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AAAL Fall 2022 Meeting – Call for Proposals

Mark your calendars! The Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) Fall 2022 Meeting will take place November 24 2022 and will be hosted virtually by the Association. The meeting will begin at 9:00 am and conclude in the afternoon; a meeting link and further information will be forthcoming. 

We are forgoing a theme this year in favour of an open call for presentations on the work of academic libraries in Alberta. Do you have a new initiative at your library? A research project on the go or near completion? A message to spread to your colleagues across the province? We invite proposals that are related to the work we do in academic libraries in Alberta.

Proposals can be for either a: 

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


  • 20 to 30 minute presentation that can include ideas, experiences, original research, engaging discussion questions or activities.

Submit your proposal by Friday, October 21. Successful presenters will be contacted within the following week. 


Do you require financial support to present at the meeting? We encourage you to apply now for an AAAL Professional Development Award, whose scope has extended to be inclusive of technological peripheral support. PD Award applications are due Thursday, November 3.

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! 

The AAAL Learning & Development Committee,

Alexandra Alisauskas, Sarah Chomyc, Jorden Habib, Hailey Siracky, & Kevin Tanner


Save the Date: Fall 2022 Meeting – Nov 24, 2022

Mark your Calendars!

The Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) will be having its 2022 Fall Meeting on Thursday, November 24.  The meeting will be held virtually, hosted by the AAAL.

More details about the meeting will be sent out next week, including a Call for Proposals.

We are forgoing a theme this year to provide an opportunity for academic library staff across Alberta to share their work, research, or other ongoing projects through a 20-30 minute presentation or a 5 minute lightning talk.

We look forward to seeing you online!

Call for Hosts: AAAL Fall 2022 Meeting

The Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) is currently seeking a host institution for our Fall 2022 Meeting, to be held in mid-November. 

The meeting will be held either in hybrid (in-person and online) format or fully online, dependent upon feedback from the membership. 

What does hosting a meeting involve for my institution? 

  1. Acting as host on the day of the meeting, including a presentation about your institution. 
  2. Providing a point of contact on the day of the meeting to provide opening remarks
  3. For an in-person gathering: arranging a meeting space and catering for attendees (catering costs covered by AAAL)
    • Space for participants to eat lunch — this can be in the same space and/or a nearby space
    • Meeting Technology: Computer, projector, internet connection.

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, or if you have questions about hosting, please reach out to Alison Pitcher, AAAL Chair ( no later than Tuesday, September 13th. 

Kind Regards,

AAAL Executive

Survey: Wellness Initiatives in Canadian Academic Libraries

This call for survey participation may be of interest to some AAAL members:

Are you a Canadian academic librarian or staff member who is involved in offering wellness initiatives at your Library?* I am writing to invite your participation in the research study “Exploring Wellness Initiatives in Canadian Academic Libraries.” Participation should take less than 15 minutes.

The purpose of this research project is to identify wellness programming and initiatives at university and college libraries in Canada.  These initiatives may include programming, campus partnerships, collections, space and materials. 

Please participate only if you are involved in wellness initiatives at your Institution.


Or copy and paste this link into your browser:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me (see below for contact information). 

Thank you for your help!

Justine Cotton, MLIS MA
Teaching & Learning Librarian

Brock University | James A. Gibson Library

Niagara Region   |  1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way  |  St. Catharines, ON  L2S 3A1 | E

This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through Brock University’s Office of Research Ethics [#21-309-COTTON]. 

If you have any pertinent questions about your rights as a research participant, please contact the Brock University Research Ethics Officer (905 688-5550 ext 3035,

*for the purposes of this study, wellness initiatives are defined as activities that touch on any of the emotional, physical, social, spiritual and intellectual aspects of health. Examples may include loaning out yoga mats or offering stress management workshops. Involvement could be during the planning, coordinating, or delivery of initiatives.*

Seeking a Canadian Institutional Host for True North Science Boot Camp (TNSBC) 2023

This call for an institutional host may be of interest to some AAAL members:

EXTENDED Deadline – Prestigious STEM Library Leadership Opportunity below! 

The TNSBC is an annual professional development program led by Canadian science librarians for science librarians around the globe! TNSBC activities typically span three days and feature educational presentations delivered by both scientists and STEM librarians. 

The successful host institution will determine the TNSBC 2023 conference modality – online, hybrid, or in-person! 

The event provides leadership opportunities for librarians to learn more about science and the research process, discuss and develop best practices, and share ideas and experiences in an intimate atmosphere. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to showcase institutional talent!

You can find information on our website about submitting your proposal:  

Proposals to host TNSBC 2023 should be emailed to by Monday, September 19, 2022. 

The successful host institution will be contacted by Friday, September 30, 2022.

Example of previous TNSBC Programs: 

If you have questions about hosting, please contact us at Or feel free to contact me directly at!


Jane C. Duffy, B.A., M.A., M.L.S., M.A.C.T.

Co-Chair, TNSBC 2022