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Honouring Indigenous Writers on Wikipedia 2021 Events

For the past several years UBC Library, the First Nations and Indigenous Studies program, and event sponsors (see below) have organized  the Honouring Indigenous Writers Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. This edit-a-thon event, inspired by Daniel Heath Justice’s twitter campaign of the same name, seeks to bring community editors together to work on editing Wikipedia entries for Indigenous authors in an attempt to tackle the systemic bias of Wikipedia while also trying to raise the profile of Indigenous writers.

Instead of the annual in-person event this year the organizing team has put together a schedule of free events and Wikipedia-related activities designed for virtual participation throughout the month of March 2021. The events include:

These events and activities are free and open to anyone to participate. Please join us at our kickoff event and reading with Smokii Sumac on February 24th at 7:00pm PST, and learn more about the other events we have planned! You can also read more at the HIW home page, and at the HIW Wikipedia Meetup Page.

We would also appreciate your support of the event by helping to promote it through your listservs, social media accounts, and other spaces to help raise awareness of Indigenous literature and engage in open community knowledge creation. 

The event team has developed a number of social media assets in a variety of sizes for ease of sharing. The assets can be downloaded here:

Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions and thank you in advance for any support you can give in making this event a success. Thank you to event sponsors, the Institute for Critical Indigenous StudiesIron Dog BooksBCcampus, and the UBC Bookstore

CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: National Heritage Digitization Strategy (NHDS) Advisory Committee

The National Heritage Digitization Strategy (NHDS) envisions a future in which digital access to Canada’s diverse documentary heritage is comprehensive, ubiquitous, and has a profound impact on Canadian culture, education, research, and innovation. 

The National Heritage Digitization Strategy (NHDS) invites expressions of interest from the GLAM (gallery,  library, archive, and museum) community to join the NHDS Advisory Committee. The NHDS Advisory  Committee is an unincorporated body whose members are aligned in engaging the Canadian library,  archive, and museum community and Canadian creators in sharing expertise, to facilitate the digitization,  preservation, and discovery of Canadian heritage. The NHDS Advisory Committee is accountable to the  broader GLAM community which it endeavours to represent. The Chair of the Advisory Committee reports  on its activities to the NHDS Executive Committee. 

Membership in the NHDS Advisory Committee is limited to Canadian public or not-for-profit GLAM (gallery, library, archives, and museum) organizations, committed to, and with a demonstrated investment in the digitization of, preservation of, and access to Canadian heritage. 

Expressions of interest will be reviewed and considered by the NHDS Executive Committee to ensure  representation and balance of expertise on the committee.  

For more information on the NHDS Advisory Committee, please consult the Terms of Reference and the NHDS website

The NHDS Advisory Committee meets on a quarterly basis via teleconference. A rough estimate of the time  commitment required for serving on the group follows:  

4 teleconferences * 2 hours = 8 hours 

1 hour prep-time per meeting = 4 hours 

Individual work outside of meetings (2 hours * 12 months) = 24 hours 

Total Annual Commitment = 36 hours 

NHDS Advisory Committee members may also be called to serve on Working Groups or Task Groups with  an additional time commitment. 

To submit an expression of interest, please complete and send the Expression of Interest form to Georgia Ashworth ( by February 23, 2021, which includes: 

  • Contact information  
  • Brief biographical details and relevant work experience to illustrate expertise in and enthusiasm for the  work of the committee 
  • Assurance that this workload and time commitment meets with approval of the candidate’s immediate  supervisor, if applicable 

Fall 2020 Post-Meeting Survey

Hello AAAL members,

Thank you so much for taking the time to join the online version of our Fall 2020 meeting, hosted by Red Deer College.  We are very interested to hear your feedback about your experience, and any suggestions about future content for our Spring Meeting.  Please find the survey here. It will remain open until January 5, 2021.

Also, please consider if your institution is interested in hosting the Spring 2021 Meeting. We anticipate that this meeting will also be held virtually, so this may be a great opportunity for those members who are limited by travel. If you would like to put your name forward or have any questions about what hosting entails, please connect with Madelaine (AAAL Chair)

A few additional notes/reminders about the meeting:

  • There has been a lot of follow up about where folks can view presentations. The Learning and Development Committee is currently working with presenters to seek permission to share their slides.  Expect a blog post, as well as a link to select presentations in the minutes. And consider signing up for the AAAL newsletter to receive the latest and greatest updates from the organization.
  • We are still seeking expressions of interest to serve as Secretary on the Executive Board (2-year term) and the Statistics and Assessment Sub-Committee (2-year term).  Please reach out to Alison Foster if you are interested (

Thank you in advance for your time. And we wish everyone a restful Winter break.


The AAAL Executive + Committee Members

Details for AAAL Fall Meeting on Dec. 3

Greetings AAAL members,

Library staff from all member institutions are invited to join us virtually on Thursday, December 3rd for the Alberta Association of Academic Libraries’ Fall 2020 Meeting, hosted online by Red Deer College Library. 

We’re excited to announce Chevi Rabbit as our keynote speaker. Chevi Rabbit is a young mover and a shaker from Rural Alberta. Listed by the premier of Alberta as one of the Top 25 Human Rights Advocates, Rabbit is an award winning advocate, accredited makeup fashion makeup artist, educator, fashion coordinator and public speaker. Rabbit is a Two Spirit Advocate, a First Nations concept for someone, like Rabbit, who identifies as both a man and a woman. Ze’s currently a board member of the Aboriginal Women’s Professional Association, member of the Board of Directors at the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre, committee member on Alberta Sexual Minorities Liaison Committee, Founder of Maskwacis Two Spirit Society, recipient of Top 40 Under 40 by Avenue Magazine, founder of Hate to Hope, and a collaborator with many organizations in Alberta. After being assaulted in a parking lot in 2012, ze became a passionate advocate for the LGBTQ community. Rabbit realized that being open – and empowering others to do the same – could be a revolutionary act. From that moment Hate to Hope was born and became an idea that not only changed Rabbit’s life but many others without a voice. This movement was Canada’s largest LGBTQ march at the time.

Following Chevi’s keynote there is an exciting lineup of professional development sessions and a tour/talk with our hosts from Red Deer College. The full meeting package with agenda and session descriptions is available on the AAAL website.

Since we are meeting online through Blackboard Collaborate, there is no need to register to attend and no need to download anything. You can simply join the meeting via this link: AAAL Fall Meeting (Main Room). If you have never used Blackboard Collaborate before, you can view a quick tutorial about how it works here.

We hope to see you there!

Your AAAL Executive + Committee Members  
Questions? Please contact the incoming AAAL Chair, Madelaine Vanderwerff, at

Call for Proposals: AAAL Fall Meeting 2020

AAAL is reconvening for its Fall 2020 Meeting! We invite you to submit proposals for our Virtual Fall 2020 meeting happening on December 3, 2020.

AAAL, in its latest incarnation, is now 10 years old. We know our AAAL member libraries have been changing right along with us and we want to hear about your work along the theme of Transitions: A Decade of Development. What transitions have you seen in your library within the last decade? What great accomplishments, transformations, or developments would you like to share that will inspire your colleagues? This could include work about your library adapting to the pandemic environment, navigating organizational restructuring, or managing decreasing budgets.  

Staff from AAAL member libraries are invited to submit a proposal to share personal experiences, research, and lessons learned in keeping with the conference theme. We also invite members to highlight any other work they would like to showcase at this professional learning and sharing event. What new program, service, or space is your library providing to its users? What technologies or tools are you using to improve how you, your library, or your users are getting things done?

Proposals can be for either a: 

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


  • 20 to 30 minute presentations that can include ideas, experiences, original research, engaging discussion questions or activities.

Please note that the final timing and duration of the day is still to be determined.

Submit your proposal by Sunday, November 15th. Successful presenters will be contacted within the following week.

Do you require financial support to attend or present at the meeting? We encourage you to apply for an AAAL Professional Development Award. AAAL has extended the application of the award to be inclusive of technological peripheral support.  

Wondering how we’ll select sessions? Take a look at our Rubric for Selecting AAAL Sessions and use it as a guide for your proposal.

We look forward to hearing from you! 


The AAAL Workshop Committee: 

Carla Lewis, Jessica Leslie, Kelley Wadson, Lucinda Johnston, Sarah Shaughnessy