Fall 2017 AAAL Post Meeting Survey Email

Hello AAAL members,

Thank you to those who attended the Fall 2017 meeting held at NorQuest College in Edmonton. If we missed you this time, we hope you can join us for the Spring 2018 meeting at Mount Royal University’s new Riddell Library and Learning Centre. Please mark your calendars for Thursday, April 12, 2018.

Whether you attended last week’s meeting or not, we would appreciate your feedback and suggestions. This short survey will take 3-5 minutes of your time and assist us in planning engaging and relevant AAAL meetings. Thank you in advance for your time.


The AAAL Executive + Committee Members


CAPAL18 – Call for Proposals

The Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL) is now accepting proposals for the 2018 Conference. The conference will be held in conjunction with Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, 29-31 May, 2018.

Papers presented might relate to aspects of the following themes (though they need not be limited to them):

  • Challenges to academic status for librarians
  • The identity of academic librarians in uncertain times
  • Challenging racism in Canadian universities
  • The role of academic librarians in the changing academic library environment and culture
  • The ways in which professionalism intersects with race and gender, and how it may reinforce institutional power dynamics
  • Challenges to academic freedom and intellectual freedom
  • Challenges to academic integrity in a “fake news” and anti-science world
  • The roles and responsibilities of academic librarians in Reconciliation
  • Resisting the corporatization of universities and academic libraries
  • Confronting barriers to diversity in academic libraries

For full conference details, please see the attached call for proposals.


~ AAAL Communications Committee

AAAL Fall Meeting Registration Extended & Agenda

The AAAL Fall Meeting Registration has been extended to Wednesday, November 8th. Please register as soon as possible for the few remaining spots. If we reach capacity before the 8th, we will close the registration form.

We are very excited to bring you a jam-packed agenda with six sessions, including topics on reconciliation, indigenizing, design, assessment, and did I see penguins?! Also, Dr. Jason Harley will present the keynote titled “Time to Change our Filters: Psychologically Adapting to Information in the Post-truth Era” in which he will share what roles our psychological filters play in how we select and evaluate information.

Please check out the attached agenda for all the details.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at NorQuest College!

CJ de Jong, AAAL Chair

RSVP AAAL Fall Meeting – NorQuest College – Deadline Nov. 6th

Library staff from all member institutions are invited to join us for the Alberta Association of Academic Libraries 2016 Spring Annual General Meeting at NorQuest College on Thursday, November 16.

Please register by Monday, November 6! 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 presentations in the afternoon. An agenda will be sent out soon; however, we are excited to have the opportunity to see NorQuest’s new library during our lunch, and to have Dr. Jason Harley (Educational Psychology, University of Alberta) joining us after lunch to provide the day’s keynote discussing Fake News from a psychological perspective and how that can help us in our work with students. Lunch, as always, will be provided by the AAAL.

CJ de Jong
Chair, Alberta Association of Academic Libraries

Second Call for Lightning Strikes Sessions

The Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) Fall 2017 Meeting will take place on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at Norquest College.

The afternoon will begin with a keynote presentation by Dr. Jason Harley, Assistant Professor in Education Psychology from the University of Alberta who will be speaking about Fake News and what academic libraries can do to help.



We invite you to submit a proposal for a 20-minute talk (this includes time for questions) on how your staff, your libraries and/or your constituents engage with information.  What new program, service or space are you and your library providing to your user community?  What new technologies or tools are you using to improve how you, your library, or your users get things done?  Consider submitting your own proposal or encouraging a colleague to submit a proposal.

Looking forward to seeing all of you in Edmonton in November.

AAAL Workshop Committee
Claudette Cloutier (UCalgary)
Angie Mandeville (UAlberta)
Shawna Murphy (MHC)

7 Questions with René Martin

October’s installment of 7 Questions With…AAAL Members features René Martin, Director, Learning Services of Alberta College of Art + Design

1. When was the last time you were nervous?Selfie
I am very rarely nervous for myself; however, I have discovered a whole new level of nervousness with my eight year old daughter. Standing back and allowing her to try things, and possibly fail, is so hard. You want to protect your children from failure and hurt, yet as a parent, you know that’s an important life lesson. So I’m so often nervous for my daughter when she puts herself out there, but I put on the brave face so that she can reflect it.

2. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Be patient. But since I’m pretty sure I’ve missed that boat, speak other languages fluently

3. What is your best piece of life advice?
Learn to laugh at yourself. You cannot take yourself too seriously; if you do, life can be crushing. I think the ability to laugh at yourself translates into the ability to forgive yourself for your failings. With that forgiveness comes the ability to work on those failings, and keep trying until you can feel good about yourself and the choices you made.

4. What are some of your favourite podcasts?
Stuff you Should Know; The Daily by Michael Barbaro; This American Life

5. What do you do when you’re not working?
When I’m not spending time with my husband and daughter, I’m often found reading, enjoying delicious food and cocktails, and hanging out with an absolutely fabulous group of gals. And yes, sometimes all of those things at once.

6. What is your favourite quote?
“Thoughts become things, so choose the good ones”. The Universe (theuniverse@tut.com)

7. Who inspires you?
So many of my inspirations are women. Sadly, we still have to work harder, do more, overcome more, wade through the criticisms that come with it all just to be noticed. Just to be seen as equal. So women who have done this with graciousness, courage and strength are my inspirations. And even those that come through it all with with gracelessness, fear and weakness inspire me, because they still came through it.

Save the Date Announcement – Fall 2017 Meeting

Greetings AAAL Members,

Please mark your calendars! The AAAL Fall 2017 Meeting will be held in Edmonton on Thursday, November 16 at NorQuest College and we’re all excited to check out their new facility.

A call for presentations will be sent out in the near future followed by an opportunity to register for the meeting later in the term. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact the AAAL chair with any questions or concerns.

I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome new and returning members to the AAAL Executive and committees. A list of contacts is available at https://aaal.ca/contact.

Wishing everyone a great fall term,

CJ de Jong (cj.dejong@ualberta.ca)

Chair, Alberta Association of Academic Libraries