Welcome / Bienvenue!

We are the Student Committee of the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL). Our goal is to provide a community and professional development opportunities for aspiring academic librarians. We have local chapters at many LIS schools in Canada, and are always looking for new members! Become a member now!

Nous sommes le comité des étudiants de l’ACBAP. Notre objectif est d’offrir une communauté et des occasions de développement professionnel pour les futurs bibliothécaires academiques. Nous avons des sections locales dans de nombreuses écoles au Canada, et nous sommes toujours à la recherche de nouveaux membres! Devenir membre maintenant!


The National Student Committee is a standing committee of the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL/ACBAP) Board. The Committee represents and advocates for student members of CAPAL/ACBAP, as well as emerging professionals.

Members of the National Student Committee include the Student Liaison, Chairs of local LIS school chapters, and two Members at Large who sit on the Education and Professional Development Committee.

If you would like to bring forward an issue or get involved in CAPAL/ACBAP, please let your local chapter Chair know, or email the Committee directly at: capal.students@gmail.com.

The 2020/2021 Student Committee members are:

Emily Carlisle-Johnston – Student Liaison
Lauren Bourdages – University of Alberta Chapter Chair
Bethany Paul – Western University Chapter ChairGavin Goodwin & Melissa Moleirinho – McGill University Chapter Co-Chairs
Gavin Goodwin – Member at Large, Education and Professional Development Committee Representative
Melissa Moleirinho – Member at Large, Education and Professional Development Committee Representative 
Chad Currier – Recent graduate


There are CAPAL Student Chapters at LIS schools across Canada. If there is not one at your school, we encourage you to get in touch and start one in your area! The process is easy; according to the CAPAL By-Laws, all you need is 5 student members to start a chapter. Submit a quick email with the names of the interested students to the CAPAL Board of Directors, and you will be all set.

Chapters provide their fellow students with opportunities for networking, professional development, and involvement with relevant advocacy issues. These special interest groups also offer a community for students with similar career interests. With CAPAL membership, there are opportunities to connect with students at other LIS schools, recent graduates, and working professionals.

University of Alberta
Chair: Lauren Bourdages
Website: https://ualbertacapal.wordpress.com/
Twitter: @ualbertacapal
Email: ualbertacapal@gmail.com

University of British Columbia
Chair: N/A
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CAPALUBCStudents/
Email: capal.ubc@gmail.com 

Dalhousie University
Chair: N/A
Website: https://dalcapal.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dalcapal
Email: dalhousie.capal@gmail.com

Université de Montréal
Chair / Président: N/A
Website: https://capalebsi.wordpress.com/
Twitter: @capalebsi
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/capalebsi
Email / Courriel: capal.ebsi@gmail.com

McGill University
Chair: Gavin Goodwin & Melissa Moleirinho
Website: https://www.mcgill.ca/sis-students/capal
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/capalmcgill/
Email: capal.mcgill@gmail.com

Université d’Ottawa / University of Ottawa (start a chapter)

University of Toronto
Chair: N/A
Website: http://utcapal.weebly.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/utcapal
Email: utcapal@gmail.com

Western University
Chair: Bethany Paul
Website: https://uwocapal.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/573001439389744/
Email: uwocapal@gmail.com

Page Last Updated: March 2021