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Survey: Wellness Initiatives in Canadian Academic Libraries

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

Are you a Canadian academic librarian or staff member who is involved in offering wellness initiatives at your Library?* I am writing to invite your participation in the research study “Exploring Wellness Initiatives in Canadian Academic Libraries.” Participation should take less than 15 minutes.

The purpose of this research project is to identify wellness programming and initiatives at university and college libraries in Canada.  These initiatives may include programming, campus partnerships, collections, space and materials. 

Please participate only if you are involved in wellness initiatives at your Institution.


Or copy and paste this link into your browser:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me (see below for contact information). 

Thank you for your help!

Justine Cotton, MLIS MA
Teaching & Learning Librarian

Brock University | James A. Gibson Library

Niagara Region   |  1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way  |  St. Catharines, ON  L2S 3A1 | E

This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through Brock University’s Office of Research Ethics [#21-309-COTTON]. 

If you have any pertinent questions about your rights as a research participant, please contact the Brock University Research Ethics Officer (905 688-5550 ext 3035,

*for the purposes of this study, wellness initiatives are defined as activities that touch on any of the emotional, physical, social, spiritual and intellectual aspects of health. Examples may include loaning out yoga mats or offering stress management workshops. Involvement could be during the planning, coordinating, or delivery of initiatives.*


Seeking a Canadian Institutional Host for True North Science Boot Camp (TNSBC) 2023

This call for an institutional host may be of interest to some AAAL members:

EXTENDED Deadline – Prestigious STEM Library Leadership Opportunity below! 

The TNSBC is an annual professional development program led by Canadian science librarians for science librarians around the globe! TNSBC activities typically span three days and feature educational presentations delivered by both scientists and STEM librarians. 

The successful host institution will determine the TNSBC 2023 conference modality – online, hybrid, or in-person! 

The event provides leadership opportunities for librarians to learn more about science and the research process, discuss and develop best practices, and share ideas and experiences in an intimate atmosphere. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to showcase institutional talent!

You can find information on our website about submitting your proposal:  

Proposals to host TNSBC 2023 should be emailed to by Monday, September 19, 2022. 

The successful host institution will be contacted by Friday, September 30, 2022.

Example of previous TNSBC Programs: 

If you have questions about hosting, please contact us at Or feel free to contact me directly at!


Jane C. Duffy, B.A., M.A., M.L.S., M.A.C.T.

Co-Chair, TNSBC 2022

Survey: With Great Comics Comes Great Responsibility

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

With Great Comics Comes Great Responsibility: Academic Libraries and Comics Collection Development

Invitation to Participate: You are invited to participate in this research study about acquisition and collection development of comics.

The literature on comics in libraries is a currently developing area but it rarely focuses on the collection development and acquisition elements, especially within academic libraries.  As a librarian who is responsible for acquisition and collection development, we would appreciate your opinion about how one acquires and develops comic book collections in university or college libraries.

Purpose of the Study: From this research, we wish to gain an understanding of how librarians decide to acquire comic books and use them in their collections. Similarly, we want to know your understandings and perceptions of users’ needs.

Participation: If you wish to participate in this study, please complete the survey using the survey link provided. The survey should take you approximately 15 minutes or less to complete. You do not have to answer any questions that you do not want to answer. Once you have completed the survey, please submit the survey using the ‘submit’ option. 


Lorisia MacLeod BA, MLIS

Past ALA Spectrum Scholar and ARL Diversity Scholar

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