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Survey: Autism Spectrum Disorder Employee’s Experiences 

This call for survey participation may be of interest to some AAAL members:

Autism Spectrum Disorder Employee’s Experiences Working in Canadian Academic Libraries

Lori Giles-Smith and Emma Popowich 
University of Manitoba Libraries 

We are conducting a research study of autistic librarians and library support staff in the Canadian academic community. The main objective of this study is to obtain information from autistic people currently or recently employed in Canadian academic libraries about the benefits and difficulties they face. There is little research into the area of autistic librarians and support staff and your participation in this short survey will be invaluable in developing recommendations for recruitment, hiring and management practices.  

The research project includes an anonymous online survey containing a series of multiple choice and open-ended questions. It should take between 10-20 minutes to complete. All questions are optional, and you can leave the survey at any time by closing the window, tab, or browser. If you would like to participate, please click on the survey link below to access the consent form and survey. You can print a copy of the consent form for your records or request one from the researchers. 

If you would prefer to participate through a one-on-one interview over the telephone, please contact Lori Giles-Smith using the contact information below. Please note that this option means your information will not be anonymous to the researchers but your personal information will be kept confidential and your responses will be anonymized. Your answers will be entered directly into the survey software by the researcher with no personal data that could identify you (e.g., place of work, name, contact information) entered. Information gathered through the telephone interview will be anonymized and secured in the same manner as those submitted directly by participants via the survey software. Your contact information will be destroyed by the researchers immediately upon ending the telephone call.  

 

The survey will be open from March 17th – April 17th, 2022. 


If you have any questions about the survey, please feel free to contact: 

Lori Giles-Smith 
Coordinator, User Services and Fulfillment 

Thank you in advance.  

Lori Giles-Smith and Emma Popowich 
University of Manitoba Libraries 

Ongoing Union Negotiations in Alberta PSE

AAAL recognizes that there are ongoing union negotiations at some of our member institutions and that these negotiations, as well as active or possible strikes, may be impacting the workload and mental health of all library workers in these institutions.

AAAL sees this and extends our support to everyone impacted, whether they are striking as part of their union, addressing workload changes in order to keep libraries open, or being impacted as a library user.

Respectfully Submitted by the AAAL Executive, 2021-2022

Reopening Tool Survey – We need your feedback!

AAAL has an online tool for members to share information and discuss best practices for reopening libraries both during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, as we all adjust to its impacts on services and resources.

Please complete this Reintegration Tool Survey to share your feedback and help the Committee ensure this tool is meeting the needs of AAAL’s member organizations. 

About the Reintegration (Covid Planning) Basecamp Tool:

With the recent reopening plan announced by the province, there is a need to collaborate and share information on best practices: What is X-college doing about access to the collection? Student study groups? Checking items back in? Face-to-face research consultations? How are we going to address issues surrounding re-opening our libraries once the pandemic is over? 

The AAAL Reintegration (Covid Planning) Basecamp can help you find answers to those questions and more! TAL has posted a chart with the current status of libraries throughout the province, including building status, collection status, and whether TAL cards are being accepted, and many member libraries have contributed to discussions about instruction, safety, staff support and more. 

If you are interested in being added to this discussion group please contact Brian Lin at blin@thealbertalibrary.ab.ca or Kelley Wadson at kwadson@bowvalleycollege.ca.

PD Opportunity: MLA-SLA Joint Conference

Interested in connecting with our prairie neighbours? Registration for the Manitoba and Saskatchewan Library Associations’ joint conference is now open!

Happening June 14-16, 2021

Register now

The theme for the 2021 conference is Libraries: Better Together, which reflects the essential role of libraries in building and promoting diversity, inclusivity, and equity and providing space for cultural and public engagement. Libraries are a proactive, future-oriented force in life-long learning, innovation, social connection, and the economic well-being of our two provinces. The conference will offer a range of sessions that will be of interest to libraries of all types and all sizes in all sectors (academic, public, school, and special).

More information about speakers and sessions is available on the conference website.

Survey on trends in library-led instruction in Canadian academic libraries

This call for survey participation may be of interest to some AAAL members:

We are conducting a research survey of the Canadian academic librarian community to find out if in-person library-led learning and instruction activities are declining in Canadian university libraries. The insight you provide will help us to better understand the shifting landscape of liaison librarian roles and responsibilities in the area of teaching and instruction.  

It won’t take long: 10-15 minutes maximum, and it’s completely anonymous. Any question that you prefer not to answer can be skipped, and you can withdraw from the survey at any time. Please click on the link below to go to the survey. 
 
https://forms.office.com/r/NNtf1LMx0J

 If you have any questions about the survey please feel free to contact:  

Sherri Vokey 
Head, Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library  
sherri.vokey@umanitoba.ca 
204-789-3864  

Thank you in advance for taking the time to reply.  

Sherri Vokey & Emma Popowich 
University of Manitoba