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

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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
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.
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.

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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 @

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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

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.

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

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.


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!)


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

Guide to Getting Published & The Future of Publishing – Nov 14, 2013

Organized by Emerald Group Publishing Limited in collaboration with SLA Toronto, OLA Special Libraries Committee and Toronto Health Libraries Association

When: Thursday 14 November 2013, 6:00pm – 8:00pm (registration at 5:30pm)

Where: ING Direct Presentation Room, CSI Annex, 720 Bathurst Street, Toronto ON (Very close to Bathurst subway station)

Registration fee: $20 members of SLA Toronto, THLA, and OLA-SLC | $30 non-members | $10 students & unemployed


The pressure to publish is greater than ever. Still, despite the growing number of publications and digital channels open to researchers, identifying the right publications is also increasingly difficult. This seminar aims to enable all aspiring authors to ‘research their research’, and provide an improved understanding of the modern publishing market from one of the leading publishers in its field. It will also, through expert commentary, equip attendees with the latest information and trends in higher education, corporate learning, and public sector research. This seminar and panel discussion will include hot topics including elearning, journal metrics, and publishing ethics.

For more information and to register please visit

OLA Special Libraries Tour: Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library


The new OLA Special Libraries Committee will be kicking off the term with a free tour of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library in Toronto this September. Dig into an exciting collection of rare books and other materials representing a variety of subject areas including but are not limited to: Canadiana, history of medicine, history of science, English literature and print and book history. The tour will begin upstairs on the second floor (the main exhibition area) where guiding librarian John Shoesmith will discuss the library, its workings, its history and the collections. The group will then move downstairs to the Maclean Hunter Room to see books and material from the collection. Participants will also view highlights from past exhibitions.

Location: Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, 120 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario  Canada, M5S 1A5 (South of Robarts Library at the University of Toronto Libraries main building)
Date: Thursday, October 3, 2013 [New date]
Time: 6:00 PM
Host: John Shoesmith, Outreach Librarian
Cost: OLA members – FREE, Non-members – STILL FREE
Registration: OLA Events
(Space is limited! Maximum 20 people. Non-OLA members will need to create a myOLA account to register for the event.)

About the Library
The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library houses the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, founded in 1955. The present building was opened in 1973 and is named in honour of Thomas Fisher (1792–1874), who came from Yorkshire to Upper Canada in 1821. In 1973 his great-grandsons, Sidney and Charles Fisher, donated to the Library their collections of Shakespeare, various twentieth-century authors, and the etchings of the seventeenth-century artist, Wenceslaus Hollar. Since that time the Library has grown to approximately 600,000 volumes and 2500 linear metres of manuscript holdings.

The collections of books, manuscripts and other materials are many and varied, reflecting the wide diversity of teaching and research conducted at the University of Toronto by its own faculty and students, visiting scholars, and the general public. Chronologically, the range is from a 1789 BCE Babylonian cuneiform tablet from Ur, to the works of contemporary Canadian writers.

Additional information on the library and its collections can be found on its website.

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