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Registration Open: AAAL Fall 2021 Meeting, 9 December 2021

Registration is now open for the AAAL Fall 2021 Meeting, hosted online by The Alberta Library (TAL) on December 9, 2021 from 9am to 3pm. 

Please register using the Registration Form no later than Monday, December 6th:

We are pleased to announce the preliminary program lineup, including our featured Keynote:

9am-10:45am: Business Meeting: Reports from the Executive, Roundtable, and Elections 

11am-12pm: Featured Keynote: Margy MacMillan 

12:30-3pm: Afternoon Programming and presentations (full schedule of talks to be announced this week), including a presentation by our host, The Alberta Library (TAL). 

Abstract: Academic libraries in Alberta have a long history of collaborations. From teaching partnerships, cross-functional teams, and institutional committees to TAL, NEOS, and a host of conferences, we work together well. I learned a lot in thirty years in academic libraries here, but it took stepping outside my institutional comfort zone and joining Project Information Literacy ( to prompt a more deliberate approach to collaboration. Leaving the familiar confines of Canadian academia for a new context with different constraints, motivations, rewards, and operating cultures led to a deeper consideration of what I could bring to an established high-functioning team, and what I wanted to gain from collaboration. 

We look forward to seeing you online!

Save the Date: AAAL Fall 2021 Meeting – Thursday, December 9th

Mark your Calendars!

The Alberta  Association of Academic Libraries plans to hold the 2021 Fall Meeting on Thursday, December 9th.  The meeting will be held virtually, hosted by TAL. 

A call for virtual presentations, RSVP information, and a call for Committee and Subcommittee nominations will be sent next week; this year, the theme will be focused on Collaboration and Partnerships.

We look forward to seeing you online!

Call for Host: AAAL Fall 2021 Meeting

The Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) is currently seeking a host institution for our Fall 2021 meeting, to be held online in early December 2021. As an online meeting, this is an excellent opportunity for hosts from institutions outside of Alberta’s larger cities to showcase their institution to our colleagues across the province and contribute to AAAL.  

What is involved with acting as a AAAL meeting host institution? Some responsibilities/tools include: 

  • An online platform for hosting a synchronous meeting, including the AAAL business meeting and professional development programming.  
  • A point of contact on the day of the meeting to assist the Learning & Development Committee with technical troubleshooting. 

As the Learning & Development Committee develops themes and programming, we also invite potential hosts to share their ideas with us. 

If your institution is interested in hosting this coming meeting, or if you have questions about hosting, please reach out to Ali Foster, AAAL Chair ( no later than Friday, September 3rd.

Reopening Tool Survey – We need your feedback!

AAAL has an online tool for members to share information and discuss best practices for reopening libraries both during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, as we all adjust to its impacts on services and resources.

Please complete this Reintegration Tool Survey to share your feedback and help the Committee ensure this tool is meeting the needs of AAAL’s member organizations. 

About the Reintegration (Covid Planning) Basecamp Tool:

With the recent reopening plan announced by the province, there is a need to collaborate and share information on best practices: What is X-college doing about access to the collection? Student study groups? Checking items back in? Face-to-face research consultations? How are we going to address issues surrounding re-opening our libraries once the pandemic is over? 

The AAAL Reintegration (Covid Planning) Basecamp can help you find answers to those questions and more! TAL has posted a chart with the current status of libraries throughout the province, including building status, collection status, and whether TAL cards are being accepted, and many member libraries have contributed to discussions about instruction, safety, staff support and more. 

If you are interested in being added to this discussion group please contact Brian Lin at or Kelley Wadson at