A Visit to the Alberta Legislature Library in Edmonton
From an Edmonton Journal Article:
We’re often in the background of things. We’re not out there seeking glory,” says Valerie Footz, the legislature librarian and one of nine librarians and eight library technicians who work out of the quiet but grand library on the second floor. “One of our purposes is to preserve and chronicle the parliamentary history. When you think, every day — almost — history is being made in the chamber.”
And that history is being made with help and information provided by the library. Want to find out if any MLA has ever given birth during her elected term? Ask the librarians. Need to find out the cubic volume of Alberta’s three largest lakes? Ask the librarians. Want to know what age children are allowed to leave school in jurisdictions across Canada? You know where to go. Any question that might help an MLA make a better informed decision or craft a better law for their constituents, and this library is da bomb.
“I think if we want our representatives to make the best decisions, it has to be grounded in information and data,” Footz said. “We would never go to Wikipedia. The sources that we use are vetted.”
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.