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E-learning in Libraries Symposium: Fostering Collaboration and Knowledge Exchange in Digital Learning 

The E-Learning in Libraries Symposium, organized by library professionals, shares advancements in e-learning initiatives across various libraries in Canada. In its 10th year, it continues to promote collaboration and community among professionals adapting to digital learning landscapes, hybrid work environments, and AI integration.

Features and Columns

Change or else: Rallying for action on the world’s climate crisis

On September 27, 2019, thousands of people showed up in 85 Canadian communities to rally and protest on the issue of climate change. Some of these folks work in libraries.

Information warfare

While information as a strategic resource is not a new concept, information warfare (IW) is a relatively recent term.

It’s our vote: The 2019 federal election

Our little public library has served as an information center for municipal, provincial and federal elections and this year we ordered welcome resources from Elections Canada.

A writers’ story: Collaborating long-distance on a bio of Greg Giraldo

A university librarian (Wayne Jones) and a freelance writer (Matt Balaker) team up to talk about their new book and collaborating at a distance.

Accessible Content ePortal launches companion staff portal and public website

The Accessible Content ePortal (ACE) is a service provided by Scholars Portal, supporting the Ontario Council of University Libraries in making their collections accessible to students and faculty with print disabilities. Our service team has launched a new staff portal and public-facing website to support community engagement and the accessibility request submission process.

Preparing surgical professionals and students to be culturally sensitive

This column features professionals who have traditional library and information training but have taken a “road less travelled” by applying their knowledge and skills in unexpected ways or places.

OLS – North launches two First Nation public library websites

The two new Ontario Library Service – North websites have been designed to support language revitalization and First Nation public libraries.

Taking stock: CFLA-FCAB at four years

CFLA-FCAB is now entering its fourth year as an entity and so it is time to take stock of where it is as an organization and what the future holds.

Bridge between: The 2019 OCULA Spring Conference

OCULA members, along with volunteers from the Ontario School Libraries Association, collaborated to present their annual spring conference. This year, the conference focused on teaching information literacy skills to students entering college and university.

Privilege, reflection & intentional noticing

Chris Cluff is our guest podcaster this month. Host of Chasing Squirrels, his most recent podcast features OSLA president Jennifer Brown. Jennifer also writes It’s elementary, a regular Open Shelf column. Privilege in reflective practice and ‘intentional noticing’ in the LLC By Chris Cluff and Jennifer Brown My (Chris’s) intention with the Chasing Squirrels Project…

Seeking nominations

We are now inviting OLA members to nominate colleagues (or themselves!) for vacant OLA Board and Council positions.

Open call for applications

Would you like to work as a member of a creative team that shares stories about libraries in Ontario? Then consider volunteering as the Open Shelf story editor.

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