This weekend marked the 44th Annual Alberta Association of Library Technicians, or AALT, conference at the Badlands Community Facility.

The purpose of this conference is to inform and educate Alberta's library system on the upgrades being made to libraries throughout the province and the importance of evolving within the industry to keep readership strong. Seminars like the importance of graphic novels and the inception of e-books are examples of some of the topics AALT focused on this weekend.aalt5This seminar presented the importance of graphic novels

"There are people from British Columbia that came and all over Alberta," said co-chair and co-organizer, Chloe Giroux from Calgary. "It's just a great opportunity for people from all over to get together, network and learn."

"To be a librarian, it's a masters degree of library science, about six years of university, where a library technician, it's two years."

The event also included tours for those who attended the conference, through the Badlands and the Royal Tyrrel Museum.  Giroux commented that this event always takes place in places like Banff or Canmore and this year, she and her co-chair Megan Sentner decided it was time for Drumheller to be the next conference meet up because of its rich history and geographic beauty.

"We kind of wanted to go out of the box a little bit and hold it somewhere where it hasn't been." said Megan Sentner.

As well as developing new information strategies, the conference was also host to keynote speakers who also weighed in on important subjects involving the importance of keeping library systems current and relevant.

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