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Registration reminder for AAAL Fall 2018 Meeting

This is a reminder that November 6 at 4 p.m. is the deadline to register for the Alberta Association of Academic Libraries’ Fall 2018 Meeting. Library staff from all member institutions are invited to join us at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) on Thursday, November 15. 

The AAAL executive and committee members have planned a fantastic day of networking and learning. Todd Babiak, Edmonton writer and entrepreneur, is joining us after lunch to provide the day’s keynote on creating a compelling narrative about the value of your library. For full details about the day’s presentations, please view the agenda on the AAAL website.

Remember – there is still time to apply for the AAAL PD Award to help offset the costs of attending.

We look forward to seeing you at NAIT!

Nicolle Lemay, AAAL Chair

AAAL Fall 2018 Meeting Agenda


AAAL mentorship program seeking mentors

The 2018-19 AAAL mentorship program is ready to run again this year.  We are excited that there has been an increase in both Mentor and Mentee participants, but we are short of Mentors to pair up with the Mentees who’ve applied to participate.  As it is our desire to provide all registered Mentees with the opportunity to connect with established professionals in this province, we encourage those of you who have been on the fence to volunteer!

The goal of the volunteer program is to support career development, share professional advice with those who want to achieve success, promote networking and provide leadership to the profession.

Benefits to Mentors:

  • Developing new relationships and meeting new colleagues in the library community
  • Practicing and refining leadership and coaching skills
  • Getting a fresh perspective and insight into the challenges that face new professionals

Our is not an overly formal program, but our mentees would definitely benefit from your participation!

If you can share a bit of your time and expertise, please complete the Mentor Application Form from the website before October 12.

Call for presenters: AAAL Nov. 15 Fall meeting

The Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) Fall 2018 meeting will take place on Thursday, November 15, 2018 in Edmonton at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.

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 communities engage with information.  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?

Please encourage your colleagues to consider this opportunity. We look forward to hearing from you!

Kind regards,

Angie, on behalf of the AAAL Workshop Committee

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.

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 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 ( 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

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 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.

Nicolle Lemay
AAAL Chair