AAAL Spring 2023 Meeting – Call for Proposals

Mark your calendars! The Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) Spring 2023 Meeting will take place on Friday, April 28, 2023 and will be hosted at Red Crow Community College in a hybrid format. The meeting will begin at 9:00 am and conclude in the afternoon; meeting link for online attendees, recommended accommodations for in-person attendees, and further information will be forthcoming. 

We are once again forgoing a theme this year in favour of an open call for presentations on the work of academic libraries in Alberta. Do you have a new initiative at your library? A research project on the go or near completion? A message to spread to your colleagues across the province? We invite proposals that are related to the work we do in academic libraries across Alberta.

Proposals can be for either a: 

  • 5 minute lightning talk that is a quick overview of your ideas, experience, and programs/services,


  • 20 to 30 minute presentation that can include ideas, experiences, original research, engaging discussion questions or activities.

Submit your proposal by Wednesday, March 29. Successful presenters will be contacted within a week of the deadline. 

Do you require financial support to present at or attend the meeting? We encourage you to apply now for an AAAL Professional Development Award, which can be used towards expenses to attend the meeting (such as travel, lodging, meals, etc.) as well as technological peripheral support. PD Award applications are due Wednesday, April 5. 

Wondering how we’ll select sessions? Take a look at our Rubric for Selecting AAAL Sessions and use it as a guide for your proposal.

We look forward to hearing from you! 

The AAAL Learning & Development Committee

Alexandra Alisauskas, Hailey Siracky, & Kevin Tanner


Core Forum 2023 Call for Proposals Now Open

Core wants to hear from you! Share your interesting projects, research, perspectives, or experiences at Core Forum in New Orleans, October 19-21, 2023. Core is looking for presentations on hot topics and innovative content in the following areas:

  • Access & Equity
  • Assessment
  • Buildings & Operations
  • Leadership & Management
  • Metadata & Collections
  • Preservation
  • Technology

Presentations should be thought-provoking and highly relevant to practitioners. Complete this form to submit your proposal for a 60-minute session, poster, or pre-conference workshop.


Questions about submitting a proposal? Join us for an “All About Core Forum” webinar session, at 3 pm Eastern Time on Thursday, February 23. Please register here.

Deadline to submit your proposal: Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Debbie Feisst
Core Forum 2023 Planning Committee

Call for AAAL Secretary and Committee Member

The Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) is seeking nominations for AAAL Secretary and Communications Committee member, beginning mid-December. 

All staff from AAAL member institutions ( are eligible. We ask that for Executive Committee roles (we accept nominations or self-nominations), interested candidates include a brief statement of interest in your email. For Sub-Committee positions, we only require an expression of interest.  

Please forward Executive Nominations and Sub-Committee nominations to Amanda Wills ( 

The deadline for applications/nominations is Thursday, December 8th at noon.

For a brief description of the roles please see below. If you have any questions about the positions, please contact Amanda Wills (

Executive Committee Vacancies

Secretary (2-year term)

Responsibilities include: 

  • Take minutes of Fall and Annual General meetings and coordinate distribution with
  • Communications Committee;
  • Take minutes of Executive Committee meetings and distribute them to the executive;
  • Create and coordinate the distribution of post-meeting evaluations to membership
  • Analyze responses from post-meeting evaluations, and report to the Executive Committee and standing committees, and make recommendations as appropriate;
  • Maintain Google Drive access for Executive and Committee members, as needed

Sub-Committee Vacancy

Communications Committee – 1 vacancy (2-year term)

The Communications Committee is responsible for the coordination of all AAAL communications, including the social media accounts and the AAAL blog. 

For a full list of responsibilities for each role/committee, please visit the AAAL Bylaws Page. 

Please let us know if you have any questions and thank you for considering!

Kind Regards, 

Alison Pitcher (AAAL Chair), and

Amanda Wills (AAAL Chair-Elect)

Registration Open: AAAL Fall 2022 Meeting

Registration is now open for AAAL’s Fall 2022 Meeting, hosted online by AAAL on Thursday, November 24th from 9am-3pm. 

Please register using the registration form below no later than noon on Wednesday, November 23rd: 

If you are a voting member, please indicate who your proxy is if you cannot attend.

We are pleased to announce our Keynote Speakers: The OER Panel: Sarah Adams (University of Calgary), Michelle Brailey (University of Alberta), Robert Lawson (Norquest College), and Jessica Norman (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology)

  • 9:00 am – 10:45 am: Business Meeting: Reports from the Executive, Voting, Roundtable, and Elections 
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Keynote: OER 
  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch
  • 1:00 pm – 3:00pm: Afternoon Presentations and Lightning Talks

A full schedule is in our meeting package:

We look forward to seeing you online! 


Alison Pitcher, AAAL Chair (2022-2023)