re: Alberta Library Conference 2014
On Saturday, February 9, 2013, members of the ALTA and LAA boards and the ALC Planning Committee met in Lacombe to discuss the future of the Alberta Library Conference. In attendance were Dwight Nagel (President), Sherrill Johnson and Don Podlubny from ALTA, Diane Clark (President) and Lisa Hardy from LAA, and Anne Carr-Wiggin from the ALC Planning Committee. We are pleased to inform you that both associations have agreed that the best outcome is that the Alberta Library Conference continue as a partnership between LAA and ALTA to represent the entire library community of Alberta.
Both ALTA and LAA recognize that for the Conference to continue to be successful and provide developmental, social and strategic opportunities for the entire Alberta Library community, a good partnership and sound planning process is important. At the meeting on February 9, both boards agreed that, beginning with planning for the 2014 conference, the ALC Committee will take on a new structure that leverages the strengths each organization brings to the Conference. The Alberta Library Conference will be planned and hosted in partnership by LAA and ALTA. Within the new structure , the logistical and administrative planning responsibilities will be coordinated by the ALC Committee which will be chaired by LAA. An appointed ALTA member will advise the Committee on trustee education and content and act as Program Co-Chair with the LAA Past President. ALTA will continue to have a visible role at the conference as a Conference Partner and to conduct the valuable advocacy work that is their mandate. Member rates will continue to be available to both LAA and ALTA members.
ALTA and LAA would like to thank the Parkland Regional Library System for hosting the February 9 meeting at their headquarters, and Anne Carr-Wiggin for participating on behalf of the ALC Planning Committtee . Additional thanks goes to the Public Library Services Branch and members of both associations who provided feedback and engaged in the discussion. We look forward to seeing you at ALC 2013 in Jasper.
Diane Clark, President LAA Dwight Nagel, President ALTA
Notes from the Feb. 9th meeting are available for review here.