OLA Super Conference 2014: Register and Plan Your Conference Experience Today

OLA Super Conference ExpoIt’s that time again! Online registration for the 2014 OLA Super Conference held at the Metro Toronto Centre Centre is open until January 24, 2014. This year there will be even more presentations by special librarians and non-traditional information professionals throughout the four-day conference. Whether you’re planning to pop in for a single morning or engage in as many activities as humanly possible, consider adding some of the sessions on special topics below to your schedule.

OLA Super Conference 2014: A Universe of Possibilities

Date: January 29 – February 1, 2014

Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, 255 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2W6 |  Map

Complete Program Information: Website, e-version, PDF version

Registration & Fees: myOLA or registration form
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 (Early bird deadline)
Friday, January 24, 2014 (Deadline for online registration)

Conference Schedule 

(Some of the 200+ sessions and events to check out)

Thursday, January 30, 2014
9:05 a.m.
Session #320
Hidden World of Law Libraries
Karen Sawatzky, Librarian, Tapper Cuddy LLP; Brenda Wong, Library Technician, McMillan

Session #322
Pay It Forward: Mentoring New Information Professionals
Mary Ann Mavrinac, Vice-Provost & Dean, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester; Kim Stymest, Business Librarian, York University

Session #325
Special Libraries & the Canadian Military
Phil Gold, Archivist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; Penny Lipman, Librarian, Royal Canadian Military Institute

Session #327
It’s Your Business: Entrepreneurial Librarianship
Ulla de Stricker, President, de Stricker Associates; Crystal Sharp,
Research Grant Consultant, CD Sharp Information Systems, Ltd; Phyllis Smith, Principal, In the Know Research & Information Consulting

Session #329
Bringing Multicultural History Online: Digitizing Ontario’s Diverse Community Memory
Catherine Leekam, Program Manager, Multicultural History Society of Ontario; Jess Posgate, Community Outreach Co-ordinator, OurDigital World

10:40 a.m.

Session #409
Signature Special Events
Cassie Guthrie, Executive Director, Pioneer Library System

Session #418
First Things First: Planning for Business Services @ Your Library
Anne Dorsey, Business Librarian; Christopher Vanderkruys, Deputy Director Business & Development; Barrie PL

Session #420
Beyond Libraries: A Blue Sky Approach
Denise Fung; Sarah McCormack, Head Librarian, Brooks PL, AB

Session #423
Procurement Best Practices for Digital Content Licensing
Craig Olsvik, Senior Content & Licensing Officer; Monica Ward, Senior Content & Licensing Officer; Canadian Research Knowledge Network

Session #424
Driving Innovation with Information
Melanie Browne, Manager, Digital Research, Maple Leaf Foods

Session #430
Discover Our Unfair Branding Advantage…That No One Knows!
Jamie Hardie, Creative Strategist, Hardie & Co; Mandy Pethick, Manager of Creative Operations; Erin Scuccimarri, Communications & Community Development Officer, Innisfil PL

2:10 p.m.
Plenary Speaker
Jennifer Keesmaat
Chief Planner, City of Toronto

3:45 p.m.
Session #614
Conversations With New Professionals
Jane Dysart, Principal, Dysart & Jones

Session #615
Captivate Your Audience with Infographics
Kathryn Klages, Information Literacy & Liaison Librarian; Shanna Pearson, User Experience Librarian; Seneca College

Session #626
The Best of Both Worlds – Local & Global Special Library Services
Leah Swift, Researcher, Marketing & Business Development; Terri Zimmer, Supervisor,Information Management; RV Anderson Associates Ltd

Friday, January 31, 2014
9:05 a.m.
Session #1013
Usability Works!
Janey Chen, Senior Systems Developer; Helen Chong, Research Librarian; Peter Ellinger, Manager, IT Portfolio Management Office; Karen Wierucki, Co-ordinator, Digital Resources; Legislative Assembly of Ontario

Session #1015
E-books to Information Prescriptions: Health Library Promotions
Natalia Tukhareli, Librarian, Rouge Valley Health System

Session #1022
Libraries at Professional Regulatory Bodies Innovating in the Public Interest
Catherine Devion, Librarian, College of Nurses of Ontario; Jacquie Fex, Reference & Training Librarian, Ontario Securities Commission; Stefan Jurgens, Reference & Web Librarian, Law Society of Upper Canada

10:40 a.m.

Plenary Speaker
David Usher
Juno Award-Winning Musician, Creativity Expert

2:10 p.m.
Session #1215
Fighting Fit – A Training Regimen for Demonstrating Value in Special Libraries
Maggie Weaver, Principal, Shaftesbury Associates

Session #1227
How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love the Contract
Heather Buchansky, Online Projects Librarian, University of Toronto; Nicole Carter, Librarian, Reference & Research, Saint Mary’s University; Lindsay McNiff, Librarian, Dalhousie University

Session #1229
Flash Mob Cataloguing: A Library Crowd-Sourcing Experiment
Zachary Osborne, Head Librarian, Toronto Botanical Garden

3:45 p.m.
Session #1315
Thinking Outside the Library: Being Embedded in a Professional Practice Lab
Shannon Gordon, Pharmacy Liaison Librarian; Lisa McLean, Senior Lab Demonstrator Professional Practice, School of Pharmacy; Nardine Nakhla, PharmD, RPh, University of Waterloo

Session #1323
Introducing New Media to Hansard: Building a Foundation for Knowledge Management
Cheryl Caballero, Index & Reference Officer; Rosalind Guldner, Supervisor, Index & Reference; Erica Smith, Index & Reference Officer; Hansard Reporting Legislative Assembly of Ontario

Session #1325
Tool Libraries: Borrowing Beyond Books
Ryan Dyment, Co-founder, Toronto Tool Library

Session #1326
Beyond LinkedIn: New Technologies for Career Development
Meghan Ecclestone, Librarian; Kim Stymest, Business Librarian; York University

Saturday, February 1, 2014
9:15 a.m.
Focus on Careers: The Career Centre Coaches’ Corner Meet Employers and Consultants

10:40 a.m.
Session #1804
Everything You Wanted to Know about Special Libraries – But Were Afraid to Ask
Perrin Kerravala, Senior Librarian; Anne Northcott, Library Manager, Export Development Canada

Session #1806
Startup Library 101
MJ D’Elia, Head (Acting), Learning & Curriculum Support, University of Guelph; Helen Kula, Data Product Manager, MaRS Discovery District

12:15 p.m.
Gala Luncheon: Colonel Chris Hadfield
Astronaut, Former Commander of the International Space Station


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