Events at Buchanan Library Lethbridge College

In 2018, Buchanan Library at Lethbridge College has been a very exciting place!

On January 2nd, we said good-bye to our information Services desk and hello to our new One Desk.  An exciting adventure for both staff and students.

Excitement continued with ‘Beach Day’ on January 31st.  An event involving a number of services across the college, spearheaded by the library, threw on their flip-flops and enjoyed blueberry and watermelon slushes with slices of pineapple on the side.

Finally, the Library teamed-up with the Learning Café to host Long Night Against Procrastination.  Students enjoyed stress release activities including massages and crafts along with healthy snacks like apples, granola bars and pizza.

~ Update submitted by Corene Kozey, Lethbridge College Library

For more information, check out the Buchanan Library website.

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Second Call for Lightning Strikes Sessions – AAAL Spring 2018 Meeting

Second Call for Lightning Strikes Sessions – Only 10 days left to submit.
The Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) Spring 2018 meeting will take place on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at the Riddell Library and Learning Centre at Mount Royal University of Calgary.
We invite you to submit a proposal for a lightning strike session (20 minute talk including time for questions) on how your staff, your libraries and/or your constitutions engage with information.  What new program, service, or space are you and your library providing to your user communities?  What new technologies or tools are you using to improve how you, your library, or your users get things done.
Looking forward to seeing all of you in Calgary in April.
AAAL Workshop Committee
Claudette Cloutier (UCalgary)
Angie Mandeville (UAlberta)
Shawna Murphy (MHC)

 

7 Questions with Pam Ensslen

This month’s issue of 7 Questions with…AAAL Members features Pam Ensslen, Borrower Services Assistant at John L Haar Library, MacEwan University


1. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Sew clothing from Vintage Vogue patterns

2. What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
Anything from the 1967-1970 Spiderman cartoon series

3. If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
Yogi Bear

4. If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?
Translating a mystery novel from German into English

5. What would you name the autobiography of your life?
Full Frontal Nerdity

6. What is your best piece of life advice?
Dare to be extravagant and don’t shy away from challenges that test your mettle

7. What is your proudest work-related accomplishment?
Creating a patent instruction manual

Bonus question: What do you eat for breakfast?
Coffee and a sugary snack

7 questions with Theresa Remtulla

This month we’re very pleased to feature Theresa Remtulla, Collections Technician at Mount Royal University, for our 7 Question feature.

1. What is something interesting you learned in the last month?

Because I work in a library, I am always learning something new.  Last month, I was reviewing our current library workflows so that we can plan for the implementation of our new library software, ALMA.  

2. When was the last time you were nervous?

The last time I was really nervous was when I presented RDA for beginners at the AALT conference, 2017.  

3. If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?

Arya Stark from Game of Thrones

I love Arya Stark’s character in Game of Thrones because she is strong, fearless, brave and independent.   

4. What is your best piece of career advice?

The best piece of career advice I can give is to continue to learn throughout your career. Develop your skills by seeking professional development opportunities, taking courses, attending conferences, participating on committees and within library associations.  

5. What is your favourite thing to binge watch?

The Gilmore Girls

6. Who inspires you?

Strong leaders inspire me. People who challenge, promote, encourage, mentor and set examples in their own life.  

7. What do you do when you’re not working?

When I’m not working, I am spending time with my kids, husband and family.  I find time to exercise and I volunteer within the Ismaili community.   I also spend time volunteering for the Alberta Association of Library Technicians.  Belonging to an association gives the added benefit of learning about other libraries, sharing and promoting what library technicians do, connecting with others within the library field and continually growing within my profession.  

Call for Nominations

The AAAL is seeking nominations for the following 2 AAAL Executive Committee positions, in preparation for elections taking place at the Spring Annual General Meeting on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Mount Royal University in Calgary.  To nominate an AAAL member or put your own name forward for either of these positions, please email any member of the AAAL Nominations Committee with a brief statement of interest (Robyn Hall, Sonya Betz, and Geoff Owens).

The deadline for nominations is Monday, March 12, 2018.

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.

Secretary/Treasurer (2 year position)
Responsibilities include:

  • Take minutes of meetings and distribute such through the AAAL listserv and/or by posting to the AAAL website;
  • Take minutes of Executive Committee meetings and distribute to the executive;
  • Keep accurate records of AAAL accounts;
  • Submit Treasurer’s report at each general meeting;
  • Submit accounting records to the Auditors annually and submit the audited statement to the provincial government;
  • Submit written bi-annual reports to the Chair for inclusion in meeting packages three weeks prior to Fall and Annual General Meetings;
  • Collect membership fees.

Call for Lightning Strike Sessions

The Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) Spring 2018 Meeting will take place on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at the Riddell Library and Learning Centre at Mount Royal University in Calgary. Save the date!

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?

Looking forward to seeing all of you in Calgary in April.

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

7 questions with Michelle Bezenar

After a brief hiatus, the 7 Questions blog series is back! This month we’re featuring Michelle Bezenar, Manager of Borrower Services at MacEwan University.

Michelle

1. When was the last time you were nervous?

I had an interior designer come to my place to help me with my kitchen renovation. I never had a “professional” come in and look at my place before – suffice to say I was worried about my decorating skills (or lack thereof)

2. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Play the cello

3. What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?

Both sides now by Joni Mitchell (I sang it when I was about 10 years old!) ; All the way by Frank Sinatra ; Heart of gold by Neil Young

4. What is your best piece of career advice?

Don’t sweat the small stuff

5. What is your proudest work-related accomplishment?

My 35 years (and counting) at MacEwan University!

6. What is your favourite quote?

If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.

7. Who inspires you?

My mother – even though she passed away about 9 years ago, she still continues to inspire me.