Conference Funding Opportunity from the Foothills Library Association

Applications for the 2018 Rachel Chan Memorial Grant are now being accepted.

The Foothills Library Association provides this grant of up to $500 to assist FLA members with limited or no access to funding to attend a library conference related to their work. The grant may be applied to cover registration fees, accommodation and/or travel to the conference.

Application deadline is April 27, 2018.

Applications can be submitted online via this form.

For more information, please contact the FLA Vice-President, at flavp@fla.org.

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7 Questions with Yvonne Phillips

This month’s issue of 7 Questions with AAAL Members features Yvonne Phillips, Librarian at Red Deer College Library


yvonne-hi1. What is something interesting you learned in the last month?
I rarely travel to warm places, so I learned on a recent trip how avocados grow on trees – hanging individually on a vine! I also learned that if you try to take them home in your suitcase, you’ll get caught.

2. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I play music, but I wish I could sing.

3. What is your best piece of life advice?
I have a quote I found somewhere, “Over-prepare . . . then go with the flow.” In other words, be organized for your intended path, but be willing to take a different one.

4. What do you eat for breakfast?
My usuals, in order of preference: Homemade granola and yogurt; two eggs and toast; cooked oatmeal. I’m not above breakfast chocolate either.

5. What do you do when you’re not working?
I’m well-known for the variety of my activities. Play concert band clarinet and music group recorder, read newspapers and books, run, bike, hike, XC ski, play hockey, back-country camp, travel, snowshoe, go to concerts and theatre . . .

6. What is your favourite quote?
From Voltaire’s Candide: “Les chagrins secrets sont encore plus cruels que les misères publiques.”

7. What is your favourite colour?
Blue.

Registration reminder for Spring 2018 AGM: Deadline is April 3rd!

This is a reminder that April 3rd is the deadline to register for the AAAL Spring 2018 AGM! Library staff from all member institutions are invited to join us at Mount Royal University on Thursday, April 12th.

There’s an awesome day of networking and learning scheduled! Jessie Loyer (Librarian at Mount Royal University) is joining us after lunch to provide the day’s keynote on indigenous language and our libraries. Lunch, as always, will be provided by the AAAL.

For details, please see the agenda and meeting package on the AAAL website.

CJ de Jong, AAAL Chair

Registration is Open! 2018 Spring AGM at Mount Royal University

Library staff from all member institutions are invited to join us for the Alberta Association of Academic Libraries 2018 Spring Annual General Meeting at Mount Royal University on Thursday, April 12th.

Please register by Tuesday, April 3rd! Space is limited, so register early.

Thanks to the hard work of AAAL Committees and Executive members, we have a busy day of networking and learning planned, including our AAAL business meeting in the morning, and a full slate of presentations in the afternoon. We are also excited to have Jessie Loyer (Librarian at Mount Royal University) joining us after lunch to provide the day’s keynote on indigenous language and our libraries. Lunch, as always, will be provided by the AAAL.

For details, please see the agenda and meeting package on the AAAL website.

CJ de Jong, AAAL Chair

Events at Buchanan Library Lethbridge College

In 2018, Buchanan Library at Lethbridge College has been a very exciting place!

On January 2nd, we said good-bye to our information Services desk and hello to our new One Desk.  An exciting adventure for both staff and students.

Excitement continued with ‘Beach Day’ on January 31st.  An event involving a number of services across the college, spearheaded by the library, threw on their flip-flops and enjoyed blueberry and watermelon slushes with slices of pineapple on the side.

Finally, the Library teamed-up with the Learning Café to host Long Night Against Procrastination.  Students enjoyed stress release activities including massages and crafts along with healthy snacks like apples, granola bars and pizza.

~ Update submitted by Corene Kozey, Lethbridge College Library

For more information, check out the Buchanan Library website.

Second Call for Lightning Strikes Sessions – AAAL Spring 2018 Meeting

Second Call for Lightning Strikes Sessions – Only 10 days left to submit.
The Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) Spring 2018 meeting will take place on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at the Riddell Library and Learning Centre at Mount Royal University of Calgary.
We invite you to submit a proposal for a lightning strike session (20 minute talk including time for questions) on how your staff, your libraries and/or your constitutions engage with information.  What new program, service, or space are you and your library providing to your user communities?  What new technologies or tools are you using to improve how you, your library, or your users get things done.
Looking forward to seeing all of you in Calgary in April.
AAAL Workshop Committee
Claudette Cloutier (UCalgary)
Angie Mandeville (UAlberta)
Shawna Murphy (MHC)

 

7 Questions with Pam Ensslen

This month’s issue of 7 Questions with…AAAL Members features Pam Ensslen, Borrower Services Assistant at John L Haar Library, MacEwan University


1. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Sew clothing from Vintage Vogue patterns

2. What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
Anything from the 1967-1970 Spiderman cartoon series

3. If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
Yogi Bear

4. If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?
Translating a mystery novel from German into English

5. What would you name the autobiography of your life?
Full Frontal Nerdity

6. What is your best piece of life advice?
Dare to be extravagant and don’t shy away from challenges that test your mettle

7. What is your proudest work-related accomplishment?
Creating a patent instruction manual

Bonus question: What do you eat for breakfast?
Coffee and a sugary snack