Article Club – How to Say No

We’re hosting another Article Club with our good friends at SLA Toronto this month!

On June 29th, join Maggie Weaver to discuss strategies, share tips and stories, and offer future support to friends and colleagues who need to say NO.

Head on over to SLA Toronto’s website to sign up for this FREE event!



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

OLA-SLC Event on March 10th! Prospect Research: Myths, Misconceptions and Reality with Greg Barber

***Feb. 15 update: Registration for this event is now open***

The OLA Special Libraries Committee invites you to an evening with Greg Barber, Prospect Management and Research Officer at Sunnybrook Foundation, the fundraising arm of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto.

Canada’s non-profit sector is the second largest in the world, with 170,000 charitable and non-profit organizations employing two million people. Fundraising is a vital part of operating these organizations. Since government funding is not enough, charities must raise critical funds to fulfill their missions. Prospect researchers play a key role by assisting front-line fundraisers to find major donors for their organizations.

Greg’s session will provide a high level look at the key aspects of prospect research including biographical and career research, wealth indicators, and connections. He will also cover some of the myths and misconceptions about prospect research, including:

  • Every rich person is a prospect.
  • Prospect Research isn’t all that different from “regular” business research.
  • Prospect researchers can find anything about anyone.

Greg will discuss the prospect management career landscape, including transferable skills library and information professionals can bring to the table if they are considering a career shift.

Greg has worked in prospect research since 2012. He previously held positions as a Reference Librarian and Researcher at academic and corporate libraries, including the Rotman School of Management, Ontario Ministry of Transportation, and Esso Resources. Greg holds an MLIS degree from Western University and a BA from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Date:  Thursday, Ma​rch​ 1​0​, 201​6​

Time:  ​
5:30 p.m.  – ​ registration and refreshments
6:00 p.m. to​ 7​:00​ p.m. – presentation and​ Q&A​

Location:  Lillian H. Smith Public Library, Auditorium (lower level)

Cost: ​  ​
$15.00 – OLA Member
$20.00 – Non-members
$10.00 – Students/Unwaged/Retired

Register for this event on the OLA website.

Joint Holiday Social!

It’s that time of year again!!

SLA Toronto Chapter, the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information Alumni Association (FIAA), Toronto Health Libraries Association (THLA) and Ontario Library Association Special Libraries Committee (OLA-SLC) cordially invite you to this year’s Joint Holiday Social at The Arts and Letters Club.  Join friends and colleagues for a fun-filled evening of holiday cheer.

When: December 10, 2015, 6-8pm (registration starts at 5:30pm)

Where: Arts and Letters Club, 14 Elm Street, Toronto ON

Cost: $25 members | $40 nonmembers | $15 students & unemployed

Don’t delay signing up – this event fills up every year!

Register for the Social on the SLA Toronto website.

This event has been generously sponsored by andornot

Data Management: The Next Frontier for Information Professionals?

SLA Toronto and the OLA-SLC invite you to their latest article club:

Data Management: The Next Frontier for Information Professionals?

With the recent explosion of digital data, information professionals find new opportunities to use their skills to manage this deluge. This occurrence has created much interest in data management in every field and industry. Examples include academic and health libraries responding to the demand that publicly funded research data be preserved and shared as well as corporations identifying internally created data as an asset to be managed and exploited. Please join us for drink and discussion to explore questions, insights and experiences you have related to data management.

When: November 24, 2015 from 6:008:00 PM
Where: Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1N2 [see map below]
Cost: Your own food and drink

Registration: Please RSVP by emailing the host, Matthew Gertler, at


Articles are from a data management themed edition of Feliciter addressing data management in the Canadian context. Please read any or all of these articles:

  • Silk, K. (2014). Mischief Managed: A Brief Introduction to Data Management. Pg. 13-14, 17.
  • Guindon, A. (2014). Research Data Management at Concordia University: A Survey of Current Practices. Pg. 15-17. [Topic: Research Data Management needs at an Academic Institution.]
  • Ross, A. (2014). Is eDiscovery the New Frontier in Information Management? Pg. 18-20. [Topic: Management of Electronic Legal Information.]
  • Ufholtz, L & Sikora, L. (2014). Following the Trail of Breadcrumbs: Your Health from Data to Decisions. Pg. 21-23. [Topic: The Challenges of Data Management Related to Health Research.]
  • Sucha, M. (2014). Beyond the Hype: Data Management and Data Governance. Pg. 26-29. [Topic: Opportunities and Strategies for Data Management in the Corporate Setting].

Tour of the Textile Museum of Canada’s H.N. Pullar Library

Thank you for your interest in our tour. Please note that the tour is now full and registration is closed.

The H.N. Pullar Library at the Textile Museum of Canada (TMC) offers a unique reference collection of resources dealing with non-industrial textiles from around the world. The Library contains open stacks of over 4,500 books, 20 periodical titles, subject files and a small collection of DVD’s and videos. The library collection is available to the public for research only.

Sign up for a tour of the library, its collections, services, and exciting new projects, delivered by the TMC’s Librarian, Zack Osborne!

When: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 – 5:30pm
Where: 55 Centre Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 2H5 [see map below]
Cost: Free, but space is limited to 15 people!

Registration: Sign up by emailing

Call for Convenors

The Ontario Library Association Special Libraries Committee (OLA-SLC) is seeking convenors for its sponsored sessions at the OLA Super Conference, January 27-30, 2016 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. If you are planning to attend the Super Conference, please consider convening!

The responsibilities of a convenor are to:

  • Draft a short biography of the speaker(s) and use this to introduce the speaker(s) at the session. Content for biography provided by the speaker(s).
  • Meet the speaker(s) at the Speakers’ Lounge or at session location 15 minutes before the session
  • Make sure that, in the case of a panel, all panelists get equal air time
  • Monitor the length of the session for the speaker(s)

Convenor names and institutions appear in the OLA Super Conference program.

For a complete list of the OLA-SLC sponsored sessions, please visit

If you would like to convene any of the sessions, please contact Zack Osborne, ( OLA Super Conference Planner.

For more information about OLA Super Conference 2016, please visit: