Call for Nominations

The AAAL is seeking nominations for the following 2 AAAL Executive Committee positions, in preparation for elections taking place at the Spring Annual General Meeting on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Mount Royal University in Calgary.  To nominate an AAAL member or put your own name forward for either of these positions, please email any member of the AAAL Nominations Committee with a brief statement of interest (Robyn Hall, Sonya Betz, and Geoff Owens).

The deadline for nominations is Monday, March 12, 2018.

Chair-elect (2 year term: first year as AAAL Chair-elect, and second year as AAAL Chair)
Responsibilities include:

  • Maintain liaison with other library associations and external organizations, and ensure news and updates of interest to the association are reported at the Fall Meeting, Annual General Meeting, and via the AAAL blog and social media;
  • Call for standing committee members as needed and ensure standing committee positions are filled;
  • Conduct general meetings in Chair’s absence;
  • Perform other duties as designated by the Chair;
  • Submit written bi-annual reports to the Chair for inclusion in meeting packages three weeks prior to Fall and Annual General Meetings
  • Attend Executive Meetings.

Secretary/Treasurer (2 year position)
Responsibilities include:

  • Take minutes of meetings and distribute such through the AAAL listserv and/or by posting to the AAAL website;
  • Take minutes of Executive Committee meetings and distribute to the executive;
  • Keep accurate records of AAAL accounts;
  • Submit Treasurer’s report at each general meeting;
  • Submit accounting records to the Auditors annually and submit the audited statement to the provincial government;
  • Submit written bi-annual reports to the Chair for inclusion in meeting packages three weeks prior to Fall and Annual General Meetings;
  • Collect membership fees.

Call for Lightning Strike Sessions

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 in Calgary. Save the date!

We invite you to submit a proposal for a 20 minute talk (this includes time for questions) on how your staff, your libraries and/or your constituents engage with information.  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 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 Michelle Bezenar

After a brief hiatus, the 7 Questions blog series is back! This month we’re featuring Michelle Bezenar, Manager of Borrower Services at MacEwan University.


1. When was the last time you were nervous?

I had an interior designer come to my place to help me with my kitchen renovation. I never had a “professional” come in and look at my place before – suffice to say I was worried about my decorating skills (or lack thereof)

2. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Play the cello

3. What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?

Both sides now by Joni Mitchell (I sang it when I was about 10 years old!) ; All the way by Frank Sinatra ; Heart of gold by Neil Young

4. What is your best piece of career advice?

Don’t sweat the small stuff

5. What is your proudest work-related accomplishment?

My 35 years (and counting) at MacEwan University!

6. What is your favourite quote?

If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.

7. Who inspires you?

My mother – even though she passed away about 9 years ago, she still continues to inspire me.

Fall 2017 AAAL Post Meeting Survey Email

Hello AAAL members,

Thank you to those who attended the Fall 2017 meeting held at NorQuest College in Edmonton. If we missed you this time, we hope you can join us for the Spring 2018 meeting at Mount Royal University’s new Riddell Library and Learning Centre. Please mark your calendars for Thursday, April 12, 2018.

Whether you attended last week’s meeting or not, we would appreciate your feedback and suggestions. This short survey will take 3-5 minutes of your time and assist us in planning engaging and relevant AAAL meetings. Thank you in advance for your time.


The AAAL Executive + Committee Members

CAPAL18 – Call for Proposals

The Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL) is now accepting proposals for the 2018 Conference. The conference will be held in conjunction with Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, 29-31 May, 2018.

Papers presented might relate to aspects of the following themes (though they need not be limited to them):

  • Challenges to academic status for librarians
  • The identity of academic librarians in uncertain times
  • Challenging racism in Canadian universities
  • The role of academic librarians in the changing academic library environment and culture
  • The ways in which professionalism intersects with race and gender, and how it may reinforce institutional power dynamics
  • Challenges to academic freedom and intellectual freedom
  • Challenges to academic integrity in a “fake news” and anti-science world
  • The roles and responsibilities of academic librarians in Reconciliation
  • Resisting the corporatization of universities and academic libraries
  • Confronting barriers to diversity in academic libraries

For full conference details, please see the attached call for proposals.


~ AAAL Communications Committee

AAAL Fall Meeting Registration Extended & Agenda

The AAAL Fall Meeting Registration has been extended to Wednesday, November 8th. Please register as soon as possible for the few remaining spots. If we reach capacity before the 8th, we will close the registration form.

We are very excited to bring you a jam-packed agenda with six sessions, including topics on reconciliation, indigenizing, design, assessment, and did I see penguins?! Also, Dr. Jason Harley will present the keynote titled “Time to Change our Filters: Psychologically Adapting to Information in the Post-truth Era” in which he will share what roles our psychological filters play in how we select and evaluate information.

Please check out the attached agenda for all the details.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at NorQuest College!

CJ de Jong, AAAL Chair

RSVP AAAL Fall Meeting – NorQuest College – Deadline Nov. 6th

Library staff from all member institutions are invited to join us for the Alberta Association of Academic Libraries 2016 Spring Annual General Meeting at NorQuest College on Thursday, November 16.

Please register by Monday, November 6! 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 presentations in the afternoon. An agenda will be sent out soon; however, we are excited to have the opportunity to see NorQuest’s new library during our lunch, and to have Dr. Jason Harley (Educational Psychology, University of Alberta) joining us after lunch to provide the day’s keynote discussing Fake News from a psychological perspective and how that can help us in our work with students. Lunch, as always, will be provided by the AAAL.

CJ de Jong
Chair, Alberta Association of Academic Libraries