We are pleased to announce the Call for Proposals (CFP) for CAPAL17: Foundations & Futures: Critical Reflections on the Pasts, Presents, and Possibilities of Academic Librarianship. This will be the fourth annual conference of the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL) to be held May 30th – June 1st as part of Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2017 in Toronto, Ontario which lies in the territory of the Haudenosaunee and the Mississaugas of the New Credit River.
This conference provides an opportunity for the academic library community to critically examine and discuss together the ways in which our profession is influenced by its social, political, and economic environments. By considering academic librarianship within its historical contexts, its presents, and its possible futures, and by situating it within evolving cultural frameworks and structures of power, we can better understand the ways in which academic librarianship may reflect, reinforce, or challenge these contexts both positively and negatively.
The deadline for proposals is the 23rd of December, 2016.
For more details download the full call for proposals.
November’s installment of 7 Questions With… AAAL Members features Ebony Magnus, Assessment & User Experience Librarian at SAIT.
1. What is something interesting you learned in the last month? Bumblebees have trouble recovering from stress without sugar. Thank you, sadanimalfacts.com
2. When was the last time you were nervous? Today. I’m filling out this questionnaire on November 9. Donald Trump is the United States President-Elect and I’m not sure I’ve ever been so nervous.
3. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Roll my Rs
4. If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose? Ororo Munroe
5. If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and what would it be for? Just a room full of puppies and cotton candy. Because puppies and cotton candy.
6. What is your best piece of career advice? Build strong relationships and take every opportunity to learn from those around you. I’ve only been in this profession for three years, but I’ve benefited immensely from the support and knowledge of mentors and peers.
7. What is your favourite quote? The past is always tense, the future perfect. – Zadie Smith
The AAAL Executive is looking for an enthusiastic library staff member from an AAAL institution to put their name forward to fill a vacancy on the AAAL Professional Development Committee.
The responsibilities of this Committee are as follows:
- Coordinate the disbursement of the AAAL Professional Development Award (a maximum of $500 per year) according to criteria approved by the AAAL Executive Committee;
- Solicit, review, and approve applications from members;
- Coordinate with the Secretary/Treasurer to distribute funds.
Please express your interest via email to email@example.com by Monday, November 14th.
October’s installment of 7 Questions With… AAAL Members features Brad Neufeldt, Director of Library Services St. Mary’s University Library.
1. What is something interesting you learned in the last month? Donald Trump is actually a Cheeto.
2. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Ride a unicycle downhill while juggling
3.What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
- Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen)
- Bemsha Swing by Thelonious Monk perfomed by Medeski, Martin & Wood
- Nickel Bag of Funk by Digable Planets
- Pie Jesu from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Requiem
- Weasel Pot Pie by That 1 Guy
- Shine of You Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd
- Rock the Casbah by The Clash
among many others
4.If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose? Marîd Audran in George Alec Effinger’s When Gravity Fails
5. What would you name the autobiography of your life? Feral Teddy Bears & Other Nightmares
6. What is your favourite quote? “If at first you don’t succeed …. well, so much for skydiving!”
7. When was the last time you were nervous? September 25, Sunday morning getting ready to ride 100 miles on a fixed gear bike (one gear & no freewheel).
The Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) Fall 2016 Meeting will take place on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at the University of Alberta.
Please consider submitting a proposal for a 20 minute session on something new or engaging that is happening at your library, or on a topic applicable to academic libraries in our province!
What new program, service, or space are you and your library providing to your user community? What new technologies or tools are you using to improve how you, your library, or your users get things done?
Looking for ideas on what to present? Check out past AAAL Lightning Strike presentations.
Wondering how we’ll select sessions? Take a look at our new rubric and use it to prepare your proposal.
Submit your proposal online by Monday, October 24, 2016.
In need of financial support to present at the meeting? Apply for an AAAL Professional Development Award as part of the submission process.
We hope to see you in Edmonton in November!
AAAL Workshop Committee
Claudette Cloutier (UCalgary)
Shawna Murphy (MHC)
Trish Rosseel (UAlberta)
Please mark your calendars! The AAAL Fall Meeting for 2016 will be held in Edmonton on Thursday, November 17 at the University of Alberta.
A call for presentations, RSVP info and agenda are forthcoming. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact either AAAL co-chair with any questions or concerns.
The AAAL Executive is looking for an enthusiastic library staff member from an AAAL institution to put their name forward to fill a vacancy on the AAAL Communications Committee.
The responsibilities of this Committee are as follows:
- Coordinate communications of the AAAL including all social media accounts and the AAAL blog
- Solicit and distribute news items from members on a regular basis
- Coordinate with the Executive Committee to maintain and update the AAAL website
Please express your interest via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, September 7th.