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 2017/2018 Student Committee members are:

Sarah Shaughnessy – CAPAL/ACBAP Student Liaison
Rebekah Prette – Dalhousie University CAPAL/ACBAP Chapter Chair
Michaela Stang – University of Alberta CAPAL/ACBAP Chapter Chair
Emily Carlisle – Western University CAPAL/ACBAP Chapter Chair
Katie Burns – McGill University CAPAL/ACBAP Chapter Chair
Colleen McDonald – University of Toronto CAPAL/ACBAP Chapter Co-Chair
Jean-Sébastien Sauvé – Université de Montréal CAPAL/ACBAP Chapter Chair
Donna Langille – Member at Large, Education and Professional Development Committee Representative
Lorisia MacLeod – Member at Large, Education and Professional Development Committee Representative
Angela Doyle – University of British Columbia CAPAL/ACBAP Student Representative

Statement of 2017-2018 Student Committee Goals

The CAPAL/ACBAP Student Committee has outlined the following five goals for the 2017-2018 academic year:

1. Outreach: The Student Committee will continue with outreach efforts to:

  1. Encourage students interested in academic librarianship to participate with their local chapter, and the wider CAPAL/ACBAP community.
  2. Encourage students from LIS schools that do not yet have local student chapters to get involved.

2. Inclusivity: All local chapters and the Student Committee will operate on a policy of inclusivity, to welcome as many interested LIS students as possible to the CAPAL/ACBAP community.

  1. This year the Student Committee will work to facilitate national events, such as online workshops or webinars, to help foster a sense of community and promote collaboration between CAPAL/ACBAP student members. These events will be an opportunity for students to develop skills and engage with professionals.
  2. The Student Committee will advocate to facilitate opportunities for student involvement at the annual CAPAL/ACBAP conference. Opportunities could include a poster session, student project presentations, and student meet and greets.
  3. The Student Committee will pursue opportunities to include bilingual communication with student members.

3. Communication: The Student Committee and local chapters will incorporate a variety of communication tools to facilitate awareness of events, meetings, and relevant issues within the profession. Communication channels may also be used to share student knowledge and projects.

  1. Efforts to keep web communications current and regular will incorporate the following tools:
    1. Websites
    2. Facebook / Twitter
    3. MailChimp for CAPAL/ACBAP Student email distribution & announcements
    4. A shared Google calendar to note chapter and Committee events, meetings, and other notable opportunities.
  2. Continuation of the CAPAL/ACBAP Student newsletter, Emerging Academic Librarians in Canada, will be distributed on a monthly basis with support from local Newsletter representatives. All student members are encouraged to contribute.
  3. Leveraging person-to-person contact via local Chairs to channel communications from the parent organization & the Board of Directors to students, in an effort to reduce over-communication via email.

4. Pursuit of Funding: The Student Committee is committed to the continued pursuit of funding for student endeavors including:

  1. Local chapter funding ($50 bursary for event or operations support)
  2. Student Bursary for Conference Attendance
  3. Additional financial support for students and CAPAL involvement (to be proposed to the Board).

5. Advocacy: The Student Committee is interested in pursuing Advocacy issues, connecting student members with the opportunity to pursue Advocacy issues, and supporting student initiatives to pursue Advocacy related-research for course credit (e.g., through an independent study course, or thesis)