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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!

GELA’s Student Mixer

Are you a student in a librarian program or librarian technicians program?


You are invited to GELA’s Student Mixer!

Take a break from your studies and join us for an evening of drinks and free appetizers at Craft Beer Market (10013 101A Ave, Edmonton T5J 0C3) starting at 5:30 pm.

This casual gathering is a great opportunity to meet other library student folk and guests are welcome to bring family and friends. Open to both GELA and non-GELA members.


To RSVP or ask any questions see our Facebook page:[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22create_dialog%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22group_create_dialog%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A[]%7D]&has_source=1