Summer/Fall News & Notes

30 May 2013

The Summer/Fall issue of News & Notes is now available. Download the current issue or read it online. There will not be a separate fall issue this year, the next newsletter will be published in November. Please submit any photos, stories and/or ideas to Previous issues are available here.

Excellence in Library Service Awards

14 May 2013

Do you know a school or public librarian that is doing an amazing job? Have they had an impact in your life, or the life of a family member? Do they continue to surprise you with innovative and fun activities at the library? Do you want the librarian to be recognized for their excellent service?

As part of its commitment to encourage excellence in library service in the Peace region, Peace Library System annually presents two library staff members – one in public library service and one in school library service – with an Excellence in Library Service Award. Formerly known as the Excellence in Librarianship Awards, the name has been changed to reflect and emphasize the importance of libraries serving their communities and/or schools.

The call for nominations for the 19th annual Excellence in Library Service Awards is now open.  The awards are available only to library staff working for public libraries that are members of Peace Library System or school libraries that contract with Peace Library System.  The nominee must be an employee of the library at the time of nomination.   Nominations for the public library award are accepted from System member library staff, board members, or members of the public. Nominations for the school library award are accepted from school or district administrators, teachers, parents, or peers. The deadline for nomination submissions is June 30, 2013.

Once all submissions have been received, the nominations will be sent to an independent jury for review and to select the recipient(s). An award is not necessarily given in each category each year. The award(s) will be presented at the Rural Libraries Conference on September 26, 2013 in Grande Prairie. Each award consists of a framed certificate and financial assistance to attend the Alberta Library Conference, the Rural Libraries Conference, or another conference of one’s choice.
For more information, or to download the nomination packages, please visit Excellence Awards. You can also view our member public library directory and member school library directory.

Spring 2013 News & Notes

20 March 2013

The spring 2013 issue of News & Notes is now available. If you would like to submit photos, news or ideas for the summer issue (May), please email

Library Board Basics Workshop

11 March 2013

The Public Library Services Branch (PLSB) invites you to attend their Library Board Basics Workshop.

It will be held Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Grande Prairie Public Library - 101, 9839-103 Avenue.

This workshop is open to all library trustees, library managers and library system staff. It is designed to help launch participants on a path to good public library service delivery by enhancing their knowledge of the Libraries Act and Regulation and other pertinent legislation. In particular, participants will understand: 

  • The Alberta library network in context
  • Library board roles, responsibilities and relationships
  • Other important issues such as finances and effectiveness.

In order to reserve your seat, please register with the PLSB before Friday, April 12, 2012. 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! Questions regarding the workshop may be directed to the Public Library Services Branch at 780-427-4871.

To register, complete the registration form and send it via mail, email or fax to:

PLSB Library Board Basics Workshop
803 Standard Life Centre
10405 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5J 4R7
fax: 780-415-8594

Grande Prairie Library Board Basics Workshop Registration Form

Quick Links

09 January 2013

For your convenience, here are some Quick Links to help you until we get more settled with our new website: