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Alberta Library Conference, 2019 – Call for Proposals

The Alberta Library Conference (ALC) 2019 Planning Committee, with support from the Library Association of Alberta (LAA) and the Alberta Library Trustees Association (ALTA), is accepting proposals for the 2019 Alberta Library Conference. ALC 2019 takes place in Jasper, Alberta from April 25 to 28, 2019. 

Our Conference theme for 2019 is Find A Way.

Never give up, never stop trying. Just because it didn’t work before doesn’t mean it won’t work this time. Be persistent despite barriers. Learn from failure; build on success. Ask for help. Continue to grow. Embrace enthusiasm. Say “yes” to new opportunities, new challenges, new ways of thinking. Find a way to make it happen!

The Committee strives to provide a range of sessions that are of interest to the broader library community in Alberta. The work being done in libraries across Alberta, from small rural libraries to large academic institutions demonstrates the complexity of library service as well as the adaptability and diversity of those who work in libraries. We encourage proposals from academic, public, school, and special libraries of all sizes, and organizations that are creatively broadening library services. Additionally, proposals from trustees for sessions that provide education and training for Library Board members are welcome. If you are a public librarian, please share this call for submissions with your Board. If you are a trustee and have suggestions for speakers or topics of interest to trustees, you are invited to send them to Dr. Tanya Pollard for potential session development. We are also interested in proposals from OUTSIDE the library world that discuss topics like business plans, organizational change, succession planning, staff retention, generational change, marketing, fund development, understanding our communities, service models, etc.

This year we are accepting proposals for 60 minute sessions, double sessions or workshops, 10 minute lightning strike sessions, and poster sessions. We are also accepting proposals for half day preconference sessions or workshops.

Submission deadline is October 1, 2018. Proposal form

ALC Chair (2019): Deb Cryderman

Program Co-Chairs:

Questions may be addressed to ALC Chair, Deb Cryderman.

Thank you for your interest in the Alberta Library Conference.

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Call for AAAL Workshop Committee volunteer

The  Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) Workshop Committee seeks a new volunteer member for a two-year term. This committee organizes the AAAL professional development and learning program. We strive to develop relevant programming that not only serves as learning opportunities but also highlights the range of excellent work happening at AAAL member libraries. Duties involve: issuing calls for, selecting, and coordinating lightning-strike sessions, presentations and panel discussions for the Fall (November 15 at NAIT) and Spring AAAL meetings.
If this piques your interest and you are a library staff member from a AAAL member institutionsplease email Angie Mandeville at afm1@ualberta.ca by end of day Tuesday, September 18th. Join us!
 
– Angie Mandeville, University of Alberta Libraries and AAAL Workshop Committee member

AAAL Mentorship Program 

The Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) is excited to continue its mentorship program for members in 2018-19! Building on last year’s successful pilot, the AAAL Executive has approved the Mentorship Committee as a permanent Standing Committee.

The Mentorship Committee is now recruiting AAAL library participants to serve as mentors and mentees for this academic year. Mentors will provide guidance, support, and encouragement as needed to mentees who may be early career library professionals or those tasked with new responsibilities.

The goal of the program is to support career development, share professional advice with those who want to achieve success, promote networking, and provide leadership to the profession. This mentorship program does not facilitate job placements or internships.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or a mentee, please check out the detailed information on the AAAL website (https://aaal.ca/) under the Professional Development heading of Mentorship. Both mentor and mentee application forms on the site, and so if interested in one of these roles, please take the time to apply! The deadline for submission is September 30, 2018.

Note: Those who apply will receive an acknowledgement email after the September 30 deadline. Members of the Mentorship Committee will then review applications and proceed to match mentors and mentees according to interests.  Once matches have been made, both mentees and mentors will jointly sign the AAAL Mentoring Partnership Agreement and begin their work together.

If you have any questions or comments about the mentorship program, please contact us at aaal.mentorship@gmail.com.

Thanks for your interest in the AAAL Mentorship Program!

Kalin, Lindsey and Isobel

Committee Opportunities: Deadline Extended to Sept. 3rd

The Executive Committee still has volunteer opportunities for AAAL committees – four positions in all! These opportunities are available to library staff members from AAAL member institutions. Please see below for details. If you are interested, please contact Nicolle Lemay at LemayN2@macewan.ca by Monday, September 3rd and indicate for which committee(s) you would like to be considered.

1) Mentorship Committee: The Mentorship Committee is looking for one member for a two-year term. The mentorship program will run during the 2018-19 academic year, after a pilot year in 2017-18.  The member would be part of a team responsible for:

  • Recruiting and pairing mentors with mentees in September 2018
  • Offering any additional support or training needed to run the program
  • Conducting program evaluation upon completion of the 2018-19 program
  • Seeking feedback and making recommendations to the AAAL Executive

2) Workshop Committee: The Workshop Committee is looking for two members, each for a two-year term. The committee organizes the AAAL professional development and learning program. Committee members strive to develop relevant programming that serve as learning opportunities and highlights the range of excellent work happening at AAAL member libraries. The new committee member will engage in issuing calls for, selecting, and coordinating lightning-strike sessions, presentations and panel discussions for the Fall and Spring AAAL meetings.

3) Statistics and Assessment Committee: The Statistics and Assessment Committee is looking for one member. This committee compiles annual statistics from member institutions and reports to the membership on those statistics. Committee members should have an interest in data and statistics; experience with data analysis or data visualization is an asset.

AAAL is having its Fall Meeting at NAIT in Edmonton on Thursday, November 15. Please stay tuned for more information and a call for presentations.

Please contact me with any questions or to express an interest in these volunteer activities.

Sincerely,
Nicolle Lemay
AAAL Chair

AAAL News: Fall Meeting and Committee Membership Opportunities

AAAL is excited to announce that our Fall Meeting will take place at NAIT in Edmonton on Thursday, November 15. Stay tuned for more information and a call for presentations.

The Executive Committee has a number of volunteer opportunities for AAAL committees – four positions in all! These opportunities are available to library staff members from AAAL member institutions. Please see below for details. If you are interested, please contact Nicolle Lemay at LemayN2@macewan.ca by Friday, August 24 and indicate for which committee(s) you would like to be considered.

1) Mentorship Committee: The Mentorship Committee is looking for one member for a two-year term. The mentorship program will run during the 2018-19 academic year, after a pilot year in 2017-18.  The member would be part of a team responsible for:

  • Recruiting and pairing mentors with mentees in September 2018
  • Offering any additional support or training needed to run the program
  • Conducting program evaluation upon completion of the 2018-19 program
  • Seeking feedback and making recommendations to the AAAL Executive

2) Workshop Committee: The Workshop Committee is looking for two members, each for a two-year term. The committee organizes the AAAL professional development and learning program. Committee members strive to develop relevant programming that serve as learning opportunities and highlights the range of excellent work happening at AAAL member libraries. The new committee member will engage in issuing calls for, selecting, and coordinating lightning-strike sessions, presentations and panel discussions for the Fall and Spring AAAL meetings.

3) Statistics and Assessment Committee: The Statistics and Assessment Committee is looking for one member. This committee compiles annual statistics from member institutions and reports to the membership on those statistics. Committee members should have an interest in data and statistics; experience with data analysis or data visualization is an asset.

Please contact me with any questions or to express an interest in any of these volunteer activities.

Sincerely,
Nicolle Lemay
AAAL Chair

May 14 workshop at University of Alberta on creating meaningful assessment

Guest speakers Annie Zeidman-Karpinski and Mary Oberlies from the University of Oregon are coming to University of Alberta Libraries as part of our Spring Training program. We are opening up both their morning lecture and afternoon workshop to the greater Edmonton library community!

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Details on the sessions and speakers are found on the registration page and the attached PDF. Please register by May 10th at noon.

Audience: all library staff, SLIS faculty & students and any other post-secondary colleagues interested in peer observation and assessment in instruction.

We hope to see you there!

The University of Alberta Libraries Teaching and Learning Committee: Kim Frail (co-chair), Sheila Laroque Nancy Goebel, Virginia Pow (co-chair), Sharon Murphy, Jessica Thorlakson, Janice Kung, Patti Sherbaniuk and Jennifer Ward (UofA Centre for Teaching and Learning).

University of Alberta Libraries public lecture: How to stop worrying and learn to love peer observation

Please join us for the following public lecture by visiting guest speaker Annie Zeidman-Karpinski, the Kenneth M. and Kenda H. Singer Science Librarian at The University of Oregon. Annie is the co-author of the 2016 article: “Don’t use a hammer when you need a screwdriver: how to use the right tools and create assessment that matters“. You can find out more about Annie via her blog.

 Date/time: Mon. May 14th, 10:15 – 11:30 am

Location: University of Alberta, Education Centre South Room 122.

Use southeast entrance near the Coutts Library

Please register by 4pm May 7th. 


How to stop worrying and learn to love peer observation: How combining observation and reflective supportive practices helped an instruction program in need of an overhaul.

 How to stop worrying and learn to love peer observation: How combining observation and reflective supportive practices helped an instruction program in need of an overhaul.

The University of Oregon applied leading edge tools in evidence based practice for teaching STEM classes to library one shot classes. We found that we have a lot in common with teachers of large lectures in the sciences and some differences of opinion as well. We will discuss what worked from a nationally validated model and what we are in the process of changing and validating for library one off sessions. Fundamentally we are using these tools to build a culture of using peer observation as a method to improving student success. Because these changes are big and seem difficult to many, we are also incorporating another model, Teaching Squares. By adding this component we have built in a piece of the program that aids in reflection, mentoring and getting over the hurdle of being really, really worried about having others come to your instruction sessions.

We hope to see you there!

~ UAL Teaching and Learning Committee: Kim Frail (co-chair), Sheila Laroque Nancy Goebel, Virginia Pow (co-chair), Sharon Murphy, Jessica Thorlakson, Janice Kung, Patti Sherbaniuk and Jennifer Ward (UofA Centre for Teaching and Learning).