Coming up soon at the Education Institute!


 with Graham McCarthy

Tuesday November 1, 2011 @ 2pm ET

a clear, understanding of the steps in creating mobile applications

My session will discuss mobile application development for Libraries, focusing on why you should be creating mobile web or native apps, the steps involved, the staff skill-sets and time demands, the various states of development and available tools that you can utilize to assist your development. Topics include: 

steps involved in creating mobile applications

skill sets and staff requirements for these projects

examples of what libraries are currently doing with their mobile spaces

tools and references to help institutions get up and running quickly.


 with Dr. Sam Trosow

Thursday November 3, 2011 @ 2pm ET

Participants will get an understanding of the Copyright Act and potential new legislation, providing the necessary groundwork for analyzing and crafting solutions in particular situations.

This session will focus on how Digital Rights Management fits into the current landscape of Canadian Copyright; how DRM affects the usage of eBooks in academic and public library environments and thoughts on how this may play out in the future. 


 with Penny Allen

Monday November 7, 2011 @ 1pm ET

In order to understand the questions that genealogy patrons ask it is important for staff to know what processes must be accomplished before coming to the library. For example, collecting basic data on births, marriages and deaths from family members is necessary to build a stable base of research. This talk will provide library staff with a basic understanding of the first steps of genealogy research and provide some resources that genealogists may use to get started.


 with Ulla de Stricker

Tuesday November 8, 2011 @ 2pm ET

Taking on a managerial role can be daunting the first time, and there are many pitfalls. The session covers some simple guidelines with a focus on enabling others to perform, and provides an opportunity for attendees to ask "difficult" questions.

Drawing on several chapters in "The Information and Knowledge Professional's Career Handbook: Define and Create Your Success", co-author Ulla de Stricker discusses fundamental principles of "being a good manager" and offers simple yet powerful tips for being effective through being authentic. 


 with Maylin Scott

Thursday November 10, 2011 @ 2pm ET

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. 



Six week online course starting 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.


: a four part series with Dawn Bassett

Four week online course starting Wednesday November 9, 2011

Tired of looking at the same old four walls?  Want to give your small library a lift but don’t have much money or time?  Library makeovers don’t have to be expensive or terribly time-consuming.  With a little planning and some creative thinking, you’d be surprised at what you might come up with. 

o Participants will learn techniques to assess their existing spaces 

o Participants will learn ways to build successful teams for their revitalization projects

o Participants will learn basic project planning skills

o Participants will learn basic techniques for reading and developing floor plans

o Participants will learn about basic tools for revitalizing their digital library spaces with web tools or social media


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Michelle Arbuckle, MLIS

Education Program Co-ordinator

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