Lunchtime Tour of the ROM Library and Archives on May 3!

Join us for a FREE lunchtime tour of the Richard Wernham and Julia West Library & Archives at the Royal Ontario Museum!

We will meet the ROM’s Library & Archives staff, who will show us treasures from their various library collections. Tour attendees will also have an opportunity to ask questions! Space is limited so sign up soon using the link below.

When: Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 1-2 PM

Where: Main floor of the Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen’s Park)

Cost: Free, but space is limited!

Register through the OLA website:

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Tour the Ontario Historical Society’s library

Please join us for a free tour of The Ontario Historical Society’s (OHS) library and historic house headquarters on Thursday, April 26.

The OHS has been preserving, promoting, and protecting Ontario’s history since 1888, from the grassroots to the scholarly. Sarah McCabe, project manager and librarian, will lead us on a tour of the John McKenzie House (1913) property, including adjacent stable, milk house, and community garden.

We’ll visit the library’s unique reference collection, on the second floor of the coach house, containing over 4,700 titles related to Ontario’s history. The library was established in 2014 and is available to OHS members and the public for research.

We’ll also examine a selection of the treasures and oddities of the OHS’s special collections, with a focus on Toronto history.

When: Thursday, April 26, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: John McKenzie House, 34 Parkview Avenue, North York, ON  M2N 3Y7 (a 5-minute walk from North York Centre TTC Station – please see map below) Please note: this event is not at Mackenzie House in downtown Toronto.
Cost: Free, but space is limited to 15 people!

Register for this event on the OLA Web site 

Map for John McKenzie House:

Image Source: Ontario Historical Society – Oldest known Photo of John McKenzie House

Tour Double Feature: Ryerson University Library’s Archives and Special Collections, and the Ryerson Image Centre

Join us for a tour of Ryerson University Library’s Archives and Special Collections, which collects and preserves non-circulating collections at the University. The Archives serves as the institutional memory of Ryerson. The Special Collections was established to help support the learning and teaching needs and facilitate the scholarly, research and creative activities of the Ryerson community by acquiring and preserving photography, film and cultural history objects. In the tour you will be guided through the Archives and Special Collections Space and learn about the services offered. You will also have the opportunity to see pieces from Collections including the Leniniana Collection of Soviet, Leninist propaganda, the Heritage Camera Collection, the Canadian Architect Collection, and the Ryerson Press Collections.

In the second part of the tour you will be guided through the current exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) which exists for the research, teaching, and exhibition of photography and related media.

Current Exhibition: The Faraway Nearby: Photographs of Canada from The New York Times Photo Archive

Featuring photographs of Canadian subject matter from The New York Times Photo Archive, The Faraway Nearby examines a century of Canada’s history and its representation in the leading American newspaper of record. Taking an expansive view of the many stories that have shaped our national experience, the exhibition highlights images of major political events and conflicts, iconic landscapes across the nation, sports heroes, candid reportage on the lives of diverse communities, and portraits of notable Canadians. The exhibition draws from nearly 25,000 photographs preserved in The New York Times Photo Archive, known henceforth as The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection. This extraordinary new promised gift, made by Toronto entrepreneur Chris Bratty in honour of Canada 150, joins the renowned Black Star Collection to further establish the Ryerson Image Centre as a key international resource for the study of press photography.

Tour date: December 6, 2017
Time and location:

6:00-7:00 PM
RULA Archives and Special Collections
4th floor of the Ryerson Library
350 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2K3
Entrance to library on the 2nd floor

7:00-7:45 PM
Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1E9

Register for this event on the OLA website

Open Community: An Info Pro Intro Event

Open data is a global movement reaching beyond government interest and contributions. Join this talk to understand the open data information community and creatively expand your library and information centre’s role in open data discovery and development. Discover more about the diverse, unrestricted platform of access, use and sharing, and how open is relevant to clients, resources and you.

The OLA Special Libraries Committee is pleased to host this session with Kejo Buchanan, an information professional with over six years experience managing records, researching information, resolving database user concerns and outreach to community agencies. Currently, Kejo is studying for her MLIS online at San Jose State University with a data science focus. She is a member of the Open Data Institute, Toronto Node.

Date: Tuesday, November 21, 2017

5:30 p.m. – registration and light refreshments
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – presentation and Q&A

Ontario Library Association
2 Toronto Street, 3rd floor
Toronto, ON M5C 2B6

Cost: $5

Featured Image Attribution Creative Commons 2.0 by Descrier

Submit a Poster Proposal for the OLA Super Conference 2018

The Ontario Library Association invites you to submit a poster proposal for the annual conference which draws delegates from public, academic, school, government, health, and special libraries of all types.

The 2018 theme is Fearless By Design.

We take risks. We endeavour to explore the unknown. We shed light on learning and technology, and we fight for the right to information, literacy, and education for all. As knowledge and research experts, we venture to serve our communities, schools, and more. We forecast needs and provide services, spaces, and places that support everyone.

We are entrusted with holding the facts and evidence upon which a just society is based.  As our society transforms, so do we.

We are Fearless by Design.


To Submit or to learn more go to

Submission deadline is October 30. 2017, 12:00pm EST. You will be notified of your submission status by November 17, 2017. 

Join us for a tour of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s library and archives!

***May 29 update: This event is FULL. Registration is closed, but email to join the waitlist.***

Join the OLA Special Libraries Committee for a tour of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Edward P. Taylor Library & Archives on Wednesday, June 7.

One of Canada’s largest museum library/archives, the Edward P. Taylor has a unique place in the AGO as both a collecting department and an internal and public information resource. Collection highlights include rare illustrated books, artists’ books and multiples, and Canadian artists’ archives. The Library & Archives’ front entrance was recently redesigned by Hariri Pontarini Architects to convey a wide welcome to gallery visitors.

Amy Marshall Furness (Rosamond Ivey Special Collections Archivist and Head, Library & Archives) and Larry Pfaff (Head of Reader Services) will lead us on this exciting tour of the library’s architecture and special collections.

Date & Time: Wednesday, June 7 – 6:00 PM
Location: The Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St W., Toronto
Cost: $5 + tax. Space is limited to 20 people.

Register here:
(Please note: registration requires creation of a free account)

Note: The AGO is open until 9pm on Wednesdays, so you may want to plan a visit to the galleries after the tour.

Featured Image Credit: By John – JOH_7977, CC BY-SA 2.0,

Improve Your Data Literacy: Tips for spotting misleading statistics


“Fact-checking” has been much in the news lately, and we have our own skills with that and with verifying dubious web-distributed “information”. But without practice, it’s hard to take a critical view when a statement or conclusion is accompanied by lots of numbers and eye-catching infographics. Join Matt Gertler and Maggie Weaver who will illustrate some simple ways to avoid being snowed by statistics.

Join us on:

Thursday March 2, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Where: Lillian Smith Branch, Toronto Public Library, Meeting Room A, 239 College St.

Cost: $5. Money will be collected at the door.

To register, email Marjan Farahbaksh at

Light refreshments will be provided

Who’s all in? We are!

Are you coming to the OLA Super Conference 2017 and not sure where to start? Check out these sessions below, and don’t forget to attend the iSchool alumni reception or FIMS alumni reception on February 2nd!

If you’re a special librarian or non-traditional information professional, these sessions are for you:

Day 1 – February 1 

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