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

Monday, 12 September 2016

Faces of AALT #1: AALT President Karen Hildebrandt

Hello AALT, 

Today we are pleased to announce the first post in a new series here on the AALT Technician, Faces of AALT! It is a short interview series that will highlight some of our amazing members. It will be great way to learn about different kinds of library technician work and about your co-members across the province. 

We will begin by featuring our 2016-17 board members, but soon we will be turning it over to regular members. If you would like to be featured please email for more information.

I look forward to seeing all of you on Faces of AALT soon!

Amy Southgate 
AALT Communications Services Director 2016-17

Faces of AALT: Karen Hildebrandt, AALT President

AALT Technician: What is your professional background? 
Karen Hildebrandt: I received my LIT diploma from MacEwan in 1998 and my Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration degree from MacEwan in 2009.

AT: Where do you work and what are your responsibilities?
KH: I'm the Assistant Director,  Library Services at Concordia University of Edmonton. I oversee Circulation Services including supervising permanent and contract staff, set library hours, oversee some budget areas, maintain the room booking calendars, sit on the NEOS Access Services Committee and work on special projects related to improving services and user access.  

AT: What made you want to work in the library and information field? KH: My interest in libraries goes back to Grade 3 when I first started working in my elementary school library during recesses and lunch breaks. 

AT: What is the most awesome part of your job?
KH: Getting to make a difference in someone's life. 

AT: What advice would you give to someone looking to becoming a library technician?
KH: Learn as much as you can, be prepared to experience a lot of change, be flexible and be willing to go outside of your comfort zone. 

AT: What is your favorite book/ book that had a strong impact on you?
KH: Girl of the Limberlost. It was from my childhood but the main character showed resilience and remained caring inspite of her circumstances. 

AT: What book do you hate/ which is most overrated? 
KH: DaVinci Code. Not well written at all. 

AT: What do you like to do outside of work? 
KH: Hang out with my husband and family and keep in touch with my circle of friends. 

AT: What is your favorite place to travel/a memorable trip?  
KH: Favorite place is somewhere warm when we're in the midst of winter. Most memorable trip would be when my husband and I went to Australia,  New Zealand, and the Cook Islands in 2006. 

Thank you, Karen!

Saturday, 27 August 2016

43 Annual AALT Conference - Call for speakers

The AALT Board of Directors and Conference Co-Chairs, Marcia Holmes & Melanie Belliveau, are pleased to announce the 43rd Annual AALT Conference!

The 43rd annual Alberta Association of Library Technicians Conference will be held in beautiful Banff, Alberta from April 20-23, 2017 at the Banff Park Lodge Resort & Conference Centre.
The 2017 theme, "Bringing It All Together", expresses the idea that library technicians/ library personnel use various concepts, tools, and resources with a focus on collaboration, creativity and communication, not only to fulfill their duties as technicians but also in their daily lives.

We are interested in session proposals that address this theme and are of interest to one or more of the following types of libraries (academic, special, public, or school.) Author talks and those that cover health and wellness and other topics of interest will also be considered.

Sessions are 45 or 60 minutes in length.

Please submit proposals through the Speaker Form

If you have any questions about submitting a proposal, please contact
Submission deadline is October 30, 2016.

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
I realize that seems a bit odd to say at this time of year, but with the new AALT Board year just underway it seems very appropriate.
This is a year of building on the changes the previous Board started this past year. It’s also our first year under the new governance structure so please bear with us as we adjust to the dual roles that some of our Board Members now have.
Theresa, Lynda, Amy, Christy and I had our first Board meeting on June 18 and I want to say that it was AWESOME!!!  I left the meeting excited that I get to work with this great team!
I’m happy to announce that Marcia Holmes and Melanie Belliveau are the AALT 2017 Conference Co-Chairs and they’ve hit the floor at a run negotiating a conference venue and date.
The Member-At-Large Board position is still vacant so if you’d be interested in being the Board Liaison with the Conference Committee, please contact me at

Karen Hildebrandt, President AALT 2016-2017

Sunday, 15 May 2016

AATL 2016 Wrap Up

AALT 2016 came to a light-hearted conclusion with a presentation and reading by author/library technician Glenda Goertzen. She touched on the confluences between writing and library work, including cataloguing her own book. Glenda closed her talk by treating delegates to a reading from her upcoming book.

My compliments to conference co-Chairs Janis Rapchuk, Pablo Zanetta and Danica Dixon for bringing together a great conference. My thanks also to the Conference Committee (Chris Savage, Melanie Belliveau, Brenda Gee, Kathleen Johnston) and all the SAIT Library Information Technology students and faculty who volunteered to help out before and during the conference.

Over the course of the conference I heard several positive comments from delegates regarding the quality of sessions and keynotes. Also, many delegates appreciated being at SAIT during its centennial year and being in Heritage Hall, in particular.

Finally, if you attended AALT 2016, please be sure to complete the Conference Survey. As a past conference chair (twice), I can assure you that feedback to the survey really does guide planning for the next conference.

AALT 2016 Delegate's Survey

Glenda speaking at the AALT 2016 Sunday Brunch. 
Last of the door prizes being given away.