The Rural Information Services initiativE (RISE) Project was created through collaboration between the Chinook Arch Regional Library System, the Marigold Library System, and the Shortgrass Library System. The project has installed videoconferencing equipment in seventy-nine libraries in Southern Alberta and the three regional library headquarters. Connections can easily be made to organizations outside of the RISE network.

The RISE Project aims to increase rural quality of life by allowing communication with healthcare professionals, educators, families, libraries, entertainers, and others to take place via videoconferencing. This means that our users may be able to avoid icy roads in winter by videoconferencing into meetings and other commitments. Furthermore, the reduction in travel will reduce expenses for families and employees while simultaneously reducing automobile emissions.

For more information about the RISE Project and to see a detailed program schedule please visit the RISE website. If you see a program that you would like to participate in please visit the library, call us at 403-934-5440, or email us through the Contact page to arrange a session. Please note that some content providers charge a fee for their programs and, due to the limited availability of funds, the library may not be able to accommodate all requests.

Patrons, businesses, and community organizations wishing to set up a videoconference at the Strathmore Municipal Library should call 403-934-5440. Please note that there is currently no charge for conducting a videoconference.