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Hi all, I’m writing this while in Calgary for NetSpeed ’09. I’ll tell you some of the things I’m learning here next week.For now, the following is an issue that has cropped up a few times recently, so I thought I should address it. Donations Policies: A Matter of Give and Take Sometimes receiving book or materials donations from your patrons is like Christmas: you open a box and you see everything shiny and new.Oh the delight!Other times, it’s like getting coal in your stockings for being... More...

Monday October 26, 2009 01:40PM - 0 Comment(s)



This week's book reviews, by Connie Forst, as submitted for publication in the Tofield Mercury. Who owns the Arctic? : understanding sovereignty disputes in the north / Michael Byers Who actually controls the Northwest Passage? Who owns the trillions of dollars of oil and gas beneath the Arctic Ocean? Which territorial claims will prevail - those of the U.S., Russia, Canada or the Nordic nations - and why? In this highly readable book, a leading Arctic expert and international lawyer... More...

Friday October 23, 2009 10:59AM - 0 Comment(s)



This week's book reviews, by Connie Forst, as submitted for publication in the Tofield Mercury. Breaking the silence : veterans' untold stories from the Great War to Afghanistan / Ted Barris Describing combat, imprisonment or lost comrades from the wars was thought to be reserved for Remembrance Day or the Legion lounge. Nobody was ever supposed to see a soldier get emotional, or show their vulnerability. About 25 years ago, Ted Barris began breaking through this silence. Because of his... More...

Friday October 16, 2009 10:26AM - 0 Comment(s)



Going into OverDrive! You’ve been hearing about OverDrive.You know it’s going live on November 2nd.Are you ready for it? Some time ago, Kelly O. sent out information on how to download the software needed.A few of you responded, and now six libraries are ready.Six.Hmmm. I’ve attached the software download information again, so if you’ve simply forgotten – here’s the reminder.When you have installed it, please let us know the name of the computer you’ve installed it on. If you’re... More...

Friday October 16, 2009 09:09AM - 0 Comment(s)



This week, I went on van run with Joanne, so I haven’t been able to spend much time in the office.I did, however, get the chance to see most of the libraries in the Northern Lights Library System and met a lot of you briefly (very briefly!) You know how you start out with preconceived ideas of how things should be until reality taps you on the shoulder and says, “Now wait a minute…”?I’ve been experiencing that this week.Before going on vacation, Mircea asked that while on van run I keep an... More...

Friday October 09, 2009 01:19PM - 0 Comment(s)



Hello! It’s a long message this week, but one that a number of you have been asking for. Staffing & Salary Survey Report 2009 In February of 2009, the member libraries of the Northern Light s Library System were sent Staffing & Salary Surveys, and asked to return them mid-March.The survey covered: staff qualifications, staff salary ranges, library volunteers, general information and funding, benefits, continuing education for staff, and when personnel policies were put in place.... More...

Friday October 09, 2009 01:17PM - 0 Comment(s)



If you are new to town and haven't yet received your welcome package, please call the FCSS office at 780-645-5311 and we will be sure that you receive one. More...

Friday October 09, 2009 09:44AM - 2 Comment(s)



This week's book reviews, by Connie Forst, as submitted for publication in the Tofield Mercury. Airman by Eoin Colfer In the late nineteenth century, when Conor Broekhart discovers a conspiracy to overthrow the king, he is branded a traitor, imprisoned, and forced to mine for diamonds under brutal conditions while he plans a daring escape from Little Saltee prison by way of a flying machine that he must design, build, and, hardest of all, trust to carry him to safety. War Dances by Sherman... More...

Thursday October 08, 2009 04:48PM - 0 Comment(s)



This week's book reviews, by Connie Forst, as submitted for publication in the Tofield Mercury. Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult Sometimes finding your own voiceis a matter of listening to the heart....Jodi Picoult's powerful novel portrays an emotionally charged marriage that changes course in one explosive moment....For years, Jane Jones has lived in the shadow of her husband, renowned San Diego oceanographer Oliver Jones. But during an escalating argument, Jane turns on him... More...

Friday October 02, 2009 09:49AM - 0 Comment(s)



On behalf of the Royal Alexandra Hospital School Of Nursing, class of 1979, I would like to thank you for your hospitality during our reunion in August. A wonderful weekend was enjoyed by all! Thank You Barbara More...

Thursday October 01, 2009 03:01PM - 0 Comment(s)



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