Library Board Basics Workshops

The Public Library Services Branch Library Board Basics Workshops are open to all library trustees, library managers and library system staff. They are designed to help participants understand the structure of public library service in Alberta, and how to support the delivery of effective public library service in their communities and regions. In particular, participants will understand:

  • Libraries Act and Libraries Regulation and other relevant legislation
  • The Alberta Public Library Network
  • Library board roles, responsibilities and relationships
  • Other important issues such as finances and board effectiveness

There is no fee for the workshop. Participants will receive a workbook and other support materials, snacks, and lunch. Other meals, travel, and any required accommodation will be the participant’s responsibility.

Print copies of the Library Board Basics Workshop booklet are available.  If you would like a copy please email  A pdf version is available here.

Upcoming Workshops

PLSB is currently undergoing staff changes and, consequently, consulting capacity is temporarily reduced.  As a result, our Board Basics schedule for 2018 will be scaled back.  We are planning to schedule two Board Basics workshops in 2018:

  • June 2, 2018 - Cochrane - registration form
  • Fall 2018: Central-Northern Alberta (Location TBA)

We hope to increase the number of Board Basics offered in 2019.

Weather in Alberta can make travel dangerous. Public Library Services Branch may use your email address to notify you of a workshop cancellation if travel is unsafe for participants and presenters. Please check the email address you provided the night before the workshop for a possible cancellation notice.

Registration forms will be available approximately a month prior to the date of the workshop.



If you have any questions:

Public Library Services Branch
Library Board Basics Workshop
803 Standard Life Centre
10405 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5J 4R7
Phone: Toll Free 310-0000 and than 780-427-4871


  • Date modified: 2018-05-04