New eResources: Cantook Station and Consumer Reports!

17 February 2017

This week the Read Alberta eBooks project launches on library websites across the province. Alberta Municipal Affairs’ Public Library Services Branch (PLSB) has partnered with the Book Publishers Association of Alberta to make over 1,000 Alberta-published eBooks available to readers across the province. he largest of its kind in Canada, the collection represents 24 Alberta publishers.

These eBooks can now be borrowed through the Cantook Station platform; to visit, click here

We are also pleased to announce the launch of Consumer Reports. Consumer Reports is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping consumers make informed choices about products, services, and safety. They put over 4000 products through rigorous testing each year.

You can now access Consumer Reports with your library card! To visit, click here.

Read Alberta Books Travelling Displays - New Blocks!

05 December 2016

Peace Library System is pleased to offer two new blocks of books to add to the Read Alberta Books Travelling Displays. Blocks 5 & 6 feature 2016 nominees and winners from the WGA’s Alberta Literary Awards and the BPAA’s Alberta Book Publishing Awards. A total of 41 books were donated to Peace Library System, and were split into two blocks of 20 and 21 titles each.

Each of these new blocks can be borrowed for three months for your library's patrons to enjoy before it must be sent back to Peace Library System.

To read more about the Read Alberta Books Travelling Displays, visit http://www.peacelibrarysystem.ab.ca/ab-books.

CFLA Website Launched

26 August 2016

The website for the CFLA-FCAB has now been launched!

The CFLA, or the Canadian Federation of Library Associations/Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques, is the new national, bilingual voice of Canada’s library communities, replacing the former CLA or Canadian Library Association. The Federation is an association of associations, with membership from library associations across Canada. Their mandate is to advance library excellence in Canada; champion library values and the value of libraries; and influence national and international public policy impacting libraries and their communities.

Visit their website at cfla-fcab.ca, and see what they've been up to lately in their August 2016 update.

Rural Libraries Conference Registration Now Open!

06 June 2016

Registration for this year's Rural Libraries Conference is now open! 

This year's theme will be "Leading from the Library" with keynote speakers Kathy Archer and Megan Hartline. More details about sessions and speakers can be found at the conference website, www.rurallibrariesconference.com, where an online registration form is also available.

Please contact Conference Coordinator Emma Stewart at estewart@peacelibrarysystem.ab.ca with any questions!

Upcoming Board Basics Workshop in Grande Prairie

18 April 2016

The Public Library Services Branch invites you to attend the Library Board Basics Workshop to be held Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Grande Prairie Public Library.

This workshop is open to all library trustees, library managers and library system staff. It is designed to help participants support effective public library service in their communities and regions. In particular, participants will understand:

  • Libraries Act and Regulations and other pertinent legislation.
  • The Alberta public library network.
  • Library board roles, responsibilities and relationships.
  • Other important issues such as finances and effectiveness.

In order to reserve your seat, please register before Friday, May 9, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. There is no fee for the workshop. Participants will receive a workbook and other support materials, snacks, and lunch. Other meals, travel, and any required accommodation will be the participant’s responsibility. Come prepared to ask lots of questions, become informed, meet colleagues from across the province and have FUN! 

If you wish to attend, please complete the electronic registration form, which can be found here.

If you have any questions please contact the branch toll free at 310-0000 and then 780-427-4871 or email at libraries@gov.ab.ca.