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Libraries transform lives and communities.
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Trustee Telegram 

The public library is a communal space to feel safe, to try something new and enrich your life. This is a place where stories are created and heard, where individuals can create community. It was easy to see that like me, many people were looking for a chance to connect not just with others but with themselves. The local library is a place where you can find yourself regardless of the roles you're assigned every day.

– Sarah Schmidt

Municipal Councils & Library Boards
A library board is established under the Libraries Act by a municipality that decides to provide public library service. Once created, the library board is a governing board and is a corporation with full management and control of the public library. Council appoints trustees and approves the board's financial requisition. The board manages public library service.
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How to Use Data Effectively
When managing a public service, deciding what to start, stop or continue doing should not be driven by a gut feeling. Using the right data, and accurately interpreting that data, are key to successful decision making. What is good data? It should drive action towards your mission, provide a picture of success, provide timely feedback, and support accountability.
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The Public Library: Where Culture Comes to You
Cultural vitality in any community relies on a web of collaborative relationships between various organizations and individuals. Public libraries contribute to that cultural landscape. They offer books, recordings, and programs that nurture creativity, provide space to host a wide range of events, showcase works by local artists, welcome newcomers, and more.
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There is still time to share your opinion about fiscal priorities and to impact the 2020 provincial budget. Provide your thoughts through the 2020 Budget Consultation online survey until Friday, February 7, 4:30 pm.
Visiting the library remains the most common leisure activity in the U.S., according to Gallup poll data gathered the first two weeks of December 2019. Visiting a library was the most frequent activity reported by men and women in all age groups, at all income levels, and regardless of whether or not they have children under 18. These data update a December 2001 study, in which libraries also ranked as the most frequent cultural activity - outpacing visits to movie theatres, sporting events, music or theatrical events, museums, national/historical parks and zoos.

"Despite the proliferation of digital-based activities over the past two decades -- including digital books, podcasts, streaming entertainment services and advanced gaming -- libraries have endured as a place Americans visit nearly monthly on average." Specific poll results are contained in a
Gallup report released  January 24, 2020. 

 

Spotlight on Trustee Development

Introduction to Board Governance: Understanding Your Roles and Responsibilities and Applying Your Learning
February 20 - 21 in Edmonton
Register online


Suitable for new and experienced board members, this workshop is designed to increase understanding of governance concepts and trustee roles and responsibilities, liability and risk management, organizational planning and financial responsibilities, effective meetings, and building an solid structure and a strong team.
Hosted by the Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations and presented by the Ministry of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women's Board Development Program.
The Alberta Library Trustees Association (ALTA) is the collective voice for public library trustees in Alberta and their mission is to build trustee capacity through education, leadership, communication, partnerships, and collaboration.
 
Check out ALTA's Trustee Toolkit to learn more about your role in providing effective library service to your community.
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