Board Essentials

ALTA Supports Inclusiveness

ALTA supports and encourages public libraries to welcome all individuals, regardless of heritage, education, beliefs, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental capabilities, or income.

Everyone is welcomed to participate in library programming and all populations should be actively considered and included when designing and marketing library programming.

Libraries understand that an acceptance of differences can place individual and collective values in conflict. Libraries are committed to tolerance and understanding. Libraries act to ensure that people can enjoy services free from any attempt by others to impose values, customs or beliefs.

(As adapted from CFLA and OLITA position statement on Diversity and Inclusion)

 "It is the responsibility of libraries to guarantee and facilitate access to   all expressions of knowledge and  intellectual activity, including those which some elements of society may consider to be unconventional,  unpopular, or unacceptable. To this end, libraries shall acquire and make available the widest variety of  materials...Libraries should resist  all efforts to limit the exercise of these responsibilities while recognizing the  right of  criticism by individuals and groups." - Canadian Library Association 

 "Under Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the fundamental freedoms of thought, belief and expression  allows every Canadian to explore different ideas, hear all sides of an issue and gather information to make well-  educated and informed decisions." - EPL Intellectual Freedom Brochure


ALTA Board Essentials:

ALTA Board Timeline/Meetings:

ALTA Board Meetings

  • every second month
  • run from 6:30pm – 8:30pm
  • do not meet over the summer months
  • usually teleconference call
  • packages are sent out one week prior to the meeting

  ALTA Board Committees All ALTA Board Directors choose to sit/chair one or more of the following Committees;

  • Operations
  • Advocacy
  • Education and Resources
  • Recognition and Awards (for trustees)

  Board Development Retreat

  • Annual Retreat in Red Deer in either June or October
  • Starts Friday night at 6:00 pm and ends Sunday at 1:00 pm
  • This is our only annual face to face retreat, other than the ALC

  Annual General Meeting/Alberta Library Conference

  • Held at the Alberta Library Conference
  • Usually the last Friday in April (or possibly the first week of May) on the afternoon
  • ALTA pays the expenses for both, the President and the Executive Director

ALTA Board Structure:

ALTA Board Structure


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