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 matthew.gertler@utoronto.ca.


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 olaspeciallib@gmail.com.

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 http://www.olasuperconference.ca/event/sector/special-libraries.

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

For more information about OLA Super Conference 2016, please visit: http://www.olasuperconference.ca.

SLA & OLA-SLC Article Club – Tue Oct 6, 2015

***Please note the corrected email address for registration***

Info Interviews – Learn from Others while Networking

SLA Toronto and Ontario Library Association’s Special Library Committee invites you to this edition of the Article Club will focus on information interviews. Who to contact? What kinds of questions to ask? Experienced in asking for info interview or hosting one? Come join your fellow info professionals for lively discussion and a drink to chat about connecting with colleagues in info professions.

When: Tuesday October 6, 2015 – 6:30pm-8:30pm
Where: The Duke of York, 39 Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1B2 [see map below]
Cost: Your own food and beverage
Hosts: Eileen Lewis and Kate Johnson

Read any or all of the following articles:

Register by emailing katejohnson200 @ gmail.com and if you have any questions.

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: http://proposalspace.com/calldetails/485
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 herehttp://proposalspace.com/calldetails/485
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 (zosborne@ocls.ca).


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Business Backgrounding: Conducting Effective Due Diligence – May 14th

The OLA Special Libraries Committee invites you to:

Business Backgrounding: Sources and Strategies for Conducting Effective Due Diligence

Life is full of risk, but a business decision or agreement doesn’t have to be. How can information professionals help their organizations reduce financial and reputational risk and make smarter decisions? Using credible sources and expert techniques, they can undertake thorough background research to identify potential red flags when:

  • Accepting a new client or vendor,
  • Undertaking a merger or acquisition,
  • Vetting an expert witness,
  • Investigating a new source of funding, or
  • Making any agreement with an unknown entity

The OLA Special Libraries Committee invites you to an evening with Marjan Farahbaksh, Principal at FSO Research & Information, to learn about resources, strategies, and best practices for conducting effective background and due diligence research. The session will cover sources of financial, corporate, legal, professional, and reputational information, as well as tips on addressing common challenges, analyzing the information found, and presenting your research to your clients.  Continue reading Business Backgrounding: Conducting Effective Due Diligence – May 14th