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Call for AAAL Sub-Committee Members

Hello!

The AAAL Executive Committee is looking for library staff members from AAAL member institutions to fill three vacant sub-committee positions:

Communications Committee

  • 1 position required (2 year term)
  • Regular duties include: Coordinate communications of the AAAL including all social media accounts (Facebook and AAAL blog); solicit and distribute news items on a regular basis

Statistics and Assessment Committee

  • 2 positions required (2 year term)
  • Member should have experience in manipulating raw data in order to analyze, customize and format appropriate reports. Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative assessment in libraries in higher education is essential. 
  • Regular duties include: Collection of annual AAAL stats from member institutions; ensure accuracy, compile statistics on the master form, ensure digital preservation of data, reporting statistics to members via website and at the annual and fall meetings.

Please forward expressions of interest or any questions to Madelaine Vanderwerff (mvanderwerff@mtroyal.caby Friday November 1, 2019.  Committee members will be acclaimed at the November 15th meeting that will be held at the University of Alberta Libraries Augustana Campus Library  in Camrose, so if you are thinking of putting your name forward for a vacant position it would also be great if you could attend that meeting.

Best,

Madelaine

AAAL Chair Elect

AAAL Fall meeting keynote speaker & reminder to submit presentation proposals

Keynote Announcement: We’re excited to announce that the keynote speaker for the Fall 2019 AAAL meeting is Feisal Kirumira. Feisal is an Associate Lecturer for German at Augustana Campus and a PhD student in Secondary Education at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. His area of interest is multicultural education with an emphasis on antiracist pedagogy informed by African Wisdom teachings with a slice of philosophical hermeneutics. Feisal also doubles as the International Student Faculty Liaison and Advisor to the Dean at Augustana Campus. He is the Faculty Advisor for the Diversity Working Group, Afro-Youth Club, Muslim Students Association, and the Asian Pacific Students Club at Augstana Campus. Feisal has extensive teaching experience in English as a Second Language, Community Service Learning (for international students), and secondary education curriculum studies. Feisal is a member of the Alberta Antiracism Advisory Council. He has delivered many antiracism and intercultural awareness sessions in Canada and abroad.

Reminder of the October 11 presentation proposal deadline: While we encourage staff from AAAL member libraries to submit a proposal to share your experiences, research, and lessons learned along the international theme, we are open to any other work you are open to sharing at this professional learning and sharing event. What new program, service, or space are you/your library providing to your users?  What technologies or tools are you using to improve how you, your library, or your users get things done?

Presentations can be either:

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

  • 30 minute session that can include ideas, experiences, original research, engaging discussion questions or activities

  • Submit your proposal online by Friday, October 11. Successful presenters will be contacted by October 16.

Best,

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

Call for presenters for Fall AAAL meeting

The Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) Fall 2019 meeting will take place on Friday, November 15, 2019 at Augustana Campus Library, University of Alberta in Camrose, Alberta.  

We are interested in hearing from AAAL members’  work along the theme of international. This could include work in expanding collections in other languages and related to the International Year of Indigenous Languages, working with English as an Additional Language (ESL) students, supporting international students in the library, providing professional development for staff, or building anti-racist workshops for students. 

While we invite staff from AAAL member libraries to submit a proposal to share your experiences, research, and lessons learned along this theme, we are open to any other work you are open to sharing at this 

professional learning and sharing event. What new program, service, or space are you/your library providing to your users?  What technologies or tools are you using to improve how you, your library, or your users get things done?

Presentation can be either: 

  • 5 minute lightning talk that is a quick overview of your ideas, experience, and programs/services OR 
  • 30 minute session that can include ideas, experiences, original research, engaging discussion questions or activities

 

We look forward to hearing from you! 

Best,

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

Access 2019 Conference Registration Deadline Approaching

On behalf of the Access 2019 Conference organizing committee this is a reminder that the registration deadline is fast approaching on Monday September 16th. Please take the time to look at the excellent program available here: https://accessconference.ca/program/  and consider attending.

The Access 2019 workshops are already full, but those interested can add their name to the waiting list by emailing: accesslibcon@gmail.com

For those who cannot join us, there will be a live YouTube stream. You can also follow along with the conference on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #AccessYEG.

Hope to see you there!
Doris Wagner
Access 2019 Registration Chair

 

Don’t Forget – 2019/20 AAAL Mentorship Program applications are due soon!

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or a mentee, please check out the detailed information available at AAAL Mentorship. The goal of the AAAL Mentorship Program is to support career development, share professional advice and insights, promote networking, and provide leadership to the profession. The program is open to all library professionals at member institutions and does not facilitate job placements or internships.  The application forms for both roles are accessible through the site.

The deadline to apply is Friday, August 16th and matches will be communicated in late August.

If you have any questions, please contact the committee: aaal.mentorship@gmail.com.

Spring Meeting Feedback

Hello AAAL members,

Better late than never we’re asking for your thoughts on the Spring 2019 meeting that was held at Olds College. Some changes were made to the format of the day and we’re interested in hearing what you thought of those modifications. If you weren’t able to attend the meeting, we’re still interested in gathering your ideas for future meetings.

Please find the survey here. It will remain open until August 3rd.

Thank you in advance for your time. We hope everyone is having a great summer!

Sincerely,

The AAAL Executive + Committee Members

Calling for Library Mentors & Mentees: The 2019/20 AAAL Mentorship Program opens on July 2nd!

The AAAL Mentorship Committee is recruiting mentors and mentees from its member libraries for the upcoming academic year:

  • Mentors: Offer guidance, support, and encouragement as needed to a fellow AAAL library member who might be early on in their career or taking on new roles.
  • Mentees: Engage with an experienced library member, develop professional relationships with colleagues in different AAAL library environments, and grow your knowledge of library and information work.

The goal of the AAAL Mentorship Program is to support career development, share professional advice and insights, promote networking, and provide leadership to the profession. The program does not facilitate job placements or internships.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or a mentee, then please check out the detailed information here: AAAL Mentorship. The application forms for both roles are accessible through the site.

 The deadline to apply is Friday, August 16th and matches will be communicated in late August.

If you have any questions, then please get in touch: aaal.mentorship@gmail.com.