Category Archives: Fall Meeting

Registration Open: AAAL Fall 2021 Meeting, 9 December 2021

Registration is now open for the AAAL Fall 2021 Meeting, hosted online by The Alberta Library (TAL) on December 9, 2021 from 9am to 3pm. 

Please register using the Registration Form no later than Monday, December 6th:

We are pleased to announce the preliminary program lineup, including our featured Keynote:

9am-10:45am: Business Meeting: Reports from the Executive, Roundtable, and Elections 

11am-12pm: Featured Keynote: Margy MacMillan 

12:30-3pm: Afternoon Programming and presentations (full schedule of talks to be announced this week), including a presentation by our host, The Alberta Library (TAL). 

Abstract: Academic libraries in Alberta have a long history of collaborations. From teaching partnerships, cross-functional teams, and institutional committees to TAL, NEOS, and a host of conferences, we work together well. I learned a lot in thirty years in academic libraries here, but it took stepping outside my institutional comfort zone and joining Project Information Literacy ( to prompt a more deliberate approach to collaboration. Leaving the familiar confines of Canadian academia for a new context with different constraints, motivations, rewards, and operating cultures led to a deeper consideration of what I could bring to an established high-functioning team, and what I wanted to gain from collaboration. 

We look forward to seeing you online!

Save the Date: AAAL Fall 2021 Meeting – Thursday, December 9th

Mark your Calendars!

The Alberta  Association of Academic Libraries plans to hold the 2021 Fall Meeting on Thursday, December 9th.  The meeting will be held virtually, hosted by TAL. 

A call for virtual presentations, RSVP information, and a call for Committee and Subcommittee nominations will be sent next week; this year, the theme will be focused on Collaboration and Partnerships.

We look forward to seeing you online!

Call for Host: AAAL Fall 2021 Meeting

The Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) is currently seeking a host institution for our Fall 2021 meeting, to be held online in early December 2021. As an online meeting, this is an excellent opportunity for hosts from institutions outside of Alberta’s larger cities to showcase their institution to our colleagues across the province and contribute to AAAL.  

What is involved with acting as a AAAL meeting host institution? Some responsibilities/tools include: 

  • An online platform for hosting a synchronous meeting, including the AAAL business meeting and professional development programming.  
  • A point of contact on the day of the meeting to assist the Learning & Development Committee with technical troubleshooting. 

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 this coming meeting, or if you have questions about hosting, please reach out to Ali Foster, AAAL Chair ( no later than Friday, September 3rd.

Fall 2020 Post-Meeting Survey

Hello AAAL members,

Thank you so much for taking the time to join the online version of our Fall 2020 meeting, hosted by Red Deer College.  We are very interested to hear your feedback about your experience, and any suggestions about future content for our Spring Meeting.  Please find the survey here. It will remain open until January 5, 2021.

Also, please consider if your institution is interested in hosting the Spring 2021 Meeting. We anticipate that this meeting will also be held virtually, so this may be a great opportunity for those members who are limited by travel. If you would like to put your name forward or have any questions about what hosting entails, please connect with Madelaine (AAAL Chair)

A few additional notes/reminders about the meeting:

  • There has been a lot of follow up about where folks can view presentations. The Learning and Development Committee is currently working with presenters to seek permission to share their slides.  Expect a blog post, as well as a link to select presentations in the minutes. And consider signing up for the AAAL newsletter to receive the latest and greatest updates from the organization.
  • We are still seeking expressions of interest to serve as Secretary on the Executive Board (2-year term) and the Statistics and Assessment Sub-Committee (2-year term).  Please reach out to Alison Foster if you are interested (

Thank you in advance for your time. And we wish everyone a restful Winter break.


The AAAL Executive + Committee Members

Details for AAAL Fall Meeting on Dec. 3

Greetings AAAL members,

Library staff from all member institutions are invited to join us virtually on Thursday, December 3rd for the Alberta Association of Academic Libraries’ Fall 2020 Meeting, hosted online by Red Deer College Library. 

We’re excited to announce Chevi Rabbit as our keynote speaker. Chevi Rabbit is a young mover and a shaker from Rural Alberta. Listed by the premier of Alberta as one of the Top 25 Human Rights Advocates, Rabbit is an award winning advocate, accredited makeup fashion makeup artist, educator, fashion coordinator and public speaker. Rabbit is a Two Spirit Advocate, a First Nations concept for someone, like Rabbit, who identifies as both a man and a woman. Ze’s currently a board member of the Aboriginal Women’s Professional Association, member of the Board of Directors at the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre, committee member on Alberta Sexual Minorities Liaison Committee, Founder of Maskwacis Two Spirit Society, recipient of Top 40 Under 40 by Avenue Magazine, founder of Hate to Hope, and a collaborator with many organizations in Alberta. After being assaulted in a parking lot in 2012, ze became a passionate advocate for the LGBTQ community. Rabbit realized that being open – and empowering others to do the same – could be a revolutionary act. From that moment Hate to Hope was born and became an idea that not only changed Rabbit’s life but many others without a voice. This movement was Canada’s largest LGBTQ march at the time.

Following Chevi’s keynote there is an exciting lineup of professional development sessions and a tour/talk with our hosts from Red Deer College. The full meeting package with agenda and session descriptions is available on the AAAL website.

Since we are meeting online through Blackboard Collaborate, there is no need to register to attend and no need to download anything. You can simply join the meeting via this link: AAAL Fall Meeting (Main Room). If you have never used Blackboard Collaborate before, you can view a quick tutorial about how it works here.

We hope to see you there!

Your AAAL Executive + Committee Members  
Questions? Please contact the incoming AAAL Chair, Madelaine Vanderwerff, at