Access Conference: Call for Reviewers

The University of Alberta is hosting Access 2019 in September, and the program committee is seeking peer reviewers to help select presentations for the conference! Peer reviewers will be responsible for reading Access Conference proposals, reviewing them and making a recommendation. If you’ve never been a peer reviewer for Access, this is a wonderful way to contribute to the shape and direction of the conference!

Peer reviewers will be selected by the Program Committee and will ideally include a variety of individuals across disciplines including Access old-timers and newbies alike. You do not need to be attending the conference to volunteer as a peer reviewer.

The peer review process is anonymous for both authors and reviewers. Those who have submitted Access Conference session proposals are welcome and encouraged to become peer reviewers as well. You won’t receive your own proposal to review. Please note that the peer reviewing activity will take place mid-May to mid-June. Proposals are a maximum of 250 words so we expect each review to take no more than 30 minutes. Each reviewer could be assigned up to 2-3 proposals to review depending on the number of submissions.

To submit your interest in reviewing, please fill out this form with your contact information, a sentence or two on why you’d like to review for Access 2019 and some keywords on topics you’d be comfortable reviewing. If you submitted a proposal and indicated on the registration screen you’d like to review, you’re already signed up! 


Still time to register for the AAAL Spring Meeting!

Hello AAAL members,

This is a reminder that Friday at 4 p.m. is the deadline to register for the Alberta Association of Academic Libraries’ Spring 2019 Meeting. We have twelve spots remaining!

Library staff from all member institutions are invited to join us at Olds College on Friday, May 10th. 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 and a delicious BBQ lunch, 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.

We hope to see you there!

The AAAL Executive + Committee Members

Access Conference 2019 – Call for Proposals

The 2019 Access Conference Program Committee invites proposals for participation in the upcoming Access Conference, which will be held September 30 to October 2, 2019 in Edmonton, Alberta at the Matrix Hotel, hosted by University of Alberta.

Access is Canada’s premier annual library technology conference bringing librarians, technicians, developers, programmers, and managers from all library sectors together to discuss unique and interesting library processes and technologies. There will be plenty of opportunities to share ideas and learn from each other!

This single stream conference features exciting keynotes, presentations, lightning talks, a hackathon, and lots of time for networking and social events.

We are seeking proposals for:

  • 20 min presentations (15 min + 5 min for questions)
    • could be demos, theory or practice, case studies, original research, etc.
    • will be peer-reviewed
  • 60 min multi-speaker sessions (45 min + 15 min for questions)
    • should be self-organized and we encourage presentations demonstrating perspectives from multiple organizations
    • will be peer-reviewed
  • 5 min lightning talks
    • any subject that is conference related.
    • will not be peer-reviewed

Ready to submit?

Visit our conference proposal site to create an account and submit your proposal:

Submission deadline is 11:59PM EST on May 10, 2019

Need some ideas? Check out the 2018 conference program and past conference websites! Please note that we will also be offering a Diversity Scholarship Program (details coming soon).

Speakers will be notified of their acceptance decision in mid-June.

Questions? Contact us at

Access 2019 is making every effort to be as inclusive and as safe an environment as possible – please review our Code of Conduct.

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