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David Gerstle

David S. Gerstle is Reference and Instruction Librarian at University of Toronto Mississauga. He has most recently participated in the research project, “Promoting Digital Literacy in the Community through Public Library and Local Community Training Initiatives”, funded by the Social Sciences…

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A walk in the snow

My husband and I have taken to walking up and down our road once a day—morning or evening. We’re lucky because we live in the country, so that means a lovely, long stretch of cornfields, old standing bush, and stretching…

Good tidings from Ontario libraries

Enjoy a little festive cheer, shared with you by folks at school and academic libraries in Ontario.

New Year’s resolutions in November

Worried about your New Year’s resolution? Maybe these tips can help you.

A Christmas wish for library-job seekers

It’s been six months since I finished my master’s degree and I’ve been applying for work ever since. Recent job-vacancy stats indicate, however, it can be hard to find work in the information sector.

Leslie Weir: LAC moving forward

Leslie Weir is well-known to the Ontario Library Association (OLA) community. As the university librarian at the University of Ottawa from 2003 to 2018, she played an active role and was OLA president in 2017. This year, she made the…

Same library, different roles

Beginning a new library position can often be a difficult endeavour; we are never sure what to fully expect when beginning a new role.

Happy retirement! Reflections on public policy and equity in the workplace

Recent proposed amendments to existing legislation could open the door to mandatory retirement for academic staff. What are the pros and cons for librarians?

Genealogy 101: So you’re a genealogy librarian. Now what?

I used to feel frustrated when assisting patrons with their genealogical queries, partly because I lacked adequate training. But this subject can be mastered with formal and informal training.

Not your traditional volunteers: The UTM Library Ambassador Program

Donna Liu shares the success of the UTM Library’s student volunteer program, which pairs experiential learning with wellness to create a truly unique campus program.

I wasn’t sure how lightning worked, then it struck me: reflections from the OCULA Student Council Representative

Nicole Doro writes about winning the 2019 OCULA Lightning Strikes competition, serving on OCULA Council, and the professional opportunities and growth that have followed.

“Unapologetically Nêhiyaw”: A conversation with Max FineDay

Samantha Martin-Bird in conversation with Max FineDay about reconciliation, racism, Indigenous identity, and Indigenous revitalization.

Libraries upholding privacy values: Lynda.com and LinkedIn Learning Migration

The migration of Lynda.com to LinkedIn Learning involves a sign in that breaches public libraries’ attempts to protect patron information.

2019: Advocating on behalf of school libraries

This year, the OSLA council has dedicated much of its work to advocacy, including sending a letter to the minister of education.

‘Twas the night before Christmas (with a twist)

No reindeer or sleigh. Just two feet, two hands and a lumpy sack of books.

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