Category Archives: Spring meeting

Call for Mentorship Committee Members

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.

Responsibilities include:

  • 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 ( and Ebony Magnus ( 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.

Many thanks!

AAAL Mentorship Committee: Isobel Rancier, Kalin Jensen, Lindsey Whitson, Alison Foster

Featured Workshop at the Spring Meeting

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.

Learning Goals:

  1. Understand the concepts of Design Thinking & UX

  2. Understand the advantages and challenges of applying these concepts

  3. 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.


Call for Nominations, AAAL Chair-elect

Call for Nominations, AAAL Chair-elect

The AAAL is seeking nominations for the AAAL Executive Chair-elect position, in preparation for elections taking place at the Spring Annual General Meeting on Friday, May 10, 2019 at Olds College.  To nominate an AAAL member or put your own name forward for either of these positions, please email the Chair of the Nominations Committee at with a brief statement of interest. The Nominations Committee consists of CJ de Jong (Chair), Geoff Owens, and Shannon D’Agnone.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 5, 2019.

Chair-elect (2 year term: first year as AAAL Chair-elect, and second year as AAAL Chair)

Responsibilities include:

  • Maintain liaison with other library associations and external organizations, and ensure news and updates of interest to the association are reported at the Fall Meeting, Annual General Meeting, and via the AAAL blog and social media;

  • Call for standing committee members as needed and ensure standing committee positions are filled;

  • Conduct general meetings in Chair’s absence;

  • Perform other duties as designated by the Chair;

  • Submit written bi-annual reports to the Chair for inclusion in meeting packages three weeks prior to Fall and Annual General Meetings

  • Attend Executive Meetings.

[By March 25]: Call for presenters for Spring AAAL meeting

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!

Kind regards,

AAAL Workshop Committee: Angie Mandeville, Jessica Leslie, and Leeanne Morrow

Second Call for Lightning Strikes Sessions – AAAL Spring 2018 Meeting

Second Call for Lightning Strikes Sessions – Only 10 days left to submit.
The Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) Spring 2018 meeting will take place on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at the Riddell Library and Learning Centre at Mount Royal University of Calgary.
We invite you to submit a proposal for a lightning strike session (20 minute talk including time for questions) on how your staff, your libraries and/or your constitutions engage with information.  What new program, service, or space are you and your library providing to your user communities?  What new technologies or tools are you using to improve how you, your library, or your users get things done.
Looking forward to seeing all of you in Calgary in April.
AAAL Workshop Committee
Claudette Cloutier (UCalgary)
Angie Mandeville (UAlberta)
Shawna Murphy (MHC)