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!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jessie Loyer (email@example.com).
Angie Mandeville, AAAL Workshop Committee Chair
Jessie Loyer & Ebony Magnus, AAAL Co-Chairs
The AAAL Mentorship Committee is seeking 2-3 AAAL members for 2-year terms, starting 2019-20.
The mentorship program benefits the career development of all involved. It facilitates support for early-career professionals, creates leadership opportunities for those farther along, and encourages networking across member institutions, all of which strengthens the profession at large.
- Calling for and reviewing applications for AAAL member mentors and mentees to serve for one academic year, September to April.
- Pairing mentors and mentees.
- Offering support and guidance on possible directions for mentorship by maintaining a resource list.
- Maintaining and updating the Mentorship section on the AAAL website.
- Conducting an annual program evaluation.
- Seeking feedback and making recommendations to the AAAL Executive.
- Reporting to the AAAL Annual General Meeting and Fall meetings.
Please contact any member of the Mentorship Committee if you need more information about the work of the committee.
If you are interested in being a committee member, please submit your name to the AAAL Chair Elects, Jesse Loyer (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ebony Magnus (email@example.com). We’re hoping to have new committee members in place before the spring AAAL AGM meeting (May 10) so there can be an easy transition with the departing committee members.
AAAL Mentorship Committee: Isobel Rancier, Kalin Jensen, Lindsey Whitson, Alison Foster
AAAL Workshop Committee is pleased to announce our featured workshop upcoming Spring Meeting at Olds College.
Featured Workshop: Out-of-the-Box Design Thinking for Libraries
Speaker and Facilitator: Céline Gareau-Brennan, University of Alberta Libraries
Looking for an “out-of-the-box” way to think about, plan, and/or assess library services? Get ready to look at your library services from a different perspective using Design Thinking methods! Design Thinking allows you to examine or plan you library’s practices in a unique and innovative way. Spark your curiosity and awaken your creativity in this hands-on workshop that introduces a Design Thinking around your UX (User Experience) in a library environment. This workshop will start by introducing you to the concepts of Design Thinking in a UX context and offer specific Design Thinking techniques to implement. You will also get the opportunity to practice specific techniques such as customer journey mapping, and service blueprinting.
Understand the concepts of Design Thinking & UX
Understand the advantages and challenges of applying these concepts
Practice specific Design Thinking techniques to consider UX
Join us on May 10 at Olds College to connect with your AAAL colleagues from across the province and consider sharing more about your work, projects, research. Call for presenters deadline is March 25. Submit your proposal here.
The Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) Spring 2019 meeting will take place on Friday, May 10, 2019. We’re excited to announce that Olds College Library is hosting the Spring AAAL meeting for the first time! This is a significant change for AAAL as we’ve historically held our Winter/Spring meetings in either Edmonton or Calgary. In keeping with our goal to try something new, we invite you to contribute to our program of professional learning and sharing with the theme of “Out of the Box”.
Out of the Box: We want to hear from AAAL library staff about new service/program design and delivery. If not something new, have you redesigned or reconceptualized an existing service? How did you get from idea to operation? Tell us! We invite staff from AAAL member libraries to submit a proposal to share your experiences, research, and lessons learned.
To add more variety to our learning events we are seeking different types of sessions including:
5-7 minute lightning talk that is a quick overview of your ideas, experience, and programs/services.
30 minute session that can include ideas, experiences, original research, engaging discussion questions or activities
We challenge you to think outside the box. Never been to a AAAL meeting before? Now’s your chance to connect with AAAL colleagues from across the province. And in Olds, Alberta. Let’s do this!
Please encourage your colleagues to consider this opportunity. We look forward to hearing from you!
AAAL Workshop Committee: Angie Mandeville, Jessica Leslie, and Leeanne Morrow