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GELA Executive Nominations

The Greater Edmonton Library Association (GELA) is seeking nominations for the following positions on the GELA Executive Committee:

  • Vice-President/President Elect/Past President (3 year commitment)
  • President Elect/Past-President (2 year commitment)
  • Program Councillor (2 year commitment)
  • Publicity Councillor (2 year commitment)
  • Student Representative from U of A SLIS (1 year commitment)
  • Student Representative from MacEwan University LIT program (1 year commitment)

Descriptions of the positions can be found in the GELA handbook 

To nominate yourself, please send an email to the chair of the Nominating Committee, Kalin Jensen (, indicating the position you are interested in, as well as a short bio (200 words). The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 12th. Nominations received after May 12th will be added to the ballot as nominations from the floor.

The election for the Executive positions will be held at the GELA AGM on May 30th. The student representatives will be chosen by the current Executive prior to the AGM.

If you’re excited about the Greater Edmonton library community and would like to contribute to it, we encourage you to consider nominating yourself as a candidate for any of these positions.


GELA Professional Development Grant

GELA is now accepting applications for its 2017 Professional Development Grant.

Each year, GELA awards up to $300 to a GELA member to participate in or attend library-related conferences, workshops, seminars, or lectures.

The deadline for applications is March 31, 2017.

The grant recipient will be chosen in the beginning of April and applicants will be contacted at that time. The recipient will also be announced at GELA’s 2016 Annual General Meeting (TBA).

Ensure that your GELA membership is current for the 2017 membership year.*

  1. Ensure that your GELA membership is current for the 2017 membership year.*
  2. Complete the application form and include a description of the conference, workshop, seminar, or lecture that you wish to attend.
  3. Send applications to GELA President by email to Ali Grotkowski at

Thank you and good luck!

* If you are not a current GELA member or if you need to renew your membership, you may submit your membership form along with your PD Grant application. Please email if you are unsure of your membership status.

Members of the GELA executive are not eligible to apply for this grant.


GELA Game Night


Join us for a fun evening out of the cold! The Greater Edmonton Library Association will be hosting a board game night at Table Top Cafe 2.0 on 124th Street. We start at 7:00pm, and drop-in’s are welcome. Kids, partners, and friends are also welcome!

Tickets available below, and at the door. Once again, we’ve included a discounted membership rate, so renew your annual GELA membership for 2017 now!


Our Game Night fundraiser will support the Prison Project YA Book Club. Founded in 2007, GELA’s Prison Subcommittee is a fully volunteer run group that provides library services and resources to Edmonton-area correctional facilities. You can read more about the Prison Project here:

Proceeds will go towards a newer initiative, the YA Book Club. Monetary donations are especially important for book clubs, because we rarely receive enough copies of the same book in donations. The funds will also allow GELA librarians to selectively purchase books that are in demand, and represent the diverse experiences of the readers.

Unfortunately, GELA does not have the capacity to offer tax receipts as of yet. But your support will be very impactful: each copy of the books purchased will be read by at least 4 readers! Help us reach our fundraising goals & get some great swag in the process! Bidding will go on all evening, and we hope something will catch your eye!

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017
Time: 7:00pm onwards

  • Adult Ticket: $10 (unlimited gaming + 1 non-alcoholic drink + shared snacks)
  • Adult Ticket + Discounted Membership : $30 ($5 savings + unlimited gaming + 1 non-alcoholic drink + shared snacks)
  • Kids’ Ticket: $5 (unlimited gaming + shared snacks)
*Alcoholic beverages & other foods will be available for purchase*

GELA Game Night