President's Message

Greetings ABQLA members,

Some of you may have put up your holiday decorations and begun your shopping, others among you may still be in denial that December is around the corner! We at ABQLA are particularly looking forward to our annual CODE Canada fundraiser, an event that has become a touchstone in the ABQLA calendar year. This year marks the return of Dix Milles Villages and Paragraphe books as vendors, as well as an amazing selection of raffle prizes. Alan Leblanc from CODE will be speaking with us and sharing some of their great initiatives. CODE works to support library and literacy here in Canada and the developing world. Read more about CODE projects and the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit literature.  See you there!

The first ABQLA events have taken place, a great turn out came for the Booktalk 3.0 event hosted by the Public and Youth libraries sections, and a fascinating introduction to 3-D printing was hosted by the College and Research Sections. The Fall Kick Off at the Marc Favreau library in Rosemont was well-attended, and featured a tour of the library and its facilities. The library says it sees a potential to develop and expand its relationships with professional associations, and that this was a great first step. It was especially heartening to hear that this third Rosemont library is a success story. When built late in 2013 the library anticipated around 700 visitors a day.  Currently they often welcome 900 visitors a day, with around 1200 on weekends. These statistics alone affirm the necessity and value of libraries in local communities.  (Here is a link to find out more about the library: http://bit.ly/1d17980)

The Education Institute continues to offer interesting and innovative webinars, on topics pertaining to every area of librarianship, from collection development (Building LGBTQ kids/teen collections, December 9) to technology (Arduino and Raspberry Pi, December 2) to research, assessment, staffing, mentoring, and programs and services. Don’t forget that by registering for the Continuing Education Certificate, you can make your professional development count towards it.

Our other ABQLA initiatives, the student scholarship and travel bursaries, as well as the planning for our May 2015 conference are well underway, and you can look forward to hearing more about these in the coming months.

May you have an enjoyable and peaceful holiday season, in the company of friends and family.

Shannon Babcock, President, ABQLA.