Category Archives: Spring Meeting

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)


Register to Attend the AAAL Spring AGM, May 12th, 9am-3pm

Registration is now open for AAAL’s Spring 2022 AGM: Care Work: Practices and Ethics of Care in Academic Libraries, hosted online by AAAL on Thursday, May 12th from 9am-3pm. 

Please register using the Registration Form no later than Friday, May 6th.

We are pleased to announce the preliminary program lineup, including our featured Keynote speaker, Dr. Nicole Dalmer presenting “Who Cares? Caring Through our Work and Spaces.”

  • 9am-10:45am: Business Meeting: Reports from the Executive, Voting, Roundtable, and Elections 
  • 11am-12pm: Keynote: Dr. Nicole Dalmer. “Caring through our work and spaces” 
  • 12:45-3pm: Afternoon Presentations and Lightning Talks (full schedule announced this week) 

We look forward to seeing you online! 


Ali Foster, AAAL Chair (2021-2022)

Call for Applications: AAAL Professional Development Award

Are you considering presenting or attending the Alberta Association of Academic Libraries’ (AAAL) virtual Spring AGM on Thursday, May 12th, 2022

In the past, AAAL has offered the Professional Development award to cover travel expenses for those who wish to present at or attend the meeting.  AAAL has extended the criteria to accept applications for technology-related expenses.  This can include technology upgrades (devices, monitors, headsets) or software/subscription fees.


  • Applicants must be affiliated with a AAAL member institution OR
  • Applicants must be currently attending an LIT or MLIS program

Priority will be given to applicants presenting a session/workshop at the AAAL meeting, or who have limited funding for professional development through their institution, however this is not a requirement.  Apply!

For additional details about the award and applicable expenses that can be claimed, please visit the AAAL Professional Development Award page on the website. To apply, fill out the application form. 


The deadline for PD award submissions is Friday, April 15, 2022.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the AAAL Chair-Elect.

AAAL Spring 2022 Meeting – Call for Proposals

Mark your calendars! The Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) Spring 2022 Meeting will take place Thursday, May 12, 2022, hosted virtually. The Spring 2022 Meeting will begin at 9:00 am and conclude in the afternoon; a meeting link and further information will be forthcoming.

The theme for AAAL’s Spring meeting is Care Work: Practices and Ethics of Care in Academic Libraries. Caretaking or care work is a fundamental, but historically unacknowledged, part of academic library work, whether in preserving physical and digital collections, providing service to library users, or managing staff. While the COVID-19 pandemic and related shifts have brought the care-based dimensions of libraries to the fore, libraries are also increasingly asked to take on the kinds of work typically performed by explicitly care-based professions. More broadly, there has been an ongoing shift of the burden of care from the social to the individual, ranging from the rhetoric of self-care to how the collective risks of a global pandemic are mitigated.

We invite proposals that consider what a care-based perspective might offer for academic libraries. What new challenges or pitfalls might a view of library work as care introduce? What examples of practices of care can you share with the AAAL community?

Proposals can be for either a:

  • 5 minute lightning talk that is a quick overview of your ideas, experience, and programs/services,


  • 20 to 30 minute presentation that can include ideas, experiences, original research, engaging discussion questions or activities.

Submit your proposal by Sunday, April 10. Successful presenters will be contacted within the following week.

Do you require financial support to attend or present at the meeting? We encourage you to apply now for an AAAL Professional Development Award, whose scope has extended to be inclusive of technological peripheral support. PD Award applications are due April 15, 2022.

Wondering how we’ll select sessions? Take a look at our Rubric for Selecting AAAL Sessions and use it as a guide for your proposal.

We look forward to hearing from you!

The AAAL Workshop Committee:
Kelley Wadson, Carla Lewis, Kevin Tanner, Alexandra Alisauskas, Jorden Habib

Save the Date: Spring 2022 AGM May 12th 2022

Mark your calendar!  The Alberta  Association of Academic Libraries plans to hold the 2022 Spring AGM on Thursday, May 12th. The meeting will be held virtually and hosted by AAAL so that the meeting can be flexible and accessible for as many members as possible, with the intention of planning for in-person meetings in the near future. 

A call for virtual presentations, RSVP information, and the meeting agenda and package will be available soon; this year’s theme is Care Work: Practices and Ethics of Care in Academic Libraries.