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Reminder – Call for Nominations, AAAL Chair-elect

The AAAL is seeking nominations for the AAAL Executive Chair-elect position, in preparation for elections taking place at the Spring Annual General Meeting on Friday, May 10, 2019 at Olds College. To nominate an AAAL member or put your own name forward for this position, please email the Chair of the Nominations Committee at cj.dejong@ualberta.ca with a brief statement of interest. The Nominations Committee consists of CJ de Jong (Chair), Geoff Owens, and Shannon D’Agnone.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 5, 2019.

Chair-elect (2 year term: first year as AAAL Chair-elect, and second year as AAAL Chair)

Responsibilities include:

  • 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;
  • Conduct general meetings in Chair’s absence;
  • Perform other duties as designated by the Chair;
  • Submit written bi-annual reports to the Chair for inclusion in meeting packages three weeks prior to Fall and Annual General Meetings
  • Attend Executive Meetings.
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Call for Mentorship Committee Members

The AAAL Mentorship Committee is seeking 2-3 AAAL members for 2-year terms, starting 2019-20.

The mentorship program benefits the career development of all involved. It facilitates support for early-career professionals, creates leadership opportunities for those farther along, and encourages networking across member institutions, all of which strengthens the profession at large.

Responsibilities include:

  • Calling for and reviewing applications for AAAL member mentors and mentees to serve for one academic year, September to April.
  • Pairing mentors and mentees.
  • Offering support and guidance on possible directions for mentorship by maintaining a resource list.
  • Maintaining and updating the Mentorship section on the AAAL website.
  • Conducting an annual program evaluation.
  • Seeking feedback and making recommendations to the AAAL Executive.
  • Reporting to the AAAL Annual General Meeting and Fall meetings.

Please contact any member of the Mentorship Committee if you need more information about the work of the committee.

If you are interested in being a committee member, please submit your name to the AAAL Chair Elects, Jesse Loyer (jloyer@mtroyal.ca) and Ebony Magnus (ebony.magnus@sait.ca). We’re hoping to have new committee members in place before the spring AAAL AGM meeting (May 10) so there can be an easy transition with the departing committee members.

Many thanks!

AAAL Mentorship Committee: Isobel Rancier, Kalin Jensen, Lindsey Whitson, Alison Foster

Reminder! Call for presenters for AAAL Spring Meeting

With only one week to the March 25 deadline, we encourage staff from Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) to submit a proposal to be a part of our program of professional learning and development at the May 10 Spring meeting hosted by Olds College Library. Learn more about our Featured Workshop on Design Thinking here.

Out of the Box: Tell us about a new service/program design and delivery at your library. If not something new, have you redesigned or reconceptualized an existing service? How did you get from idea to operation? Submit a proposal to share your experiences, research, and lessons learned.

We are seeking different types of sessions including:

  • 5-7 minute lightning talk that is a quick overview of your ideas, experience, and programs/services.

  • 30 minute session that can include ideas, experiences, original research, engaging discussion questions or activities

We challenge you to think outside the box. Never been to a AAAL meeting before? Now’s your chance to connect with AAAL colleagues from across the province. And in Olds, Alberta. Let’s do this!

 

Kind regards,

The AAAL Workshop Committee: Angie Mandeville, Jessica Leslie, and Leeanne Morrow

Featured Workshop at the Spring Meeting

AAAL Workshop Committee is pleased to announce our featured workshop upcoming Spring Meeting at Olds College.

Featured Workshop: Out-of-the-Box Design Thinking for Libraries
Speaker and Facilitator: Céline Gareau-Brennan, University of Alberta Libraries

Looking for an “out-of-the-box” way to think about, plan, and/or assess library services? Get ready to look at your library services from a different perspective using Design Thinking methods! Design Thinking allows you to examine or plan you library’s practices in a unique and innovative way.  Spark your curiosity and awaken your creativity in this hands-on workshop that introduces a Design Thinking around your UX (User Experience) in a library environment. This workshop will start by introducing you to the concepts of Design Thinking in a UX context and offer specific Design Thinking techniques to implement.  You will also get the opportunity to practice specific techniques such as customer journey mapping, and service blueprinting.

Learning Goals:

  1. Understand the concepts of Design Thinking & UX

  2. Understand the advantages and challenges of applying these concepts

  3. Practice specific Design Thinking techniques to consider UX

Join us on May 10 at Olds College to connect with your AAAL colleagues from across the province and consider sharing more about your work, projects, research. Call for presenters deadline is March 25. Submit your proposal here.

 

Call for Nominations, AAAL Chair-elect

Call for Nominations, AAAL Chair-elect

The AAAL is seeking nominations for the AAAL Executive Chair-elect position, in preparation for elections taking place at the Spring Annual General Meeting on Friday, May 10, 2019 at Olds College.  To nominate an AAAL member or put your own name forward for either of these positions, please email the Chair of the Nominations Committee at cj.dejong@ualberta.ca with a brief statement of interest. The Nominations Committee consists of CJ de Jong (Chair), Geoff Owens, and Shannon D’Agnone.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 5, 2019.

Chair-elect (2 year term: first year as AAAL Chair-elect, and second year as AAAL Chair)

Responsibilities include:

  • 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;

  • Conduct general meetings in Chair’s absence;

  • Perform other duties as designated by the Chair;

  • Submit written bi-annual reports to the Chair for inclusion in meeting packages three weeks prior to Fall and Annual General Meetings

  • Attend Executive Meetings.

U California vs Elsevier negotiations

I am very interested in the UC vs Elsevier negotiations:

UC terminates subscriptions with world’s largest scientific publisher in push for open access to publicly funded research Link

Many Alberta libraries have ‘Science Direct’ as the Elsevier package and struggle with the expense. Fortunately, there is real time tracking of cancellations in the academic library world but often financial disclosures are not allowed under confidentiality agreements in the contracts: https://sparcopen.org/our-work/big-deal-cancellation-tracking/

However, according to the list, Elsevier is the biggest target for cancellations and it is a worldwide process. ‘Universities in Germany canceled Elsevier two years ago. The university alliance in Sweden canceled last spring, and the university alliance in Hungary canceled in December. Several other national alliances in Europe are trying to negotiate too.’ University Librarian Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, co-chair of the UC team. https://news.berkeley.edu/2019/02/28/why-uc-split-with-publishing-giant-elsevier/

Additionally, the Canadian library examples in this recent Scientist article (2018) also describe significant efforts to renegotiate. For example, after renegotiating their deal in 2015, the University of Montreal has saved approximately $1 million CAD ($770,000 USD) per year:

https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/north-american-universities-increasingly-cancel-publisher-packages-64324

From my perch in Athabasca, I will also continue watch these cases because what happens in California often sets a trend in the US and Canada. In this example the size of the UC Library systems is really significant, and the emphasis on OA as a platform is a novel approach that might work as so many U California faculty are on the editorial boards for the Elsevier journals.
Regards,

Robert Hudson, Associate University Librarian, Learning and Research Services

Athabasca University Library