CAPAL Member Profile: Alison Foster

November’s CAPAL Member Profile is with Alison Foster, Instructional Design Librarian at MacEwan University.


Tell us about something you’re passionate about outside of work.

Volunteering my time with local organizations is one of my top interests outside of work. I moved to Edmonton three years ago and I’ve found that the best way to get to know a new city is to seek out ways to contribute my time and skills. I’ve met some amazing people and learned really interesting things about Edmonton by getting out and seeing how I can help. My current big volunteering commitment is with the Edmonton Public Library through book sales and special events.

What are you reading right now (professional or personal)? What is it about?

I’m currently reading « The Bullet Journal Method » by Ryder Carroll, as well as « Art Matters » by Neil Gaiman. I’ve used journalling for some time to track my work as well as my personal goals, so technically I’m reading both professionally and personally! The Bullet Journal Method outlines ways that we can use analog journalling to be more mindful about how we complete short- and long-term tasks, as well as building reflection into our daily and weekly planning. « Art Matters » is a series of essays, speeches, and poems by Neil Gaiman with illustrations by Chris Riddell with the focus on creativity and art. As someone who finds it challenging to express myself creatively, this work has been an interesting and inspiring read!

What were you doing before you started your current work position?

Before working with MacEwan University Library as an Instructional Design Librarian, I worked with the Brescia University College Library as the Access Services Librarian in London, Ontario. Working with the library team at Brescia was a fantastic start to working in academic libraries as they both supported my growth as a « babybrarian » and taught me things that will carry into the rest of my career!

What are you most excited to be working on right now?

I’m really excited to being planning our annual one-day Information Literacy conference at MacEwan. It’s an exciting opportunity to connect with other information professionals with a passion for instruction!

Weigh in: is CAPAL pronounced “capple” or “ca-pal”?

I’m Team « Capple » all the way!  However, I’m completely open to others’ pronunciations – I’ve been in situations where people use either « capple » or « ca-pal » in a conversation and and no one tries to correct each other, which I think says something great about our members 🙂

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