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Registration open for AAAL Spring 2019 meeting at Olds College

Greetings AAAL members,

Library staff from all member institutions are invited to join us at Olds College on Friday, May 10th for the Alberta Association of Academic Libraries’ Spring 2019 Meeting. We are very excited to be offering a workshop on using design thinking to enhance user experience with University of Alberta librarian, Céline Gareau-Brennan. Following the workshop, the afternoon is filled with interesting lightning talks on a wide variety of topics. The full meeting package with agenda and session descriptions can be found on the AAAL website.

Please register by 12 pm on Wednesday, May 1. We recommend you register early as space is limited and the meetings always reach capacity.

We hope to see you there!

Nicolle Lemay, AAAL Chair


Reminder – Call for Nominations, AAAL Chair-elect

The AAAL is seeking nominations for the AAAL Executive Chair-elect position, in preparation for elections taking place at the Spring Annual General Meeting on Friday, May 10, 2019 at Olds College. To nominate an AAAL member or put your own name forward for this position, please email the Chair of the Nominations Committee at with a brief statement of interest. The Nominations Committee consists of CJ de Jong (Chair), Geoff Owens, and Shannon D’Agnone.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 5, 2019.

Chair-elect (2 year term: first year as AAAL Chair-elect, and second year as AAAL Chair)

Responsibilities include:

  • Maintain liaison with other library associations and external organizations, and ensure news and updates of interest to the association are reported at the Fall Meeting, Annual General Meeting, and via the AAAL blog and social media;
  • Call for standing committee members as needed and ensure standing committee positions are filled;
  • Conduct general meetings in Chair’s absence;
  • Perform other duties as designated by the Chair;
  • Submit written bi-annual reports to the Chair for inclusion in meeting packages three weeks prior to Fall and Annual General Meetings
  • Attend Executive Meetings.

Call for Mentorship Committee Members

The AAAL Mentorship Committee is seeking 2-3 AAAL members for 2-year terms, starting 2019-20.

The mentorship program benefits the career development of all involved. It facilitates support for early-career professionals, creates leadership opportunities for those farther along, and encourages networking across member institutions, all of which strengthens the profession at large.

Responsibilities include:

  • Calling for and reviewing applications for AAAL member mentors and mentees to serve for one academic year, September to April.
  • Pairing mentors and mentees.
  • Offering support and guidance on possible directions for mentorship by maintaining a resource list.
  • Maintaining and updating the Mentorship section on the AAAL website.
  • Conducting an annual program evaluation.
  • Seeking feedback and making recommendations to the AAAL Executive.
  • Reporting to the AAAL Annual General Meeting and Fall meetings.

Please contact any member of the Mentorship Committee if you need more information about the work of the committee.

If you are interested in being a committee member, please submit your name to the AAAL Chair Elects, Jesse Loyer ( and Ebony Magnus ( We’re hoping to have new committee members in place before the spring AAAL AGM meeting (May 10) so there can be an easy transition with the departing committee members.

Many thanks!

AAAL Mentorship Committee: Isobel Rancier, Kalin Jensen, Lindsey Whitson, Alison Foster

Reminder! Call for presenters for AAAL Spring Meeting

With only one week to the March 25 deadline, we encourage staff from Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) to submit a proposal to be a part of our program of professional learning and development at the May 10 Spring meeting hosted by Olds College Library. Learn more about our Featured Workshop on Design Thinking here.

Out of the Box: Tell us about a new service/program design and delivery at your library. If not something new, have you redesigned or reconceptualized an existing service? How did you get from idea to operation? Submit a proposal to share your experiences, research, and lessons learned.

We are seeking different types of sessions including:

  • 5-7 minute lightning talk that is a quick overview of your ideas, experience, and programs/services.

  • 30 minute session that can include ideas, experiences, original research, engaging discussion questions or activities

We challenge you to think outside the box. Never been to a AAAL meeting before? Now’s your chance to connect with AAAL colleagues from across the province. And in Olds, Alberta. Let’s do this!


Kind regards,

The AAAL Workshop Committee: Angie Mandeville, Jessica Leslie, and Leeanne Morrow

Location Confirmed! AAAL Spring 2019 Meeting

Greetings AAAL members,

We are pleased to announce that AAAL executive is working to expand the meeting locations outside of the Edmonton/Calgary corridor. Olds College was selected to host the Spring 2019 Meeting on Friday, May 10.

Olds College was established in 1913 and since that time the College has focused on the agricultural needs of Albertans in both education and research. On their scenic campus, you can enjoy 25 acres of botanic gardens and constructed wetlands, you can spend time shopping at the campus brewery for local craft beer, the meat store for fine cuts and products, or the greenhouse which has fresh cut flowers and vegetables.

Have you been thinking about presenting at AAAL or are you just curious when you can register? By March 1 expect a call for presentations followed by the release of the meeting package and the opportunity to RSVP “yes” in early April.

We can’t wait to see you in the Spring!

The AAAL Executive + Committee Members


Public Talk at the University of Alberta

Jeff Moon, the Director of the CARL Portage Network, will be visiting the U of A campus on Tuesday, February 12. As part of his visit here he will be delivering a presentation in the morning for library staff entitled:  “Research Data Management Services in Canada: A CARL Portage Network Progress Update”.
We invite any interested library staff from area libraries to join us for his talk!
RSVP at the link below – session details are also included:
Please contact James Doiron, Research Data Management Services Coordinator at the UofA Libraries, with any questions: