Alvin contributes to EPSG through proposal writing, research scoping, advocacy, and awareness and education. He serves on VOICES, a national lay advisory committee for TREC (Translating Research in Elder Care), which is a University of Alberta research group studying all aspects of quality of life for residents and staff in long-term care facilities.
He holds an adjunct professor appointment with the University of Alberta’s Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS), and publishes and presents on LGBTQ2S+ issues affecting all types of library services in Canada. He is emeritus professor and former department head of the School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta. He earned a PhD from Indiana University in 1983.