The GELA 2019-2020 Executive Board Reports are now available for viewing.
Please email email@example.com if you have queries about anything in these reports.
We look forward to seeing you at our AGM later in 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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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:
*Note: If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Jan 27, 2020 via email to email@example.com. If there are not enough attendees to run the session, it will be postponed. We offer this orientation every few months.
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!
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
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.
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: https://forms.gle/TGjzvmUvjwr9Nah79
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.
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
Coutts Education Library, University of Alberta, Room LB-13
What will be covered:
*Note: An RSVP is required by Sept 28th. Please confirm via email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.