Survey: With Great Comics Comes Great Responsibility

This call for survey participation may be of interest to some AAAL members:

With Great Comics Comes Great Responsibility: Academic Libraries and Comics Collection Development

Invitation to Participate: You are invited to participate in this research study about acquisition and collection development of comics.

The literature on comics in libraries is a currently developing area but it rarely focuses on the collection development and acquisition elements, especially within academic libraries.  As a librarian who is responsible for acquisition and collection development, we would appreciate your opinion about how one acquires and develops comic book collections in university or college libraries.

Purpose of the Study: From this research, we wish to gain an understanding of how librarians decide to acquire comic books and use them in their collections. Similarly, we want to know your understandings and perceptions of users’ needs.

Participation: If you wish to participate in this study, please complete the survey using the survey link provided. The survey should take you approximately 15 minutes or less to complete. You do not have to answer any questions that you do not want to answer. Once you have completed the survey, please submit the survey using the ‘submit’ option. 


Lorisia MacLeod BA, MLIS

Past ALA Spectrum Scholar and ARL Diversity Scholar


AAAL Mentorship Program: Call for Mentors and Mentees

Looking to make connections, share professional advice, meet new colleagues and gain new perspectives on library challenges?  Join the Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) Mentorship Program!

The program is open to all practicing library professionals (i.e., with library degree and/or diploma completed) currently employed by an AAAL member institution.

The AAAL Mentorship Committee is recruiting mentors and mentees from its member libraries for the upcoming academic year:

  • Mentors: Offer guidance, support, and encouragement as needed to a fellow AAAL library member who might be early on in their career or taking on new roles. 
  • Mentees: Engage with an experienced library member, develop professional relationships with colleagues in different AAAL library environments, and grow your knowledge of library and information work.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or a mentee, please check out the detailed information available at the AAAL Mentorship webpage. The application forms for both roles are also accessible through the AAAL site.

**Please note that the program does not facilitate job placements or internships.**


Application Deadline: Saturday, July 30, 2022 (with matches communicated in late August).

If you have any questions, please contact the committee: and share this invitation as you see fit.

Thanks for your interest in the AAAL Mentorship Program!

AAAL Mentorship Committee

AAAL Spring AGM: Keynote and Full Program Now Available

AAAL’s Spring 2022 AGM, Care Work: Practices and Ethics of Care in Academic Libraries, will be held online Thursday, May 12th, 9am-3pm. Registration is free and open to all employees of AAAL Member Institutions.

Register until Friday, May 6th:

The full program and schedule is available in the AAAL Meeting Package. The business meeting, including AAAL updates and member roundtable, will run from 9-10:45 followed by our keynote speaker presentation, presentations, and lightning talks from AAAL members across Alberta.

If you cannot attend the business meeting, you may absolutely still join for presentations!

About our Keynote: 

  • Dr. Nicole Dalmer, McMaster University
  • Presentation: “Who Cares? Caring Through our Work and Spaces

 In this talk, Dr. Nicole Dalmer will speak to two of her projects that examine the complex intersections between information and care.

First, she will illuminate findings from a study that made visible the information work that permeates the care work of families of people living with dementia who are also aging at home. Results suggest a disjuncture between the ways that families experience information in their everyday lives and the ways that information is understood in policy and professional practice.

Second, she will highlight preliminary findings from a large-scale study that seeks to understand the many ways public libraries serve as caring, social infrastructures for older adults. Together, these studies, while very different, collectively reveal the necessity and the invisibility of the care work that is imbricated and embedded in information – in information work and in information spaces. 

We look forward to seeing you online!

Kind Regards,

Ali Foster, AAAL Chair (2021-2022)

Register to Attend the AAAL Spring AGM, May 12th, 9am-3pm

Registration is now open for AAAL’s Spring 2022 AGM: Care Work: Practices and Ethics of Care in Academic Libraries, hosted online by AAAL on Thursday, May 12th from 9am-3pm. 

Please register using the Registration Form no later than Friday, May 6th.

We are pleased to announce the preliminary program lineup, including our featured Keynote speaker, Dr. Nicole Dalmer presenting “Who Cares? Caring Through our Work and Spaces.”

  • 9am-10:45am: Business Meeting: Reports from the Executive, Voting, Roundtable, and Elections 
  • 11am-12pm: Keynote: Dr. Nicole Dalmer. “Caring through our work and spaces” 
  • 12:45-3pm: Afternoon Presentations and Lightning Talks (full schedule announced this week) 

We look forward to seeing you online! 


Ali Foster, AAAL Chair (2021-2022)

AAAL Call for Nominations: Chair-Elect and Learning & Development Committee

The Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) is seeking volunteers for the following Executive Committee and Sub-Committee positions, to begin this Spring. 

All staff from AAAL member institutions ( are eligible. We ask that for Executive Committee roles (we accept nominations or self-nominations) that interested candidates include a brief statement of interest in your email.  For Sub-Committee positions, we only require an expression of interest.  

Please forward Executive Nominations and Sub-Committee nominations to Alison Pitcher ( 

The deadline for applications/nominations is Friday, April 29th at noon. 

For a brief description of roles please see below. If you have any questions about the roles, please reach out to Ali Foster (    

Executive Committee Vacancies

Chair-Elect (2-3 year term – first as Chair-Elect, second year as chair, third year as Past-Chair). Responsibilities include: 

  • Call for volunteers for executive and standing committee positions as needed and ensure positions are filled and elections carried out as needed; 
  • Communicate changes to the Executive and Committee roster, including position terms, to the Communications Committee. 
  • Solicit applications for the Professional Development Award and oversee award disbursements

 Sub-Committee Vacancies

Learning & Development Committee – 2 vacancies (2-year term)

The Learning & Development Committee is responsible for coordinating and supporting Professional Development activities for AAAL, particularly planning the professional development portion of the Fall and Spring meetings, including: identifying theme, managing the call for and evaluation of presentation proposals, and arranging keynote presenter(s). 

For a full list of responsibilities for each role/committee, please visit the AAAL Bylaws Page. 

Please let us know if you have any questions and thank you for considering!

Kind Regards, 

Ali Foster (AAAL Chair)