Location Confirmed! AAAL Spring 2019 Meeting

Greetings AAAL members,

We are pleased to announce that AAAL executive is working to expand the meeting locations outside of the Edmonton/Calgary corridor. Olds College was selected to host the Spring 2019 Meeting on Friday, May 10.

Olds College was established in 1913 and since that time the College has focused on the agricultural needs of Albertans in both education and research. On their scenic campus, you can enjoy 25 acres of botanic gardens and constructed wetlands, you can spend time shopping at the campus brewery for local craft beer, the meat store for fine cuts and products, or the greenhouse which has fresh cut flowers and vegetables.

Have you been thinking about presenting at AAAL or are you just curious when you can register? By March 1 expect a call for presentations followed by the release of the meeting package and the opportunity to RSVP “yes” in early April.

We can’t wait to see you in the Spring!

The AAAL Executive + Committee Members



Art Exhibit at Concordia University of Edmonton Library

AbstractlandConcordia University of Edmonton Library has a new art exhibit and everyone is welcome to stop by to view the art. The art exhibit, Abstractland, is curated the Esplande Heritage Centre and is on loan to CUE Library by the Alberta Foundataion for the Art’s Travelling Exhibition Program until until February 20th.

Where: CUE Library, main floor
When: January 24 – February 20, 2019
Artist: Les Graff


7 Questions with Christina Wac

This month’s issue of 7 Questions with AAAL Members features Christina Wac, Public Services Librarian & Copyright Officer at Portage College Learning Commons-Library.

Wac_AAAL_7Qs_Photo1. If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
Matilda (Roald Dahl). As a kid, I used to stare endlessly at cereal boxes trying to move them with my non-existent telekinetic powers. I still think it would be really cool. Plus, I find her passion for books and knowledge seeking very relatable.

2. If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?
I would love to start a digitization project at our library and convert all of our VHS tapes to more accessible formats. We have a lot of unique resources that don’t get watched/used because of VHS obsolescence.

3. What are some of your favourite podcasts?
A Tribe Called Geek; 99% Invisible

4. What is your favourite thing to binge watch?
British period dramas are my guilty pleasure, but I also tend to watch a lot of sci-fi/fantasy shows as well. I’m currently binge watching Peaky Blinders and Star Trek: Voyager.

5. What do you do when you’re not working?
I’m often reading, gaming, or spending time with my 19-yr-old cat. I also enjoy yoga and travelling.

6. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Probably somewhere in the U.K. I’ve been a couple of times and love the architecture and history (and the gorgeous libraries!). I’m also a fan of overcast skies and places that aren’t too hot, so I think it would be a good fit.

7. What was your favourite childhood cartoon?
For films, it’s a tie between Anastasia and Beauty & the Beast. For TV cartoons, I loved the animated X-MEN series.

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Public Talk at the University of Alberta

Jeff Moon, the Director of the CARL Portage Network, will be visiting the U of A campus on Tuesday, February 12. As part of his visit here he will be delivering a presentation in the morning for library staff entitled:  “Research Data Management Services in Canada: A CARL Portage Network Progress Update”.
We invite any interested library staff from area libraries to join us for his talk!
RSVP at the link below – session details are also included:
Please contact James Doiron, Research Data Management Services Coordinator at the UofA Libraries, with any questions: jdoiron@ualberta.ca

University of Alberta’s Opening Up Copyright instructional modules

“Opening Up Copyright instructional modules is pleased to share an update on the series along with several new openly licensed modules and renewed opportunities to contribute.

Building on the initial two modules (Images and Public Domain) released in March 2018, we have now produced six additional modules on the following topics:

·         Open Licensing and Creative Commons

·         Other Types of Intellectual Property (IP)

·         Theoretical Foundations for Copyright

·         CCH v. LSUC

·         SOCAN v. Bell, and

·         Section 13: Ownership of Copyright”

All of the modules can be found here: https://sites.library.ualberta.ca/copyright/

Dr. Hongxing (Bill) Geng, Ph.D, new Associate University Librarian, Library Academic Services Support, Athabasca University Library

AU Library is pleased to announce that Dr. Hongxing (Bill) Geng has been hired to the position of Associate University Librarian, Library Academic Services Support, effective January 21, 2019. Hongxing has worked in the Library since 2008, in positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as Acting Manager, Web Projects & Services. Hongxing received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan in 2017. In his work with the Library Hongxing has managed and contributed to many Library projects, including the redesign of the Library website, Digital Reading Room, and AUSpace, the University’s institutional repository. Through his work, Hongxing has demonstrated a keen interest in ensuring seamless access to Library resources for learners, commitment to furthering the Library’s goals, and collaborating with stakeholders. Please join AU in welcoming Hongxing to his new role.

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