Ontario Library Association OLA

Ontario Library AssociationFounded in 1900, the Ontario Library Association is the oldest continually operating library association in Canada. With more than 5,000 members, the OLA is the largest library association in the country. The association is comprised of 6 divisions; 4 represent library sectors, one represents French language library interests, and one represents library technology interests. The OLA is governed by a board of directors and each division has an elected council.

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Ryerson University Student Learning Centre
September 1, 2016
“We wanted to create a campus hub: a technologically rich, flexible and congenial library environment to inspire interaction, introspection, discovery, and innovation. The Student Learning Centre (SLC) has become a downtown magnet for students and visitors alike. It recognizes the many ways students study and collaborate, and the multiple ways students learn outside of class. Our
Haliburton County Public Library Wilberforce Branch
September 1, 2016
“Although it appears to be stand-alone, the library is actually fulfilling a number of community functions. The Highlands East Council meets at the library -they meet on Mondays a day the library has no operating hours. Prior to the library being built they were meeting in a community centre on folding tables. The building was designed so that there
TPL Scarborough Civic Centre Branch
September 1, 2016
“TPL’s goal was to increase use, serve the needs of a growing neighbourhood and evolve with changing technology. A raised panel floor is used for optimal adaptability in upgrading services as required. The library’s open and flexible floor space is coupled with non-fixed data /electrical connections, furniture and stacks on wheels which can be easily rearranged. A multi-purpose room and media hub were included as flexible spaces to accommodate
Toronto Public Library Fort York Branch Library
September 1, 2016
“The branch is bright, with modern spaces and spectacular views. It offers many opportunities to linger and work: study pods, laptop bar, huge old growth wood table and comfortable lounge seating. An attractive and welcoming community space that offers services for everyone, with zoned areas for adults, teens and children; the branch provides access to information, collections, technology or a new focus
Centennial College Ashtonbee Campus Renewal & Library
September 1, 2016
“The new library is not a traditional library. It is coupled with student services, bookstore, student commons, and a cultural centre. The result provides students with on-site support services, promoting a culture of engagement, learning, and social interaction, essential to the progress of the campus From the open areas filled with natural light to the more structured collaborative learning environment in
Lauren Hummel, Event Marketing & Communications Coordinator
June 1, 2015
Welcome to The OLA Staff Room, a column that showcases the Ontario Library Association (OLA) staff members who help you with your membership and program inquiries. Meet Lauren Hummel, the Event Marketing and Communications Coordinator for OLA. Lauren’s role currently focuses on the Forest of Reading® and Festival of Trees™, and includes design, social media,
Rachelle DesRochers, Administrative Assistant
December 2, 2014
Welcome to The OLA Staff Room, a new column that will showcase OLA staff members, our services, programs, and events. Meet Rachelle DesRochers who is the Administrative Assistant at OLA. To get to know her better, we’ve asked Rachelle to answer a few questions. What did you do before joining OLA? I was working part-time
Michael Rogowski, Education Coordinator
October 31, 2014
Welcome to The OLA Staff Room, a new column that will showcase Ontario Library Association staff members, our services, programs, and events. The association is made up of over 5,000 members, but there are only 11 staff members (and some of us don’t have an MLIS!) There have been a lot of change over the