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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

Survey: With Great Comics Comes Great Responsibility

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

With Great Comics Comes Great Responsibility: Academic Libraries and Comics Collection Development

Invitation to Participate: You are invited to participate in this research study about acquisition and collection development of comics.

The literature on comics in libraries is a currently developing area but it rarely focuses on the collection development and acquisition elements, especially within academic libraries.  As a librarian who is responsible for acquisition and collection development, we would appreciate your opinion about how one acquires and develops comic book collections in university or college libraries.

Purpose of the Study: From this research, we wish to gain an understanding of how librarians decide to acquire comic books and use them in their collections. Similarly, we want to know your understandings and perceptions of users’ needs.

Participation: If you wish to participate in this study, please complete the survey using the survey link provided. The survey should take you approximately 15 minutes or less to complete. You do not have to answer any questions that you do not want to answer. Once you have completed the survey, please submit the survey using the ‘submit’ option. 


Lorisia MacLeod BA, MLIS

Past ALA Spectrum Scholar and ARL Diversity Scholar

AAAL Mentorship Program: Call for Mentors and Mentees

Looking to make connections, share professional advice, meet new colleagues and gain new perspectives on library challenges?  Join the Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) Mentorship Program!

The program is open to all practicing library professionals (i.e., with library degree and/or diploma completed) currently employed by an AAAL member institution.

The AAAL Mentorship Committee is recruiting mentors and mentees from its member libraries for the upcoming academic year:

  • Mentors: Offer guidance, support, and encouragement as needed to a fellow AAAL library member who might be early on in their career or taking on new roles. 
  • Mentees: Engage with an experienced library member, develop professional relationships with colleagues in different AAAL library environments, and grow your knowledge of library and information work.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or a mentee, please check out the detailed information available at the AAAL Mentorship webpage. The application forms for both roles are also accessible through the AAAL site.

**Please note that the program does not facilitate job placements or internships.**


Application Deadline: Saturday, July 30, 2022 (with matches communicated in late August).

If you have any questions, please contact the committee: and share this invitation as you see fit.

Thanks for your interest in the AAAL Mentorship Program!

AAAL Mentorship Committee

AAAL Spring AGM: Keynote and Full Program Now Available

AAAL’s Spring 2022 AGM, Care Work: Practices and Ethics of Care in Academic Libraries, will be held online Thursday, May 12th, 9am-3pm. Registration is free and open to all employees of AAAL Member Institutions.

Register until Friday, May 6th:

The full program and schedule is available in the AAAL Meeting Package. The business meeting, including AAAL updates and member roundtable, will run from 9-10:45 followed by our keynote speaker presentation, presentations, and lightning talks from AAAL members across Alberta.

If you cannot attend the business meeting, you may absolutely still join for presentations!

About our Keynote: 

  • Dr. Nicole Dalmer, McMaster University
  • Presentation: “Who Cares? Caring Through our Work and Spaces

 In this talk, Dr. Nicole Dalmer will speak to two of her projects that examine the complex intersections between information and care.

First, she will illuminate findings from a study that made visible the information work that permeates the care work of families of people living with dementia who are also aging at home. Results suggest a disjuncture between the ways that families experience information in their everyday lives and the ways that information is understood in policy and professional practice.

Second, she will highlight preliminary findings from a large-scale study that seeks to understand the many ways public libraries serve as caring, social infrastructures for older adults. Together, these studies, while very different, collectively reveal the necessity and the invisibility of the care work that is imbricated and embedded in information – in information work and in information spaces. 

We look forward to seeing you online!

Kind Regards,

Ali Foster, AAAL Chair (2021-2022)