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Reopening Tool Survey – We need your feedback!

AAAL has an online tool for members to share information and discuss best practices for reopening libraries both during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, as we all adjust to its impacts on services and resources.

Please complete this Reintegration Tool Survey to share your feedback and help the Committee ensure this tool is meeting the needs of AAAL’s member organizations. 

About the Reintegration (Covid Planning) Basecamp Tool:

With the recent reopening plan announced by the province, there is a need to collaborate and share information on best practices: What is X-college doing about access to the collection? Student study groups? Checking items back in? Face-to-face research consultations? How are we going to address issues surrounding re-opening our libraries once the pandemic is over? 

The AAAL Reintegration (Covid Planning) Basecamp can help you find answers to those questions and more! TAL has posted a chart with the current status of libraries throughout the province, including building status, collection status, and whether TAL cards are being accepted, and many member libraries have contributed to discussions about instruction, safety, staff support and more. 

If you are interested in being added to this discussion group please contact Brian Lin at or Kelley Wadson at


PD Opportunity: MLA-SLA Joint Conference

Interested in connecting with our prairie neighbours? Registration for the Manitoba and Saskatchewan Library Associations’ joint conference is now open!

Happening June 14-16, 2021

Register now

The theme for the 2021 conference is Libraries: Better Together, which reflects the essential role of libraries in building and promoting diversity, inclusivity, and equity and providing space for cultural and public engagement. Libraries are a proactive, future-oriented force in life-long learning, innovation, social connection, and the economic well-being of our two provinces. The conference will offer a range of sessions that will be of interest to libraries of all types and all sizes in all sectors (academic, public, school, and special).

More information about speakers and sessions is available on the conference website.

Survey on trends in library-led instruction in Canadian academic libraries

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

We are conducting a research survey of the Canadian academic librarian community to find out if in-person library-led learning and instruction activities are declining in Canadian university libraries. The insight you provide will help us to better understand the shifting landscape of liaison librarian roles and responsibilities in the area of teaching and instruction.  

It won’t take long: 10-15 minutes maximum, and it’s completely anonymous. Any question that you prefer not to answer can be skipped, and you can withdraw from the survey at any time. Please click on the link below to go to the survey.

 If you have any questions about the survey please feel free to contact:  

Sherri Vokey 
Head, Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library 

Thank you in advance for taking the time to reply.  

Sherri Vokey & Emma Popowich 
University of Manitoba  

AAAL Professional Development Award

Don’t forget to apply to the AAAL Professional Development Award! With the grant now open to applications for technology-related expenses it’s a great opportunity to increase your ability to attend virtual PD opportunities.

Here’s what our previous award recipients had to say about the award and its positive impact:

At the AAAL Annual General Meeting in spring 2020, our team consisting of James Murphy, Carla Lewis, Christena McKillop and Marc Stoeckle from the University of Calgary Libraries & Cultural Resources received the AAAL Professional Development Award. The expanded award was very exciting news for our learning commons team at the Taylor Family Digital Library. We installed a specified workstation, including the awarded camera and microphone, designated for podcast recordings, screen recordings, online conference presentations, zoom sessions, and more. With the new equipment staff in the learning commons will have greater access to attend and engage with professional development opportunities. The Learning Commons staff is currently working on several virtual exhibits such as music exhibitions, book displays, etc. using the technology made possible through the AAAL award. For example, the De-Stress: Virtual Music Exhibition created by Sylvia Polachuk and Marc Stoeckle can be found via

Full details about the award and how to apply can be found on the  AAAL Professional Development Award page. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 16, 2021

Call for Applications: AAAL Professional Development Award

Are you considering presenting or attending the Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) virtual AGM hosted by MacEwan University on May 6th, 2021

In the past, AAAL has offered the Professional Development award to cover travel expenses for those who wish to present at or attend the meeting.  AAAL has extended the criteria to accept applications for technology-related expenses.  This can include technology upgrades (devices, monitors, headsets) or software/subscription fees.


Applicants must be affiliated with a AAAL member institution OR

Applicants must be currently attending an LIT or MLIS program

Priority will be given to applicants presenting a session/workshop at the AAAL meeting, or who have limited funding for professional development through their institution, however this is not a requirement.  Apply!

For additional details about the award and applicable expenses that can be claimed through the award, please visit the AAAL Professional Development Award page on the website. To apply, you can fill out the application form here

The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 16, 2021

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact