Category Archives: Fall Meeting

Fall 2019 Post-Meeting Survey

Hello AAAL members,

We’d like to ask for your thoughts on the Fall 2019 meeting that was held at the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus. Similar to the Spring 2019 meeting some changes were made to the format of the day and we’re interested in hearing about what you thought of those modifications. If you weren’t able to attend the meeting, we’re still interested in gathering your ideas for future meetings. Please find the survey here. It will remain open until December 5.

Also, please consider if your institution is interested in hosting the Spring 2020 Meeting. A quick application that includes details on what is needed from a host can be found here. We look forward to your submissions!

Thank you in advance for your time.



The AAAL Executive + Committee Members

AAAL Fall 2019 Meeting – Registration Open

Greetings AAAL members,

 Library staff from all member institutions are invited to join us at the University of Alberta Libraries’ Augustana Campus Library in Camrose on Friday, November 15th for the Alberta Association of Academic Libraries’ Fall 2019 Meeting. We’re excited to announce Feisal Kirumira as our keynote speaker. Feisal is an Associate Lecturer for German at Augustana Campus and a PhD student in Secondary Education at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. His area of interest is multicultural education with an emphasis on antiracist pedagogy informed by African Wisdom teachings with a slice of philosophical hermeneutics. He has delivered many antiracism and intercultural awareness sessions in Canada and abroad and we’re looking forward to having him join us for the morning keynote address. Following lunch there is an exciting lineup of professional development sessions including:

Buchanan Library: Adapting to Change
This presentation will provide an overview of the summer’s renovations and showcase the new space at Buchanan Library, Lethbridge College. We will also talk about the indigenization that has happened to the space. Further, our presentation will discuss services for international students. The college has seen a large increase in this population over the last two years, and as a result, the library has had to expand services and continue to provide them during renovations.  We will outline how this has looked for the past year, over the summer, and give some projections for the upcoming years.
Presenters: Corene Kozey & Darel Bennedbaek, Lethbridge College

DeciphAR: Utilizing Augmented Reality to Support Place-Making in Academic Libraries
A new app developed by Mount Royal University Library in collaboration with Red Crow College uses augmented reality (AR) to provide audio and visual information about the Blackfoot translations on the wayfinding in the Riddell Library and Learning Centre (RLLC). This information includes pronunciations and descriptions of the translations completed by Elder Leo Fox. DeciphAR continues the work of place-making in the Library by supporting and encouraging the active use of Indigenous language while recognizing the importance of grounding ourselves in the place that we work and live.
Presenters: Francine May, Matt Laidlow and Chase Schrader, Mount Royal University  

Transitioning to Linked Data: an International Effort
For the last few years the University of Alberta Library (UAL) has been working towards transitioning its bibliographic data and cataloguing workflows to a linked data environment. For work on moving from MARC to BIBFRAME, this initiative has included two international projects: Linked Data for Production (LD4P)  and Share-VDE, both of which have member institutions all around the world. This presentation will summarize UAL’s involvement with these two projects and the advantages and disadvantages of being a part of multiple international projects.

Presenter: Adam Cohen, University of Alberta

Preparing international students about life in Canada prior to their arrival and upon arrival in Canada
This session will review how:

  • To prepare potential international students for the English language assessment tests
  • To share the invisible rules and practices in Canada
  • To teach international students about the diversity of indigenous population in Canada

Presenter: Manisha Khetarpal, Maskwacis Cultural College 

Computational Thinking and Robotics: Reflections on a course-embedded Library Robotics Workshop
This lightning strike will give an overview of a course-embedded library workshop for 2nd year Education students on computational thinking and robotics. Lighting strike will give an overview of the workshop and lessons learned from planning this recurring workshop that involves 10-15 staff, new technologies and almost 200 students!

Presenter: Alissa Droog, University of Alberta

University of Alberta Libraries’ Communications and Outreach to International Education
As an Academic Library Resident at the University of Alberta, my assigned residency project, stemming from the research report “Supporting International Students: The University of Alberta Libraries Response to the University Strategic Plan”, centred around the libraries’ communication and outreach to international education. Following the creation of a strategic communications plan, my first project-based task, I participated in numerous outreach initiatives including weekly participation in English Conversation Club meetings and a collaboration with staff from University of Alberta International to deliver training to library staff surrounding intercultural interactions. By sharing my experiences participating in library outreach to international students, I hope to inspire similar work at other academic institutions across Alberta.

Presenter: Victoria Eke, Concordia University of Edmonton

Outreach for International and ESL students
International students are an expanding demographic at many post-secondary institutions.  Many of these institutions may also have ESL programs, however, these two groups of students have different needs.  What are the characteristics of these diverse student groups and how can libraries meet these needs? This session will discuss MRU’s current outreach to these students, its future outreach goals, as well as outreach trends in post-secondary institutions throughout North America. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their own diverse student populations, discuss current outreach at their institutions, and identify possible outreach opportunities. Participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize the differences in needs of international and ESL students
  2. Identify and discuss outreach efforts at their institution
  3. Identify possible outreach opportunities that they can adopt at their institution.

Presenter: Christopher Thomas, Mount Royal University

The full meeting package with agenda and further session information will be on the AAAL website shortly.

Please register by 12 pm on Friday, November 8. We recommend you register early as space is limited and the meetings always reach capacity.

We hope to see you there!

Your AAAL Executive + Committtee Members

Call for host institution, AAAL Fall 2019 meeting

Are you and your colleagues interested in showcasing your library and campus? Would you like to host academic librarians from around Alberta for a learning and networking event? The Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) is currently seeking a host institution for our Fall meeting scheduled for November 2019 (date tbd with host). Interested institutions should complete this google form by Friday, Aug 2.

What’s involved in hosting a AAAL meeting? Here are the basic requirements:

  • Meeting space for 60 attendees for a keynote presentation and other workshop/learning activities
  • Standard technology for presentations/meetings — overhead projector, microphones, computer with Internet connectivity
  • Guest wifi
  • Space for participants to eat lunch — this can be in the same space and/or a nearby space; catering (lunch/coffee breaks) is sponsored by AAAL

As the Workshop Committee develops themes and programming, we invite potential hosts to share their ideas with us.

If you’re interested in hosting but cannot accommodate the Fall 2019 meeting, consider getting a jump on the Spring 2020 call for hosts by completing the Spring call for hosts form here.

Thank you for considering this request. Questions or comments about hosting can be directed to Angie Mandeville ( or Jessie Loyer (

Kind regards,

Angie Mandeville, AAAL Workshop Committee Chair

Jessie Loyer & Ebony Magnus, AAAL Co-Chairs

Registration open for AAAL Fall 2018 meeting at NAIT!

Library staff from all member institutions are invited to join us on Thursday, November 15 for the Alberta Association of Academic Libraries’ Fall 2018 Meeting at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT).

Please register by 12 pm on Tuesday, November 6. We recommend you register early as space is limited and the meetings always reach capacity.

The AAAL executive and committee members are busy completing the final details of the Fall 2018 meeting, which will include the traditional business meeting in the morning, followed by lunch (provided) and a library tour, and a full slate of presentations in the afternoon. The agenda and meeting package will be available shortly on the AAAL website. For now, feel free to browse past meeting agendas to see what you can expect.

We hope to see you there!

Nicolle Lemay, AAAL Chair

AAAL News: Fall Meeting and Committee Membership Opportunities

AAAL is excited to announce that our Fall Meeting will take place at NAIT in Edmonton on Thursday, November 15. Stay tuned for more information and a call for presentations.

The Executive Committee has a number of volunteer opportunities for AAAL committees – four positions in all! These opportunities are available to library staff members from AAAL member institutions. Please see below for details. If you are interested, please contact Nicolle Lemay at by Friday, August 24 and indicate for which committee(s) you would like to be considered.

1) Mentorship Committee: The Mentorship Committee is looking for one member for a two-year term. The mentorship program will run during the 2018-19 academic year, after a pilot year in 2017-18.  The member would be part of a team responsible for:

  • Recruiting and pairing mentors with mentees in September 2018
  • Offering any additional support or training needed to run the program
  • Conducting program evaluation upon completion of the 2018-19 program
  • Seeking feedback and making recommendations to the AAAL Executive

2) Workshop Committee: The Workshop Committee is looking for two members, each for a two-year term. The committee organizes the AAAL professional development and learning program. Committee members strive to develop relevant programming that serve as learning opportunities and highlights the range of excellent work happening at AAAL member libraries. The new committee member will engage in issuing calls for, selecting, and coordinating lightning-strike sessions, presentations and panel discussions for the Fall and Spring AAAL meetings.

3) Statistics and Assessment Committee: The Statistics and Assessment Committee is looking for one member. This committee compiles annual statistics from member institutions and reports to the membership on those statistics. Committee members should have an interest in data and statistics; experience with data analysis or data visualization is an asset.

Please contact me with any questions or to express an interest in any of these volunteer activities.

Nicolle Lemay
AAAL Chair