Call for AAAL Workshop Committee volunteer

The  Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) Workshop Committee seeks a new volunteer member for a two-year term. This committee organizes the AAAL professional development and learning program. We strive to develop relevant programming that not only serves as learning opportunities but also highlights the range of excellent work happening at AAAL member libraries. Duties involve: issuing calls for, selecting, and coordinating lightning-strike sessions, presentations and panel discussions for the Fall (November 15 at NAIT) and Spring AAAL meetings.
If this piques your interest and you are a library staff member from a AAAL member institutionsplease email Angie Mandeville at afm1@ualberta.ca by end of day Tuesday, September 18th. Join us!
 
– Angie Mandeville, University of Alberta Libraries and AAAL Workshop Committee member
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AAAL Mentorship Program 

The Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) is excited to continue its mentorship program for members in 2018-19! Building on last year’s successful pilot, the AAAL Executive has approved the Mentorship Committee as a permanent Standing Committee.

The Mentorship Committee is now recruiting AAAL library participants to serve as mentors and mentees for this academic year. Mentors will provide guidance, support, and encouragement as needed to mentees who may be early career library professionals or those tasked with new responsibilities.

The goal of the program is to support career development, share professional advice with those who want to achieve success, promote networking, and provide leadership to the profession. This mentorship program does not facilitate job placements or internships.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or a mentee, please check out the detailed information on the AAAL website (https://aaal.ca/) under the Professional Development heading of Mentorship. Both mentor and mentee application forms on the site, and so if interested in one of these roles, please take the time to apply! The deadline for submission is September 30, 2018.

Note: Those who apply will receive an acknowledgement email after the September 30 deadline. Members of the Mentorship Committee will then review applications and proceed to match mentors and mentees according to interests.  Once matches have been made, both mentees and mentors will jointly sign the AAAL Mentoring Partnership Agreement and begin their work together.

If you have any questions or comments about the mentorship program, please contact us at aaal.mentorship@gmail.com.

Thanks for your interest in the AAAL Mentorship Program!

Kalin, Lindsey and Isobel

7 Questions with Michael Baird

This month’s issue of 7 Questions with AAAL Members features Michael Baird Collection Management Librarian at Olds College.


17799079_10155815475795021_5416108718226168074_n1. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
In the next year, scuba dive.

2. If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
Robinton, masterharper of Pern

3. What is your best piece of career advice?
Be flexible, keep learning, and remember why you are doing this job and not some other career. No matter how bad a day you may have, you chose this career for a reason, think about that core reason.

4. What is your proudest work-related accomplishment?
I had the surreal experience to create an original catalogue record for a book from the mid-1500’s when doing one of my practicums. I will always remember the feeling, the connection to history.

5. What do you do when you’re not working?
When not working I love to ride horses and explore the wilderness. I am also involved with 2 Dungeons & Dragons groups. I love theater but have not been in a production for a few years now. I design costumes and write fiction.

6. What is your favourite quote?
“I was always taught that if you’re not careful, you can lose yourself in the world. You get too busy with things, not busy enough with yourself! Spend your days and nights living someone else’s agendas, fighting someone else’s battles, and you’re doing the work you’re supposed to be doing, but every day there’s less and less of you in it all! Till one day, you come to a fork in the road, and because you’re distracted, you’re not thinking. You lose yourself. You go right, and the rest of you, the really important part of you, goes left! And you don’t even know you’ve done it till you realize, you finally realize, that you don’t have any idea who you are when you’re not doing all those things!” Dr Stephen Franklin (writer/creator J. Michael Straczynski, 1996)

7. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I have not been enough places to truly answer this question. I chose it though because it sits forefront in my mind all of the time. I have been to Wales and I loved it, it felt like… home. I am also drawn to a few other areas: The pacific – Hawaii or New Zealand, Argentina almost won me away from Canada once, and Iceland has an appeal. Perhaps the best answer is I would love to live on a cruise ship and spend my life seeing the world. The Valley of the Kings to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, then off to the fjords and the northern Baltic, skip across the arctic and down to Japan, go dive the Great Barrier Reef, watch the lava flow on the big island, an excursion to Machu Picchu, then the drama of Tierra del Fuego, up to Central America to explore Mayan ruins, and that is just a start.


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Committee Opportunities: Deadline Extended to Sept. 3rd

The Executive Committee still has volunteer opportunities for AAAL committees – four positions in all! These opportunities are available to library staff members from AAAL member institutions. Please see below for details. If you are interested, please contact Nicolle Lemay at LemayN2@macewan.ca by Monday, September 3rd and indicate for which committee(s) you would like to be considered.

1) Mentorship Committee: The Mentorship Committee is looking for one member for a two-year term. The mentorship program will run during the 2018-19 academic year, after a pilot year in 2017-18.  The member would be part of a team responsible for:

  • Recruiting and pairing mentors with mentees in September 2018
  • Offering any additional support or training needed to run the program
  • Conducting program evaluation upon completion of the 2018-19 program
  • Seeking feedback and making recommendations to the AAAL Executive

2) Workshop Committee: The Workshop Committee is looking for two members, each for a two-year term. The committee organizes the AAAL professional development and learning program. Committee members strive to develop relevant programming that serve as learning opportunities and highlights the range of excellent work happening at AAAL member libraries. The new committee member will engage in issuing calls for, selecting, and coordinating lightning-strike sessions, presentations and panel discussions for the Fall and Spring AAAL meetings.

3) Statistics and Assessment Committee: The Statistics and Assessment Committee is looking for one member. This committee compiles annual statistics from member institutions and reports to the membership on those statistics. Committee members should have an interest in data and statistics; experience with data analysis or data visualization is an asset.

AAAL is having its Fall Meeting at NAIT in Edmonton on Thursday, November 15. Please stay tuned for more information and a call for presentations.

Please contact me with any questions or to express an interest in these volunteer activities.

Sincerely,
Nicolle Lemay
AAAL Chair

AAAL News: Fall Meeting and Committee Membership Opportunities

AAAL is excited to announce that our Fall Meeting will take place at NAIT in Edmonton on Thursday, November 15. Stay tuned for more information and a call for presentations.

The Executive Committee has a number of volunteer opportunities for AAAL committees – four positions in all! These opportunities are available to library staff members from AAAL member institutions. Please see below for details. If you are interested, please contact Nicolle Lemay at LemayN2@macewan.ca by Friday, August 24 and indicate for which committee(s) you would like to be considered.

1) Mentorship Committee: The Mentorship Committee is looking for one member for a two-year term. The mentorship program will run during the 2018-19 academic year, after a pilot year in 2017-18.  The member would be part of a team responsible for:

  • Recruiting and pairing mentors with mentees in September 2018
  • Offering any additional support or training needed to run the program
  • Conducting program evaluation upon completion of the 2018-19 program
  • Seeking feedback and making recommendations to the AAAL Executive

2) Workshop Committee: The Workshop Committee is looking for two members, each for a two-year term. The committee organizes the AAAL professional development and learning program. Committee members strive to develop relevant programming that serve as learning opportunities and highlights the range of excellent work happening at AAAL member libraries. The new committee member will engage in issuing calls for, selecting, and coordinating lightning-strike sessions, presentations and panel discussions for the Fall and Spring AAAL meetings.

3) Statistics and Assessment Committee: The Statistics and Assessment Committee is looking for one member. This committee compiles annual statistics from member institutions and reports to the membership on those statistics. Committee members should have an interest in data and statistics; experience with data analysis or data visualization is an asset.

Please contact me with any questions or to express an interest in any of these volunteer activities.

Sincerely,
Nicolle Lemay
AAAL Chair

7 Questions with Kara Blizzard

This month’s issue of 7 Questions with AAAL Members features Kara Blizzard, Public Services Librarian at the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus.


Kara Blizzard AAAL Pic1. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Fly (like a superhero, not a pilot)

2. Have you ever had something happen to you that you thought was bad, but it turned out to be for the best?
Moving to St. John’s, Newfoundland! I was placed there for an MLIS co-op position, and I was very apprehensive about moving to a faraway island with its own time zone, but it turned out to be a great experience. I loved living near the ocean, exploring the city, and meeting friendly people.

3. What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
Regina Spector’s album “Far.”

4. What do you eat for breakfast?
Almost always toast. Lately I’ve been buying lots of sourdough!

5. What do you do when you’re not working?
Take my dog for walks, develop my cookbook collection (and occasionally use some of the recipes), and paint landscapes.

6. What is your favourite colour?
Purple

7. What is your favourite cake and why?
Chocolate cake with a chocolate mousse filling and chocolate ganache on top. There can never be too much chocolate.


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SAIT Library is undergoing staffing changes this summer

Our long serving Access Services Librarian, Dave Weber, retired in late June after almost thirty years of service at the Library. Dave began his career with SAIT Library as a reference librarian in 1988, and became Access Services Librarian in 1999. Dave also served for 6 years as a member of the SAIT Academic Faculty Association (SAFA) executive board. Dave was well known around campus and within the Alberta library community and will be missed.

As a result of growing information literacy needs on campus, we are hiring a full time, permanent Instruction Librarian. This position will also serve as a liaison to one of SAIT’s schools and will work on other projects depending on skills and interest. The deadline for applications is July 27th. All applications should be made through SAIT’s online system.