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CAPAL Connections
Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians
VOL. 4, ISSUE 1

MAY 2016

Growth of CAPAL:
From Infancy to Adolescence
In this Issue:
The Board

p. 1-2

CAPAL16 Conference Committee

p. 2

Advocacy Committee

p. 4

Student Committee

p. 4

Communications Committee

p. 5

Diversity and Equity Committee

p. 6

Research and Scholarship Committee

p. 6

Nominations Committee

p. 7

Publications Committee

p. 7

Membership Committee

p. 8

The Board

Image credit: Douglas Fox

Since the last newsletter, our new journal, Canadian Journal of Academic Librarianship / Revue
canadienne de bibliothéconomie universitaire has launched. Congratulations to the Publications
Committee and the Editorial Team for an excellent first issue! AND, please be sure to read all about
the good work of the other Standing Committees who work so hard on the behalf of the CAPAL
membership.
Meanwhile, the Board continues its focus on developing organizational documentation. Most recently,
the document, Towards a Safe Space, originally crafted for the CAPAL15 conference, was officially
adopted as operational policy in support of our conference organization. As well, the operational
policy, Guidelines for Selection of Conference Organizers for the Annual Conference, has been
revised and augmented with a Conference Organizing Timeline to facilitate the process of planning
our premiere event. Two additional operational policies are now in development: one to guide the
award of an annual student bursary to facilitate attendance at the annual conference by a CAPAL
student member and one that will guide the translation to French for CAPAL documentation. Finally,
there has been a concerted push to detail the mandates and terms of reference for each of the
Standing Committees.
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Continued from previous page
On the matter of Standing Committees, the Board thanks Amanda Power for her contribution as Chair
of the Education and Professional Development Committee and wishes her well in her future
endeavours. At the time of writing, Rhiannon Jones has been nominated to take over this role, and her
nomination will be considered at an upcoming Board meeting. In the same vein, Camille Callison is
stepping down as Chair of the Diversity and Equity Committee. Many thanks to Camille for her work in
overseeing the development of the Diversity and Equity Committee. At the time of writing, Martin
Morris has been nominated to take over from Camille, and his nomination will be considered at an
upcoming Board meeting. Finally, the Board welcomes Alison Foster as chair of the Membership
Committee, a vacant position to this point, the work of which was being covered by Douglas Fox.
The CAPAL/ACBAP Annual General Meeting will be held during CAPAL16 on Monday, May 30, 2016
over the lunch break. (Lunch will be served for members attending the AGM.) Along with a bylaw
amendment to enhance member oversight of CAPAL/ACBAP finances through an audit committee,
another main item of business is the invitation to become a member of the proposed Canadian
Federation of Library Associations/Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques (CFLA/
FCAB). Thank you to those members who chose to reply to our request for input. It has been duly
considered and a motion on the matter of membership in the CFLA/FCAB is forthcoming to the
CAPAL16 AGM.
Finally, congratulations to Michael Dudley and John Wright, our CAPAL16 Program Co-Chairs, and
their team of volunteers for putting together a very promising conference program that speaks to the
relationships between academic librarians and the communities we intersect with. And, thank you as
well to Local Arrangements Coordinator Rhiannon Jones, who coordinated our conference with the
Congress organizers and handled the logistical details.
CAPAL continues to strive for financial stability by building a foundation of $10,000-20,000 to support
our work. It does this through membership and conference surpluses. Thank you to our members for
your continued support and engagement.
Respectfully submitted,
Leona Jacobs, Chair
CAPAL/ACBAP

Conference Planning Committee
For its 2016 conference at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of
Calgary, May 28-31, CAPAL is looking "Beyond the Library" to explore themes of "Agency,
Practice and Society."
Seeking interdisciplinary perspectives on the role of the academic library in an interdependent
world -- and within the powerful, transformative contexts of reconciliation and Indigenization -- the
conference will bring together academic librarians from around the world to rethink how academic
librarians engage with their communities, be they physical, epistemic or academic communities, or
communities of identity.
We will be asking, what might LIS as an interdisciplinary field look like? Keynote speakers include
social network researcher Bonnie Stewart; Ry Moran, Director of the National Research Centre for
Truth and Reconciliation; and renowned First Nations Educator Dr. Leroy Little Bear .
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How to follow CAPAL16 Conference on Twitter
Step 1: Go to Twitter.com and click on the magnifying glass to bring up the search bar (on the left
side of your screen).

Step 2: Proceed by typing #CAPAL16 into the search bar and press enter.

Step 3: Congratulations! You did it. You can use the menu bar at the top of the Twitter feed to
navigate between “Top” tweets, “Live” tweets, Accounts, Photos, and more.

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Advocacy Committee
A major initiative for the Advocacy Committee has been overseeing the development of Canada’s first
census of academic librarians. At the 2015, AGM attendees passed a motion to conduct a triennial
census. A census is an enumeration of a population, in this case, defined as all academic librarians
possessing an MLIS/MLS degree or equivalent working at a post secondary education institution in
Canada. A census working group was formed in November of 2015 to develop the survey instrument.
An ethics review of the census initiative is being conducted by MacEwan University. The purpose of the
census undertaking is defined as follows:


To provide a comprehensive demographic picture of the profession of academic librarianship in
Canada. Data relating to librarians’ age, gender identity, years of employment, Indigenous
descent, country of birth, and second language competency to name a few, can support this goal.
To inform policy development. It is anticipated that data relating to number of hours worked, hours
worked from home, contract work, under-employment and the number of dependents for example
can be used to inform labour negotiations.
To facilitate the study of trends within the profession. Data relating to professional expertise and
job title over time can provide insight into the profession’s evolution.
To support qualitative and quantitative research inquiry. Data will be available open access for
researchers, scholars and practitioners to build upon and extrapolate.

No personal identifying information such as name, email, or name of institution will be collected. The
data will be anonymized, stored in the Dataverse data repository at the University of Alberta and
available open access. It is anticipated the census will be rolled out late this spring.
In recent months, members of the Advocacy Committee, in conjunction with the CAPAL Board, have
written a letter in support of McMaster University Academic Librarians’ Association, a letter to the Hon.
Melanie Joly urging the Minister to restore LAC funding, and most recently a letter to the Hon. Dale
Kirby expressing our concern over the closure of Newfoundland Public Libraries. Future plans include
developing statements on fair dealing, de-professionalization, and academic status.
If you have questions about the census, the work of the committee or wish to get involved, please
contact Eva Revitt, CAPAL Advocacy Committee Chair at revitte@macewan.ca.

Student Committee
Last August, the national Student Committee established a set of goals for the year. These goals
included: developing a set operational guidelines, recruitment, inclusivity for all LIS students, improving
communication, pursuing support via funding, and advocacy. The Committee is pleased to report
significant strides forward with respect to each goal. Three documents were established to define who
and what the Student Committee is, how the Student Committee should operate at the national level, and
guidelines for the operation of local student chapters. These documents will serve as a guidebook for
student members moving forward.
At the local level, chapters recruited new members and provided numerous professional development
opportunities for their peers. With respect to communications, a new social media strategy increased our
web presence, and the Emerging Academic Librarians in Canada newsletter was circulated monthly.
The CAPAL Board approved the reprisal of a $50 bursary for each chapter to sponsor a local event.
In addition, a new bursary to support an individual student’s conference attendance will be introduced for
the 2016-2017 year.
There is continued interest from members of the Student Committee to pursue advocacy, especially
those relating to emerging professionals’ issues, such as precarious work situations.
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Communications Committee
The Communications Committee has divided our efforts in assuming project leadership for each of our
three key areas of service and support to the CAPAL Board and to our membership: conference
communications and translations projects led by Colleen Burgess (University of Western Ontario),
social media led by Kara Blizzard (University of Alberta), and the CAPAL newsletter, CAPAL
Connections, led by Juliya Borie (University of Toronto). In support of the CAPAL16 conference
planning, the committee has worked alongside the conference organizing committee to set timelines for
the writing, translation, and dissemination of conference and promotional documentation via our blog,
email, social media channels, and by liaising with our webmaster, Douglas Fox (University of Toronto),
on the conference website.
In the dissemination of our CAPAL communications including and beyond the scope of the conference,
the committee has implemented a social media strategy. In this new strategy, a member of each
standing committee is responsible to write a blog post and a variety of social media content on a
rotating monthly basis. This strategy allows for a wider variety of voices to be shared across our various
communications channels and allows awareness of the work conducted within all of the CAPAL
standing committees to reach our overall membership. Our newsletter, CAPAL Connections, provides a
similar overview of the work of the standing committees and of our board.
Since the 2015 conference, a CAPAL communications translation subcommittee has formed and with
the support of Douglas Fox (University of Toronto), Marie-Eve Menard (Université de Montréal), and
Colleen Burgess (University of Western Ontario) has worked to design a translation plan and process
for the translation of a backlog of CAPAL communications as we work toward our association’s mission
to become fully bilingual. Beyond this backlog of documents, the subcommittee: has worked on the
design of a strategy for ongoing communications; has employed a professional translator; is identifying
francophone academic librarians interested in vetting professional translations in appropriately
expressing librarian jargon, critical theory, or technical language; and is designing translation processes
and workflows as they relate to all formal CAPAL Communications and the annual conference.
In the 2015/2016 academic year, we welcomed two new members, Kevin Tanner (UWO-MLIS,
Candidate) and Courtney Boudreau (UWO-MLIS), to the Communications Committee. We look forward
to working with these colleagues on a host of communications project work in the coming year.
In 2016/2017, the Communications committee will work on putting our plans into action and making
more of our association materials freely available in both official Canadian languages. To that end, each
project lead is seeking additional help and expertise from within our CAPAL membership.
If you’re interested to become involved, please do not hesitate to contact Colleen Burgess at
colleenburgess@gmail.com.

Keep in touch with CAPAL/ACBAP!

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Diversity and Equity Committee
The Diversity and Equity Committee is a standing committee of CAPAL/ACBAP dedicated to diversity and
equity in academic librarianship and committed to creating and maintaining an atmosphere of inclusion and
respect in a safe and nurturing environment. We shall address issues of diversity and inclusion including
but not limited to race, sexuality, religion, mental health, and ableism. Members are currently working to:

Provide a forum for a dialogue on creating a shared safe space and increasing cross competencies
including but not limited to race, sexuality, religion, mental health, and ableism;

Conduct an environmental scan and literature review in order to explore information relevant to the
atmosphere of inclusion in a safe and nurturing environment and critically explore the core values of
diversity and equity, with the aim of creating a culture of equality and a shared safe place within the
library and academy.

Develop strategies and possibly a policy and/or toolkit to actively promote equity and diversity within
the academic library.

Participate on the CAPAL Conference Committees and respond to issues as requested by the Board.

As I end my two years as Chair of the Diversity & Equity Committee, I would like to express my sincere
thanks to the Committee members: Michael Dudley, David Eden, Pat Serafini, Emily Zheng, and Martin
Morris for their commitment and participation for the past two years. I would also like to extend a warm
welcome the Incoming Chair, Martin Morris, who has been a committee member since the inception of the
Diversity and Equity Committee in 2014 and will provide strong leadership in creating an atmosphere of
inclusion. We invite new members who are interested in diversity and equity issues to join the committee. If
you would like to get involved or have questions, please contact Martin Morris at Martin.Morris@mcgill.ca.
Camille Callison, Chair, Diversity & Equity Committee (2014-2016)

Research and Scholarship Committee
The CAPAL Research and Scholarship Committee (RSC) welcomed two new members this past winter:
Stéphanie Simard from l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières and Pascal Lupien from the University of
Guelph. We are now five, with representation from Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. We hope to expand and
diversify our national representation in the coming year.
We continue to develop our committee Terms of Reference – in a process that includes consultation with
the CAPAL membership. To that end, we are holding an open Research and Scholarship Committee
meeting during the CAPAL 16 conference at the University of Calgary. If you are interested in contributing
to a discussion about the RSC draft mandate, we invite you to attend. We will meet at 12:30 p.m. on
Sunday, May 29 in Social Sciences 1102. If you have questions about this meeting, please contact:
maboyd@ucalgary.ca
The RSC is delighted at the response to our preconference workshop, Delving Deeper: Building a Strong
Program of Research. At this full-day event on May 28, participants will learn from diverse and experienced
facilitators and presenters. Workshop topics range from establishing a research-program foundation to
securing funding. Workshop offerings range from a panel of librarians with strong programs of research to
an optional post-workshop dinner, where the day’s conversations can continue. There are only a handful of
spaces left in the workshop.
For more information, see: http://conference.capalibrarians.org/preconference-workshop/

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Nominations Committee
The Nominations Committee worked over the winter to pull together a slate of nominees for the first
election under the new system that was approved at CAPAL15. The following members are being put
forward for election to the Board of Directors:

1. Colleen Burgess*
2.1. Leona Jacobs*
3. Mary Kandiuk*
4.1. Eva Revitt*
5. Lisa Richmond*
6.1. Harriet Sonne de Torrens*
7.1. Ali Versluis
8. Anna Wilson
*Indicates returning member
CAPAL’s by-laws allow for up to 10 members to sit on the Board of Directors. Anyone wishing to add their
name to this list can be nominated from the floor at the AGM, provided that such nominees indicate
acceptance of the nomination in writing or in person at the time of nomination.
The 2015-2016 Nominations Committee was Gaby Divay (University of Manitoba), Lenard Lawless
(Carleton University), Susan Lanksak (University of Waterloo), Mary Kandiuk (York University; Board
liaison), Victoria Skelton (University of Toronto) and Jeff Newman (University of Toronto; Chair).

Publications Committee
The Publications Committee launched CAPAL/ACBAP’s new scholarly journal in January 2016: The
Canadian Journal of Academic Librarianship / Revue canadienne de bibliothéconomie universitaire. We
could not have done this without the wonderful collaboration of the authors, peer reviewers, board, editors,
and graphic designer. We are off to a strong start.
If you have not done so already, please visit cjal.ca or rcbu.ca and look at our first issue. Share the journal
with others in your network. Encourage colleagues to read and to submit articles and reviews for
upcoming issues. We are a peer-reviewed, open-access journal that publishes content in English and in
French.
Looking ahead, the committee is focused on our upcoming conference and on making the abstracts of
each presentation available on the web afterward. Issue two of our journal will be coming out in the fall.
Please do not hesitate to contact a member of the committee if you have questions or suggestions. You
can reach us at can.j.acad.lib@gmail.com.
Monica Fazekas, University of Western Ontario
Kristin Hoffmann, University of Western Ontario
Marie-Ève Ménard, Université de Montréal
Lisa Richmond, Wheaton College

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Membership Committee
The Membership Committee is happy to support the membership at large and our lively and productive
committees as CAPAL/ACBAP continues to grow and gain recognition as a professional organization.
This year, the Board approved our first Chair. Alison Foster is a Community Development & Education
Specialist at the Centre for Public Legal Education in Edmonton, Alberta. We are currently holding
monthly meetings and are excited to expand upon our work in 2016-2017.
To reflect our work, we proposed Terms of Reference for the Membership Committee. Our revised
goals include promoting volunteerism within the CAPAL membership and collaborating with other
committees. For example, we plan to update members’ interests in the membership database and
communicate this information to the relevant committees.
We are seeking new members to help inform our work for 2016-2017. This is a great opportunity for
CAPAL members to get involved; please contact Alison Foster at capalibrarians@gmail.com if you are
interested!

Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians
capalibrarians@gmail.com

Newsletter designed and edited by:

Juliya Borie, Kara Blizzard, Colleen Burgess,
Kevin Tanner and Courtney Boudreau.
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