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:

Come visit the Toronto Star Photograph Archive at the Toronto Public Library!

Thank you for your interest in our tour. The tour is now full, but please contact us to join the wait list.

Join the OLA Special Libraries Committee for a free, behind-the-scenes tour of:
The Changing Face of Toronto, an exhibition of the Toronto Public Library’s Toronto Star Photograph Archive


Exhibition curator Carol Elder will speak briefly about the history of both the Toronto Star Photo Archive (TSPA) and about photography at the Star in the 20th century. Alan Walker, the curator of photography at TPL, will speak about the collection, its organization, and how to access the TSPA photos in the Special Collections Department.  Carol will then take everyone on a tour of The Changing Face of Toronto exhibition. She will speak about the exhibition’s concept and provide insight into some of the “faces” you will see during the tour.


For more information about the exhibition, visit the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival page.


When: Monday, June 136:00 PM
Where: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St, Toronto
Cost: Free, but space is limited to 15 people!
Registration: Sign up by emailing

Join us for a tour of the University of Toronto’s Map and Data Library!

If you love maps and GIS, this tour is for you!

The Map and Data Library supports curriculum and research needs across the University of Toronto with a unique collection containing 250,000+ maps, 16,000+ atlases, and many more air photos (digital and paper), geospatial datasets and research data dating back to the 1960s. The library also provides access training and support for geospatial software.

Please join the head librarian Marcel Fortin to see a selection of unique maps as well as learn interesting projects, services offered and resources available to the community.

When: Monday, April 25 – 6:00 PM
Where: 130 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1A5 – Fifth Floor
Cost: Free, but space is limited to 25 people!

Registration: Sign up by emailing