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Save the date for the AAAL Spring Meeting

Greetings AAAL Members,

Please mark your calendars! The AAAL Spring 2019 Meeting will be held on Friday, May 10th. A call for a host institution will be made shortly, with an announcement of the location to follow.

Wishing everyone a wonderful beginning of term,

The AAAL Executive + Committee Members

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Post Meeting Survey

Hello AAAL members,

Thank you to those who attended the Fall 2018 meeting held at NAIT in Edmonton. If we missed you this time, we hope you can join us for the Spring 2019 meeting.

Whether you attended last month’s meeting or not, we would appreciate your feedback and suggestions. This short survey will take 3-5 minutes of your time and assist us in planning engaging and relevant AAAL meetings. Thank you in advance for your time.

Sincerely,

The AAAL Executive + Committee Members

Call for Proposals: CAPAL/ACBAP 2019

CAPAL19: The Politics of Conversation: Identity, Community, and Communication
(Note: English and French PDF versions of this can be found below)

Annual Meeting – June 2 -4, 2019 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2019

University of British Columbia, Vancouver

The Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL) invites you to participate in its annual conference, to be held as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2019 at the University of British Columbia on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam) people. This conference offers librarians and allied professionals across all disciplines an alternative space to share research and scholarship, challenge current thinking about professional issues, and forge new relationships.

Theme

In keeping with the Congress 2019 theme, Circles of Conversation, the theme of CAPAL19 is Politics of Conversation: Identity, Community, and Communication.

This conference provides an opportunity for the academic library community to critically examine and discuss the ways in which our profession is influenced by its social, political, and economic environments. By considering academic librarianship within its historical contexts, its presents, and its possible futures, and by situating it within evolving cultural frameworks and structures of power, we can better understand the ways in which academic librarianship may reflect, reinforce, or challenge these contexts both positively and negatively.

In what kinds of conversation are we or are we not engaging within the profession, academia, and civil society? How are the various identities that constitute our communities reflected (or not) within academic librarianship, and how do we engage in conversations within our own communities and with communities that we may see as external.

Potential Topics:

Papers presented might relate to aspects of the following themes (though they need not be limited to them):

  • Diversity: how do we ensure our circles (communities, spaces) are diverse? What are the circles available to librarians, and how do we ensure that librarians are not circumscribed by their identities within these circles? This could apply both to academic and public librarianship, or academic librarian vs. the broader academic community, but perhaps more importantly, it could ask these questions with respect to women, people of colour, and Indigenous librarians.
  • Intellectual and academic freedom: How do we define our responsibilities and our liberties in these areas? Are these positive or negative freedoms, especially with respect to broader communities?
  • “Imagined Communities”: It is the 35th anniversary of Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities. How do librarians see themselves in various “imagined communities” (nationality, community of practice, inter- and cross-disciplinary), and what are the politics of our participation?
  • Conversations outside the circles: how do we make our research relevant outside LIS? Is this different for different kinds of research? How do we bring public values and ideas into our work and research?
  • Labour and solidarity: how to we organize ourselves within academic librarianship; how do we connect our conversations with other library workers, other academic workers, other workers as a whole.
  • Conversations within practice/praxis: how are communications and connections established and maintained with the profession and between academic librarians and administrators, faculty, students, and other researchers.

The Program Committee invites proposals for individual papers as well as proposals for panel submissions of three papers. Proposed papers must be original and not have been published elsewhere.

  • Individual papers are typically 20 minutes in length. For individual papers, please submit an abstract of no more than 400 words and a presentation title, with a brief biographical statement and your contact information.
  • For complete panels, please submit a panel abstract of no more than 400 words as well as a list of all participants and brief biographical statements, and a separate abstract of no more than 400 words for each participant. Please identify and provide participants’ contact information for the panel organizer.

Please feel free to contact the Program Committee to discuss a topic for a paper, panel, or other session format. Proposals should be emailed as an attachment in your preferred format (open formats welcome!), using the following filename convention:

  • Lastname_Title.<extension>

Proposals and questions should be directed to the Program Chair, Sam Popowich at

Sam.Popowich[at]ualberta.ca

Deadline for Proposals is: 21/12/2018

Further information about the conference, as well as Congress 2019 more broadly, will be available soon.

PDF Versions

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.