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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RISE Is a great example of community development and efforts to build a resilient, trusted and accessible network of learning opportunity for rural Alberta. Bow Valley College would be pleased to continue utilizing the RISE Network to support and align with needs of rural learners, increase access to post-secondary opportunities and strengthen cross-generational learning through technology

— Teri McKinnon Bow Valley College

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.