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DEADLINE EXTENDED: AAAL Spring Meeting Call for Proposals

The deadline for proposals has been extended to April 18!

The Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) Spring Meeting and AGM will be hosted virtually in partnership with MacEwan University on Thursday, May 6th, 2021. A registration link will be forthcoming.

We are now in our second year of the global pandemic and a repositioning of post-secondary education in Alberta. These events have highlighted inequities for minority groups and concerns about employment stability, training, recruitment, culture and working conditions. It is time to reconceptualize our professional identities, our roles in academia and the nature of our work.

The theme for AAAL’s Spring 2021 meeting is Working together…when we’re working apart. You are invited to submit proposals for presentations exploring how recent events have affected library workers and their relationships with patrons, colleagues or workload. What projects and collaborations have resulted from challenges faced in the last year? Have new or unexpected (unlikely?!) partnerships developed between groups, departments or institutions?  We particularly encourage the participation of staff who are not librarians (technicians, assistants, specialists etc.).

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.

Please note that the final timing and duration of the day is still to be determined.

Submit your proposal by Sunday, April 18th. Successful presenters will be contacted within the following week. 

Do you require financial support to attend or present at the meeting? We encourage you to apply for an AAAL Professional Development Award, whose scope has extended to be inclusive of technological peripheral support.  

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! 

Best,

The AAAL Workshop Committee: 

Lucinda Johnston, Jessica Leslie, Carla Lewis, Sarah Shaughnessy, Kelley Wadson

REMINDER: AAAL Spring Meeting Call for Proposals

This is the second Call for Proposals and a reminder that the Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) Spring Meeting and AGM will be hosted virtually in partnership with MacEwan University on Thursday, May 6th, 2021. A registration link will be forthcoming.

We are now in our second year of the global pandemic and a repositioning of post-secondary education in Alberta. These events have highlighted inequities for minority groups and concerns about employment stability, training, recruitment, culture and working conditions. It is time to reconceptualize our professional identities, our roles in academia and the nature of our work.

The theme for AAAL’s Spring 2021 meeting is Working together…when we’re working apart. You are invited to submit proposals for presentations exploring how recent events have affected library workers and their relationships with patrons, colleagues or workload. What projects and collaborations have resulted from challenges faced in the last year? Have new or unexpected (unlikely?!) partnerships developed between groups, departments or institutions?  We particularly encourage the participation of staff who are not librarians (technicians, assistants, specialists etc.).

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.

Please note that the final timing and duration of the day is still to be determined.

Submit your proposal by Wednesday, March 31st. Successful presenters will be contacted within the following week. 

Do you require financial support to attend or present at the meeting? We encourage you to apply for an AAAL Professional Development Award, whose scope has extended to be inclusive of technological peripheral support.  

Wondering how we’ll select sessions? Take a look at ourRubric for Selecting AAAL Sessions and use it as a guide for your proposal.

We look forward to hearing from you! 

Best,

The AAAL Workshop Committee: 

Lucinda Johnston, Jessica Leslie, Carla Lewis, Sarah Shaughnessy, Kelley Wadson

Invite to the 25th Augustana Human Library – March 28

The celebration of the 25th augustana human library will take place on Sunday, March 28 from 1:30-4:30 pm (MT)!  This event is going virtual and this is your invitation to join this free and engaging event!

What is a human library? It is a place to hear someone (called a human book) share their lived experience of prejudice, harassment and/or discrimination. Normally the human library is an intimate conversation-based in-person event but, since it cannot happen in person, the celebration of the 25th augustana human library will take place online with virtual presentations by a few human library books. So, this event is not an actual human library but, instead, highlights new and revised human books as a way to still celebrate this exciting milestone.
American Sign Language interpretation will be provided at this event.

Schedule:

1:30 – From victim to survivor
At the age of 19, I found myself in an abusive relationship where I was physically, mentally, and sexually abused more times than I can ever count. It was not until five years later, when I was seconds from losing my life, that I knew it was time to leave. However, leaving my abuser left me homeless, broke, and a single mother of a two-year-old with disabilities. This book is about my journey of redefining expectations and becoming my own statistic in this society.

2:15 – Life, love, loss, living
Imagine taking the initial 911 call reporting your partner’s death. Now think of how you’d recover from that. I found the love of my life and was suddenly alone. Since then, I have become involved with organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Homicide Survivors, and Victim Services. Tune in to learn about how I turned the most tragic loss of my life into something great that honours my partner!

3:00 – Dancing down the tunnel
When your brain can’t be fixed, you find someone experimenting on how to do it. When you lose speech and thinking, you have someone drill holes in your head. When you are told of your health limits, you do an Olympic Triathlon. But what do you do when you’re told that 2021 will be your last…

3:45 – From prison to policy change
During the height of the opioid crisis, I became addicted to OxyContin. My life began to spiral out of control and eventually I started selling drugs to support my habit. After years of this lifestyle, I was arrested and sentenced to 2.5 years in prison. In prison, I made a decision to turn my life around. This book is about struggle, perseverance, passion, and hope.

Registration:

Registration is free but it is limited.  Register at aug.ualberta.ca/humanlib

AAAL Professional Development Award

Don’t forget to apply to the AAAL Professional Development Award! With the grant now open to applications for technology-related expenses it’s a great opportunity to increase your ability to attend virtual PD opportunities.

Here’s what our previous award recipients had to say about the award and its positive impact:

At the AAAL Annual General Meeting in spring 2020, our team consisting of James Murphy, Carla Lewis, Christena McKillop and Marc Stoeckle from the University of Calgary Libraries & Cultural Resources received the AAAL Professional Development Award. The expanded award was very exciting news for our learning commons team at the Taylor Family Digital Library. We installed a specified workstation, including the awarded camera and microphone, designated for podcast recordings, screen recordings, online conference presentations, zoom sessions, and more. With the new equipment staff in the learning commons will have greater access to attend and engage with professional development opportunities. The Learning Commons staff is currently working on several virtual exhibits such as music exhibitions, book displays, etc. using the technology made possible through the AAAL award. For example, the De-Stress: Virtual Music Exhibition created by Sylvia Polachuk and Marc Stoeckle can be found via  https://www.thinglink.com/scene/1388350473240576003

Full details about the award and how to apply can be found on the  AAAL Professional Development Award page. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 16, 2021

Call for Applications: AAAL Professional Development Award

Are you considering presenting or attending the Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) virtual AGM hosted by MacEwan University on May 6th, 2021

In the past, AAAL has offered the Professional Development award to cover travel expenses for those who wish to present at or attend the meeting.  AAAL has extended the criteria to accept applications for technology-related expenses.  This can include technology upgrades (devices, monitors, headsets) or software/subscription fees.

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.  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 here

The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 16, 2021

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact  aaal.executive@gmail.com