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May 14 workshop at University of Alberta on creating meaningful assessment

Guest speakers Annie Zeidman-Karpinski and Mary Oberlies from the University of Oregon are coming to University of Alberta Libraries as part of our Spring Training program. We are opening up both their morning lecture and afternoon workshop to the greater Edmonton library community!

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Details on the sessions and speakers are found on the registration page and the attached PDF. Please register by May 10th at noon.

Audience: all library staff, SLIS faculty & students and any other post-secondary colleagues interested in peer observation and assessment in instruction.

We hope to see you there!

The University of Alberta Libraries Teaching and Learning Committee: Kim Frail (co-chair), Sheila Laroque Nancy Goebel, Virginia Pow (co-chair), Sharon Murphy, Jessica Thorlakson, Janice Kung, Patti Sherbaniuk and Jennifer Ward (UofA Centre for Teaching and Learning).

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University of Alberta Libraries public lecture: How to stop worrying and learn to love peer observation

Please join us for the following public lecture by visiting guest speaker Annie Zeidman-Karpinski, the Kenneth M. and Kenda H. Singer Science Librarian at The University of Oregon. Annie is the co-author of the 2016 article: “Don’t use a hammer when you need a screwdriver: how to use the right tools and create assessment that matters“. You can find out more about Annie via her blog.

 Date/time: Mon. May 14th, 10:15 – 11:30 am

Location: University of Alberta, Education Centre South Room 122.

Use southeast entrance near the Coutts Library

Please register by 4pm May 7th. 


How to stop worrying and learn to love peer observation: How combining observation and reflective supportive practices helped an instruction program in need of an overhaul.

 How to stop worrying and learn to love peer observation: How combining observation and reflective supportive practices helped an instruction program in need of an overhaul.

The University of Oregon applied leading edge tools in evidence based practice for teaching STEM classes to library one shot classes. We found that we have a lot in common with teachers of large lectures in the sciences and some differences of opinion as well. We will discuss what worked from a nationally validated model and what we are in the process of changing and validating for library one off sessions. Fundamentally we are using these tools to build a culture of using peer observation as a method to improving student success. Because these changes are big and seem difficult to many, we are also incorporating another model, Teaching Squares. By adding this component we have built in a piece of the program that aids in reflection, mentoring and getting over the hurdle of being really, really worried about having others come to your instruction sessions.

We hope to see you there!

~ UAL Teaching and Learning Committee: Kim Frail (co-chair), Sheila Laroque Nancy Goebel, Virginia Pow (co-chair), Sharon Murphy, Jessica Thorlakson, Janice Kung, Patti Sherbaniuk and Jennifer Ward (UofA Centre for Teaching and Learning).

Conference Funding Opportunity from the Foothills Library Association

Applications for the 2018 Rachel Chan Memorial Grant are now being accepted.

The Foothills Library Association provides this grant of up to $500 to assist FLA members with limited or no access to funding to attend a library conference related to their work. The grant may be applied to cover registration fees, accommodation and/or travel to the conference.

Application deadline is April 27, 2018.

Applications can be submitted online via this form.

For more information, please contact the FLA Vice-President, at flavp@fla.org.

Registration reminder for Spring 2018 AGM: Deadline is April 3rd!

This is a reminder that April 3rd is the deadline to register for the AAAL Spring 2018 AGM! Library staff from all member institutions are invited to join us at Mount Royal University on Thursday, April 12th.

There’s an awesome day of networking and learning scheduled! Jessie Loyer (Librarian at Mount Royal University) is joining us after lunch to provide the day’s keynote on indigenous language and our libraries. Lunch, as always, will be provided by the AAAL.

For details, please see the agenda and meeting package on the AAAL website.

CJ de Jong, AAAL Chair

Registration is Open! 2018 Spring AGM at Mount Royal University

Library staff from all member institutions are invited to join us for the Alberta Association of Academic Libraries 2018 Spring Annual General Meeting at Mount Royal University on Thursday, April 12th.

Please register by Tuesday, April 3rd! Space is limited, so register early.

Thanks to the hard work of AAAL Committees and Executive members, we have a busy day of networking and learning planned, including our AAAL business meeting in the morning, and a full slate of presentations in the afternoon. We are also excited to have Jessie Loyer (Librarian at Mount Royal University) joining us after lunch to provide the day’s keynote on indigenous language and our libraries. Lunch, as always, will be provided by the AAAL.

For details, please see the agenda and meeting package on the AAAL website.

CJ de Jong, AAAL Chair

Events at Buchanan Library Lethbridge College

In 2018, Buchanan Library at Lethbridge College has been a very exciting place!

On January 2nd, we said good-bye to our information Services desk and hello to our new One Desk.  An exciting adventure for both staff and students.

Excitement continued with ‘Beach Day’ on January 31st.  An event involving a number of services across the college, spearheaded by the library, threw on their flip-flops and enjoyed blueberry and watermelon slushes with slices of pineapple on the side.

Finally, the Library teamed-up with the Learning Café to host Long Night Against Procrastination.  Students enjoyed stress release activities including massages and crafts along with healthy snacks like apples, granola bars and pizza.

~ Update submitted by Corene Kozey, Lethbridge College Library

For more information, check out the Buchanan Library website.

Second Call for Lightning Strikes Sessions – AAAL Spring 2018 Meeting

Second Call for Lightning Strikes Sessions – Only 10 days left to submit.
The Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) Spring 2018 meeting will take place on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at the Riddell Library and Learning Centre at Mount Royal University of Calgary.
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 constitutions engage with information.  What new program, service, or space are you and your library providing to your user communities?  What new technologies or tools are you using to improve how you, your library, or your users get things done.
Looking forward to seeing all of you in Calgary in April.
AAAL Workshop Committee
Claudette Cloutier (UCalgary)
Angie Mandeville (UAlberta)
Shawna Murphy (MHC)