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

The Henry Kroeger Regional Water Services Commission began using the RISE video conferencing October of 2014.  Henry Kroeger Regional Water Services is a class III water treatment plant with over 300km of regional potable  water pipeline. The HKRWSC supplies clean, safe drinking  water to various areas in Starland County, Stettler County, Special Areas, and the M.D. of Acadia Valley No.34...This Commission is comprised of a board of eight elected officials from the various municipalities and counties connected to the potable  water distribution system. This commission  is a non-profit organization controlled by the board, who meet once per month  to discuss and manage the affairs of the Henry Kroeger Regional Water System for all members of the public receiving this water. 
The amount of time our elected officials give to the public is vast and demanding.  In remote areas driving times can, in some cases, be longer than meeting times. One board connects to our meeting by using the video conferencing equipment from the Hanna Library...saving them a 288 km drive equalling 3 hours of drive time. 

— Garth Carl, CAO Henry Kroeger Regional Water Services