Ontario Library Association

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Ontario Library Association (OLA), established in 1900, it is the oldest continually operating library association in Canada. With 5,000 members, OLA is the largest library association in Canada. Members can share with their colleagues their experience and expertise in a changing environment. OLA continues to create opportunities for its members to learn and engage with other members. It generates creative solutions in a dynamic environment.[1] OLA has six divisions covering various kinds of libraries (college and university, library and information technology, library boards, public libraries, school libraries, and French libraries).

OLA's annual Super Conference is held in Toronto is late January or early February.[2]

In 2013, OLA moved from the 50 Wellington Street address to their current address at 2 Toronto Street, 3rd Floor, Toronto, Ontario.[3]

Forest of Reading[edit]

OLA's Forest of Reading is Canada's largest recreational reading program, that has grown to eight reading awards programs since the early 1990s.[4] More than 250,000 readers participate annually from their School and/or Public Library.[5]

Forest of Reading's main goals are:[5]

  • Increasing recognition of Canadian authors and books
  • Support the Canadian publishing industry and its financial stability
  • Offer meaningful tools for teachers, teacher-librarians, librarians and Library staff to improve literacy
  • Proactively respond to the needs and interests of the community.

Former OLA Presidents[edit]

  • Todd Kyle, Newmarket Public Library (2016) [6]
  • Jane Hilton, Whitby Public Library Board (2015) [6]
  • Hugh Langton (1892-1923), Librarian of University of Toronto (1903)[7]
  • James Bain (1842-1908), elected in 1901[8]

Former Ontario College and University Library Association (OCULA) presidents[edit]

  • Shanna Pearson, Seneca College (2015)[9]
  • Sophia Apostol, YBP Canada (2014)[9]
  • Kristin Hoffmann, University of Western Ontario (2013)[9]
  • Jennifer Peters, Seneca College (2012)[9]
  • Janice Mutz, Lakehead University (2011)[9]
  • Caroline Stewart, University of Guelph-Humber (2010)[9]
  • Nathalie Soini, Queen's University (2009)[9]
  • Cynthia Williamson, Mohawk College (2008)[9]
  • Don Kinder, Ryerson University (2007)[9]
  • Cynthia McKeich, Seneca College (2006)[9]
  • Sharon Munro, University of Windsor (2005)[9]
  • Delia C. Antonacci, Seneca College (2004)[9]
  • Martie Grof-Iannelli, Fanshawe College (2003)[9]
  • Jeffrey Moon, Queen's University (2002)[9]
  • Brent Roe, York University (2001)[9]\
  • Janet Kaufman, University of Guelph (2000)[9]
  • Leila Wallenius, Laurentian University (1999)[9]
  • Vivian Lewis, McMaster University (1998)[9]
  • Susan Moskal, University of Waterloo (1997)[9]
  • Martha K. Wolfe, University of Windsor (1996)[9]
  • Suzanne O-Neill, Fanshawe College (1995)[9]
  • Marilyn McDermott, Mohawk College (1993–94)[9]
  • Shanna Pearson, Seneca College (2015)[9]
  • Lorna Rourke, University of Guelph (1991-1992) [9]
  • Wendy Kennedy, University of Western Ontario (1990-1991) [9]
  • Carolyn Pawley, University of Guelph (1989-1990) [9]
  • Grace Bulaong, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (1988-1989) [9]
  • Elizabeth Dolan, University of Western Ontario (1988-1989) [9]
  • Annetta Protain, Centennial College (1987-1988) [9]
  • Martha K. Wolfe, University of Windsor (1986-1987) [9]
  • Cathy Zuraw, Sheridan College (1985-1986) [9]
  • Elise Hayton, McMaster University (1984-1985) [9]
  • Jean Hill, University of Guelph (1983-1984) [9]
  • Margaret Currie, Erindale College (1982–83) [9]
  • Carolyn Murray, University of Toronto (1981-1982) [9]
  • Beth Miller, University of Western Ontario (1980-1981) [9]
  • Jean Law, University of Western Ontario (1979-1980) [9]
  • Samuel Alexander, Lakehead University (1978-1979) [9]
  • Margaret Turner, Lambton College (1977–78) [9]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Inc., Advanced Solutions International,. "About OLA". www.accessola.org. Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  2. ^ "About OLA". accessola.com. 
  3. ^ "Contact Us". Ontario Library Association. Retrieved 2015-11-16. 
  4. ^ "How the Forest of Reading® Began". Forest of Reading. Ontario Library Association. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Inc., Advanced Solutions International,. "About the Forest®". www.accessola.org. Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  6. ^ a b "Board of Directors". Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  7. ^ "Libraries Today: Ontario's Libraries in the Twentieth Century". www.uoguelph.ca. Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  8. ^ Inc., Advanced Solutions International,. "OLA's History". www.accessola.org. Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am "Past Presidents". Retrieved 2017-01-31.