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Board of Trustees

Library Board Members for 2022/23 are:

  • Jane Kusal - Chair
  • Terri Flemmer - Vice-Chair
  • Ron Kleinfeldt - County of Barrhead Representative
  • Rod Klumph - Town of Barrhead Representative
  • Marlene Schmaus
  • Margaret Krikke
  • Stephen Bablitz
  • Susan McLaren
  • David Rowe
  • Elaine Dickie - BPL Director
  • Grace Huisman - Secretary
  • Dagmar Visser - Neerlandia Library
  • Brenda Gelderman - Neerlandia Library

View the current Barrhead Public Library policy manuals by clicking here.

All board meetings are open to the public and are hosted on the third Tuesday of every month. If you wish to observe please email us at Library@BarrheadPublicLibrary.ca

For review, read the Barrhead Public Library Strategic Plan 2020-2024 by clicking here!

Review the 2023 Stronger Together Conference replays by clicking here.

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Yellowhead Regional Library

Yellowhead Regional Library provides services to 303,695 Albertans in 54 municipalities and 10,822 students in three school divisions. Our priority is to provide quality library services to our 43 municipal and 43 school libraries. We continuously strive to be responsive to the needs of our members. 

Our headquarters is located in Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada.

Creating shared value

Yellowhead Regional Library’s (YRL) commitment to its member libraries is an active, ongoing approach that seeks to enrich the collections, resources and services offered to Albertans in the Yellowhead Region.

Simply put, YRL is always growing, learning and sourcing new resources to help make each member library the best it can be.

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TRAC

The Regional Automation Consortium

TRAC (The Regional Automation Consortium) is a partnership of Marigold Library System, Northern Lights Library System, Peace Library System, Yellowhead Regional Library, and their member libraries. Using TRACpac you can search a combined catalogue of over 170 libraries with holdings of nearly three million books, DVDs and other material.

TRAC also participates in Alberta-wide borrowing through ME Libraries. Patrons registered through ME Libraries may borrow materials from any TRAC library, subject to local policies and lending periods.

The libraries within TRAC wish to acknowledge Treaty 6, Treaty 7, and Treaty 8 territory, as well as the Métis Nation of Alberta. The TRAC libraries are located on territory that provided a travelling route and home to many Indigenous peoples.

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The Alberta Library (TAL)

In the 1990s libraries across Alberta faced a number of challenges and opportunities, including the information explosion, the development of new technologies, the emergence of the Internet and a changing government philosophy.

A grassroots response to these challenges led to the creation of The Alberta Library (TAL) in 1997. Internationally recognized for cooperation and collaboration, TAL is a province-wide consortium that now serves 48 member libraries in over 300 locations across the province, including:

  • public libraries
  • regional library systems
  • university libraries
  • college, and technical institute libraries
  • special libraries

Member libraries work together to take advantage of changing technologies, find creative solutions and seize new opportunities. As a result, Albertans at even the smallest library have access to more than 30 million resources.

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Mission & Philosophy

Our library contributes to the well-being and health of our community by providing information, supporting literacy and bringing people together. Because of our participation in the Yellowhead Regional Library System, our library is a single point of access to millions of movies, books, CDs, DVDs, events and more.

We can help you find exactly what you are looking for!

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Our Values
  • Intellectual Freedom
  • Literacy & Lifelong Learning
  • Service & Organizational Excellence
  • Innovation
  • Community Collaboration
  • Accessibility & Inclusiveness
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Our History

Welcome to the Barrhead Public Library!

The Barrhead Library started as a community library in December of 1950 with a $200 donation from the estate of homesteader Jack McKerracher and additional government grants. Over the years the library has been moved to various locations, always within the school grounds. It has been housed in the corner of a school, in a one room and then a two room school and in the county office on the school grounds. It was then moved into the larger, specially designed setting where it is today. In 2010, the library celebrated 60 years of service to the Barrhead area community. Our library serves both the Town and County of Barrhead, as well as the school, and is unique in that it has always operated as a combined school and public facility.

A more detailed history of the Barrhead Public Library can be found in our 50th anniversary book ‘One of a Kind: the Story of the Barrhead Public and School Library.’ This title is available in our library collection.

Library Policies

Information about our library's policies can be found in our Library Board Policy Manual.

Library Strategic Plan

Please visit the Barrhead Public Library & Neerlandia Public Library Strategic Plans for 2020-2024.

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Inter-Library Loan

If the library material you want to borrow isn't available through the library's online catalogue, you can request material to be brought in from outside of the TRAC system.

Search for and place holds on materials from any participating Alberta Public or Academic Library with the Relais D2D Inter-Library Loan service. 

*Please note that ILLO requests may take significantly longer to fill due to the pandemic.

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Online Privacy and Access to Information Statement

Introduction

The Yellowhead Regional Library is a consortium of 43 public and 43 school libraries. This statement addresses your online privacy and access to information through the Yellowhead Regional Library's headquarters Integrated Library System (ILS) and website.

The Yellowhead Regional Library Board and staff are subject to the Libraries Act and Regulation R.S.A. 2000 Chap. L-11 and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP), and uphold the Canadian Federation of Library Associations’ (CFLA) Statement on Intellectual Freedom and Libraries.

The Yellowhead Regional Library Board’s bylaws and policies are publicly available, including its Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) bylaw and Information Technology policy.

Collection and Disclosure of Personal Information

The System only collects the amount of personal information needed to conduct library services and programs. Personally identifiable information contained in the patron record includes:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number(s)
  • Email address

Patron records with charges below the defined threshold are purged after they have been expired for two years.

The System does not collect personal information for commercial marketing or distribution to private organizations. The System will only disclose personal information:

a. to law enforcement in response to a court order, such as a warrant, subpoena, or other legal compulsion.

b. in partnership with other Alberta libraries and library systems for the purposes of sharing materials under conditions defined in existing resource sharing agreements and programs (e.g. interlibrary loan agreements, TAL Card, ME Libraries), collecting fees or fines, and retrieving borrowed materials.

c. for the purpose of contacting next of kin or emergency response personnel in the case of an
emergency.

Tracking and Security

Cookies – When you visit a website it may deposit a piece of data, called a web cookie, with the temporary web browser files on your computer. If you wish, you can change the settings on your web browser to deny cookies, or to warn you when a site is about to deposit cookies on your hard drive.

Encryption – The System’s website links patrons to their My Account on TRACpac and Relais for borrowing purposes. These consortia use encryption during the login process/transmission of a patron’s library card, username, and PIN.

eResources – The System subscribes to various databases found under the eResources tab of the System’s and our libraries’ websites. The administrative software of the databases may identify individual patron barcodes with specific titles read, however the System only uses the information anonymously to aggregate usage by patron’s registered library. The System does not analyze individual patron usage. Users may read the databases’ privacy policies on their home pages.

External Links – The System’s website links to other websites and eResources that may collect personal information. Users should review the privacy policies of these sites before providing them with personal data.

Reading History – Patrons can save their reading histories on TRACpac. These lists are private unless the patron chooses to share them, and the System will not share these lists, except when in response to a law enforcement court order, such as a warrant, subpoena, or other legal compulsion.

SimplyReports – The System utilizes SimplyReports software to pull data from the ILS in order to create custom reports and to assist with identifying recent borrowers of a lost or damaged library item. This information can only be drawn for the last five borrowers of an item and is only used for the stated purpose of retrieving missing pieces, missing items, and to invoice for damage or loss.

Usage Statistics – The System uses Google Analytics to discover usage of the System’s and our libraries’ websites. Google Analytics uses cookies. Users may read Google Analytics’ policies.

Parental Responsibility for Minors

Yellowhead Regional Library does not act in loco parentis. Parents and legal guardians take responsibility for what their children access on and through the System’s website. No age restrictions or filters apply to the System’s databases, eResources, or links to external sites, and the System’s Internet access is not filtered.

Programs and Events

Online Forms and Electronic Communication with System Staff – The System may provide online forms for facilitating services or resource acquisition suggestions. These forms will require some user personal information. The System will gather only the personal information necessary to facilitate the registration or request, and the personal information will not be used for any other purpose. Personal information provided to System staff through any other electronic communications, such as email, text, etc. will be used only to facilitate the request submitted.

Social Media

The System may provide access to social media. Users posting comments to the System’s social media should be aware of the public nature of such posts and of their responsibility to exercise caution when sharing personally identifiable information over social media.

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Terms of Use

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