New: International Collection

15 August 2013

The Alberta Multilingual Book Collection (AMBC) inherited from Parkland Regional Library, and which was previously referred to as World Languages, has been renamed the International Collection

The International Collection is owned by Peace Library System and is housed at the Grande Prairie Public Library as part of our Resource Sharing Contract with them.  Grande Prairie Public Library has agreed to manage and circulate the International Collection blocks on behalf of Peace Library System libraries.
 
Learn more about the International Collection, including a list of holdings and an explanation of borrowing procedures.

Updated: TRAC Operational Guidelines

15 August 2013

Earlier in July, the TRAC Directors made a quick decision to revise the TRAC Operational Guidelines to reflect the recent change to the Canada Post Library Book Rate, which now permits the mailing of A/V items at the reduced postage rate.
 
Please replace your old TRAC Operational Guidelines with the updated version.
 
The sections affected by the change are: 

  • Page 2 under the heading Operational Guidelines for Materials > Delivery: the old bullet (a) “The Library Book Rate may not be used to mail non-print items” has been removed.
     
  • We encourage PLS libraries to continue using Government Courier or the system van run to deliver A/V as much as possible in order to protect the PLS postage reimbursement budget, please.  However, PLS Mail Only libraries should feel free to send out A/V materials promptly now, using the Shipping Tool--rather than waiting until a box of A/V has accumulated to send out using parcel rate, as was done in the past.
     
  • On Page 9 (under Resource Sharing Principles), the last sentence “As well, since Canada’s Library Book Rate does not apply to audiovisual materials, etc…..” has also been removed.  The new last sentence simply states, “Due to the fragile nature of audiovisual materials, special care is required during the resource sharing process.”

Updated: Directory of Public Libraries

10 July 2013

The Public Libraries Services Branch has published the latest version of the Directory of Public Libraries (July 2013). Please be sure download it, bookmark it or print it off so you have it on hand.

Potential TAL Service Interruption

23 June 2013

The new date for the TAL server update is Tuesday, June 25. Please inform your staff that during the server update they may experience service interruptions to:

  • TAL Online
  • EZproxy
  • TAL website
  • Listservs hosted by TAL

If problems continue on June 26 please contact support@thealbertalibrary.ab.ca.

Bill C-321 Receives Royal Assent

20 June 2013

On June 19, 2013, Bill C-321, An Act to amend the Canada Post Corporation Act (library materials), received Royal Assent. This means that the Library Book Rate is now officially law, and will incorporate CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays and other audiovisual materials.

More information for member libraries regarding these changes will be sent by the end of the week.

In the meantime, read the Canadian Library Association's media release announcing this fantastic news!