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Fall 2021 Speed Networking Event

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The Greater Edmonton Library Association (GELA) invites professionals from GLAM institutions (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums), new graduates, and students to participate in our Fall 2021 Speed Networking Event taking place virtually on Thursday, November 4th from 6:00pm-8:00pm.

Our goal is to encourage connections and dialogue between experienced professionals from GLAM institutions and students/new graduates/emerging community members. The event will be set up with professionals in virtual breakout rooms rotating at 15 minute intervals with new participants. There will be icebreaker questions to get discussions started.

We would like to invite professionals from GLAM institutions to share what a work day looks like for you, what your research interests are, or what interesting projects you’re working on. This is an excellent way to provide guidance to emerging professionals.

If you’re interested in participating as a professional, recent graduate, or student, please register on Eventbrite by Sunday, October 31st, 2021.

GELA Student Mixer

On September 29, GELA’s student reps hosted a board game night for all current MacEwan LIT students and U of A SLIS students. The event was held at the Table Top Café, and a couple dozen (fully vaxxed) students came out for an evening of (masked) games and pizza.

GELA/NAHLA Career Planning Workshops

GELA, in partnership with NAHLA, are offering three virtual sessions focused on career planning!

These free events are open to all, but planned with our GELA and NAHLA members in mind. Membership is not required; however GELA or NAHLA memberships can be obtained by visiting their respective online membership pages. Please email with any questions.

Attendees are welcome to sign up for one or multiple sessions. Zoom links will be emailed to registrants the day of each event.

1. Ace Your Cover Letters & Resumes

  • March 8, 2021; 5:30-6:30pm
  • This Q&A panel will discuss cover letters and resumes including tips on what employers look for in applications.
  • Sign-up using this Google Form

2. Resume & Cover Letter Review Workshop

  • March 17, 2021; 5:30-6:30pm
  • In this workshop you can have either your resume or cover letter reviewed by at least one professional, who will give you suggestions and feedback.
  • Sign-up using this Google Form NOTE: Space is limited for this event.

3. Taking Interview Responses from Good to Great

  • March 25, 2021; 5:30-6:30pm
  • This session will showcase interview questions you may encounter with examples of average responses and exemplary responses alongside discussion of what makes one response better than the other. 
  • Sign-up using this Google Form

GELA Professional Buddies Mentorship Program, 2020-2021

GELA is excited to announce its Professional Buddies Mentorship Program for 2020-2021!

We believe in fostering positive relationships in the library community, and although our program will run until the end of April 2021, the casual mentoring relationships may develop over the years to come. For mentees, this program is a great opportunity to network and learn from someone working in the field. Mentors not only get to share their knowledge and experience, they also gain new perspectives and insights.

To become a mentor or mentee, please fill out the GELA Professional Buddies Application Form.

Mentees: students (e.g. U of A, MacEwan, and SAIT), new professionals, or other interested individuals from galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM).

Mentors: library and information professionals from galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM).

For 2020-2021, the Professional Buddies Mentorship Program is being facilitated virtually. You will be paired up with a person(s) of similar interests to mentor/be mentored by. You then can choose to connect through email or one of the many meeting options such as Google Meets or Skype. There will be a (non-mandatory) virtual fall social event to give pairs the chance to meet “in person”. 

GELA Memberships: Time to Join or Renew!

Thank you to all current and former members of GELA. We have appreciated your membership and hope you consider renewing for 2020/2021. Your participation allows GELA to offer valuable programming and networking opportunities as well as the ability to advocate for and facilitate literacy and skills-based programming in correctional institutions.

We recognized that our community was experiencing much upheaval at the end of our membership year (March 31), so the GELA Exec decided not to solicit membership renewals at the height of the pandemic. However, with the upcoming virtual GELA AGM (currently scheduled for Thursday, October 15) and other planned events in the fall, we are now looking for members for the rest of the association year. 

Please visit the membership page on our website where you can pay online via PayPal or by cheque mailed with the completed membership form. 

GELA 2019-2020 Executive & Board Reports

The GELA 2019-2020 Executive Board Reports are now available for viewing.

Please email if you have queries about anything in these reports.

We look forward to seeing you at our AGM later in 2020.

GELA AGM Postponed to Fall 2020

Thank you for being a GELA member this past year, we truly couldn’t do anything without you and your continued support! 

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and with an eye to the health and safety of our members, your GELA executive has decided to postpone GELA’s AGM until sometime in the Fall. Because of this, any current GELA Executive members whose terms would have been up at the end of our membership year will remain on the executive until we can hold our AGM and bring new executive members on board. If you were hoping to be on the executive for this new GELA year, please watch for a call for executive members in the Fall. 

While we need to postpone our AGM, we still want to update you on everything that GELA did this past year, so we will be sending you the written reports that would normally go along with the AGM – watch for it at the end of April. Please note that because the year-end financial statement needs to be given in-person, it will have to wait until the AGM, but there will still be a financial overview in the Treasurer’s written report. 

As we embark on our next year, GELA looks forward to continuing to bring our information community closer together by engaging the professionals in our field with students and newly graduated professionals to share knowledge and excitement for what we do, even in trying times. 

We hope that you are all keeping well and taking care of yourselves in the new circumstances we’ve all found ourselves in.

NAHLA-GELA Resume Writing Workshop – Mar 4, 2020

The Greater Edmonton Library Association (GELA) in partnership with the Northern Alberta Health Libraries Association (NAHLA) will be offering a Resume Writing Workshop to assist local students, new graduates, and professionals to improve their resumes. The event is free to attend for GELA and NAHLA members. Memberships can be obtained at the event.

Where: EPL Strathcona Branch Program Room
Date: March 4th, 2020
Time: 6:30-8:30pm (please arrive by 6:20pm)
Food: Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Workshop attendees will rotate between three optional stations: 

  • Have your resume reviewed by an experienced professional 
    • Note: Please submit a sample resume in advance via the RSVP form, and bring a paper copy with you to the workshop
  • Engage with other attendees about their experiences 
  • Review resume tips and materials

We are also looking for library and information professionals to act as resume reviewers. We welcome resume reviewers of all experience levels, though hiring experience is appreciated. 

To attend this resume-focused evening and have your resume reviewed or to volunteer as a resume reviewer, please RSVP by Friday, Feb 28.

Please email with any questions.

GELA prison project orientation – Jan 30, 2020

The next Greater Edmonton Library Association (GELA) Prison Libraries Project orientation has been scheduled. We ask all potential volunteers to attend an orientation session. Current volunteers are also always welcome!

When: Thursday January 30,  7-8pm
Where: Room LB-13, Coutts Education Library (Basement), U of A

The session will provide you with a perspective on what it’s like to volunteer with us, as well as some of the challenges and opportunities inherent in the work we do. What will be covered:

  1. GELA prison project’s history and ethos
  2. Current activities and programs
  3. Potential volunteer opportunities

*Note: If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Jan 27, 2020 via email to If there are not enough attendees to run the session, it will be postponed. We offer this orientation every few months.

GELA Prison Committee Indigo eGift Card Fundraiser

The GELA Prison Project is continuing a successful fundraiser from last year with Indigo Books.  When you Buy an Indigo e-Gift Card through our fundraising page, 20% of your purchase is donated to the GELA Prison Project!  What a great way to start your Christmas shopping and supporting a great cause at the same time.

The funds raised through this initiative goes towards enabling our Storytime Project, in which inmates are recorded reading storybooks, and then a copy of the recording and the book itself are sent to their children. We are 100% volunteer run and funded, and we are grateful for every donation big and small. Thanks so much for your support!