Featured Workshop at the Spring Meeting

AAAL Workshop Committee is pleased to announce our featured workshop upcoming Spring Meeting at Olds College.

Featured Workshop: Out-of-the-Box Design Thinking for Libraries
Speaker and Facilitator: Céline Gareau-Brennan, University of Alberta Libraries

Looking for an “out-of-the-box” way to think about, plan, and/or assess library services? Get ready to look at your library services from a different perspective using Design Thinking methods! Design Thinking allows you to examine or plan you library’s practices in a unique and innovative way.  Spark your curiosity and awaken your creativity in this hands-on workshop that introduces a Design Thinking around your UX (User Experience) in a library environment. This workshop will start by introducing you to the concepts of Design Thinking in a UX context and offer specific Design Thinking techniques to implement.  You will also get the opportunity to practice specific techniques such as customer journey mapping, and service blueprinting.

Learning Goals:

  1. Understand the concepts of Design Thinking & UX

  2. Understand the advantages and challenges of applying these concepts

  3. Practice specific Design Thinking techniques to consider UX

Join us on May 10 at Olds College to connect with your AAAL colleagues from across the province and consider sharing more about your work, projects, research. Call for presenters deadline is March 25. Submit your proposal here.



Critical Assessment in Libraries

ACRL ISMLC: Critical Assessment Practices: A Discussion on When and How to Use Student Learning Data

March 13, 2019, with speakers, Ebony Magnus, Nicole Branch and Zoe Fisher. Watch this forum with a deeper understanding of the utilization of student learning data and its impact.

Call for Nominations, AAAL Chair-elect

Call for Nominations, AAAL Chair-elect

The AAAL is seeking nominations for the AAAL Executive Chair-elect position, in preparation for elections taking place at the Spring Annual General Meeting on Friday, May 10, 2019 at Olds College.  To nominate an AAAL member or put your own name forward for either of these positions, please email the Chair of the Nominations Committee at cj.dejong@ualberta.ca with a brief statement of interest. The Nominations Committee consists of CJ de Jong (Chair), Geoff Owens, and Shannon D’Agnone.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 5, 2019.

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.

U California vs Elsevier negotiations

I am very interested in the UC vs Elsevier negotiations:

UC terminates subscriptions with world’s largest scientific publisher in push for open access to publicly funded research Link

Many Alberta libraries have ‘Science Direct’ as the Elsevier package and struggle with the expense. Fortunately, there is real time tracking of cancellations in the academic library world but often financial disclosures are not allowed under confidentiality agreements in the contracts: https://sparcopen.org/our-work/big-deal-cancellation-tracking/

However, according to the list, Elsevier is the biggest target for cancellations and it is a worldwide process. ‘Universities in Germany canceled Elsevier two years ago. The university alliance in Sweden canceled last spring, and the university alliance in Hungary canceled in December. Several other national alliances in Europe are trying to negotiate too.’ University Librarian Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, co-chair of the UC team. https://news.berkeley.edu/2019/02/28/why-uc-split-with-publishing-giant-elsevier/

Additionally, the Canadian library examples in this recent Scientist article (2018) also describe significant efforts to renegotiate. For example, after renegotiating their deal in 2015, the University of Montreal has saved approximately $1 million CAD ($770,000 USD) per year:


From my perch in Athabasca, I will also continue watch these cases because what happens in California often sets a trend in the US and Canada. In this example the size of the UC Library systems is really significant, and the emphasis on OA as a platform is a novel approach that might work as so many U California faculty are on the editorial boards for the Elsevier journals.

Robert Hudson, Associate University Librarian, Learning and Research Services

Athabasca University Library

[By March 25]: Call for presenters for Spring AAAL meeting

The Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) Spring 2019 meeting will take place on Friday, May 10, 2019. We’re excited to announce that Olds College Library is hosting the Spring AAAL meeting for the first time! This is a significant change for AAAL as we’ve historically held our Winter/Spring meetings in either Edmonton or Calgary. In keeping with our goal to try something new, we invite you to contribute to our program of professional learning and sharing with the theme of “Out of the Box”.

Out of the Box: We want to hear from AAAL library staff about new service/program design and delivery. If not something new, have you redesigned or reconceptualized an existing service? How did you get from idea to operation? Tell us! We invite staff from AAAL member libraries to submit a proposal to share your experiences, research, and lessons learned.

To add more variety to our learning events we are seeking different types of sessions including:

  • 5-7 minute lightning talk that is a quick overview of your ideas, experience, and programs/services.

  • 30 minute session that can include ideas, experiences, original research, engaging discussion questions or activities

We challenge you to think outside the box. Never been to a AAAL meeting before? Now’s your chance to connect with AAAL colleagues from across the province. And in Olds, Alberta. Let’s do this!

Please encourage your colleagues to consider this opportunity. We look forward to hearing from you!

Kind regards,

AAAL Workshop Committee: Angie Mandeville, Jessica Leslie, and Leeanne Morrow

7 Questions with Karina Dunn

This month’s issue of 7 Questions with AAAL Members features Karina Dunn, Assistant Librarian at Vanguard College Library | Schalm Memorial Collection.

kdunn21. When was the last time you were nervous?
Teaching Information Literacy to first year students in September. I still get nervous every year!

2. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Surfing – Kite or Wind or just regular.

3. If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
The Doctor. Or one of their companions.

4. If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?
Our Social Media Presence (follow @vanguardcollegelibrary_books *shameless plug)

5. What is your proudest work-related accomplishment?
Finished my online MLIS degree at the University of Alberta in December 2018 after 5.5 years! Whoo!

6. What is your proudest non-work related accomplishment?
I had my second baby at home in a birthing pool with a midwife.

7. What is your favourite quote?
“When we tell our stories, we change the world” – Dr. Brene Brown

If you would like to be featured on our 7 Questions with AAAL Members blog, please sign up here!

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