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Redesign of Lethbridge College’s Buchanan Library

Lethbridge College’s Buchanan Library is undergoing a significant redesign with help from funds donated over the years to increase our presence as a hub for student, staff, and faculty learning. The redesign will triple the number of student breakout rooms, add a virtual reality lab, and increase the diversity of seating options from students. We are also focusing on increasing student access to technology based on increasing demand.

The library will also feature an art gallery display, offices for the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Innovation, and a triage service model focused on student accessibility. This opportunity has also allowed for us to consult Lethbridge College’s indigenous elders to indigenize the physical space allowing for more inclusivity and honouring the Blackfoot heritage of the land on which the college resides.

The redesigned space will be open for students for the beginning of the 2019-20 academic year.

Job Opportunity at Concordia University of Edmonton

Librarian (Scholarly Communications)

Concordia University of Edmonton is a community of learning grounded in scholarship and academic freedom, preparing students to be independent thinkers, ethical leaders and citizens for the common good. Concordia’s Library is seeking candidates for the position of Scholarly Communications Librarian. This position is available to begin mid-August, 2019.

Concordia University of Edmonton is situated on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton’s historic Highlands neighborhood. Supporting a student body of approximately 2500, Concordia is known for its small class sizes and its excellence in teaching. Our small classes and diverse student population provide an excellent opportunity for engaging with students in a sustained and nurturing way unique within the Canadian University system. Concordia is also an institution that values research in the sciences, social sciences, humanities and management.

The Scholarly Communications Librarian builds collaborative relationships among the CUE Library, CUE Office of Research Services, CUE Centre for Innovation in Applied Research (CIAR), and Campus Copyright Office to further the goals of the CUE Academic Plan and Strategic Research Plan to support and enhance student and faculty research.

The Scholarly Communications Librarian advises and trains CUE undergraduate, graduate, and faculty researchers on topics of scholarly communication, manages and promotes the CUE-U of A repository services agreement, provides in-person and virtual reference services, and liaises with assigned academic programs. Liaison work includes relationship building, developing and delivering research skills instruction, and developing library collections.

Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Manages and promotes the institutional repository agreement with the U of A.
  • Advises and trains CUE undergraduate, graduate and faculty researchers on scholarly communication topics.
  • Provides in-person and virtual reference service.
  • Develops and maintains research support services in collaboration with the CUE Office of Research Services, the CUE Centre for Innovation and Applied Research, and the Campus Copyright Office to implement the CUE Academic and Strategic Research plans.
  • Liaises with assigned academic programs, which includes building relationship, preparing and delivering library instruction, and developing library collections.
  • Attends meetings and supports projects of the Library Instruction Team and the Library Online Services Team in keeping with the CUE Academic Plan.


  • Builds and evaluates physical and electronic collections within assigned subject areas.
  • Attends meetings and supports projects of the Library Collections Team.
  • Represents CUE Library at meetings of the Faculty of Graduate Studies Council.

 Strategic Projects

  • Contributes to projects that advance the CUE Academic Plan.
  • Maintains and contributes to broader consortial partnerships
  • Maintains a professional network relevant to position responsibilities.
  • Attends workshops, courses, and conferences to maintain professional competence.

Requirements for the position include:

 Required Qualifications

  • MLIS from an accredited ALA program
  • Master’s degree in an additional academic discipline
  • Prior experience in research and scholarly communication
  • Knowledge of open access publishing models

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a Social Science or Science discipline
  • Three to five years of relevant experience
  • Experience with institutional repository and research data management

Closing Date: Application review will continue until the position is filled. Concordia is an equal-opportunity employer.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience as required for this position.

Application should include:

  • A cover letter (including a statement of citizenship/immigration status);
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of references;
  • Transcripts of all graduate-level courses;
  • A statement describing past experience in activities that promote diversity and inclusion.


Human Resources

Concordia University of Edmonton

7128 Ada Boulevard

Edmonton, AB   T5B 4E4


We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Annual Report from Grande Prairie Regional College Library

The Annual Report from GPRC Library highlights our accomplishments and activities in numbers, charts, and photos. It focusses on how we serve the academic needs of our learners as we begin to plan for the upcoming year. GPRC is on the path of becoming a degree granting institute. In preparation for this, we also conducted a self-study which will become part of GPRC’s documentation to be submitted to CAQC.  The Library is a bridge between academics and student services. We see the library as the heart of GPRC and the hub for student learning.

7 Questions with Red Crow Community College

This month, we’re excited to start our new 7 Questions with AAAL Institutions blog off with Red Crow Community College.

1. What is the most interesting/unique item or collection in your library?
Blackfoot Special Collection.

2. What is the most interesting/unique program offered at your institution?
Field trips to sacred sites in southern Alberta and the Blood Reserve.

3. What event are you most proud of hosting at your institution or library?
Mikaisto Radio – its programming is to share language, cultural activities, and to highlight our student and college activities.

4. What is one surprising fact about your institution or library?
Our campus burnt in 2015-the former St. Mary’s Residential School on the Blood Reserve.

5. What is the busiest time of year for your institution or library?
September to June

6. What has been a recent change for your institution or library?
New building initiative; very exciting to be part of the planning committee.

7. What is a challenge that your library or institution has overcome?
Funding – we do not receive core funding from federal or provincial governments.


Access Conference: Call for Reviewers

The University of Alberta is hosting Access 2019 in September, and the program committee is seeking peer reviewers to help select presentations for the conference! Peer reviewers will be responsible for reading Access Conference proposals, reviewing them and making a recommendation. If you’ve never been a peer reviewer for Access, this is a wonderful way to contribute to the shape and direction of the conference!

Peer reviewers will be selected by the Program Committee and will ideally include a variety of individuals across disciplines including Access old-timers and newbies alike. You do not need to be attending the conference to volunteer as a peer reviewer.

The peer review process is anonymous for both authors and reviewers. Those who have submitted Access Conference session proposals are welcome and encouraged to become peer reviewers as well. You won’t receive your own proposal to review. Please note that the peer reviewing activity will take place mid-May to mid-June. Proposals are a maximum of 250 words so we expect each review to take no more than 30 minutes. Each reviewer could be assigned up to 2-3 proposals to review depending on the number of submissions.

To submit your interest in reviewing, please fill out this form with your contact information, a sentence or two on why you’d like to review for Access 2019 and some keywords on topics you’d be comfortable reviewing. If you submitted a proposal and indicated on the registration screen you’d like to review, you’re already signed up! 

Still time to register for the AAAL Spring Meeting!

Hello AAAL members,

This is a reminder that Friday at 4 p.m. is the deadline to register for the Alberta Association of Academic Libraries’ Spring 2019 Meeting. We have twelve spots remaining!

Library staff from all member institutions are invited to join us at Olds College on Friday, May 10th. We are very excited to be offering a workshop on using design thinking to enhance user experience with University of Alberta librarian, Céline Gareau-Brennan. Following the workshop and a delicious BBQ lunch, the afternoon is filled with interesting lightning talks on a wide variety of topics. The full meeting package with agenda and session descriptions can be found on the AAAL website.

We hope to see you there!

The AAAL Executive + Committee Members

Access Conference 2019 – Call for Proposals

The 2019 Access Conference Program Committee invites proposals for participation in the upcoming Access Conference, which will be held September 30 to October 2, 2019 in Edmonton, Alberta at the Matrix Hotel, hosted by University of Alberta.

Access is Canada’s premier annual library technology conference bringing librarians, technicians, developers, programmers, and managers from all library sectors together to discuss unique and interesting library processes and technologies. There will be plenty of opportunities to share ideas and learn from each other!

This single stream conference features exciting keynotes, presentations, lightning talks, a hackathon, and lots of time for networking and social events.

We are seeking proposals for:

  • 20 min presentations (15 min + 5 min for questions)
    • could be demos, theory or practice, case studies, original research, etc.
    • will be peer-reviewed
  • 60 min multi-speaker sessions (45 min + 15 min for questions)
    • should be self-organized and we encourage presentations demonstrating perspectives from multiple organizations
    • will be peer-reviewed
  • 5 min lightning talks
    • any subject that is conference related.
    • will not be peer-reviewed

Ready to submit?

Visit our conference proposal site to create an account and submit your proposal:

Submission deadline is 11:59PM EST on May 10, 2019

Need some ideas? Check out the 2018 conference program and past conference websites! Please note that we will also be offering a Diversity Scholarship Program (details coming soon).

Speakers will be notified of their acceptance decision in mid-June.

Questions? Contact us at

Access 2019 is making every effort to be as inclusive and as safe an environment as possible – please review our Code of Conduct.