Category Archives: Member News

Core Forum 2023 Call for Proposals Now Open

Core wants to hear from you! Share your interesting projects, research, perspectives, or experiences at Core Forum in New Orleans, October 19-21, 2023. Core is looking for presentations on hot topics and innovative content in the following areas:

  • Access & Equity
  • Assessment
  • Buildings & Operations
  • Leadership & Management
  • Metadata & Collections
  • Preservation
  • Technology

Presentations should be thought-provoking and highly relevant to practitioners. Complete this form to submit your proposal for a 60-minute session, poster, or pre-conference workshop.


Questions about submitting a proposal? Join us for an “All About Core Forum” webinar session, at 3 pm Eastern Time on Thursday, February 23. Please register here.

Deadline to submit your proposal: Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Debbie Feisst
Core Forum 2023 Planning Committee


The SIMA Project at Vanguard College Library

The Vanguard College Library recently completed a digital heritage project in collaboration with FACTSnet and Young Canada Works examining the Story of Indigenous Ministry in Alberta (SIMA). They are hopeful this project will prove useful to students and the greater evangelical community who want to learn more about or get involved in Indigenous ministry. 

The finished website ( hosts two main components:

  • A networking database of contacts and resources for Indigenous ministry in Alberta.
    • A comprehensive list of contacts, directories of websites, resources, and books, as well as a research guide. This database enables users to connect with current Indigenous ministry in Alberta, and functions as a tool for higher-level learning.
  • A written story of Indigenous ministry in Alberta.
    • The result of qualitative research interviews held with ministry and community leaders including both Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives. The hope is this can serve as a primary resource for historical information on the history of Indigenous ministry and Indigenous-evangelical relations in Alberta.

For questions, please reach out to

Invite to the 25th Augustana Human Library – March 28

The celebration of the 25th augustana human library will take place on Sunday, March 28 from 1:30-4:30 pm (MT)!  This event is going virtual and this is your invitation to join this free and engaging event!

What is a human library? It is a place to hear someone (called a human book) share their lived experience of prejudice, harassment and/or discrimination. Normally the human library is an intimate conversation-based in-person event but, since it cannot happen in person, the celebration of the 25th augustana human library will take place online with virtual presentations by a few human library books. So, this event is not an actual human library but, instead, highlights new and revised human books as a way to still celebrate this exciting milestone.
American Sign Language interpretation will be provided at this event.


1:30 – From victim to survivor
At the age of 19, I found myself in an abusive relationship where I was physically, mentally, and sexually abused more times than I can ever count. It was not until five years later, when I was seconds from losing my life, that I knew it was time to leave. However, leaving my abuser left me homeless, broke, and a single mother of a two-year-old with disabilities. This book is about my journey of redefining expectations and becoming my own statistic in this society.

2:15 – Life, love, loss, living
Imagine taking the initial 911 call reporting your partner’s death. Now think of how you’d recover from that. I found the love of my life and was suddenly alone. Since then, I have become involved with organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Homicide Survivors, and Victim Services. Tune in to learn about how I turned the most tragic loss of my life into something great that honours my partner!

3:00 – Dancing down the tunnel
When your brain can’t be fixed, you find someone experimenting on how to do it. When you lose speech and thinking, you have someone drill holes in your head. When you are told of your health limits, you do an Olympic Triathlon. But what do you do when you’re told that 2021 will be your last…

3:45 – From prison to policy change
During the height of the opioid crisis, I became addicted to OxyContin. My life began to spiral out of control and eventually I started selling drugs to support my habit. After years of this lifestyle, I was arrested and sentenced to 2.5 years in prison. In prison, I made a decision to turn my life around. This book is about struggle, perseverance, passion, and hope.


Registration is free but it is limited.  Register at

AAAL COVID-19 Response

We’ve heard your concerns about our AGM on May 1, 2020 at Red Deer College. The AAAL Executive is taking COVID-19 seriously; we’re listening to guidance from Alberta Health Services and our host institution.

Our team is exploring options for moving the meeting online by considering open source software like Jitsi and learning from those who have held online conferences, as well as postponing or cancelling the meeting.

We’ll let you know if the meeting will be cancelled, postponed, or moved online by April 1. Until then, wash your hands and stay safe!

Parental Leave Announcement: Dan Mirau, Concordia University of Edmonton Library

Please take note that Dan Mirau, Library Director at Concordia University of Edmonton, is currently on parental leave.

We are pleased to announce that Lynette Toews-Neufeldt, in addition to her role as Assistant Library Director and Campus Copyright Officer, will be taking on the duties of Acting Director until Dan returns.  You can contact her at