7 questions with Shannon D’Agnone

April’s installment of 7 Questions With… AAAL Members features Shannon D’Agnone, Instructional Librarian at The King’s University Library. 


1. When was the last time you were nervous? My family recently went on holidays and I don’t love flying. As the plane was taking off with I got very nervous and started replaying every Mayday episode (where they talk in depth about plane crashes) in my head. Thankfully the flight was uneventful and I lived to tell the tale!

2. If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose? Jessica Pearson from the TV show Suits. She’s smart, savvy, tough and has the most amazing clothes and handbags of anyone on TV.

3. What is your best piece of career advice? My advice is this: trust that things have a way of working out for the best and always be open to new opportunities. You just never know who you might meet or how things could work out.

4. What is your best piece of life advice? In the end, only kindness matters.

5. What is your favourite thing to binge watch? Mr. Robot!

6. What do you do when you’re not working? I have a husband and two very busy little boys. I spend a lot of time with my kids going to different activities like hockey, skiing, soccer, swimming, etc. We also have a cabin outside the city that is our second home during the summer, so we spent a lot of time there as well.

7. What is your favourite quote?   “There is no discovery without risk and what you risk reveals what you value.” Jeanette Winterson’s Written on the Body

Registration is now OPEN for the AAAL Spring Meeting

Library staff from all member institutions (https://aaal.ca/membership/membership-list) are invited to join us for the Alberta Association of Academic Libraries 2017 Spring Annual General Meeting at Bow Valley College in Calgary on Thursday, April 20.

Please register at http://tinyurl.com/aaal2017agm by Wednesday, April 12! Space is limited, so register soon.

A draft agenda and meeting package are posted at https://aaal.ca/events A final agenda with additional keynote and lightning strike details will be posted to the AAAL website no later than Monday, April 10.

Please also note that the workshop committee is inviting submissions of before and after pictures of library space redesign or construction projects.  We will put together a slideshow to be shown over the lunch break of everyone’s projects. Please submit photos along with the name of your institution, the title of the project and a brief description of what you achieved to Shawna Murphy (SMurphy@mhc.ab.ca) by Monday April 10 who will coordinate the presentation.

We look forward to seeing you in Calgary!

* For any voting members who pre-registered, please note that the meeting may go to 4:30PM (at latest) rather than 4PM.

Prison Libraries Network – Right to Read statement

In September 2016 the newly formed Canadian Federation of Library Associations
(CFLA-FCAB), the national voice of Canada’s library community, unanimously
adopted and endorsed the “Prison Libraries Network: Right to Read” position
statement.
This Right to Read statement echoes recommendations set out in the most recent
report of the Office of the Correctional Investigator. In the report, the Office
recommends that Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) “update and renew inmate
libraries so that they are compliant with policy and comparable to the services,
materials, and technologies available in the communities.” This statement clearly
asserts the value of libraries and access to information resources in all correctional
institutions.
The Prison Libraries Network: Right to Read statement, originally approved by the
Canadian Library Association (CLA) January 2016 is now posted on the CFLA website.

Or click the attached PDF for the full statement: Prison Libraries Network Right to Read Statement

Call for Lightning Strike Sessions

Call for Lightning Strike Sessions

The Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) Spring 2017 Meeting will take place on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Bow Valley College.

We will kick off the afternoon with a keynote related to library space design, which will be followed by our lightning strike talks.

We invite you to submit a proposal for a 20 minute talk (this includes time for questions) on something new or engaging that is happening in 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.

To complement our keynote presentation related to library space design, we also invite you to submit before and after pictures of your space or library redesign or construction project.  We will put together a slide show to be shown over the lunch break of everyone’s projects.  Include the name of your institution, the title of the project and a brief description of what you achieved. By Monday April 10, 2017, please submit these to Shawna Murphy (SMurphy@mhc.ab.ca) who will coordinate the presentation.

We hope to see you in Calgary in April!

AAAL Workshop Committee
Claudette Cloutier (UCalgary)
Shawna Murphy (MHC)
Trish Rosseel (UAlberta)

7 questions with Louise Brittain Boisvert

March’s installment of 7 Questions With… AAAL Members features Louise Brittain Boisvert, Digital Services Coordinator at the Olds College.


img_20170109_165355097 1. What is something interesting you learned in the last month? A hand saw can be played as a musical instrument. It produces this otherworldly sound. One of the many fun rural Albertan facts I have been learning.

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

3. Have you ever had something happen to you that you thought was bad, but it turned out to be for the best? My first year of undergrad was disrupted by a 3 month long strike during which classes were cancelled. I ended up dropping out before the strike ended and went backpacking for 6 months. I couldn’t have planned a better life experience.

4. What is your best piece of life advice? There are no wrong choices. Just the path you choose.

5. What is your proudest work-related accomplishment? Last semester, we hosted the first Long Night Against Procrastination event at Olds College. It turned out to be the most highly attended student event ever held at the college. Fingers crossed, our spring edition will be as popular.

6. What is your favourite quote? No one is good at everything but everyone is good at something.

7. What is your favourite colour?   Blue

Reminder 3 AAAL executive positions

There are three exciting AAAL Executive positions up for election at the Spring 2017 AGM on Thursday, April 20, 2017 in Calgary.  If you’re looking for a new way to contribute to the Association or build your CV, please consider putting your name forward! You are also welcome to nominate a colleague from any AAAL member library.

If you are interested in being nominated for any of these positions, or would like further information about the positions, please contact any member of the AAAL Nominations Committee (Samuel Cassady, Jane Duffy, Isobel Rancier) before March 15, 2017. A brief Statement of Interest for each nominee will be sent out 2 weeks before the AGM in April.

Chair (one year position as of April 2017 – formerly a 2 year position)

  • Conduct the Fall Meeting, Annual General Meeting, and Executive Committee meetings;
  • Coordinate meetings: contact hosting institution; ensure Workshop Committee has activities planned;
  • set date and agenda items;
  • Act as spokesperson when representing AAAL to other associations, agencies & government departments;
  • Coordinate with the AAAL Communications Committee to ensure members are aware of new and upcoming meetings.

Chair Elect (one year position as of April 2017 – to transition to Chair after one year)

  • 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;
  • Support and consult with the Chair as needed, sharing duties as the Chair sees fit;
  • Conduct general meetings in Chair’s absence.

Membership Coordinator (2 year position)

  • Maintain current membership records, files and forms for AAAL members and affiliates, along with participants in the Resource Sharing Agreement;
  • Coordinate with the Secretary/Treasurer the collection of membership fees;
  • Coordinate with the AAAL Communications Committee to ensure the website reflects current membership;
  • Create and coordinate the distribution of post-meeting evaluations to membership.

7 questions with Kevin Tanner

February’s installment of 7 Questions With… AAAL Members features Kevin Tanner, Instructional Librarian at the Reg Erhardt Library at SAIT.


picforaaal 1. When was the last time you were nervous? I proposed to my girlfriend of four years this past weekend. I took her on a private sleigh ride in Banff and had the driver pull over to “take pictures” and popped the question. I said a little speech before and I was so nervous I don’t even remember what I said exactly. I knew she would say yes, so I am not sure why I was so nervous.

2. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? I would learn a programming language that would allow me to automate everything possible. I am thinking Python, but I am not sure if that would be the right choice.

3. Have you ever had something happen to you that you thought was bad, but it turned out to be for the best? During my MLIS, I did not initially get a co-op library placement after interviewing at only a few places. However, I ended up having a second chance and successfully interviewed for an 8 month co-op at The D.B. Weldon Library at Western University. I went from being devastated to jumping for joy in the span of a week.

4. What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life? I could go on and on with this…I’ll keep it simple with five:

1. Black Sabbath – Children of the Grave
2. The Smiths – Well I Wonder
3. Herbie Hancock – Maiden Voyage
4. Minor Threat – Filler
5. Cro-Mags – Life of My Own

That was incredibly difficult and would probably change on a different day.

5. If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be? I would probably work on a project related to scholarly activity at SAIT and how the library can help with research. Scholarly activity is relatively new here with the introduction of degree programs, and I would love to work with researchers throughout the research cycle, from initial conception to dissemination.

6. What is your best piece of career advice? My best piece of career advice is for MLIS students: get that practical experience and make the most of it! Don’t hesitate to take on all the projects and do all the extra work you can. My co-op experience was invaluable. Even if you have library experience as a paraprofessional, it is a good idea to get some professional experience in an academic library if that is the route you want to take.

7. What is your favourite thing to binge watch?  The Office, for sure. I am somewhat ashamed to admit I failed a class in my first year of university, and I attribute it to binge watching The Office. Don’t worry current and future employers reading this, I learned my time management lesson.