona County’s book mobile and provide an on-site tour. • Authors Betty Jane Hegerat and Bob Stallworthy will do readings and discuss their work. • Tamara Van Biert will share Yellowhead’s experience bringing mobile technology into the library.

• Jerremie Clyde will discuss the challenges (from approval to access) of building a video game collection.

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Recently, plenty of new information has been posted to the conference website, such as:

• The much requested fee schedule. • New sessions and speakers • Conference schedule A few things we are still working on, and hope to have settled over the next few weeks, are:

• Library tours • Online conference registration • Events and entertainment Your AALT 2011 Conference Committee is working hard to bring you the best possible conference experience. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at conference@aalt.org.

Do you know a Library Technician that has given distinguished service in the library or literacy field in Alberta?

Nominate them for AALT's highest honour!

The Merle Harris Achievement Award. Open to students and graduates of a recognized Library Technician program. Nominations accepted until March 31, 2011.

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UNDER THE COVERS BY KAREN VISSER Kindred Spirits: how the remarkable bond between humans and animals can change the way we live, by Dr. Allen M. Schoen, DVM.

By definition, “Kindred Spirits” with kindred used as an adjective, is “a person with whom one has something in common”. In this book, it is used to describe the similarities between humans and animals, their shared kinship, spiritual and emotional connections. From his website at: http://www.drschoen.com/; “Dr. Schoen received his DVM from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1978, and also holds a Masters Degree in Neurophysiology and Animal Behaviour from the University of Illinois. He is one of the pioneers in veterinary acupuncture and natural therapies, developing and practicing them since 1981. He is a past president of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and was one of the first veterinarians certified by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. In addition, he has advanced training in botanical medicine and homeopathy, and the best of all these therapies are incorporated into his practice.” Dr. Schoen is an extremely popular lecturer at conferences and retreats worldwide, is an adjunct professor at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and an affiliate faculty member at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Schoen provides first hand insight into the depths of the human-animal bond through his work in veterinary medicine. As in his first book, “Love, miracles, and animal healing : a veterinarian's journey from physical medicine to spiritual understanding” authored with Pam Proctor, he again explores and employs alternative methods of treating animal ailments that he combines with contemporary veterinary medicine. This includes acupuncture, massage, chiropractic adjustments, and nutritional and herbal supplements. For those readers who are familiar with James Herriot’s books, written as the experiences of a country veterinarian in England’s Yorkshire, Dr. Schoen relates his own unique encounters with his patients with eloquence, warmth, and sincerity. His profound love, respect and concern for the animals and the people that own, or are associated with them, comes across very clearly throughout the

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chapters of this book. He associates animal feelings as feelings that can create the life-affirming connection between pets and their owners. As we deepen our understanding of our animals, our lives and theirs are enriched, our physical and mental health improves, and we are brought closer to the oneness and belonging that we seek. This book is highly recommended for those engaged in veterinary medicine, animal assisted therapies and animal lovers in general. It is a touching tribute to the most treasured of friendships; that of animals and their “people�. The book also includes an extensive appendix of resources. It can be obtained through public and academic libraries through www.talonline.ca, or purchased through www.amazon.ca or www.chapters.ca.

AALT FOCUS GROUP Have you ever thought about sharing your opinions, expertise and interest with other professionals? Would you like to give valuable feedback to the AALT Board of Directors? Volunteer to be a member of the AALT Focus Group now! Your time is important so all we ask is for your involvement in an occasional discussion. Your feedback will play a critical role in moving AALT forward. For more information contact: marketing@aalt.org

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CROSS CANADA UPDATE The CLA Executive Council is pleased to release the second draft of the CLA Future Plan. Many revisions that were suggested by the CLA members and the wider national library community have been incorporated into this document. The Executive Council is pleased with the positive responses we have received on the first draft and appreciates the thought put into the comments submitted to the Future Blog and by other means. Some of the concerns and suggestions are not incorporated in the Plan for various reasons but please be assured that all of them were seriously considered as the revisions were made. We are developing a “frequently asked questions� section to respond to some of the suggestions or comments which are not reflected in the Plan. These FAQs will be posted to the blog shortly and we will add to them as more questions arise. The second draft is now available for review and comment over the next month by clicking the link below. http://www.clatoolbox.ca/CLAFuture/index.php/2010/12/17/proposed-cla-future-plan-draft-2/ I encourage you to use the Future Blog on the CLA website as the central discussion point, but responses can also be directed to me or any other member of the Executive Council. Please submit your comments by Friday January 14, 2011. Best wishes to all of you for a happy holiday season. Keith Walker CLA President Be sure to check out the CLA FAQs: Responses to questions and answers for more information. http://www.clatoolbox.ca/CLAFuture/index.php/faq/

AALT Conference Bursary Would you like to attend the AALT annual conference but are wondering whether or not you can afford it? Apply for the AALT Conference Bursary! Deadline to apply March 31, 2011. Open to any AALT personal members who have been unable to attend the conference within the last five years. For bursary details: http://www.aalt.org/forms/ConferenceBursary.pdf For conference details: http://aalt.org/conference

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ALEX AND THE IRONIC GENTLEMAN - A REVIEW BY

KIRSTEN LIVINGSTONE

“And, my friend, above all things, you most definitely, definitely, do not get away with stepping over the red rope.” Alex and the Ironic Gentleman by Adrienne Kress Alex Morningside is about to start year-six at the prestigious Wigpowder-Steele Academy. Alex Morningside has a bowl cut and braces. Alex Morningside lives above a shop that sells doorknobs. Alex Morningside is not a boy. Alex, short for Alexandra, finds her life becoming much more exciting, and much more dangerous, after she meets her new year-six teacher: Mr. Underwood. Mr. Underwood was very different from all the other teachers at Wigpowder-Steele Academy because he teaches fencing in PE, gives detention for the misuse of “I” and “me”, and is an Intelligent human being. He is also followed by pirates. Of course the addition of any pirates would make Mr. Underwood much more Interesting, but since they are not just any pirates, but pirates from the most feared ship on the seas, the Ironic Gentleman, “much” has just been upgraded to “infinitely”. Now, the Ironic Gentleman is captained by a Person of Interest, the mysterious Captain Steele. Yes. Steele. As in Wigpowder-Steele. And that is Important. You see a very long time ago, there was a very famous (and very Infamous) pirate by the name of Wigpowder. On his many adventures, he became very rich, and when he died his will contained explicit instructions as to how his money was to be divided. Half was to be donated to the city to be used in the establishing of a quality institution for the education of youngsters: the Wigpowder-Steele Academy. The other half was to be given to his oldest son when he came of age. Pirates are rather notoriously untrusting. This is especially true when it comes to money. Therefore, it follows that pirates are not in the habit of using banks, and tend to prefer burying their treasure in obscure locations. And of course, Wigpowder was a Pirate. So there was only one thing to do. Before he died, he made Alistair Steele the executor of his will. You see, Alistair Steele was not only the most wealthy man in town, he was also a Philanthropist. This combination made him the perfect man for the job. So Alistair was given the Wigpowder Treasure Map and he retrieved half of the money and started the school. The other half was left safely behind so that when the eldest Wigpowder came of age, it would be waiting for him.

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Of course, while the treasure was waiting patiently to be claimed, Alistair Steele died. The map was then left in the hands of his wife, and while Alistair was exceedingly Trustworthy, she was Not. She kept the map hidden until her son would be able to make the trip and claim the treasure. Thus when Wigpowder’s son came to claim his inheritance, he was rather rudely rebuffed and in a rage he challenged the young Steele to a duel. Unfortunately, he did not consider the fact that neither of them were particularly talented in the art of fighting duels, and so when the time came, they both killed each other. Now, in true ladylike fashion, Alistair’s wife died from grief right on the spot. Remember when I said that Steele’s wife kept the map hidden? Well Hidden it remained, and even though no one knew where the map was, from that point on the Wigpowders and the Steeles fought over who had the right to claim the treasure. The feud reached such a point that both families were kicked out of town, and have been enemies ever since. This of course leads us right back to Captain Steele and the pirates. And the pirates are following Mr. Underwood. Mr. Underwood, who as it turns out, is the great-great-great-grandson of the pirate Wigpowder. On his mother’s side. So when Mr. Underwood is kidnapped, and Alex finds herself in possession of the Long Lost Wigpowder Treasure Map, of course the only thing to do is to hunt down the Ironic Gentleman and rescue him. Adrienne Kress had me captivated in this wonderfully quirky novel, where the villains range from blood-thirsty pirates to little old ladies, and a talking refrigerator saves the day. A light-hearted story that will keep all ages engaged, but will also keep you thinking. Right and wrong are debated without shoving morality down your throat. Lessons are learned with laughter, and in the end WaterWings prevail.

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 chatrooms

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SCHOOL LIBRARY ADVISORY COMMITTEE UPDATE BY CAROL FOWLER Happy New Year Everyone! The Alberta Education School Library Advisory Committee is anxiously awaiting news from the School Resource Manager Judith Sykes as to the status of the new school library policy as the Advisory Committee has not met in person since late last year. What I can report is: The four sub-committees and the Alberta Government Inter-Branch Committee have been meeting regularly. The members of the subcommittees have been working on and submitting various strategies to Alberta Education and Judith Sykes to implement various the new School Library Policy. The proposed policy has been submitted to Minister Dave Hancock for approval. It is hoped that approval would be granted early enough in order that the new policy will be included in Alberta Education’s Guide to Education for the 2011-2012 school year, therefore beginning the implementation process in Alberta schools. Judith Sykes has accepted an invitation to speak at the AALT conference in Edmonton on Friday May 27. The conference venue is the Mayfield Inn. More details will be forthcoming on the AALT conference website. Judith will also be presenting at the Library Association of Alberta Conference in late April in Jasper as well as other conferences throughout the province. Members of the Advisory Committee have been asked to keep April 20th open for a possible meeting. Any questions, concerns, or comments about the committee and its work can be emailed to : schoolcommittee@aalt.org.

AALT Professional Development Bursary Interested in taking a professional development course or attending the AALT annual conference but are wondering whether or not you can afford it? Apply for the AALT Professional Development Bursary! Open to AALT personal members who are graduates of a recognized library program or LIT / LOA students. Deadline for applying March 31, 2011.

For bursary details: http://www.aalt.org/forms/PDBursary.pdf

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WINTER WORDSWORTH: INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION OF ALBERTA WRITERS

BY TRACY BELSHER, writing paranormal young adult fiction as Judith Graves

February 4-6th, 2011 saw me spending an entire weekend at Winter WordsWorth, a sleepover camp for teens located at Kamp Kiwanis in Bragg Creek and offered by the Young Alberta Book Society (YABS: http://www.yabs.ab.ca). Our backdrop - a wintry forest with snow-covered mountains in the distance. I was hired as one of two main writing instructors, the other being Calgary professor and poet, Owen Percy. Over the course of the weekend, young writers were completely submerged in their fictitious worlds and challenged to attack their projects with newfound creativity. My workshops were a mix of writing prompts/drama and improv/music/graphic organizers/video clips and peer evaluation. While that sounds DEADucational and possibly dull – they were a scream, seriously. I loved that the camp theme this year related to my genre, young adult paranormal fiction - a perfect setup for my workshops which took writers on a horrific journey on how to write to die for fiction, including the terrifying realms of character development and revision. Well, that was the plan anyway. As a teen, I would have loved this camp, but perhaps wouldn’t have had the confidence to attend and take a risk like this. Putting myself and my writing out there. So, not only were the kids talented, but brave and self-aware – from first times and seasoned attendees with up to six camps under their belts. And you know it’s good when they come back for more. I know I can’t wait for next year. As a library technician, as well as YA author, I promoted the camp as much as I could. Emailed the flyer and website link to the other libraries in my district, and talked it up at all of my author events. Library staff can be instrumental in forwarding information about such programs on to teachers, students and other libraries. I asked Lisa Murphy-Lamb, WordsWorth director, for some background on the program: How long has YABS been running WordsWorth? Summer 2011 will mark YABS’ third year as WordsWorth host, but the winter program has been running for five years under the YABS umbrella.

Who are some of the previous authors/instructors? One of the great things about WordsWorth is its multi-disciplinary approach to literacy and learning. Our instructor roster is ever evolving, and encompasses a variety of experience and talent. Previous instructors include:

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 Tololwa Mollel, storyteller,  Faye Reineberg Holt, Photojournalism,  Shirlee Smith Matheson-Creative nonfiction,  Kim Firmston Speculative Fiction,  Diane Guichon Poetry,  Jacqueline Guest Fiction critique,  Margaret Macpherson fiction,  Mark Kozub Journalism,  Barbara North, Comedy,  Fif Fernandez Clowning,  Barb Howard fiction,  Joan Dixon nonfiction,  Bob Jahrig songwriting,  Jason Long scriptwriting,  Carolyn Pogue social activism,  David Poulson Fiction  David Wilson Breath and sound,  Donovan Workun improv,  Sheri D Wilson Spoken Word  Brendan Macleod fiction/spoken word,  Joan Galat, nonfiction,  Trevor Nugent Smith, drumming,  Roger Garcia art  Owen Percy Poetry

Have any students gone on to be published? Do you keep track? Many of the students come to us already published in various literary journals, student publications and previous collections. Many participate yearly in NaNo and CBC's Three Day Novel Contest and have novels completed or nearly completed. They, like all writers, strive to find the balance of school work, teen life and writing. We haven’t kept track in the past, but as we look at expanding WordsWorth beyond the camp, this will be something we will focus on. AALT Technician

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How do your summer programs differ from Winter WordsWorth and do you have a winter program each year? WinterWordsWorth traditionally has been run in Edmonton but this year we decided to head back to Kamp Kiwanis, outside the hamlet of Bragg Creek Alberta, our summer location. The Winter session is a short taste of the WordsWorth experience. We typically hire two artist-instructors and all young writers attend those courses without option. In the summer, the young writers have a choice of three classes per time slot, which, once chosen, they attend for the entire week while at camp. In the winter, there are two courses during the day and another one at night. In the summer we have offered four classes during the day and a less formal session at night, often run by the talented supervisors. What both summer and winter sessions have in common is we make use of the incredible woodsy setting of Kamp Kiwanis, including the pool for rousing games of Death Polo in the summer, and high energy performances, dances, and cafe nights in the evenings. Many of the participants are also musical and so our evenings are spent singing to guitar and piano accompaniment both inside and around the campfire. One night we bring in a DJ and dance the night away, another night we bring in a band. The Fugitives have come back for many years and are a WordsWorth favourite. We have also had performances by The Pity Dates and Mercury Audio, both local indie bands. Another cool feature for both camps is our bedtime story time which is read just before lights out by one of the authors to the campers who come to listen with pillows and blankets and dressed ready for bed.

Is there a Library Technician that you know of who has made a major contribution to the library field in Alberta?

Nominate them for AALT's Library Technician Award of Excellence

Open to students and graduates of a recognized Library Technician program. Current AALT Board members & Awards Committee members are ineligible. Nominations accepted until March 31, 2011.

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Webteam Director Any Liu with Past President Kim Martin - hanging out at WEM!

Marketing Director Melanie Belliveau and Membership Director Sarah Stephens

Member-At-Large Director Lynda Shurko manning the registration desk for the AALT Financial Planning seminar on Jan 15th.

Bruno Mercier presenting his Financial Planning seminar with Fran Armstrong, Margaret Clarke, and Anick Lavictoire in attendance

BOARD MEETING HIGHLIGHTS & GROUP REPORTS

AVAILABLE ONLINE

Board Meeting Highlights & Group reports (Administration Group, Professional Development Group, Communications Group), will be available on the AALT website under the Members Only page http://www.aalt.org/members/index.html

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS AALT Board of Directors 2010- 2011 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

President Allison Stewart president@aalt.org

Member-At-Large Lynda Shurko member-at-large@aalt.org

President-Elect Kirsten Livingstone president-elect@aalt.org DIRECTORS

Conference Erin Storey & Kristian McInnis conference@aalt.org

Secretary Becky Deobald secretary@aalt.org

Journal Editors Rea Gosine & Joanne Shum journal@aalt.org

Treasurer Nicole D’Agnone treasurer@aalt.org

Marketing Melanie Belliveau marketing@aalt.org

Web Site Any Liu webteam@aalt.org

Membership Sarah Stephens membership@aalt.org BOARD APPOINTEE

Dianne Guidera board-appointee@aalt.org STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES

Grant MacEwan Nadean Mercier gmu-student@aalt.org

SAIT Herald Wong & Naomi Angell sait-student@aalt.org ALBERTA ASSOCIATION OF LIBRARY TECHNICIANS P.O. Box 700, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2L4 www.aalt.org


CALENDAR OF EVENTS... March

April

AALT Conference 2011

May

June

May 7 AALT Board Meeting

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Red Deer

Early Bird Registration opens! www.aalt.org/ conference March 26 AALT Board Meeting Red Deer

The AALT Board of Directors is seeking any ideas, comments, and suggestions regarding methods for offering professional development opportunities. Please send your comments to the Professional Development Group Chair at member-atlarge@aalt.org.

April 15 AALT Technician Spring Issue submission deadline. Enter now for your chance at great prizes!

March 31

April 28 - May 1

Deadline for AALT Awards, Conference Bursary and Professional Development Bursary

Alberta Library Conference

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May 26-29 AALT Conference 2011 Mayfield Inn Edmonton AB

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Future Dates To Make Note Of... May 26-29, 2011 - AALT Conference 2011 - Mayfield Inn, Edmonton AB. Get Connected! May 25 - 28, 2011 - CLA Conference 2011 - The World Trade & Convention Centre, Halifax NS

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AALT Technician: the Journal of AALT  

Volume 38, Number 1, Winter 2011

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