Call for Submissions Extended: OLA Super Conference 2019!

Submission deadline Extended to Monday, May 28, 2018 at 5:00pm EST!

We hope you’ll join us as we explore this year’s theme: POWERED BY THE PEOPLE

Our communities, whether they be towns, cities, campuses, schools, organizations, or communities of common interests, are powered by the people. Libraries empower the people. They fuel communities by providing resources, programs, services and support for self-directed growth and development. Libraries have always been, and always will be, for the people.

Submit your proposal:

The event will be held in Toronto from Wednesday January 30 to Friday February 1, 2019

Suggestions and ideas for Special Libraries topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Non-traditional collections and services (i.e. non-institutional or community-based collections)
  • Case studies and success stories relating to community-partnerships and projects
  • Social justice work through libraries and archives
  • Financial literacy: plan and allocate budget and resources; how to get most out of funds
  • Programming and outreach using social media: case studies and success stories
  • Identifying and serving the needs and information behaviours of patrons/communities
  • Advocacy and marketing: best practices in connecting patrons with collections and services
  • De-colonizing collections and cataloguing; Problematizing the organization of information
  • Self-direction and success in managing a small staff and/or in solo librarianship
  • Career development and planning
  • Competencies and skills for managing a special library collection: research methods, database management, etc
  • Projects relating to open source, UX, access
  • Services and collections for newcomers
  • Special Libraries may include a variety of collections and services: Government, Business, Law, Health, Media, Audiovisual, Zines, Tools, Photography, Art, Architecture, Science, Technology, Finance, etc.

If you are unsure if your proposal fits the criteria, please get in touch!

Submission Tips

Ensure the title and description accurately reflect your session content. Both your title and description will be published in the online program and in the conference app. When considering a title, keep in mind that it should be able to stand alone and clearly convey what your presentation will cover.

Special Libraries Section

  1. Ensure that your description reflects three learning objectives so that the right people are encouraged to participate in your session.
  2. In designing your session, we encourage you to include opportunities for interaction amongst participants so that they can take advantage of the knowledge of their peers.
  3. View a list of topics that we are interested in programming this year.

This call is open to sessions in lecture, panel, and workshop formats. We are especially interested in sessions that:

  • Allow opportunities for interactions among attendees
  • Include the perspectives of multiple library sectors
  • Provide tools and templates that attendees can take-away and adapt to their library’s needs.

We are also interested in exploring non-traditional session formats, so don’t hesitate to submit presentation proposals that fall outside of the conference standard.

Speakers will have access to a standard AV setup and participants will be seated either in rounds (for sessions where tables are required) or in theatre seating.

Submit your proposal:

Questions? Contact our Super Conference planner, Michelle Lovegrove Thomson at


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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