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


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 

Continue reading Who’s all in? We are!

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

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