What’s new for business at Toronto Reference Library and the Toronto Public Library?

Toronto Reference Library interior
Sign up now for a tour of the Business section at the newly renovated, fabulous Toronto Reference Library. The business librarians of Toronto Public Library will also describe some of the innovative programming they are offering for their entrepreneur clients.

Space is limited to 20, so sign up now!

Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Time: 6:00 P.M.
Location: 789 Yonge St., Toronto, ON
Cost: Free (registration is required, maximum of 20 participants)

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Toronto Tool Library Tour


Check out Toronto’s east end Tool Library! Join us for a tour led by Ryan Dyment, Executive Director of Institute for a Resource-Based Economy, and bring your curiosity. Space is limited to 25, so sign up now! We look forward to seeing you.

Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Time: 6:00 P.M.
Location: 1803 Danforth Ave. (Basement), Toronto, ON
Cost: Free (registration is required, maximum of 25 participants)

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3D Printing Event: Tour the Semaphore Lab at the University of Toronto

OLA’s Special Library Committee invites you to join us for a tour of Semaphore research cluster at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of information. Semaphore is dedicated to inclusive design in the area of mobile and pervasive computing. This tour will focus on their work with 3D printing addressing the questions which include:

  • What is 3D printing?
  • What can 3D printing accomplish that other methods of production can’t?
  • What are the limits of 3D printing?
  • What might be the future of 3D printing?

The tour will look at the possibilities for 3D printing for medical use as well as prototyping for manufacturing. Specifically addressed will be Semaphore’s work creating 3D prosthetic sockets for children in Africa as well as their use of 3D scanning and printing to create documents for their own exhibitions. Please join us in imagining the possible uses of these technologies in special libraries and information centres.

Tour Host: Isaac Record, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Time: 6:00 to approximately 7:15 PM
Location: Robarts Library, 130 St. George St. Toronto, ON (Meet in front of the Fisher Rare Book Library, the southeast corner of Robarts, near the intersection of St. George and Hoskins/Harbord)
Cost:  Free (registration is required, maximum of 20 participants)

Register at the OLA website

For more information please email slc@accessola.com.

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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Library Tour – Rotman Business Information Centre @ University of Toronto on March 25, 2014

The OLA Special Libraries Committee invites you to join us for a tour of the new Rotman Business Information Centre (BIC) at the University of Toronto. The new Business Information Centre, opened in May 2012, is home to the business and management research specialists within U of T’s 44 libraries. Embedded in the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, their mission is to support the research, curriculum development and educational activities of the School and support faculty and staff of the Rotman School of Management and the Rotman Commerce program.

Following the tour Sean Forbes, Director of the BIC, and Holly Inglis, Public Services Librarian, will discuss:

  • how the library fits in the U of T Library System and the Rotman School;
  • insights and lessons learned during downsizing and moving to a new space;
  • the services provided by the BIC

Date: Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Rotman Business Information Centre – 105 St. George Street, 5th Floor, room 5005 (meet on the main floor of the Rotman South building at the fireplace)
Cost: Free (but registration is required and is limited to 20 people)

Register at the OLA website


Questions about the event? 
Send us an email at slc@accessola.com

Building Better Searches: How to Master Google with Laura Warner – March 13, 2014

***NEW DATE! (See below)***

Upcoming event hosted by the OLA Special Libraries Committee.

If you are looking to better understand how Google works, and how to find what you are looking for promptly and efficiently, this event is for you. Laura will share tips on how to search for specific document file types; how to limit searches to specific domains; and how to use search terms and syntax to get focused results.

Date:  *NEW DATE!* Thursday, March 13, 2014
Time:  6pm
Location:  OLA office, 2 Toronto Street, 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON, M5C 2B6
 
Cost:
OLA member discount: $15 (+HST)
Regular price: $20 (+HST)
Student/unwaged/retired: $10 (+HST)

Payments can be made by credit card or cheque.  Deadline to register is Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Light refreshments will be served.
 
Registration:
Please register through the OLA website.

Note:  You do not need to be an OLA member to register for the event but you will be required to create an OLA account in order to register.  Please see instructions on the OLA website.

Questions about the event? Send us an email at slc@accessola.com

Article Club: Non-traditional information professionals – January 23, 2014

SLA Toronto and OLA-SLC are pleased to invite you to participate in the January edition of Article Club!  Whether you’re a newly-minted library professional, or considering a change in direction in life or career, you’ve probably considered the possibility of using your “library” skill set in environments that are not libraries. Join a discussion on who might be your next employer, which skills are valued “out there”, and what the job title might look like, led by a special librarian who has worked for an information broker, a database vendor, the government, herself and (once or twice) in a “real” library.

Come join your fellow information professionals for lively discussion and a drink at the Library room at Scotland Yard!  Cost is only your own food and beverages.  Everyone is welcome.

Find the articles on SLA Toronto Chapter’s website.  RSVP by January 21, 2014 to Maggie Weaver at Maggie.at.Shaftesbury @ gmail.com.

Questions about the event? Send us an email at slc@accessola.com

OLA Super Conference 2014: Register and Plan Your Conference Experience Today

OLA Super Conference ExpoIt’s that time again! Online registration for the 2014 OLA Super Conference held at the Metro Toronto Centre Centre is open until January 24, 2014. This year there will be even more presentations by special librarians and non-traditional information professionals throughout the four-day conference. Whether you’re planning to pop in for a single morning or engage in as many activities as humanly possible, consider adding some of the sessions on special topics below to your schedule.

OLA Super Conference 2014: A Universe of Possibilities

Date: January 29 – February 1, 2014

Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, 255 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2W6 |  Map

Complete Program Information: Website, e-version, PDF version

Registration & Fees: myOLA or registration form
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 (Early bird deadline)
Friday, January 24, 2014 (Deadline for online registration)

Conference Schedule 

(Some of the 200+ sessions and events to check out)

Thursday, January 30, 2014
9:05 a.m.
Session #320
Hidden World of Law Libraries
Karen Sawatzky, Librarian, Tapper Cuddy LLP; Brenda Wong, Library Technician, McMillan

Session #322
Pay It Forward: Mentoring New Information Professionals
Mary Ann Mavrinac, Vice-Provost & Dean, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester; Kim Stymest, Business Librarian, York University

Session #325
Special Libraries & the Canadian Military
Phil Gold, Archivist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; Penny Lipman, Librarian, Royal Canadian Military Institute

Session #327
It’s Your Business: Entrepreneurial Librarianship
Ulla de Stricker, President, de Stricker Associates; Crystal Sharp,
Research Grant Consultant, CD Sharp Information Systems, Ltd; Phyllis Smith, Principal, In the Know Research & Information Consulting

Session #329
Bringing Multicultural History Online: Digitizing Ontario’s Diverse Community Memory
Catherine Leekam, Program Manager, Multicultural History Society of Ontario; Jess Posgate, Community Outreach Co-ordinator, OurDigital World

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Social Media Planning with Eva Stepanian – November 28, 2013

Hosted by the OLA Special Libraries Committee.

The time for social media in libraries is now – unfortunately, most libraries don’t have the time to dedicate to social media planning. As the former Social Media Librarian at UTM, Eva Stepanian has had the benefit of actively working in this emerging field and will share some of the successful library strategies, best practices, and engagement instances that significantly transformed the library’s external communications and service delivery.

Date:  Thursday November 28
Time:  6-7:30pm
Location:  OLA office, 2 Toronto Street, 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON, M5C 2B6

Cost:
OLA member discount: $15
Regular price: $20
Student/unwaged/retired: $10

Payments can be made by credit card or cheque.  Deadline to register is Monday, November 25, 2013. Light refreshments will be served.

Registration:
Please register through the OLA website.
Note:  You do not need to be an OLA member to register for the event but you will be required to create an OLA account in order to register.  Please see instructions on the OLA website.

Questions about the event? Send us an email at olaspeciallib@gmail.com

Recap of SLC’s tour at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

Thomas Fisher Library

The SLC’s first event of the year kicked off on October 4th with a tour of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book library at the University of Toronto. Outreach Librarian John Shoesmith led our tour group through a quick overview of book history and the library.

Founded in 1955, the Rare Books Library has special collections, such as the Joseph Brabant Lewis Carroll collection that contains the first editions of Alice in Wonderland. It also has a role in preserving our country’s literary heritage, acquiring older as well as contemporary works of Canadian literature.

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Not only did we learn that the library is open to the public, patrons are allowed to touch the books with their bare (clean) hands! Shoesmith attributed this to the late Library Director Richard Landon, who believed that Thomas Fisher should be a library, not a museum. (Pro-tip for visitors: request your books ahead of time so the staff can retrieve them from the stacks!)

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From intricate woodcuts to Margaret Atwood’s very early works, there is so much to see at this special library. While the collection focuses primarily on the humanities, the library owns gems such as Vesalius’ 500 year old anatomy book, <i>Fabrica</i>, and Vesalius’ own copy of the second edition, full of annotations meant for a third edition that was never published. The Rare Books Library also holds exhibitions several times a year, showcasing the diversity and strengths of the collection. (Currently the works of George Barbier are on display).

YouTube - Concept Gutenberg press videoAs Fisher Library’s Outreach Librarian, Shoesmith keeps the library up-to-date on various social media channels, featuring different books and even a demonstration of their concept Gutenberg press. Follow the Thomas Fisher Rare Books library on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, and YouTube!

Stay tuned for more events brought to you by the Special Libraries Committee!

– Alexandra Kwan