AAAL Spring 2021 Presentation Recordings

Did you miss AAAL’s Spring 2021 Meeting? Interested in learning about Canadian copyright OER, best practices for library chat, or data physicalization? Check out the recorded keynote address and presentations on the AAAL YouTube channel.

Please note these videos will only be available until July 14, 2021.

Reopening Tool Survey – We need your feedback!

AAAL has an online tool for members to share information and discuss best practices for reopening libraries both during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, as we all adjust to its impacts on services and resources.

Please complete this Reintegration Tool Survey to share your feedback and help the Committee ensure this tool is meeting the needs of AAAL’s member organizations. 

About the Reintegration (Covid Planning) Basecamp Tool:

With the recent reopening plan announced by the province, there is a need to collaborate and share information on best practices: What is X-college doing about access to the collection? Student study groups? Checking items back in? Face-to-face research consultations? How are we going to address issues surrounding re-opening our libraries once the pandemic is over? 

The AAAL Reintegration (Covid Planning) Basecamp can help you find answers to those questions and more! TAL has posted a chart with the current status of libraries throughout the province, including building status, collection status, and whether TAL cards are being accepted, and many member libraries have contributed to discussions about instruction, safety, staff support and more. 

If you are interested in being added to this discussion group please contact Brian Lin at or Kelley Wadson at

PD Opportunity: MLA-SLA Joint Conference

Interested in connecting with our prairie neighbours? Registration for the Manitoba and Saskatchewan Library Associations’ joint conference is now open!

Happening June 14-16, 2021

Register now

The theme for the 2021 conference is Libraries: Better Together, which reflects the essential role of libraries in building and promoting diversity, inclusivity, and equity and providing space for cultural and public engagement. Libraries are a proactive, future-oriented force in life-long learning, innovation, social connection, and the economic well-being of our two provinces. The conference will offer a range of sessions that will be of interest to libraries of all types and all sizes in all sectors (academic, public, school, and special).

More information about speakers and sessions is available on the conference website.

The SIMA Project at Vanguard College Library

The Vanguard College Library recently completed a digital heritage project in collaboration with FACTSnet and Young Canada Works examining the Story of Indigenous Ministry in Alberta (SIMA). They are hopeful this project will prove useful to students and the greater evangelical community who want to learn more about or get involved in Indigenous ministry. 

The finished website ( hosts two main components:

  • A networking database of contacts and resources for Indigenous ministry in Alberta.
    • A comprehensive list of contacts, directories of websites, resources, and books, as well as a research guide. This database enables users to connect with current Indigenous ministry in Alberta, and functions as a tool for higher-level learning.
  • A written story of Indigenous ministry in Alberta.
    • The result of qualitative research interviews held with ministry and community leaders including both Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives. The hope is this can serve as a primary resource for historical information on the history of Indigenous ministry and Indigenous-evangelical relations in Alberta.

For questions, please reach out to

AAAL Spring AGM Meeting Details

Hopefully, everyone has marked their calendars and is ready for the AAAL 2021 Spring AGM, hosted virtually in partnership with MacEwan University on May 6th, 2021 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm MST

All AAAL member library staff are welcome to attend. We are so pleased to share our meeting package and amazing full-day program including our keynote speaker Dr. Norene Erickson (MacEwan University) where she will speak to the relationship between different roles within the library.  The full agenda and meeting package can be accessed at

To join us, please follow this link (  There is no registration required to attend. 

If you are unable to attend, we will endeavor to offer recordings of our presentations and will post a link to these recordings on our website after the meeting. 

We have also extended the deadline for the AAAL Professional Development Award to Monday, May 3, 2021.  We have extended the scope of this award to include peripheral support and technology expenses. Please visit the PD Award page for details.  

A huge thanks to MacEwan for hosting, as well to the Learning and Developing Committee for their hard work in putting this all together for us. 

If you have any questions, please reach out to

We look forward to seeing you there!