Connecting Libraries, Connecting People

The RISE Network works with public libraries to provide Albertans with opportunities to communicate with health care professionals, participate in distance education, attend meetings, learn new skills and more – all by videoconference from their local library. 

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 ...the potential for transforming public libraries, especially in rural areas, is enormous. This is a [network] that brings people together, strengthens our communities and creates another service niche for public libraries in Alberta.

— Michelle Toombs, Director Marigold Library System

About Us

What if there was a place where you could meet with your doctor, learn from an astronaut and have an expert answer your farming questions? 
For residents of Alberta, that place is their local library.  At 100 public libraries,Alberta residents can engage and interact with live experts, medical professionals, colleagues and more, all within minutes of home. The RISE Network – a videoconference network developed by Chinook Arch, Marigold and Shortgrass Library Systems has developed strong roots in Alberta since its launch in 2009.  The RISE Network (originally the Rural Information Services Initiative), links ninety-three libraries, six library system headquarters as well as one provincial library consortia via a sophisticated, secure videoconference network.