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 (https://aaal.ca/membership/membership-list/) 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 (awills@nwpolytech.ca). 

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 (awills@nwpolytech.ca).


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)

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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: https://forms.gle/TVzrhbBi178rSqTL7 

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: https://aaal.ca/events/

We look forward to seeing you online! 

Sincerely, 

Alison Pitcher, AAAL Chair (2022-2023)

Call for AAAL Chair-Elect and Committee Members

The Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) is seeking volunteers for the following Executive Committee and Sub-Committee positions, to begin this fall. 

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 Alison Pitcher (pitchera2@macewan.ca). 

The deadline for applications/nominations is Thursday, November 10th at noon. 

For a brief description of the roles please see below. If you have any questions about the roles, please reach out to Alison Pitcher (pitchera2@macewan.ca).


Executive Committee Vacancies

Chair-Elect – (3-year term – first year as Chair-Elect, second year as Chair, third year as Past-Chair – note that the first year term is only a partial year). 

Responsibilities include: 

  • Call for volunteers for executive and standing committee positions as needed and ensure positions are filled and elections carried out as needed; 
  • Communicate changes to the Executive and Committee roster, including position terms, to the Communications Committee. 
  • Solicit applications for the Professional Development Award and oversee award disbursements

Sub-Committee Vacancies

Mentorship Committee – 1 vacancy (2-year term)

The Mentorship Committee is responsible for coordinating and supporting the AAAL Mentorship program (Sept-April), including calling for mentors and mentees, pairing participants, and soliciting feedback.

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. The vacant position is specifically for a webmaster but will help in overall communications work as well.

Statistics & Assessment Committee – 2 vacancies (2-year terms)

The Statistics & Assessment Committee is responsible for collecting, compiling, preserving, and distributing statistics from member institutions. The committee also assesses the statistics for relevant trends and shares the findings at the AAAL Spring AGM and Fall Meeting.

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) 

DEADLINE EXTENDED to Oct 25: AAAL Fall Meeting Call for Proposals

The deadline for proposals has been extended to October 25!


The Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) Fall 2022 Meeting will take place November 24 2022 and will be hosted virtually by the Association. The meeting will begin at 9:00 am and conclude in the afternoon; a meeting link and further information will be forthcoming. 

We are 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 in Alberta.

Proposals can be for either a: 

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

​OR

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

Submit your proposal by Tuesday, October 25. Successful presenters will be contacted within the following week. 

 

Do you require financial support to present at the meeting? We encourage you to apply now for an AAAL Professional Development Award, whose scope has extended to be inclusive of technological peripheral support. PD Award applications are due Thursday, November 3.

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, Sarah Chomyc, Jorden Habib, Hailey Siracky, & Kevin Tanner

Call for Applications: AAAL Professional Development Award

Are you considering presenting at or attending the Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) virtual Fall Meeting on Thursday, November 24? 

The AAAL Professional Development Award is once again open for submissions. As a reminder, the award has been extended to accept applications for technology-related expenses. This can include technology upgrades (devices, monitors, headsets) or software/subscription fees that would make attending the AAAL fall meeting possible/more accessible.

Eligibility

Applicants must be affiliated with a AAAL member institution

OR

Applicants must be currently attending an LIT or MLIS program


Priority will be given to applicants presenting a session/workshop at the AAAL meeting, or who have limited funding for professional development through their institution, however this is not a requirement. Everyone who is eligible is encouraged to apply!

For additional details about the award and applicable expenses that can be claimed through the award, please visit the AAAL Professional Development Award page on the website. To apply, you can fill out the application form below. 

 

The deadline for submissions is Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Alison Pitcher at pitchera2@macewan.ca.