Mark your calendars. The Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) Spring AGM will take place Thursday, May 6th, 2021 hosted virtually in partnership with MacEwan University. Meeting link forthcoming.
We are now in our second year of the global pandemic and a repositioning of post-secondary education in Alberta. These events have highlighted inequities for minority groups and concerns about employment stability, training, recruitment, culture and working conditions. It is time to reconceptualize our professional identities, our roles in academia and the nature of our work.
The theme for AAAL’s Spring 2021 meeting is Working together…when we’re working apart. You are invited to submit proposals for presentations exploring how recent events have affected library workers and their relationships with patrons, colleagues or workload. What projects and collaborations have resulted from challenges faced in the last year? Have new or unexpected (unlikely?!) partnerships developed between groups, departments or institutions? We particularly encourage the participation of staff who are not librarians (technicians, assistants, specialists etc.).
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.
Please note that the final timing and duration of the day is still to be determined.
Submit your proposal by Wednesday, March 31st. Successful presenters will be contacted within the following week.
Do you require financial support to attend or present at the meeting? We encourage you to apply for an AAAL Professional Development Award, whose scope has extended to be inclusive of technological peripheral support.
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 Workshop Committee:
Lucinda Johnston, Jessica Leslie, Carla Lewis, Sarah Shaughnessy, Kelley Wadson