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Freedom to Read Week Event

Freedom to Read Week Event   The Book and Periodical Council invites you to 'Challenging Books: Who Should Decide What Our Children Read'. Feb. 23, 6:30 pm, Toronto. Details for this event and many others across the country at: http://www.freedomtoread.ca/

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OLA Super Conference is over

OLA Super Conference is over for another year - and what a blast it was! The unofficial report is that numbers are up this year - approximately 4600 delegates, speakers, volunteers, and exhibitors. Congratulations to everyone involved in making the Super Conference a reality, and thank-you to everyone who attended! Mark your calendars for Super Conference 2012--February 1-4. Planning starts in mid-February and the Call for Proposals will go out in early March.

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Today is Family Literacy Day®!

Family Literacy Day takes place annually on January 27 to celebrate adults and children reading and learning together, and to encourage Canadians to spend at least 15 minutes enjoying a learning activity as a family every day. School and public libraries across Canada are hosting fun reading activities. Check out Ontario events at: http://abclifeliteracy.ca/en/fld/events/?p=Ontario

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OLA People Here and Now

Peggy Thomas, 2009 OLA President, and past-chair, Forest of Reading, has been appointed to the position of Library Service Manager at Toronto Public Library. Peggy recently completed her MLIS at the University of Western Ontario. Previous to this Peggy was a teacher-librarian for the Toronto District School Board.

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Library and Archives Canada cancels screening

Library and Archives Canada cancels screening of documentary after complaint from the Iranian Embassy and anonymous threats.   The film 'Iranium' explores Iran's nuclear threat. Details in the Ottawa Citizen: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Film+cancelled+after+Iranian+request/4128883/story.html?cid=megadrop_story

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Festival of Trees™

TICKETS TO CANADA’S LARGEST CHILDREN’S LITERARY FESTIVAL ON SALE JANUARY 12   TORONTO, January 11, 2011 ----- January 12 marks the on-sale date for tickets to Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™. Taking the top spot as Canada’s largest children’s literary festival, this event, held in Toronto annually, draws more than 8,000 students and teachers for two fun-filled days of award ceremonies, the AUTHORS-programmed ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers, workshops, activities and other exciting

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OLA office holiday closure

The OLA office and the Super Conference Registration call centre will be closed December 24 - January 2 inclusive. Delegates may still register online during this time and staff will be available to respond to emails or phone calls regarding registration January 3.   On behalf of the OLA Board of Directors and the OLA staff, best wishes for the holidays!

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A Holiday Reflection

The holiday party. The time of year we all wait for in the hopes of catching our boss drunk (hopefully) or the cute coworker under the mistletoe (even more hopeful). In the library industry where we are cooped up all day behind a desk, this is the time where we can ‘let our hair loose.’ Or is it?   Having discussed with friends and family in other professions, it seems to me that librarians have been jipped all these years. As a teenage page, the holiday party consisted of free pizza in

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OLA People in the News

After a 42 year career in publishing and wholesaling , Richard Jones is retiring, effective December 31st, 2010. Richard, originally from Ponoka Alberta, began his publishing career in 1968 in Western Canada as a text book sales rep with Gage Publishing. He was subsequently President of GLC Publishing for 4 years. His library wholesaling career included 12 years as sales rep and Sales Manager at The Learning Tree, which eventually became National Book Services (NBS). This was followed by co-owne

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OLA People Here and Now

Deborah Duce begins her new job as CEO, Huntsville Public Library in January. Deborah was most recently manager, library operations at Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology in Hamilton

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Hamilton Public Library

Hamilton Public Library is the first Ontario library to join ORION HPL connects to the Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network   Ontario’s advanced network connects its first library Hamilton Public Library joins ORION   HAMILTON – Hamiltonians will soon have access to the global grid of research and education networks, as the Hamilton Public Library – the first library to join – connects to the Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network, Ontario’s advanced R&E network.  

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OLA Board Elections

The OLA Board Elections will take place December 8th - 15th. Meet your candidates for VP/President Elect and Treasurer here. (This information page is also found through the "About OLA/Membership tab on the left navigation)

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TD National Reading Summit II

January 20-21st, 2011 La Grande Bibliothèque, Montreal The National Reading Campaign is about creating a reading strategy for Canada. It is about engaging Canadians in exploring what a Canadian reading plan would look like, and what we would expect the key outcomes to be. In short, it is a campaign to incorporate and promote reading as a central feature of 21st century Canadian citizenship. Register at: http://nationalreadingcampaign.ca/program2011/

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OLA People Here and Now

The Board of the Perth and District Union Public Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Elizabeth Goldman to the position of Head Librarian/Chief Executive Officer after a search that attracted qualified applicants from across Canada and abroad.   Goldman comes to the Perth area from the Kingston Frontenac Public Library where, as Database Librarian, she managed a seventeen branch computer network, led a digitization project and co-ordinated social media strategies. She has also

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Make Some Noise

"Make Some Noise", an OLA Media Award winner and a program of Toronto Public Library, is featuring a concert and workshops November and December. The Magic, with Maylee Todd on November 20, Tape Some Noise Workshop November 23, This Workshop is Broken December 1. Locations and details at: http://www.tpl.ca/noise

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OLA Super Conference 2011 Grant for FIAA Alumni

New FIAA Alumni Grant for OLA SuperConference – Apply by Dec 13th!   The Faculty of Information Alumni Association (FIAA) and the Ontario Library Association (OLA) are pleased to offer a new Alumni Conference Grant for graduates of the iSchool, to be used for full OLA SuperConference 2011 registration* to attend the annual conference. This year, the 2011 conference will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, from February 2 to 5, in Toronto.   Applicants must meet all of the followi

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The 2010 Evergreen Award™ Winner Announced TODAY!

The 2010 Evergreen Award™ Winner Announced TODAY!   TORONTO, ON (November 16, 2010) The Ontario Library Association (OLA) is pleased to announce Come Thou, Tortoise by Jessica Grant as the winner of the 2010 Evergreen Award. Published by Vintage Canada, this debut novel has already received a notable accolade, the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. Selected from a list of ten nominees, readers voted for this humorous novel as their top pick.   Come Thou Tortoise is an engaging novel steeped with N

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OLA People Here and Now

Joyce Cunningham, OLA Board member and OLBA Vice-President has been named citizen of the year for the town of Fort Frances, Ontario. Joyce helped spearhead the new Fort Frances Public Library project (featured on the fall 2010 Access Magazine cover). Congratulations Joyce! News story at: http://www.fftimes.com/node/238032

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