CAPAL Research and Scholarship Committee Online Lecture Series

The CAPAL Research and Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce our Online Lecture Series and our inaugural lecture!

The Research and Scholarship Committee is dedicated to supporting, advancing, and promoting the diverse research, scholarship, and creative activities of Canadian professional academic librarians.  One of the committee’s objectives is to facilitate communication and connections within the Canadian academic librarian research community at individual and institutional levels. In line with this objective, the committee is launching a free and open online Lecture Series, which has the potential to reach librarians across Canada.  The committee hopes the lectures will be a starting point to build connections and offer inspiration to librarians across the country.

We invite you to participate in our inaugural lecture by Sarah Polkinghorne from the University of Alberta.  Details are below:

Things Nobody Taught Me: Influences that Shape a Researcher

by Sarah Polkinghorne

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

1-2pm EST


Register and participate via the Education Institute:


Lecture Abstract:

This session will articulate the serendipitous, oblique, and structural influences that can shape a researcher. Research learning opportunities, such as the Librarians’ Research Institute from the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, are important, but it’s not possible for them to contain, or convey, everything about the process of becoming a researcher. Perhaps this is because some parts of this process are more difficult than others to learn about in a structured setting. For example, there are the unanticipated encounters with people and ideas; the moments of intense clarity after a mistake, rejection, or injustice; and the flashes of reflexivity that knit insights out of seemingly unrelated parts of life. These experiences are sometimes romanticised, but they are rarely articulated. This lecture offers attendees an opportunity to think about such experiences, and how to observe, learn from, and act upon them.


About the Presenter:

Sarah Polkinghorne is a collection strategies librarian at the University of Alberta in Edmonton and a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Health, Arts and Design at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. Her doctoral study focuses on the role and nature of information in people’s food lives. Sarah’s interests are many and include embodied and sensory information, qualitative methods, and critical librarianship. Sarah shares updates at



We hope to see you there. Please feel free to contact Roger Chabot (rchabot2[at]] with any questions.

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