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GELA Speed Networking!

The Greater Edmonton Library Association (GELA) invites students, new graduates, and other interested community members to sign up for our Fall 2019 Speed Networking event.

DATE: Wednesday, November 6th, 2019
TIME: 6:00pm-8:00pm
LOCATION: Program Room, EPL Strathcona Branch (8331 104 St NW).

Mix and mingle with experienced library and information professionals, invited from public libraries, academic libraries, special libraries and more. This is your opportunity to ask them about their daily work, their professional interests and priorities, or their career paths. You might discover aspects of the library and information field you’d never considered!

Our goal is to encourage connections and dialogue between experienced LIS professionals and students/new graduates/emerging community members. The event will be set up with professionals at tables and attendees rotating at 15 minute intervals. There will be icebreaker questions to get discussions started. Light refreshments will be provided. 

We have space for up to 35 participants. If you’d like to attend please submit the RSVP form by Monday, November 4th, 2019.
Please email if you have any questions.

GELA Walking Tour and Dinner

Join us for a walking tour of NorQuest College’s – Singhmar Centre for Learning, followed by dinner!

The tour starts at 5:30, and dinner at 6:30. Meet in 2-180, on the second floor of the Learning Centre.

After the tour, we will walk to a cafe / restaurant, as yet TBD. Optional RSVP here:

Call for LIS Professionals for 2019 Speed Networking Event

Seeking LIS professionals to participate in GELA’s Fall 2019 Speed Networking Event scheduled for Wednesday, November 6th, from 6:00pm-8:00pm, at EPL’s Strathcona Branch (8331 104 St NW). 

Our goal is to encourage connections and dialogue between experienced LIS professionals and students/new graduates/emerging community members.

Sign up to share your experience and provide guidance to emerging LIS professionals. What does day at work look like for you? What are your research interests and goals? What interesting projects are you engaged in?

LIS professionals will meet attendees who will move between tables at 15 minute intervals. There will be icebreaker questions to get discussions started, and light refreshments will be provided.

Please let us know if you’re interested in participating by completing our GELA Speed Networking Sign-up form.

Annual GELA Student Mixer

Mid-terms are over, and there’s still reading week to come…time for some fun! Join us for GELA’s annual student mixer.

Date: October 17 (Thursday)

Time: 5.00 pm – 8.00 pm

Location: GRETA 10141 109 St /

Please note, this is a Student-only event. 🙂

GELA Prison Libraries Project

Liz Fulton-Lyne will be presenting our next orientation for potential volunteers interested in the Greater Edmonton Library Association (GELA) Prison Libraries Project. Please feel free to share with interested friends or colleagues.

PLEASE NOTE THE VENUE CHANGE: This orientation will be now held in the Basement of the University of Alberta Coutts Education Library. 

The details are as follows:

Tuesday October 1
6-7 pm
Coutts Education Library, University of Alberta, Room LB-13

What will be covered:

  • GELA’s history and ethos
  • Current activities and programs
  • Potential volunteer opportunities

*Note: An RSVP is required by Sept 28th. Please confirm via email to if you plan to attend. If there are not enough attendees to run the session, it will be postponed. We offer this orientation every few months.

Current volunteers are also welcome to come; the session will provide you with a broader 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.

See more information about us at:
Join our Facebook group:

Call for Nominations – GELA Executive

If you’re excited about the Greater Edmonton library community and would like to contribute to it, the Greater Edmonton Library Association (GELA) is seeking self-nominations for the following executive positions:

Vice-President/President Elect/Past President (3 year commitment)

Publicity Councillor (2 year commitment)

Program Councillor (2 year commitment) (2 positions)

Student Representative from University of Alberta SLIS (1 year commitment) (2 positions)

Student Representative from MacEwan University LIT program (1 year commitment) (2 positions)

Descriptions of the positions can be found in the GELA handbook.

We encourage you to nominate yourself as a candidate for any of these positions. To do so, please send an email to the chair of the Nominating Committee, Alison Pitcher (, indicating your position of interest. Please include a short bio (max 200 words) with your email. Please note that, aside from the student positions, executive positions are open to all members of the Greater Edmonton library community.

The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, March 26, 2019. Nominations received after March 26 will be added to the ballot as nominations from the floor.

The election for the Executive positions will be held at the upcoming GELA AGM this spring. The student representatives will be chosen by the current Executive prior to the AGM.

If you have any questions about the above positions or about GELA in general, please e-mail  For more information, please also visit the GELA website at

GELA & NAHLA Resume Workshop

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

Where: EPL Strathcona Branch event room
Date: March 6, 2019

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Food: Light refreshments will be provided.

Workshop attendees will rotate between three optional stations:

  • Have your resume reviewed by an experienced professional
    • Note: A sample resume will need to be submitted in advance via the RSVP form. Please also bring a paper copy with you the day of.
  • Engage in with other attendees about their experiences
  • Review resume tips and materials.

To attend this resume-focused evening, please complete the RSVP form by Wednesday Feb 27.

We are also looking for additional resume reviewers. We welcome resume reviewers of all experience levels, though hiring experience is recommended. To volunteer as a resume reviewer, please complete the RSVP form by Tuesday Feb 26.

Please email with any questions.

Best regards,

Doris Wagner and Quincy Hiscott

GELA Program Councillors

The Greater Edmonton Library Association

Northern Alberta Health Libraries Association

GELA’s Trivia & Social Night

Calling all Trivia fans for GELA’s Trivia & Social Night

Join or cheer on the GELA team for Craft Beer Market’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine Christmas Edition Trivia!

Time & Date: Tuesday November 27th, GELA’s social starts at 6pm, Trivia starts at 7:30pm

Location: 10013 101A Ave NW, Edmonton, AB

To participate in our trivia team:

  1. Buy a ticket ($10.99 plus tax/fees) through Eventbrite for Craft Beer Market’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine Christmas Edition
  2. Fill out this short form to be part of the GELA trivia team.
  3. Show up and have fun!

If you don’t want to participate in the trivia portion of the evening, you can still participate in the fun. Anyone can come cheer us on or show up at 6pm for some socializing with fun library folks!

GELA Professional Buddies Program 2018-2019

The Greater Edmonton Library Association is excited to announce its Professional Buddies Mentorship Program for 2018-2019. Last year you Speed Networked with us and this year we invite you to participate as mentors and mentees. We believe in fostering positive relationships in the library community. For mentees it’s a great opportunity to network and to talk to someone in the field they are interested in. Mentors not only get to share their knowledge and experiences they also gain new perspectives and insights.
We will try to pair you up with a person of similar interests to mentor/be mentored by. There will be a (non-mandatory) social event on November 7 from 5:30-7:30 at the Program Room at the EPL Strathcona Branch to give pairs the chance to meet in person. This program is intended to allow for a casual mentoring relationship to develop over the year/years to come.
Mentees: students (U of A and MacEwan), new professionals, or other interested individuals
Mentors: experienced library/information professionals
Please fill out the the following form by October 26th 2018 
 GELA Professional Buddies: Application Form 2018-2019

GELA Prison Libraries Project: Project introduction for new volunteers

GELA Prison Libraries Project
Project introduction for new volunteers

Wednesday, October 10
Coutts Education Library (basement, room LB-13), U of Alberta
Please RSVP:

GELA offers volunteer introduction every 2-3 months; you will hear about the project’s current work, ethics, and what we need from new volunteers. Here’s where you start with us, if you’d like to get involved!

**Please note: you MUST RSVP. We only host if we have confirmations to attend. If you don’t, you may arrive to find the session canceled.**