Call for presenters for Fall AAAL meeting

The Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) Fall 2019 meeting will take place on Friday, November 15, 2019 at Augustana Campus Library, University of Alberta in Camrose, Alberta.  

We are interested in hearing from AAAL members’  work along the theme of international. This could include work in expanding collections in other languages and related to the International Year of Indigenous Languages, working with English as an Additional Language (ESL) students, supporting international students in the library, providing professional development for staff, or building anti-racist workshops for students. 

While we invite staff from AAAL member libraries to submit a proposal to share your experiences, research, and lessons learned along this theme, we are open to any other work you are open to sharing at this 

professional learning and sharing event. 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?

Presentation can be either: 

  • 5 minute lightning talk that is a quick overview of your ideas, experience, and programs/services OR 
  • 30 minute session that can include ideas, experiences, original research, engaging discussion questions or activities


We look forward to hearing from you! 


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

Access 2019 Conference Registration Deadline Approaching

On behalf of the Access 2019 Conference organizing committee this is a reminder that the registration deadline is fast approaching on Monday September 16th. Please take the time to look at the excellent program available here:  and consider attending.

The Access 2019 workshops are already full, but those interested can add their name to the waiting list by emailing:

For those who cannot join us, there will be a live YouTube stream. You can also follow along with the conference on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #AccessYEG.

Hope to see you there!
Doris Wagner
Access 2019 Registration Chair


7 Questions with The Alberta Library

Our September 7 Questions with AAAL Institutions blog post features The Alberta Library.

1. What is the most interesting/unique item or collection in your library?
The great thing about the Alberta Library is that we facilitate resource sharing for library users across Alberta and allow users to request items from across the province. So unfortunately, we don’t really have any unique items, but we help users find them. That being said, I was really happy to find Dungeons and Dragons: Dungeon of the Mad Mage in TAL Online recently 🙂

2. What is the most interesting/unique program offered at your institution?
TAL Online, which is a federated search tool that allows users to discover and request items from across Alberta. Based on feedback from staff and users we have customized to include language filters, reading lists, journal articles and more. It’s been a lot of fun working on it.

3. What event are you most proud of hosting at your institution or library?
TAL is working on a symposium this fall with the U of A called Alberta Library Staff to connect library students with library staff to find more about the realities of working in libraries what the current job market is like and how they can better prepare themselves for professional library work.

4. What is one surprising fact about your institution or library?
We are a small shop with 6 staff. We have a lot of heart, though, and we care deeply about reducing barriers to library services and resource sharing. Also some of us (not all) think that Deep Space Nine was the best Star Trek.

5. What is something that users are often confused about in your library?
That we are a library consortia and not a physical library. No one is confused that we are based in Alberta though.

6. What was the last major project your library or institution undertook?
We recently became members of Project ReShare. ReShare is a community developed resource sharing platform for interlibrary loan being developed by former programmers who worked on Relais and VDX as well as input from library consortia such PALCI, Greater Western Library Alliance, Duke and the University of Chicago. Testing for this new platform is expected to begin this November, we are very excited.

7. What is the newest database/product your library has subscribed to?
One of our newer offerings for our members is Cyprus Resumes. This a resource designed to guide through the process of building resumes and cover letters. This resource is particularly useful for users who are unfamiliar with word processors and building resumes for the first time.

7 Questions with The Kings University

We’re happy to feature The King’s University for our 7 Questions with AAAL Institutions blog this month.

1. What is the most interesting/unique item or collection in your library?
We have a harpsichord in our curriculum collection!

2. What is one surprising fact about your institution or library?
We have a cart of bibles that is used for Theology, and a few years ago the entire cart disappeared into thin air. The library staff searched high and low for it, but it was gone. Almost exactly a year later our security footage caught the cart being pushed in through a set a doors and left in the atrium to be found. The library was grateful to get it back. Oh the stories that cart could tell us!

3. What is the busiest time of year for your institution or library?
September. It’s the happiest time of the year when everyone comes back!

4. What has been a recent change for your institution or library?
We are undergoing renovations for our new Academic Enrichment Centre, so we are excited to welcome them in the fall of 2019.

5. Where/what is the best spot in your library or institution?
Our students seem to love the single carrels against the windows. The last carrel against the books always seems to be the first place to fill up.

6. What is the oldest item in your collection?
We have a 1602 John Calvin Institutes of the Christian Religion.

7. What aspect our your library website are you most proud of?
We work really hard on our LibGuides, and I don’t think they get the attention they deserve, but we will continue to work on promoting them.

Don’t Forget – 2019/20 AAAL Mentorship Program applications are due soon!

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or a mentee, please check out the detailed information available at AAAL Mentorship. The goal of the AAAL Mentorship Program is to support career development, share professional advice and insights, promote networking, and provide leadership to the profession. The program is open to all library professionals at member institutions and does not facilitate job placements or internships.  The application forms for both roles are accessible through the site.

The deadline to apply is Friday, August 16th and matches will be communicated in late August.

If you have any questions, please contact the committee:

Spring Meeting Feedback

Hello AAAL members,

Better late than never we’re asking for your thoughts on the Spring 2019 meeting that was held at Olds College. Some changes were made to the format of the day and we’re interested in hearing what you thought of those modifications. If you weren’t able to attend the meeting, we’re still interested in gathering your ideas for future meetings.

Please find the survey here. It will remain open until August 3rd.

Thank you in advance for your time. We hope everyone is having a great summer!


The AAAL Executive + Committee Members

Call for host institution, AAAL Fall 2019 meeting

Are you and your colleagues interested in showcasing your library and campus? Would you like to host academic librarians from around Alberta for a learning and networking event? The Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) is currently seeking a host institution for our Fall meeting scheduled for November 2019 (date tbd with host). Interested institutions should complete this google form by Friday, Aug 2.

What’s involved in hosting a AAAL meeting? Here are the basic requirements:

  • Meeting space for 60 attendees for a keynote presentation and other workshop/learning activities
  • Standard technology for presentations/meetings — overhead projector, microphones, computer with Internet connectivity
  • Guest wifi
  • Space for participants to eat lunch — this can be in the same space and/or a nearby space; catering (lunch/coffee breaks) is sponsored by AAAL

As the Workshop Committee develops themes and programming, we invite potential hosts to share their ideas with us.

If you’re interested in hosting but cannot accommodate the Fall 2019 meeting, consider getting a jump on the Spring 2020 call for hosts by completing the Spring call for hosts form here.

Thank you for considering this request. Questions or comments about hosting can be directed to Angie Mandeville ( or Jessie Loyer (

Kind regards,

Angie Mandeville, AAAL Workshop Committee Chair

Jessie Loyer & Ebony Magnus, AAAL Co-Chairs