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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.**

UPDATE: GELA BBQ potluck Summer 2018 Canceled


Due to low attendance, we will be cancelling this BBQ Potluck. We look forward to seeing you this coming Fall for our other fun events!
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at

We would like to invite you all to a GELA BBQ potluck. We will provide the hot dogs (veggie and meat) with all the trimmings and water. We are asking participants to bring a side dish to share.

Sign up here to tell us what you are bringing.

Where: Borden Park
Date: August 16th 2018
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm

This casual evening of socializing with fun library folk is open to both GELA and non-GELA members. Please email with any questions.

Looking forward to having some fun in the sun with you all!

GELA and LISAA Resume Workshop

The Greater Edmonton Library Association (GELA) and the University of Alberta Library Information Studies Alumni Association (LISAA) will be offering a Resume Workshop. LISAA and GELA wish to assist local students, new graduates, and professionals looking to improve their resumes.

Where: MacEwan University, Building 5, Room 5-323 (campus map)

Date: April 19, 2018

Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Food: Light refreshments will be provided.

To attend this resume-focused evening, please complete the RSVP form by Wednesday April 11th.

Workshop attendees will rotate between three optional stations:

  • Have your resume reviewed by an experienced professional

    • Note: We recommend you submit your resume in advance via the RSVP form in order to make the most of your review session. Bringing a paper copy to the workshop is also encouraged.

  • Engage in resume peer review with other attendees

  • Review resume tips and materials

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 Wednesday April 6th.

No GELA or LISAA membership is required to participate.

Please email with any questions.


Volunteer orientation for the GELA Prison Libraries Project

All are welcome to a volunteer orientation for the Greater Edmonton Library Association Prison Libraries Project!

Tuesday, April 10
Coutts Library
Education Building South (east end)
University of Alberta

You MUST RSVP to the event by email.

This will be a general orientation to:

  • GELA’s history
  • ethos / ethics of the project
  • current and proposed programs
  • discussion of skills we need
  • discussion of where we can welcome volunteers right now

*Note: we will hold this orientation once every 2 months. If we don’t receive an RSVP for April 10, by at least one potential volunteer, we will cancel, and instead wait for another 2 months for the next. Please confirm with us if you plan to attend.

If you have just started volunteering, you are still welcome to come; this session will hopefully give you some context of how we work and how we hope to sustain and grow this work.

News Story about Storybook Project

Check out this wonderful and heartwarming story about the GELA’s  Prison Committee’s Storybook

Project on CBC 


From all of the GELA executive, well done GELA Prison Committee – we are so happy that this amazing work is so meaningful and that it is getting this attention!


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GELA’s Spring Social

Join us for an evening of board games!

This casual evening of board games and socializing with fun library folk will take place at Board N  Brew (9929 103 Street Edmonton) starting at 5:30 pm on Wednesday April 11, 2018. Open to both GELA and non-GELA members.

Drop in and play some board games with us!

Call for GELA Executive Nominations

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 nominations for the following executive positions:

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

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, Jodi Lommer(, indicating your position of interest. Please include a short bio (max 200 words) with your email.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 6th. Nominations received after April 6th will be added to the ballot as nominations from the floor.

We’re also recruiting for the appointed position of GELA Treasurer. If you’re interested in putting your name forward for consideration by the current GELA executive, please email Jodi Lommer (

The election for the Executive positions will be held at the GELA AGM on April 24th. The student representatives and the treasurer 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

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