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April 29, 2011: Incoming Executive, PD Grant

The GELA Executive wishes to thank all those who came out to support the candidates and hear about what’s been happening with our organization over the last year. Here is your new 2011-12 GELA Executive:

President: Christina Hwang
Past-President: Soleil Surette
Vice-President/President-Elect: Jay Jorgensen
Secretary: Christy Alyea
Treasurer: David Sulz
Program Councillor: John Huck
Program Councillor: Naomi Begoray
Publicity Councillor: Debbie Feisst
Student Representative: Nadia Prystay

GELA extends best wishes and sincere thanks to the following outgoing executive members:

Merrill Kemp, who served as VP/President/Past-President
Jocelyn Badley, who served as Program Councillor
Camilla Fita, who served as Program Councillor
Deborah Hicks, who served as Treasurer.

CONGRATULATIONS to the winner of GELA’s PD Grant, Jennifer Hoyer, of the Edmonton Social Planning Council. Jennifer will be presenting at the 2011 CLA Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Jennifer’s presentation is entitled Immigrant Needs in Canada, and aims to address systemic barriers faced by immigrants when using library services.

April 21, 2011: AGM

GREATER EDMONTON LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
6:00 PM
Stanley Milner Library – Room 6-7
Edmonton Public Library

Please join us for GELA’s Annual General Meeting!

When: Wednesday, April 13th, 2011, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Rm 6-07 of the Stanley Milner (Main) branch of the Edmonton Public Library, Churchill Square
Perks: Vote for your Execs, PD Grant Award announcement, enjoy refreshments and catch up with others!

Voting for Your Execs:
The following people have put their name forward to serve on the GELA executive in 2011-12. If anyone else is interested in serving, there will be an opportunity to put your name forward at the AGM.

Vice-President/President Elect: Jay Jorgensen
Secretary: Christy Alyea
Treasurer: Amber McIver; Tara Stieglitz; David Sulz
Publicity Councilor: Debbie Feisst; Sarah Mead-Willis
Programme Councilor (2): Naomi Begoray; Stephanie Benger; John Huck

Your vote is needed! Plan to attend the AGM on April 13th. This is your chance to meet the new executive, renew your membership, and enjoy refreshments and connect with other GELA members!

The following information are here: (to save on paper, reports will *not* be available at the meeting)

Bios of the candidates
Proxy vote form (If you are unable to attend, please use the proxy form)
President’s Report
Treasurer’s Reports (2009-2010 audited and 2010-2011 unaudited finanical statements)
Meeting Agenda (2011) & Minutes (2010)

Hope to see you there!

Best,

Christina Hwang
GELA Vice-President
Chair, Nominating Committee

March 5, 2011: Recruiting for the 2011/2012 Executive

It’s that time again! The Greater Edmonton Library Association (GELA) is looking for individuals interested in running for the Executive.  If you are interested in one of the following positions: Vice-President (3 year commitment), Secretary, Treasurer, Publicity Councillor, and 2 Program Councillors, send me a short bio (200 words) by March 14th and let me know which position you are interested in.  Details on the specific duties of these positions can be found in the updated GELA handbook on the GELA (www.gela.ca) website. New this year is that all positions (excepting VP) are for a 2 year term.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Christina Hwang
GELA Vice-President

January 23, 2011: Prof. Development Grant

The Greater Edmonton Library Association (GELA) invites applications for its annual Professional Development Grant. Each year GELA awards $300 to a GELA member (or members) to attend library-related conferences, workshops, seminars, or lectures.

Application deadline is Monday, February 28, 2011.

The grant will be awarded at GELA’s annual general meeting which will be held in April 2011.

Completed applications (form) may be mailed to: Awards Committee, Greater Edmonton Library Association, Box 11929, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3L1 or e-mailed to gela.

If you are not a current GELA member, please submit your membership form with your PD Grant application or indicate your intention to join/renew on your e-mailed submission. Membership forms are available here.

December 13, 2010: GELA’s own Women’s Prison and Reintegration Committee is getting national attention!

http://www.senatorgrantmitchell.ca/speeches/12600.aspx

http://communities.canada.com/vancouversun/blogs/politics/archive/2010/12/13/senator-makes-a-pitch-for-women-s-prison-libraries.aspx

Read the full speech here:
http://www.senatorgrantmitchell.ca/speeches/12600.aspx

GELA Women’s Prison Library & Reintegration Project:

http://gelaprison.wordpress.com

December 11, 2010: GELA Christmas Brunch

On Saturday, December 11, 2010, The Greater Edmonton Library Association is excited to host Jocelyn Brown as guest speaker at the GELA Christmas brunch.
What: GELA Christmas Brunch

Who: Jocelyn Brown, Canadian Authors Association’s writer-in-residence and author of The Mitochondrial Curiosities of Marcels 1 to 19

Where: Petroleum Club

When: Saturday, December 11th, 2010 from 11am-1pm
Buy your tickets before Dec 9th and get a discount: $35 for members, $40 for non-members, $55 for a membership and brunch ticket

Tickets purchased on December 11th: $40 for members, $45 for non-members, $65 for a membership and brunch ticket

RSVPs must be received before December 9th, 2010

Jocelyn will be talking about why Edmonton is an ideal setting for fiction and has promised to make use of some of her famous sock puppets!

www.chbooks.com/catalogue/mitochondrial-curiosities-marcels-1-19

Please note that 2011 individual membership dues will be $25.

November 17, 2010: Professional Development Workshop

Let thy speech be better than silence, or be silent. (Dionysius the Elder)

Glossophobia is the fear of public speaking, something that all of us experience to some extent. Public speaking, however, has become an essential part of many jobs. This workshop will talk about how to prepare and present a professional speech, and feel comfortable doing it. It will focus on practical tips to help you speak with confidence and ease.

Time: Wednesday, November 17, 6-7:30pm

Where: University of Alberta, Cameron Library, 4th Floor Classroom

Presenter: Margaret Law

Cost: Free for GELA members, $10 for non-members

October 11, 2010: Congratulations to the Prison Library and Reintegration Committee for a fabulously successful Pub Night!

Thank-you to LISAA for so generously co-sponsoring this event.

October 8, 2010: GELA/LISAA Pub Night

Join GELA, Library and Information Studies Alumni Association (LISAA) (http://lisaa.ca/), and the Prison Library and Reintegration Committee (http://gelaprison.wordpress.com/) for an fun evening of friends, drinks, food and prizes as they host the first Pub Night fundraiser for the Prison Library and Reintegration Committee’s work. Come network, make new friends and support a great cause.

Beers Beyond Bars

Please join us for this exciting fundraiser, held to support the work of GELA’s Prison Library and Reintegration Committee.

Tickets are $10 and include a free drink before 10pm.

When: Friday, October 8th 2010 from 6-10 pm (raffle draw at 9pm)

Where: Ceili’s Irish Pub – 10338 109 St NW

What: Raffles (art, restaurant and golf prizes)

Why: Meet other information professionals, and find out more about GELA, LISAA and the Prison Library and Reintegration committee.

While we encourage you to reserve advance tickets by emailing Tara (tforman@ualberta.ca), a limited supply will be available for purchase at the door.

May 5, 2010: Congratulations, Kirsten Wurmann!

Kirsten Wurmann, co-chair of the GELA Women’s Prison Sub-committee, has been named the recipient of the CASLIS Award for Special Librarianship in Canada (link).

Kirsten was selected because of the fantastic work she does at the Legal Resource Centre and with the Prison Project. GELA is proud of you, Kirsten!

April 30, 2010: AGM

The GELA Executive wishes to thank all those who came out to support the candidates and hear about what’s been happening with our organization over the last year. Here is your new 2010-11 GELA Executive:

President: Soleil Surette
Past-President: Merrill Kemp
Vice-President/President-Elect: Christina Hwang
Secretary: Christy Alyea
Treasurer: Deborah Hicks
Program Councillor: Jocelyn Badley
Program Councillor: Camilla Fita
Publicity Councillor: Jay Jorgensen

GELA extends best wishes and sincere thanks to the following outgoing executive members:

Anna-Marie Klassen, who served 3 terms as Secretary.
Shannon D’Agnonne, who served as VP/President/Past-President from 2007-2010 and also 1 term as Program Councillor.
Melinda Spears, who served 1 term as Publicity Councillor
Thane Chambers, who served 2 terms as Program Councillor
Dale Storie, who served 1 term as Program Councillor
Janice Cheung, who served 1 term as Membership Councillor
Stacey Bissell, who served 2 terms as Web coordinator

CONGRATULATIONS! to the winners of GELA’s PD Grant:

(left to right) Sarah Dupont, Soleil Surette (GELA President)

April 21, 2010: AGM

GREATER EDMONTON LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
6:00 PM
Stanley Milner Library – Room 6-7
Edmonton Public Library
The Greater Edmonton Library Association (GELA) would like to announce its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, April 21 at 6:00 in Stanley Milner Library in room 6-7. Election of executive candidates will take place as will a vote for the proposed bylaw changes. Refreshments will be served.

In the interest of being green, we will not be sending print copies of this announcement or the supporting documents, which you can find in electronic format below.

You can find the bios for all current candidates and a proxy form if you are unable to attend the AGM in person. You can read the proposed bylaw changes below.

2010 AGM Agenda.
2009 AGM Minutes.
2010 Nominating Committee Report.
President’s Report.
Membership Councillor’s Report.
GELA’s 2008-09 Summarized Financial Statement (PDF format)
GELA’s Detailed 2009-10 Financial Statement (PDF format)
GELA’s Summarized 2009-10 UNAUDITED Financial Statement (PDF format)

March 31, 2010: Professional Development series, pt 4

Interviewing from the Other Side of the Table

Presenters: Louise Reimer and Kathleen De Long
Date: Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Time: 6:00-7:30pm
Location: Room #7, 6th Floor, Stanley A. Milner Library, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square (Ask security guard for access to elevator.)

Is interviewing part of your job (or will it be in the near future)? Or are you an interviewee who wants some insight into your interviewers perspective? Join us to learn about what is involved in a candidate selection process, including topics such as constructing a job posting, conducting interviews, checking references, and more.

NAHLA and GELA members: free
Non-Members: $10.00

March 11, 2010: Professional Development series, pt 3

Making it clear: Writing for clarity – Co-sponsored by NAHLA and GELA
Presenter: David Lloyd from Wordsmith Associations

The key to making your written communications effective is to focus on your reader’s needs, not on your own habits and desires or on out-dated, unhelpful styles. In this presentation, editor and writing instructor David Lloyd will introduce you to technical tips and stylistic techniques that will enable you to to get your messages across quickly and accurately without sacrificing tone or warmth. David will show you how to eliminate ambiguous sludge and create crystal-clear, reader-friendly text for which your readers will thank you.

February 23, 2010: Professional Development series, pt 2

Friend, Colleague or Boss: Dealing with role conflict in the workplace
Presenter: Margaret Law

Description: In our working lives, we often fill many roles simultaneously, as do those around us. What is the impact of role conflict in the workplace, and how do we keep roles separate and clear? This session will combine theory and practice to address the conflicts and ambiguities that occur when individuals are balancing workplace and personal roles, including friend, mentor, supervisor, employee and colleague.

February 27, 2010: Professional Development Grant

The Greater Edmonton Library Association (GELA) invites applications for its annual Professional Development Grant.

Each year GELA awards $300 to a GELA member (or members) to attend library-related conferences, workshops, seminars, or lectures.

Application deadline is February 27, 2010.

The grant will be awarded at GELA’s annual general meeting which will be held in April, 2010.

Completed applications (available here) may be mailed to: Awards Committee, Greater Edmonton Library Association, Box 11929, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3L1 or e-mailed to gela.

If you are not a current GELA member, please submit your membership form with your PD Grant application or indicate your intention to join/renew on your e-mailed submission. Membership forms are available here.

January 26, 2010: Professional Development series, pt 1

Need to polish your resume? Consider attending the resume Writing Workshop/ co-sponsored by NAHLA and GELA. The session will be led by Christine Gertz of CAPS (University of Alberta Career Support Service). A brief overview on creating portfolios will also be provided by Karla Palichuk from TAL.

Date: Tuesday, January 26th

Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Where: Room 2-09 Rutherford Library South (Carrel Room), University of Alberta

NAHLA and GELA members: free

Non-members: $10.00

December 5, 2009: Annual Holiday Brunch

GELA cordially invites you to our annual holiday brunch. This year the brunch will be held at the Edmonton Petroleum Club, which promises a scrumptious feast. Lianne McTavish, Professor, History of Art, Design and Visual Culture at the U. of A. will give an enlightening talk focusing on the links between museums and libraries.

When: Saturday, Dec 5, 2009. 11 am – 2 pm.
Where: Edmonton Petroleum Club @ 11110 – 108 Street NW

For more information, see the flyer. Please feel free to print the poster and put it up in your work place!

PLEASE RSVP BY NOV 30TH to Thane Chambers:

CONGRATULATIONS to Tanya Driechel!

Congratulations on behalf of GELA go out to Tanya for the honour of being named one of Edmonton’s “Top 40 under 40” by Avenue Magazine. You can read more (including a link to the article) at the GELA Prison Project blog.

Oct 22, 2009: 3rd Annual NetPub!

Where: King’s Head Pub, Calgary (Across the street from the Carriage House Inn)
When: Thursday, October 22, 2009 from 5:00pm
Why: Half the fun of conferences is socializing! If you’re coming to Netspeed, join co-hosts FLA, LISAA and GELA for some drinks, appetizers and fun!

Thank you! to everyone who joined us for a few drinks, some munchies, and a lot of fun!

Sept 10, 2009: GELA Fall Pub Night!

Where: Martini’s 9910 – 109 Street NW, Edmonton
(Nearest LRT Station: Grandin)

When: Thursday, September 10, 2009 from 5:00 on
Why: Good company, good conversation, good cheer!

For more information, please look at the poster! Feel free to print one off to put at your school or workplace!

Thank you! to everyone who came out to join us! It was great to see both new and familiar faces.

Continuing Education – Pilot!

*Note that as a member of GELA you are eligible to participate in this program, even if you are not a member of LAA.

Subject: Invitation to Express Interest in the Continuing Education Certification Project
The Partnership and the Library Association of Alberta have joined forces to pilot Continuing Education Certification Program.

  • Continuing Education improves your ability to undertake your job
  • Continuing Education helps you keep pace with changing technology and knowledge in the dynamic environment of the library and information sector
  • Continuing Education ensures you maintain a competitive edge
  • Continuing Education builds self esteem and enhances your career opportunities
  • Continuing Education provides assurance to your employer and the community that you are keeping yourself up-to-date

Taking part in the Certification program provides you with a structured way to undertake your continuing education and allows you to demonstrate that through your continuing education, you have broadened your skills and gained new knowledge.

Volunteer (Express Interest) Now for the Pilot!

The Continuing Education Committee is looking for expressions of interest from up to 50 volunteers to take part in the Continuing Education Certification Program Pilot Project. We are looking for LAA Members who are librarians, library technicians or other library employees. We are looking for a good mix of urban, rural, public, special, academic, school, people with different kinds of jobs – public services, technical services, administration, solo library managers, employed or unemployed and librarians or library technicians working in non-traditional jobs who want to keep their library skills up to date. If we have more than 50 volunteers, we will select from the pool to make sure we have a good representative mix.

What do I have to do to express interest in volunteering?
1. Be a member in good standing of The Library Association of Alberta
2. Be willing to take part in the evaluation of the pilot program.
3. Before August 15, 2009, send an e-mail to certification @ laa.ca
include: name, contact information, whether you have professional library-related qualifications (librarian, library technician
For further information check the Continuing Education Certification Pilot Project web-site at http:// www.laa.ca
click on Continuing Education then click on Certification Program Pilot

Community Bookshelf Subcommittee

GELA’s Bissell Centre Subcommittee has a new name! They are now called the GELA Community Bookshelf Subcommittee, and have a wider reach than before! They also have a new blog. Please visit our Outreach page for full information on these exciting changes.

May 6, 2009: GELA – CASLIS Spring Banquet

GELA (Greater Edmonton Library Association) and CASLIS (Canadian Association of Special Libraries and Information Services) are very excited to be co-hosting our Annual Spring Banquet!

This year’s speaker is Eve Poirier, Co-ordinator Library Services at Norquest College. In 2007, Eve Poirier and members of Canada’s Department of Justice’s International Legal Programs Group traveled to Juba, Southern Sudan to investigate the feasibility of establishing a legal research library. In Southern Sudan, they consulted with stakeholders to determine need and to develop a framework and timeline for development of a new legal library for this, relatively, new nation. Eve will speak on the myriad challenges including the extreme heat, obtaining legal resources after 19 years of Sudanese civil war, and dealing with goats in the library. She will also tell us about the solutions that were come to and what she took away from her involvement in working with the legal community in Southern Sudan.

Location: Ernest’s, NAIT Main Campus.

Thank you to everyone who came out to hear Eve’s facinating talk about her experiences in the Sudan. We’d also like to thank the staff at Ernest’s for providing us with a lovely meal.

April 2009: AGM

The GELA Executive wishes to thank all those who came out to support the candidates and hear about what’s been happening with our organization over the last year. Here is your new 2009-10 GELA Executive:

President: Merrill Kemp
Past-President: Shannon D’Agnone
Vice-President/President-Elect: Soleil Surette
Secretary: Anna-Marie Klassen
Treasurer: Marian Enow
Web Coordinator: Stacey Bissell
Membership Councillor: Janice Cheung
Program Councillor: Thane Chambers
Program Councillor: Dale Storie
Publicity Councillor: Melinda Spears

GELA extends best wishes and sincere thanks to the following outgoing executive members:

Virginia Pow, who served 3 terms as Membership Councillor.

Leah Vanderjagt, who served as VP/President/Past-President from 2006-2009 and also 1 term as Publicity Councillor.

Liz Fulton Lyne, who served 1 term as Publicity Councillor

Melanie St-Onge, who served 1 term as Program Councillor and 1 term as a Student Rep

CONGRATULATIONS! to the winners of GELA’s two PD Grants:

(left to right) Jenna Innes, Shannon D’Agnone (GELA President), Kirsten Wurmann

April 15, 2009: AGM

GREATER EDMONTON LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
6:00 PM
Stanley Milner Library – Room 6-7
Edmonton Public Library
The Greater Edmonton Library Association (GELA) would like to announce its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, April 15 at 6:00 in Stanley Milner Library in room 6-7. Election of executive candidates will take place as will a vote for the proposed bylaw changes. Refreshments will be served.

In the interest of being green, we will not be sending print copies of this announcement unless by request.

You can find the bios for all current candidates, a proxy form if you are unable to attend the AGM in person, and the proposed bylaw changes here. This document is in pdf format.

April 15, 2009: Election of the GELA Executive

**UPDATE** Advanced nominations are closed. Any GELA member may run for any of the following positions by submitting their name at the AGM.

GELA is currently seeking nominations for its Executive Committee! The following positions are open to any individual who wishes to run.

Vice-President
Secretary
Treasurer
Membership
Program Councillor (2 positions)
Publicity Councillor
Web Coordinator

Participation on the committee affords many opportunities to be involved and to network with Edmonton’s library community–in the words of Alvin Schrader, “professional activism is its own reward.”
For information on Executive positions, go to http://www.gela.ca/executive.htm and scroll down to GELA Executive Handbook.

The election will take place at GELA’s Annual General Meeting which be held on Wednesday, April 15 at 6:00 pm. Location Stanley Milner Library, EPL, Room 6-07.

THANK YOU on behalf of the 2008-09 Executive to everyone who attended our AGM. Your participation is important and appreciated!

March 20, 2009: GELA’s (it’s finally) Spring Get Together

Don’t miss this opportunity to network, chat with, and catch up with fellow library and information professionals at GELA’s (it’s finally) Spring Get Together.

All GELA members, library & information workers, library fans, and fans of librarians are welcome.

Where: Red Star Pub, 10534 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5J 1Z7
Closest LRT station: Bay
When: Friday March 20th from 5 pm – 10 pm

We look forward to seeing you there!

March 20, 2009: CKUA Library Tour – GELA Members Only Event

Librarian Monica Chattaway will be hosting this event. Guests will view the audio collection and studio, learn about the history and preservation of CKUA’s collection and hear about plans for an upcoming digital library.
Space for this event is limited. Please send an RSVP to the Liz Fulton Lyne, GELA Publicity Coordinator.

Attendees are encouraged to attend GELA’s (it’s finally) Spring Get Together following the tour.

February 27, 2009: GELA PD Grant Application

Each year the Greater Edmonton Library Association awards up to $300 to a GELA member (or members) to attend library-related conferences, workshops, seminars, or lectures. There will be up to two (2) awards given in 2009. To apply, complete and submit your application by February 27, 2009.

February 27, 2009: A Freestyle Talk on Intellectual Freedom

In celebration of Canadian Freedom to read week, Concordia University College Library and The Greater Edmonton Library Association (GELA) present the following public lecture:

Toni Samek
A Freestyle Talk on Intellectual Freedom

Time: Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 2:00pm
Location: Concordia Auditorium, Concordia University College, 7128 Ada Boulevard
Cost: GELA members: $10.00; non-members: $20.00

Wine and cheese reception will follow in the Library Gallery from 3:00 – 5:00pm

Email Myrna Dean at myrna.dean at concordia.ab.ca for information and to register.

February 4, 2009 – LEADING EDGE workshop: Project Management

The Northern Alberta Health Libraries Association (NAHLA) and
The Greater Edmonton Library Association (GELA)
are pleased to present the first LEADING EDGE workshop of 2009

Are you interested in learning more about project management? Looking for tips on project planning? Time management? Effective communication? If so, then please join us for a presentation by NAIT project management instructor Vincent Capri who will cover these and other topics, including the following: motivating those you work with, priority setting, and working on projects when group members are at a distance.

Date: Wednesday, February 4th, 2009
Time: 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Place: Computer Lab 2-03, Rutherford South, University of Alberta
Price: $10.00 (cookies and juice will be served)
(Click to download a printable poster)

RSVP: Jessica Knoch (knochj at macewan.ca) or Liz Fulton Lyne (lizfultonlyne at gmail.com)

DON’T MISS THIS GREAT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY!

December 6, 2008: GELA Annual Holiday Brunch

Thank you to everyone who came out to join us for good food and to hear an interesting and engaging talk from U of A professor and writer Ted Bishop at out Annual Holiday Brunch!

This year’s guest speaker was English Professor and writer Ted Bishop, whose book Riding with Rilke was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction. Riding with Rilke is also this year’s choice for Edmonton Reads.

GELA Prison Subcommittee

The Prison Subcommittee has a new blog! If you want to know what they are up to and to follow the great work they are doing at the Edmonton Institution for Women, please drop by and visit their blog.

November 5, 2008 – GELA PD DAY

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Fall PD Event, and a special thank you to our four excellent guest speakers! You all gave us some very valuable information, and a lot to think about.

Theme: Collaboration

Presenters:
Amelia Martin (Edmonton Public Library) — “Beyond the Stacks: Collaboration Outside Library Walls”
Josette McEachern and Christine Press (Edmonton Law Libraries Association) — “Collaborating with Lawyers, Laymen, Learners and Legislators”
Lucy Pana (The Alberta Library) — “With a Little Help From Our Friends”

When: Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at 6:00 — 7:30pm

Where: The Edmonton Room–Stanley Milner Library, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square

**This event is free of charge and light refreshments will be served.**

NetPub 2008!

The Foothills Library Association (FLA), University of Alberta’s Library and Information Studies Alumni Association (LISAA) and the Greater Edmonton Library Association (GELA) invite you to this popular social event.

Where: Jekyll & Hyde Pub, 10209 100 Avenue, across the street from the Chateau Lacombe Crowne Plaza (the conference site).

When: Thursday, October 23rd from 5-7pm

Please join us for refreshments, food and fun!

2008 Federal Election

Please visit the Outreach page for tools to support your public library advocacy during this election.

Pub Night!

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Thursday September 25th, 5pm at the Rose ‘n Crown
195-10235 101 St (located in the Sutton Place Hotel downtown).

Bissell Centre

The Bissell Centre subcommittee had its first meeting on Thursday, July 24th at 6:00 p.m. It was held in Meeting Room #5 on the 6th floor of the Stanley Milner Library. Anyone interested in learning more about the subcommittee is welcome to join us!

Please visit the Out Reach page to find out how you can support this service.

June 10-12, 2008: Hollywood Librarian

Thank you to Metro Cinema for working with GELA to bring “Hollywood Librarian” to Edmonton. We hope everyone was able to get out and enjoy the film!

April 2008 – Annual General Meeting

The GELA Executive wishes to thank all those who came out to support the candidates and hear about what’s been happening with our organization over the last year. Here is your new 2008-09 GELA Executive:

President: Shannon D’Agnone
Past-President: Leah Vanderjagt
Vice-President/President-Elect: Merrill Kemp
Secretary: Anna-Marie Klassen
Treasurer: Soleil Surette
Web Coordinator: Stacey Bissell
Membership Councillor: Virginia Pow
Program Councillor: Thane Chambers
Program Councillor: Melanie St-Onge
Publicity Councillor: Liz Fulton Lyne

GELA extends best wishes and sincere thanks to the following outgoing executive members:

Christine Bourchier, who served 2 terms as Publicity Councillor, 1 term as Membership Councillor and 2 terms as Program Councillor
Liz Dennett who served 1 term as Program Councillor
Roxy Garstad who served 2 terms as Web Coordinator
Allison Sivak who served 1 term as Program Councillor
Kirsten Wurmann who served 2 terms as Treasurer

GELA Book Drive

FINISHED! Thank you to everyone who donated and assisted our fundraising efforts!

GELA’s goal for the 2008 Book Drive is to increase the power of people with lesser access to information resources that can help them achieve their goals. This year, our project will support two independent libraries in Edmonton: the Edmonton Institution for Women, and the Bissell Centre.

For more information, visit our book drive web page.

June 3, 2008: Annual GELA/CASLIS Banquet

Many thanks to our guest speaker, Ulla de Stricker President of de Stricker Associates for her entertaining and enlightening presentation. The topic of her talk was “POSITIVE POLITICS—How information professionals can support the organization in creating a healthy workplace”

April 17, 2008 – Tour of the Edmonton Institution for Women

Thank you to all those who participated in the women’s prison tour.

April 16, 2008 – Annual General Meeting

Thank you to all GELA members who attended or voted by proxy.

GELA Christmas Brunch

It’s that time of year again! Join us and Edmonton author Todd Babiak at our annual Christmas Brunch.

Where: The Union Bank Inn: 10053 Jasper Avenue

When: December 9, 11am to 2pm

Cost: $25 GELA members and students; $35 non-members (or join at the door). Please RSVP to publicity @ gela.ca by December 5th.

View the menu!

October 5, 2006 – GELA Party at Maverick Room & Brewery

Thank you to everyone who joined GELA executives at our Fall Party!

July 28, 2006 – The Power Within Conference

GELA was pleased to arrange a discount for GELA members to attend a professional development event featuring Dr. Phil McGraw, Po Bronson, Marc and Craig Kielburger.

May 10, 2006 – GELA Open Meeting

When: Wednesday, May 10th — 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Where: Room 6-07 Edmonton Public Library, Stanley A. Milner Branch — 7, Sir Winston Churchill Square

This meeting was facilitated by Pat Jobb and was designed to explore how GELA can better serve the needs of the Edmonton and area library community. Current members, past members and non-members attended. Please contact us if you have any new ideas and suggestions for GELA!

April 12, 2006 – Annual General Meeting

When: Wednesday, April 12, 2006 — starting at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Room 6-07 Edmonton Public Library, Stanley A. Milner Branch — 7, Sir Winston Churchill Square

The GELA Nominations Committee was pleased to present the following candidates for the Executive elections, which took place at the Annual General Meeting, April 12th, 2006.

February 26 – March 4, 2006 – Freedom to Read Week

GELA is a supporter of Edmonton Public Library’s “Banned Books Café”, one of their many activities in support of Freedom to Read Week. The Banned Books Café, organized by EPL’s Teen Advisory Board, was held in the Centre for Reading & the Arts in the Stanley A. Milner library on March 2 at 7:00 p.m.

December 10, 2005 – GELA Annual Christmas Brunch

Our annual Christmas brunch was held at the Union Bank Inn. Our featured speaker, Linda Goyette, presented an oral Christmas card to the Edmonton library community. She recounted the interesting tale of her work with “Edmonton in Our Own Words” and told us about her latest endeavour, “Standing Together : Women Speak Out about Violence and Abuse”, a collection of stories by Alberta women who have suffered abuse and violence.

This year marks GELA’s 60th anniversary! In honour of this occasion, we’ve compiled a list of all executive members of GELA dating back to 1945. If you notice any errors or omissions, please contact our webmaster – gelaweb at gela dot ca.

Thanks to all those who helped make this event a success. Happy holidays!

November 23, 2005: GELA Professional Development Event – The Librarians’ Emerging Technology Survival Guide

GELA sincerely thanks presenters, Kenton Good and Geoff Harder from the University of Alberta Libraries, for the interesting and relevant session. The presentation was full of fun multimedia, interesting websites, tips, rumours, and new technologies. Our appreciation to Edmonton Public Library for providing the meeting space and to CACUL for sponsoring this event.

November 7, 2005: Changes on the GELA executive

Kat Johnston, GELA secretary, has accepted a position in a library that will take her out of the Greater Edmonton area. Congrats on the new job, Kat! We’re pleased to announce that Shannon D’Agnone, a librarian at Wetaskiwin Composite High School, has graciously agreed to take over the secretary position. Welcome to GELA, Shannon! Nice to have you on board.