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

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Faces of AALT #4: AALT Conference Co-Chair Marcia Holmes

Hello AALT!

Today we are pleased to announce the fourth post in a new series here on the AALT Technician, Faces of AALT! Faces of AALT is a great way to learn about different kinds of library technician work and about your co-members across the province. We are starting by featuring our 2016-17 board members, but soon we will be turning it over to regular members. If you would like to be featured please email journal@aalt.org 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: Marcia Holmes, AALT Conference Co-Chair



AALT Technician: What is your professional background?
Marcia Holmes: I graduated from MacEwan in 1991 with my LIT diploma.

AT: Where do you work and what are your responsibilities?
MH: I have worked at the Portage College Library for almost 25 years. I started as a cataloguing technician in 1992, became the coordinator of the Technical Services Unit about 10 years later, and am now Supervisor, Library Services. My duties include: Coordination and management of library services, staff, resources and budget for both branches; system administrator of the library management system; collection development and cataloguing/metadata functions.

AT: What made you want to work in the library and information field?
MH: I’ve always loved books and reading, and from an early age I spent a lot of time in my local public library. When I was deciding on becoming a library technician, I went to MacEwan and talked to Tony Fell, who was the program head at the time. His passion and enthusiasm was contagious and I was even more convinced that this was the right program for me. It’s almost 26 years later, and I believe becoming a library technician was one of the best decisions I have ever made!

AT:What is the most awesome part of your job?
MH: I feel very fortunate, as my job is both interesting and challenging. I feel like I learn something new everyday. The fact that I still get to do some cataloguing (which were my favourite courses in library school) makes me happy!

AT: What advice would you give to someone looking to becoming a library technician?
MH: If you are still undecided, spend some time meeting with the program staff, talking to other library technicians and students, to see if it’s right for you.

AT: What are the last books you read?
MH: Right now, I’m reading the Outlander series. I am currently reading Voyager and I just finished reading Dragonfly in Amber.

AT: But libraries aren’t just books! What is your current favourite movie/show/music?
I love time travel stories. Currently, my favourite time travel tv show is 12 monkeys

AT: What do you like to do outside of work?
MH: I love to read, watch TV, and do jigsaw puzzles.

AT: What is your favourite place to travel/a memorable trip?
MH: My most memorable trip was the two barefoot cruises I did a few years ago. These were on large sailboats and I got to go to places that you can only get to by boat and can’t accommodate the big cruise ships, so I got to see some amazing places. One of them was Norman Island in the British Virgin Islands. This island is believed to have inspired Robert Louis Stevenson to write Treasure Island, and there is documented history that pirate treasure was buried somewhere on the island!

Thank you, Marcia!

Monday, 14 November 2016

Faces of AALT #3: AALT Administrative Services Director Lynda Shurko

Hello AALT!

Today we are pleased to announce the third post in a new series here on the AALT Technician, Faces of AALT! Faces of AALT is a great way to learn about different kinds of library technician work and about your co-members across the province. We are starting by featuring our 2016-17 board members, but soon we will be turning it over to regular members. If you would like to be featured please email journal@aalt.org 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: Lynda Shurko, Administrative Services Director


AALT Technician: What is your professional background?
Lynda Shurko: My education includes going to Victoria Composite High School where I graduated from Grade 12. I then attended Grant MacEwan were I received my Library Technician diploma. After receiving my diploma I accepted a job at the Edmonton Public School Board after two years there I accepted a position as Serials Library Technician at the Legislature Library.

AT: Where do you work and what are your responsibilities?
LS: I presently work at the Legislature Library and am presently working on providing metadata to the photograph collection we have.

AT: What made you want to work in the library and information field?
LS: I have always loved to read so I thought working in a library would be great.  When I was in High School I volunteered to work in one of the libraries we had.  Once I graduated I thought I would like to be a librarian so started attending University.  Discovered that was not my calling so went to Grant MacEwan. I felt comfortable doing this type of job. I am a more hands on type of person; administrative work really did not work.

AT: What is the most awesome part of your job?
LS: Right now doing metadata entry is exciting as I try to identify people in the photographs.  Being employed at the Legislature Library for so long, my historical knowledge comes in handy.

AT: What advice would you give to someone looking to becoming a library technician?
LS: For someone looking to becoming a library technician, the advice I would give is you will be assisting the librarian in whatever library you get employed at. You will be part of a team, and each member of the team is working to make the library a great place for people who come to 
your library.

AT: What is the last book(s) you read?
LS: The last book I read was Betty Broderick: Telling on myself

AT: But libraries aren’t just books! What is your current favourite movie/show/music?
LS: I like watching Romance/Comedies so I like moves like Bridget Jones and I am looking forward to watching Bridget Jones’ Baby. I am a Colin Firth fan. I also like movies with Hugh Grant, Tom Hanks, and Sandra Bullock in them.

AT: What do you like to do outside of work?
LS: What I like to do outside of work is to knit, crochet, cross-stitch, work on genealogy and read in my nice library chair that is in my library.

AT: What is your favourite place to travel/a memorable trip?
LS: I recently came back from visiting the Maritimes, which I fell in love with.  I have an affinity for water so it was nice to be close to the ocean.  Hope to go to the other provinces Labrador and Newfoundland next just to say I have been to the Maritimes.

Thank you, Lynda!







Saturday, 5 November 2016

Faces of AALT #2: AALT President Elect Theresa Remtulla

Hello AALT!

Today we are pleased to announce the second post in a new series here on the AALT Technician, Faces of AALT! Faces of AALT is a great way to learn about different kinds of library technician work and about your co-members across the province. We are starting by featuring our 2016-17 board members, but soon we will be turning it over to regular members. If you would like to be featured please email journal@aalt.org 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: Theresa Remtulla, AALT President Elect


AALT Technician: What is your professional background?
Theresa Remtulla: I started working in the North Kamloops Public Library shelving materials and working at the circulation desk in 1992. I really enjoyed working in libraries so I decided to go to library school in 1998 and graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley with a diploma in Library and Information Technology. After graduating, I gained experience as a library technician by working at the Department of Education and Training Library (Manitoba), Red River College and working for the District Resource Centre (Vernon) library which was school library that served teachers throughout the Vernon school district. In 2002, I moved to Calgary for a position at Mount Royal University Library. I have worked in Access Services, Technical Services and I am currently working as an Information Assistant, Archives and Special Collections.

AT: Where do you work and what are your responsibilities?
TR: I work for Mount Royal University Library. I currently hold an acting appointment as Information Assistant, Archives and Special Collections. I am responsible for providing information and research support services to students, staff and faculty at MRU as well as in the library Archives. My position involves providing public services to the students, staff and faculty at MRU but I also work within the library archives, providing information services, creating finding aids and helping to organize and get the Archives ready for the move to our new library building next year!

AT: What made you want to work in the library and information field?
TR: I really enjoyed reading as a young child and frequently visited our local public library. I started working in libraries because a public library employee noticed my love for books and she encouraged me to apply for a job as a page shelving books.

AT: What is the most awesome part of your job?
TR: The most awesome part of my job is when I help a student to find something that they are looking for in our library. I really enjoy the customer service aspect of my current position in my library!

AT: What advice would you give to someone looking to becoming a library technician?
TR: The advice that I would give to someone who is looking to become a library technician is to volunteer, get involved in a library that you love, take an introductory library course, become an library association member, and/or continue to study and upgrade your skills. Libraries are constantly changing so it is important to continue to learn!

AT: What is the last book(s) you read?
TR: Holes by Louis Sachar 

AT: What do you like to do outside of work?
TR: Outside of work, I love spending time with my husband and two children. I enjoy exercising in my spare time. I practice yoga, spinning and lift weights.

AT: What is your favorite place to travel/a memorable trip?
TR: My favorite place to travel is to Mexico. My family love to eat, snorkel, swim and walk on the beautiful beaches!

Thank you, Theresa!






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 journal@aalt.org 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 conference@aalt.org
Submission deadline is October 30, 2016.