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.

The SIMA Project at Vanguard College Library

The Vanguard College Library recently completed a digital heritage project in collaboration with FACTSnet and Young Canada Works examining the Story of Indigenous Ministry in Alberta (SIMA). They are hopeful this project will prove useful to students and the greater evangelical community who want to learn more about or get involved in Indigenous ministry. 

The finished website (https://www.thesimaproject.ca/) hosts two main components:

  • A networking database of contacts and resources for Indigenous ministry in Alberta.
    • A comprehensive list of contacts, directories of websites, resources, and books, as well as a research guide. This database enables users to connect with current Indigenous ministry in Alberta, and functions as a tool for higher-level learning.
  • A written story of Indigenous ministry in Alberta.
    • The result of qualitative research interviews held with ministry and community leaders including both Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives. The hope is this can serve as a primary resource for historical information on the history of Indigenous ministry and Indigenous-evangelical relations in Alberta.

For questions, please reach out to library@vanguardcollege.com

AAAL Spring AGM Meeting Details

Hopefully, everyone has marked their calendars and is ready for the AAAL 2021 Spring AGM, hosted virtually in partnership with MacEwan University on May 6th, 2021 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm MST

All AAAL member library staff are welcome to attend. We are so pleased to share our meeting package and amazing full-day program including our keynote speaker Dr. Norene Erickson (MacEwan University) where she will speak to the relationship between different roles within the library.  The full agenda and meeting package can be accessed at https://aaal.ca/events/

To join us, please follow this link (https://ca.bbcollab.com/guest/74a87d5cceeb4c04b46d8558ca383df8).  There is no registration required to attend. 

If you are unable to attend, we will endeavor to offer recordings of our presentations and will post a link to these recordings on our website after the meeting. 

We have also extended the deadline for the AAAL Professional Development Award to Monday, May 3, 2021.  We have extended the scope of this award to include peripheral support and technology expenses. Please visit the PD Award page for details.  

A huge thanks to MacEwan for hosting, as well to the Learning and Developing Committee for their hard work in putting this all together for us. 

If you have any questions, please reach out to aaal.executive@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you there!

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  

DEADLINE EXTENDED: AAAL Spring Meeting Call for Proposals

The deadline for proposals has been extended to April 18!

The Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) Spring Meeting and AGM will be hosted virtually in partnership with MacEwan University on Thursday, May 6th, 2021. A registration link will be forthcoming.

We are now in our second year of the global pandemic and a repositioning of post-secondary education in Alberta. These events have highlighted inequities for minority groups and concerns about employment stability, training, recruitment, culture and working conditions. It is time to reconceptualize our professional identities, our roles in academia and the nature of our work.

The theme for AAAL’s Spring 2021 meeting is Working together…when we’re working apart. You are invited to submit proposals for presentations exploring how recent events have affected library workers and their relationships with patrons, colleagues or workload. What projects and collaborations have resulted from challenges faced in the last year? Have new or unexpected (unlikely?!) partnerships developed between groups, departments or institutions?  We particularly encourage the participation of staff who are not librarians (technicians, assistants, specialists etc.).

Proposals can be for either a: 

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


  • 20 to 30 minute presentation that can include ideas, experiences, original research, engaging discussion questions or activities.

Please note that the final timing and duration of the day is still to be determined.

Submit your proposal by Sunday, April 18th. Successful presenters will be contacted within the following week. 

Do you require financial support to attend or present at the meeting? We encourage you to apply for an AAAL Professional Development Award, whose scope has extended to be inclusive of technological peripheral support.  

Wondering how we’ll select sessions? Take a look at our Rubric for Selecting AAAL Sessions and use it as a guide for your proposal.

We look forward to hearing from you! 


The AAAL Workshop Committee: 

Lucinda Johnston, Jessica Leslie, Carla Lewis, Sarah Shaughnessy, Kelley Wadson