Alberta For Sale!

With Archives Week just around the corner, Vino (archivist) and I made sure that Musée Héritage Museum brought its game.

Every year, the Archives Society of Alberta encourages archives from across the province to submit photographs from their collections that embody the annual theme. This year's theme, "Alberta For Sale" had us pull out the best of our local business advertisements!

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I created this poster for Archives Week on Canva, my go-to free graphic design site - the same one I used to make my poster for the SLA 2015 conference back in June!

It's an exciting Archives Week for Musée Héritage Museum, because one of our submissions ended up being on the cover for the 2016 calendar! Read the museum's blog entry about it here!

This beauty featuring a very 80s Wayne Gretzky belongs to the extensive photograph collection in our Victor Post fonds, which commemorates the work of a well-recognized photographer from St. Albert.

This beauty featuring a very 80s Wayne Gretzky belongs to the extensive photograph collection in our Victor Post fonds, which commemorates the work of a well-recognized photographer from St. Albert.

For part of our display, I searched for ads local to St. Albert from older issues of the St. Albert Star and St. Albert Gazette, which ranged from the 1910s to the 1960s. I wanted to recreate one of those advertisement walls where people staple and paste their posters over top of one another's (although, we opted for painter's tape as a much less damaging alternative). All of the newspaper ads used are available on the public domain through the University of Alberta's own Peel's Prairie Provinces database. This resource provides access to a multitude of older newspapers, images, and maps from the Canadian prairies, and is definitely worth checking out.

I was happy to briefly step away from my main project to help out with this task, especially after seeing all of the book displays created by my colleagues who work in public and academic libraries.

The advertisement wall on display at Musée Héritage Museum from October 3-9, 2015.

The advertisement wall on display at Musée Héritage Museum from October 3-9, 2015.

Please come to Musée Héritage Museum to see our great spread of archival material as well as our current exhibit called, The Street Where You Live! 

Be sure to visit the other archives across Alberta this coming week to see what they have For Sale! 

Library Escapades: Musée Héritage Museum (St. Albert)

Ever since I've started to actively work on my own networking, I constantly encourage my peers and colleagues to take advantage of networking opportunities when they can, because you never know where they'll lead to.

Near the end of my final term in the MLIS program at the University of Western Ontario, I attended a Speed Networking Event hosted by our very own Canadian Library Association (CLA) student group. Students had the chance to bounce questions off of information professionals for 15 minutes at a time. There were 4 information professionals from various backgrounds (Linda Ludke from London Public Library, Tom Adam from Western Libraries, Sandra McKeown from the London Health Sciences Centre, and Mary Kosta from the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph Archives). Mary was the last professional that I got to speak with, and upon telling her that I was from Edmonton, she told me that an MLIS student, Jennifer Vickers who worked at the Archives with her was doing a placement at Musée Héritage Museum in St. Albert, AB! At first, Mary joked with me about surprising Jennifer, but after considering how I hadn't yet visited Musée Héritage Museum, I decided to take a more stable route by communicating with Jennifer beforehand.

With Mary's kind assistance, I was able to connect with Jennifer over LinkedIn, and with the permission of her supervisor, also the Archivist at Musée Héritage Museum, Vino Vipulanantharajah, I arranged for an informational meeting and networking opportunity. After chatting with the two wonderful people, we briefly discussed my past experience working in archives, and a volunteer opportunity with Vino surfaced! 

I am happy to report that as of today, I have started working on two volunteer projects at Musée Héritage Museum - creating an inventory for Information Files of various items representative of the City of St. Albert's civil history, and supporting the image database that accompanies the museum's collection of artifacts. Vino mentioned that later on, as the volunteer base grows, there may even be opportunities for some program planning! I am excited to get to work with more amazing people and continue to gain more valuable experience on my quest for a career in the library science field!

You can find out more about the exhibits and other great things that Musée Héritage Museum has to offer on their website!

Jennifer has since headed back to her hometown of London, ON. I wish her all the best and as she said to me, "we have to stick together"!

Musée Héritage Museum!

Musée Héritage Museum!

St. Albert Place is the building that houses both Musée Héritage Museum and the St. Albert Public Library! It is conveniently along St. Anne Street where St. Albert's Farmer's Market is on Saturdays, which everyone should go to at some point.

St. Albert Place is the building that houses both Musée Héritage Museum and the St. Albert Public Library! It is conveniently along St. Anne Street where St. Albert's Farmer's Market is on Saturdays, which everyone should go to at some point.

Musée Héritage Museum's Discovery Room and Research Desk!

Musée Héritage Museum's Discovery Room and Research Desk!

Stay tuned for more library escapades because they aren't going to stop any time soon...