7 Questions with René Martin

October’s installment of 7 Questions With…AAAL Members features René Martin, Director, Learning Services of Alberta College of Art + Design


1. When was the last time you were nervous?Selfie
I am very rarely nervous for myself; however, I have discovered a whole new level of nervousness with my eight year old daughter. Standing back and allowing her to try things, and possibly fail, is so hard. You want to protect your children from failure and hurt, yet as a parent, you know that’s an important life lesson. So I’m so often nervous for my daughter when she puts herself out there, but I put on the brave face so that she can reflect it.

2. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Be patient. But since I’m pretty sure I’ve missed that boat, speak other languages fluently

3. What is your best piece of life advice?
Learn to laugh at yourself. You cannot take yourself too seriously; if you do, life can be crushing. I think the ability to laugh at yourself translates into the ability to forgive yourself for your failings. With that forgiveness comes the ability to work on those failings, and keep trying until you can feel good about yourself and the choices you made.

4. What are some of your favourite podcasts?
Stuff you Should Know; The Daily by Michael Barbaro; This American Life

5. What do you do when you’re not working?
When I’m not spending time with my husband and daughter, I’m often found reading, enjoying delicious food and cocktails, and hanging out with an absolutely fabulous group of gals. And yes, sometimes all of those things at once.

6. What is your favourite quote?
“Thoughts become things, so choose the good ones”. The Universe (theuniverse@tut.com)

7. Who inspires you?
So many of my inspirations are women. Sadly, we still have to work harder, do more, overcome more, wade through the criticisms that come with it all just to be noticed. Just to be seen as equal. So women who have done this with graciousness, courage and strength are my inspirations. And even those that come through it all with with gracelessness, fear and weakness inspire me, because they still came through it.

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Save the Date Announcement – Fall 2017 Meeting

Greetings AAAL Members,

Please mark your calendars! The AAAL Fall 2017 Meeting will be held in Edmonton on Thursday, November 16 at NorQuest College and we’re all excited to check out their new facility.

A call for presentations will be sent out in the near future followed by an opportunity to register for the meeting later in the term. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact the AAAL chair with any questions or concerns.

I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome new and returning members to the AAAL Executive and committees. A list of contacts is available at https://aaal.ca/contact.

Wishing everyone a great fall term,

CJ de Jong (cj.dejong@ualberta.ca)

Chair, Alberta Association of Academic Libraries

Call for AAAL Workshop Committee Member (Deadline Extended)

The Executive Committee is looking for a library staff member from an AAAL member institution to join the Workshop Committee. The committee member would join a three person team responsible for:

  • Soliciting and reviewing feedback on the AAAL professional development program
  • Issuing calls for, selecting, and coordinating lightning strike sessions, presentations, and panel discussions for Fall and Spring AAAL meetings
  • Adding presentations to the AAAL website

If interested, please contact Nicolle Lemay, LemayN2@macewan.ca

Deadline has been extended to September 13, 2017.

AAAL Communications Team

7 Questions with Tatiana Usova

September’s installment of 7 Questions With…AAAL Members features Tatiana Usova, Head of Bibliothèque Saint-Jean, University of Alberta.


1. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?image
Play piano and arrange music like Tommy Banks

2. If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
Phileas Fogg from “Around the World in Eighty Days” by Jules Verne because I love travel and adventure

3. What is your best piece of career advice?
There are at least three:
– Develop active listening skills, it is essential for workplace success;
– Take time to reflect on your life, career and goals you want to achieve;
– Be passionate about what you do and your future.

4. What is your best piece of life advice?
Success and happiness are greatly affected by our attitude towards life. Our state of mind determines the outcome of our endeavors. Staying positive is a choice. “A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.”– Hugh Downs

5. What are some of your favourite podcasts?
Podcasts by Wayne Dyer and Brian Tracy

6. What is your proudest work-related accomplishment?
I am multilingual, and I am proud that I have worked in five different countries using three different languages. At present, I manage a French library, and it is my third language. I praise myself for having been able to adapt, to overcome cultural barriers and succeed in all places where I worked

7. What is your proudest non-work related accomplishment?
I was a leading actress in 2016 Fringe play that got 4 stars from Vue Weekly and was warmly recieved by the audience.

Call for AAAL Workshop Committee Member

The Executive Committee is looking for a library staff member from an AAAL member institution to join the Workshop Committee. The committee member would join a three person team responsible for:

  • Soliciting and reviewing feedback on the AAAL professional development program
  • Issuing calls for, selecting, and coordinating lightning strike sessions, presentations, and panel discussions for Fall and Spring AAAL meetings
  • Adding presentations to the AAAL website

If interested, please contact Nicolle Lemay, LemayN2@macewan.ca, by Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

AAAL Communications Team

7 questions with Eva Revitt

August’s installment of 7 Questions With…AAAL Members features Eva Revitt, Subject Librarian at MacEwan University. 


Eva Revitt

1. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
To speak Italian. I love the language, the culture, the art, the food, the history. In short, everything about Italy.

2. If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?
I’m very fortunate in that I actually get to do this. I’m currently on a one year sabbatical leave.

One thing that has always irked me is how the library and the librarian are conflated in a way that a doctor and a hospital never is. The library is given agency and assumes the intellectual labour of the librarian. Our own professional discourse reinforces this; for example, overwhelmingly our associations are associations of libraries, rather than librarians. My research is about highlighting the work and professional experiences of the academic librarian. I’m focused on academic librarians because that is the world I know. Specifically, I’m interested in exploring how librarians’ academic status is shaped by the institution? In this case, the institution is the college or university but also the associated legislative and policy framework. Labour issues and documents such as collective agreements are big focus of my work.

3. What is your best piece of career advice?
Take measured risks.

4. What is your best piece of life advice?
Figure out your values and stick to them.

5. What is your proudest non-work related accomplishment?
A life time ago, on a tropical island far away, I became seriously involved in scuba diving. At one point in my life, I was one of a handful of certified female scuba divers in North America with a trimix mixed gas and underwater full cave certifications.

6. If you could live anywhere in the work, where would you go?
Italy, of course.

7. Who inspires you?
My boys. I have two, both are avid soccer players. One is very good and plays for a top team. The other is super average and plays for a super average team. My very good soccer player gives it 150%. Never gives up. My super average soccer player gives it 150%. Never gives up. They are my endless source of inspiration.

7 questions with Kim Frail

July’s installment of 7 Questions With…AAAL Members features Kim Frail, Public Services Librarian at H.T. Coutts Education & Physical Education Library, University of Alberta Libraries


 

Kim Frail Outdoor

1. What is something interesting you learned in the last month?
That there was a shanty town called Ross Acreage in the Mill Creek Ravine which was shut down by the city and turned into park land in the late 1920s. I live relatively close to that area so I found that little tidbit of local history interesting.

2. What are some of your favourite podcasts?
I live for podcasts! My most recent discovery, thanks to the NEOS miniconference, is “Let’s Find Out” with Chris Chang-Yen Phillips, Edmonton’s Historian Laureate. He answers listeners’ questions about local history. Other favorites include: Radio Lab, 99% invisible, Canadaland and The Press Gallery: Edmonton Journal’s Political Podcast.

3. What is your proudest work-related accomplishment?
Co-charing the WILU conference in May. We had a “dream team” steering committee and somehow we managed to plan and host a conference for 162 attendees from across Canada and the US in a little under a year! Special shout-out to all of the AAAL members who contributed as reviewers, convenors and presenters. We couldn’t have done it without you!

4. What do you do when you’re not working?
Take my kids to their various activities. I’m a Brownie Leader for my daughter’s unit so I’m also known as “Mountain Owl”.

5. What is your favourite colour?
Green

6. If you could live anywhere in the work, where would you go?
I love Edmonton but as a former Maritimer, living near the ocean would be nice.

7. Who inspires you?
I heard a fascinating piece on CBC the other day about Irish director/writer Simon Fitzmaurice. He recently directed a feature film despite being paralyzed and unable to speak due to ALS. Google it – it’s an amazing story.