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It’s back-to-school time. Please take a look at the Education Institute’s upcoming sessions:





The Fall season is in full swing and the October calendar has fabulous sessions to cater to your professional development and ongoing education. The full Fall 2011calendar is available to download here


October Sessions: 


Browsing for books - finding eBooks online with Sarah Forbes

Tuesday October 4, 2011 @ 3pm ET / 12 pm PT

You don’t have to have an eReader in order to embrace eBooks. This session will explore ways that libraries and library users can take advantage of online tools and desktop or web-based eBook platforms to find, read and interact with eBooks.  More specifically, the session will highlight features that allow users to personalize their eReading experiences, printing and/or downloading capabilities, accessibility issues, quality control, file formats, compatibility with other devices, not to mention creating and self-publishing eBooks. This session will focus on the eBook searching needs primarily of public and school librarians. 


Marketing Online Services: how askON figured out what works  

with Jan Dawson

Thursday October 6, 2011 @ 2pm ET / 11 am PT

In today's knowledge economy, the 4Ps (Product, Price, Place, Promo) of marketing have evolved into the 4Cs (Consumer wants & needs, Cost to satisfy, Convenience to buy, Communication). Jan Dawson frames her talk with these evolving concepts and their application to virtual library services, through the lens of Ask Ontario—Ontario’s virtual reference service.


Developing the "Professional Brand": Image and reputation count! with Ulla de Stricker

Tuesday October 11, 2011 @ 2pm ET / 11am PT

Drawing on several chapters in "The Information and Knowledge Professional's Career Handbook: Define and Create Your Success", co-author Ulla de Stricker discusses opportunities for building a professional "brand" through official means such as the resume and subtler means such as crafting a professional image.


Conversations with Leaders - Jane Dysart in discussion with Kathy Dempsey

 on Marketing Plans

Wednesday October 12, 2011 @ 2 pm ET / 11am PT

Jane Dysart, Dysart & Jones Associates interviews a long-time marketing consultant, author and blogger.  Kathy Dempsey shares her tips and techniques for creating effective marketing plans, essential pieces to include, issues and challenges, and more. As she says, "There's nothing I'm more passionate about than helping librarians do true marketing to make sure they stay in business."


The Reps Recommend: Our Picks for the Season's Best Adult Non-Fiction 

with Maylin Scott

Thursday October 13, 2011 @ 2pm ET / 11am PT

Two library sales reps who are passionate readers, will present their picks for favourite adult non-fiction titles of the year, from biography and history to politics and culture. These will include books by Canadian and international writers, books suitable for bookclubs, overlooked gems and above all, just great and thought-provoking reads. All titles have been personally read and loved by the reps.


with Penny Allen

Monday October 17, 2011 @ 1pm ET / 10am PT

What types of genealogy resources are available for library staff? Where are they found? Learn how to create a network of resources and develop a relationship with organizations in the community that can help you provide excellent genealogy services to the patron. We will cover various professional organizations, their publications, as well as ways to find appropriate conferences. 


with Karen Horsman

Wednesday October 19, 2011 @ 2pm ET / 11am PT

CBC Radio host Karen Horsman is passionate about media literacy and also believes there’s an opportunity to involve character Ed.  How students use technology can say a lot about the people they want to be.  Cyber bullying is a huge part of this digital discussion. 

The Shrug Factor is about critical thinking.  Instead of “shrugging away” the images, messages and information we are inundated with every day, we need to stop and ask questions.  “Does anyone in this music video look like me?”  “Why are those girls acting like that?”  “Do I need this piece of technology to be cool?”  I talk to students and parents about a range of issues from stereotypes to digital citizenship and will be sharing those insights in this session.  


with Joanna Aegard and Jessie Roberts

Tuesday October 25, 2011 @ 2 pm ET / 11am PT

You’re invited to join the Facebook Boot Camp and find out how your library can get the most out of the most popular social network in the world.  We’ll go beyond the ordinary and share our experience using Facebook in a medium-sized public library.   If you’re skeptical about the value of Facebook, or want to take Facebooking to the next level, this session is for you.  Learn why Libraries should offer Facebook training, and how we do it with Facebook Coach and the Facebook Road Show.  You will leave Facebook Boot Camp filled with ideas and enthusiasm.   


with Rose Reid

Wednesday October 26, 2011 @ 3pm ET / 12pm PT

Small town libraries face special challenges but they also have special advantages. This lively presentation looks at ways to nurture those advantages and helps redefine the idea of partnership.


with Pam MacKellar

Thursday October 27, 2011 @ 2pm ET / 11am PT

This webinar will introduce participants to a process for doing grant work that will help you build this responsibility into your busy jobs as librarians. In these difficult economic times, it is more important than ever for librarians to be prepared for writing grant proposals whenever the opportunity arises in a short time-frame. With an emphasis on planning successful grant projects, this webinar will also cover identifying the right funder, proposal writing basics, and grant-winning tips and techniques useful for all types of librarians and grant types.


October Courses: 


Supervisory Skills for Library Staff with Cheryl Stenstrom 

Starts Monday October 31, 2011. 

For first-time supervisors and staff new to the library workplace, supervising and leading can be a daunting task. In addition to working with customers, supervisors need to deal with administration, staff motivation and performance management. Based on the hugely popular Supervisory Skills for Library Staff course in BC's Ministry of Education's Community Library Training Program, this six-week online course is a mix of practical exercises and management theory and will give anyone new to libraries or those needing a refresher a chance to strengthen their skills as a team leader.    Each week, you'll receive an email with the lesson for that week, plus practice exercises that will help you work through the week's sources and reinforce your learning. 

A web-based bulletin board will enable you and other participants to ask questions of the instructor and to provide online feedback about problems incurred. This course is the right one for you if you enjoy interacting online with other participants and the instructors to share knowledge and experiences as participants will be asked to contribute actively to the bulletin board discussion by sharing questions and comments. The course will include a teleconference call with you and your fellow participants, hosted by the instructor, to give advice and clarify the learning experience.


Connect with us online and stay up to date on all the latest offerings! 


Michelle Arbuckle, MLIS

Education Program Co-ordinator

Education Institute
Ontario Library Association
50 Wellington St E Suite 201
Toronto ON M5E 1C8
416.363.3388 x.30