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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!


GIF found at:


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

Welcome Back!

Welcome to the Greater Edmonton Library Association (GELA)!

We are currently rebuilding this website – thank you for your patience.

Please contact if you have any questions.

If you would like to renew or purchase a membership, please contact

GELA’s panel discussion on Library and Information Professionals Abroad

The Greater Edmonton Library Association (GELA) has the great pleasure of inviting you to attend a panel discussion on Library and Information Professionals Abroad. Panelists will be answering questions and sharing their experiences on travelling to international institutions and/or moving to Canada to work from another country.

Please RSVP for the event here

The panel discussion with be moderated by Lisa Shamchuk, GELA President. Our five panelists include:

Margaret Law (University of Alberta)

Pei Wen Lu (Edmonton Public Library)

Lorisia MacLeod (University of Alberta & SLIS Student)

Obianuju Mollel (Alberta Health Services)

Tara Stieglitz (MacEwan University)

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the experiences and perspectives of local library and information professionals.

Date: March 3, 2018

Time: 11:00am until 12:30pm

Location: Program Room of EPL Strathcona Branch (8331 104 St NW, Edmonton) –

Cost: Free

Audience: All are welcome and no GELA membership is required to attend. We always welcome new members though and the event will be a great opportunity to renew your membership. You can also renew by contacting us at

We will be holding a silent auction and all proceeds for the raffle will be used towards the GELA Professional Development Grant.

The panel discussion will be followed by an optional Dine-a-Round in the Whyte Avenue area starting at 12:45pm. You can sign up in advance when you RSVP but Dine-a-Round sheets will also be posted at the event. If you’re unable to join us for the panel discussion you’re still welcome to attend the Dine-a-Round

GELA’s Winter Social


Join us for some cozy winter cheer!

This casual evening of socializing with fun library folk will take place at Malt & Mortar (10416 Whyte Ave) starting at 5:00 pm on Thursday January 25, 2018. Open to both GELA and non-GELA members.

Drop in, warm up, and join us for some winter cheer!

To RSVP or ask any questions see our Facebook page:

GELA Speed Networking

The Greater Edmonton Library Association (GELA) invites students, new graduates, and other interested community members to participate in our first Speed Networking event.

Attendees will mix and mingle with invited library and information professionals. Consider it an opportunity to ask experienced professionals 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! The invited professionals come from public libraries, academic libraries, special libraries and more.

DATE: Tuesday November 7, 2017

TIME: 6:00pm-8:00pm

LOCATION: Program Room, EPL Strathcona Branch (8331 104 St NW).

FOOD: Light refreshments will be provided.

We have space for up to 30 participants. There will be 5 attendees at each table who will then rotate (speed-dating style) between the invited professionals.

If you’d like to attend please submit the RSVP form by Friday November 3, 2017.

No GELA membership is required to participate, although joining GELA is always encouraged.

Please email if you have any questions.

GELA’s Fall Social


Join us for a frighteningly good time!

This casual evening of socializing with fun library folk will take place at a local haunt, the Underground Tap & Grill (10004 Jasper Ave) starting at 5:00 pm on Thursday October 26th 2017. Open to both GELA and non-GELA members.

Come join us to eat, drink, and be scary!