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AAAL Meeting Online in Response to COVID-19

AAAL is postponing the professional development section of our AGM until the Fall. The call for proposals will be revised and extended until September 4, 2020, and Red Deer College has graciously agreed to host in Fall 2020. The date for this Fall 2020 meeting will be determined by the host institution and the committee and communicated in early fall.

We will still have a Spring AGM, but online and asynchronously. This will include:

  • Voting on bylaw changes, which will be emailed and posted on May 1 with an explainer. Voting will remain open until May 22, 2020.
  • Member institutions adding roundtable updates to a shared Google doc
  • Reports from committees and Executive

Committee members that are nearing the end of their terms will be extended until Fall 2020, and a new call for nominations will go out in early fall.

Thanks to everyone for helping coordinate this change; we’re happy to do what we can to keep our communities safe. If you have any questions, please send them our way.

AAAL COVID-19 Response

We’ve heard your concerns about our AGM on May 1, 2020 at Red Deer College. The AAAL Executive is taking COVID-19 seriously; we’re listening to guidance from Alberta Health Services and our host institution.

Our team is exploring options for moving the meeting online by considering open source software like Jitsi and learning from those who have held online conferences, as well as postponing or cancelling the meeting.

We’ll let you know if the meeting will be cancelled, postponed, or moved online by April 1. Until then, wash your hands and stay safe!

AAAL Spring 2020 Meeting – Save the Date & Call for Proposals

Please mark your calendars! The Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) Spring 2020 meeting and AGM will be held on May 1, 2020 at Red Deer College in Red Deer, Alberta.

AAAL, in its latest incarnation, is 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 over the last decade? What great accomplishments, transitions or developments would you like to share that will inspire your colleagues?

We invite staff from AAAL member libraries to submit a proposal to share your experiences, research, and lessons learned along the conference theme. For this meeting we would also like to invite members to highlight any other work you would like to showcase 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 by Monday, March 23rd. Successful presenters will be contacted between March 30th and April 6th.

Seeking financial support to attend and present at the meeting? We encourage you to apply for an AAAL Professional Development Award.

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

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Call for AAAL Workshop Committee Member

The Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) is seeking a new volunteer from a member institution to fill a two year term on the Workshop Sub-Committee. As a member of this committee you will work with a team of 2-3 people to coordinate and plan workshops or series of presentations as part of the AAAL Annual General Meeting (Spring) and the Fall meeting. Duties include issuing calls for, selecting and coordinating presenters, coordinate payment of any necessary expenses, providing support on the day of the meetings, collaborate with the Communications Committee to ensure presentation materials are posted on the AAAL website and coordinate with the Membership Coordinator to contribute to the assessment of workshops.

If you are interested, or have any questions about this, please contact Madelaine Vanderwerff (AAAL Chair Elect) (mvanderwerff@mtroyal.ca) by January 15th 2020.  Join us!

 

Fall 2019 Post-Meeting Survey

Hello AAAL members,

We’d like to ask for your thoughts on the Fall 2019 meeting that was held at the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus. Similar to the Spring 2019 meeting some changes were made to the format of the day and we’re interested in hearing about 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 December 5.

Also, please consider if your institution is interested in hosting the Spring 2020 Meeting. A quick application that includes details on what is needed from a host can be found here. We look forward to your submissions!

Thank you in advance for your time.

 

Sincerely,

The AAAL Executive + Committee Members

www.aaal.ca

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