Alberta Association of College Librarians Celebrates its 35th Anniversary

Cari Merkley
Director at Large
Alberta Association of College Librarians

Since 1973, the Alberta Association of College Librarians (AACL) has provided librarians from the province's colleges and technical institutions with opportunities for co-operation and idea sharing.

Originally formed to facilitate the creation of a union list of serials as well as shared procedures for cataloguing and acquisitions, the mandate of the organization has since grown to include providing professional development opportunities for members, and collecting data on staffing, hours, salaries and collections at member libraries. AACL also continues to represent and advocate for the interests of college and technical libraries in the larger library community.

The Association meets on a semi-annual basis, gathering this year at St. Mary's University College in Calgary in May and Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton in November. The spring meeting brought together 33 representatives from 18 institutions across the province for a celebration of the organization's 35th anniversary and several presentations, including one librarian's international job sharing experiences, the Polishing Diamonds faculty peer evaluation initiative at Grant MacEwan College, and Red Deer College's evolving Learning Commons. The fall meeting showcased presentations on trends in library education, NAIT's development of an information literacy module for an online course, and Wikipedia.

To learn more about the AACL, please visit our website at

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