Call for Submissions: OLA Super Conference 2019!

Submission deadline: Friday May 25, 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


2018 Special Libraries Division Call for Convenors

We are currently looking for convenors for Special Libraries sessions for the upcoming OLA SuperConference in February 2018. This is a great opportunity for Students and New Librarians. Deadline is Friday, December 8.

If you’re interested in finding out more or participating, please contact Special Libraries Divisional Planner Jessica Samuels at

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. 

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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OLA Super Conference 2016: Call For Proposals! Sessions wanted from Special Libraries and Information Professions

LegoThe theme of the 2016 Ontario Library Association (OLA) Super Conference is Library Lab: The Idea Incubator. The OLA Special Libraries Committee (OLA-SLC) invites session proposals from librarians, information professionals, records and knowledge managers, and other professionals from special library environments.

“This year’s theme explores the unique position of libraries to harness creative energy and incubate ideas. Our communities are brimming with fresh ideas, entrepreneurial start-ups, and experimental partnerships. Libraries serve as environments that catalyze exploration, breed experimentation and encourage curiosity.”

Special libraries, corporate information centres, and other unique information settings have a distinctive understanding of what is required to transform ideas into working solutions. The collaborating over ideas, solutions, and creative problem-solving efforts are what this theme represents.

OLA Super Conference
January 27-30, 2016
Submit your proposal here:
Submission deadline is Tuesday, May 19th.

We encourage you to submit session proposals that outline fresh thinking, innovation and creativity. Suggestions and ideas for session topics could include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Evaluating technology
  • Employing your MLIS skills-set in a non-library organization
  • Marketing services to non-users
  • Collaboration with non-library staff within your organization
  • Effective grant-writing
  • Tracking performance metrics
  • Evidence-based practices
  • Policy writing and approval
  • Success stories at your organization
  • Purchasing models and negotiation
  • Matching technology to user communities
  • Working well with IT
  • Influencing in position of no authority
  • Why should the boss listen to me?
  • Advocacy for non-librarians
  • Collaborative service delivery in virtual work environments
  • Future of information services in corporate libraries
  • Dealing with contracts
  • How to get into management
  • Budgeting with limited resources
  • Shoestring professional development
  • Promoting volunteering opportunities
  • Library startup 101

Submit your proposal here
The submission deadline is Tuesday, May 19th. If you have any questions, or would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact Zack Osborne, OLA-SLC Planner (


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OLA Special Libraries Committee Super Conference 2015: Call For Proposals

The theme of the 2015 Ontario Library Association (OLA) Super Conference is “Think It. Do It!” The OLA Special Libraries Committee invites session proposals from librarians, information professionals, and knowledge workers from the special libraries community.

“This year’s theme focuses on creativity, the creative process, and the hard work that that implies!  It’s not enough to have creative ideas – we need to have the gumption to realize those ideas in practical terms. We need to be able to transform our ideas into solutions.”

Special libraries, corporate information centres, and other unique information settings have a distinctive understanding of what is required to transform ideas into working solutions. Productivity and the action steps we make towards realizing an innovative solution are what this theme is all about.

OLA Super Conference: Think it. Do it!
January 28-30, 2015
Submit your proposal here
Submission deadline is Friday, May 16th.

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