Tour the Frank and Anita Ekstein Holocaust Library

Join us for a tour of the Frank and Anita Ekstein Holocaust Library. Visitors will experience the interactive New Dimensions in Holocaust Testimony exhibit as well as have a tour of the library collections.  This library is an institution that is unique in Canada and in the world for its rich and comprehensive collection on the Holocaust, World War II, human rights, anti-Semitism and genocide, history, genealogy, arts, museology, etc., as well as its relationships with other prestigious institutions. The library’s status as part of the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre allows it to play a vital role in that institution’s mission to safeguard the lessons of the Holocaust and impart them to the younger generation.

Date and time: Wednesday, May 30, at 6:30 PM

Price: $5.00 plus tax

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UJA Federation of Greater Toronto
Lipa Green Centre, Sherman Campus
4600 Bathurst Street, 4th Floor
Toronto, ON M2R 3V2

The facility is accessible via TTC by taking the 160 Bathurst North bus from Wilson station.  There is parking available on site; visitors entering the parking  lot can tell the security guard that they are visiting the library.


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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Image credit CC0 Raysondho

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 

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

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

Come one, come all to the holiday social!

Warm up with some holiday cheer and hors d’oeuvres at this year’s Joint Holiday Social!

On December 8th, we invite you to mingle with friends and colleagues at beautiful Hart House.

Secure your spot and register for this evening event at SLA Toronto’s website by December 5th!

See you there!

Event details

When: December 8, 2016, 6-8 pm (registration begins at 5:30 pm)
Where: Debates Room, Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle
Cost: $25 members | $40 nonmembers | $15 students & unemployed

Register at the SLA Toronto website.

The Holiday Social is hosted by SLA Toronto Chapter, University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information Alumni Association (FIAA), Toronto Health Libraries Association (THLA) and the Ontario Library Association Special Libraries Committee.

This event has been generously sponsored by Wolters Kluwer Health and MergerMarket.

Join us for a tour of George Brown College’s Waterfront Library!

Join the OLA Special Libraries Committee for a free, behind-the-scenes tour of of George Brown College’s Waterfront Library Learning Commons on Thursday, December 1 at 6 p.m.

When: Thursday, December 1 – 6:00 PM
Where: George Brown College’s Waterfront Library Learning Commons, 51 Dockside Dr., Toronto
Cost: Free, but space is limited to 15 people!
Registration: Sign up by emailing
Light refreshments will be provided.

About the campus and the library:

George Brown College Waterfront Campus is located in the East Bayfront community, overlooking the Toronto Harbour. The focal point of the campus is the Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences, one of the city’s most architecturally striking building at the Toronto Harbour.

The waterfront library strives to facilitate teaching and learning by providing state-of-art physical space, innovative resources and student-centred services.

Students enjoy bright physical space equipped with the latest technology, including study rooms, computer labs, open access computer zones, instruction lab, as well as informal learning spaces. The library provides both conventional resources, such as academic journals and specialized databases, and innovative resources, such as iPads loaded with various medical apps and physical anatomy models. All services are designed around students’ needs, including the integrated Reference Desk and Help Desk, Reference Clusters (customized reference programs) and nontraditional resources/services, such as walkstation treadmill desks, self-services printing and wireless charging stations.

The Waterfront Campus is located at 51 Dockside Dr. For a map and TTC directions, please visit: