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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.

AAAL Spring 2021 Presentation Recordings

Did you miss AAAL’s Spring 2021 Meeting? Interested in learning about Canadian copyright OER, best practices for library chat, or data physicalization? Check out the recorded keynote address and presentations on the AAAL YouTube channel.

Please note these videos will only be available until July 14, 2021.

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

PD Opportunity: MLA-SLA Joint Conference

Interested in connecting with our prairie neighbours? Registration for the Manitoba and Saskatchewan Library Associations’ joint conference is now open!

Happening June 14-16, 2021

Register now

The theme for the 2021 conference is Libraries: Better Together, which reflects the essential role of libraries in building and promoting diversity, inclusivity, and equity and providing space for cultural and public engagement. Libraries are a proactive, future-oriented force in life-long learning, innovation, social connection, and the economic well-being of our two provinces. The conference will offer a range of sessions that will be of interest to libraries of all types and all sizes in all sectors (academic, public, school, and special).

More information about speakers and sessions is available on the conference website.

The SIMA Project at Vanguard College Library

The Vanguard College Library recently completed a digital heritage project in collaboration with FACTSnet and Young Canada Works examining the Story of Indigenous Ministry in Alberta (SIMA). They are hopeful this project will prove useful to students and the greater evangelical community who want to learn more about or get involved in Indigenous ministry. 

The finished website ( hosts two main components:

  • A networking database of contacts and resources for Indigenous ministry in Alberta.
    • A comprehensive list of contacts, directories of websites, resources, and books, as well as a research guide. This database enables users to connect with current Indigenous ministry in Alberta, and functions as a tool for higher-level learning.
  • A written story of Indigenous ministry in Alberta.
    • The result of qualitative research interviews held with ministry and community leaders including both Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives. The hope is this can serve as a primary resource for historical information on the history of Indigenous ministry and Indigenous-evangelical relations in Alberta.

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