Early Bird Registration Ends on Friday, January 4th, 2019

Join us at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Wednesday, January 30th to Friday, February 2nd, 2019 for the annual OLA Super Conference. We have exciting line-up of OHLA sessions and sponsored events this year! You can view the full schedule here, or review the summary below:


Wednesday, January 30, 2019

9:00 am – 10:15 am – Google the Greys: Structured Google Searching for Grey Lit – Sarah Bonato, CAMH

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm – Stronger Together: The Power of Library-Health Partnerships to Enhance Family Literacy Support – Christie Menzo, Vancouver PL, Isaac Elias, British Columbia Children’s Hospital

 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – OHLA Coffee Chat – MTCC – 201AB (Career Centre)


Thursday, January 31, 2019

8:00 am – 9:00 am – EBSCO Sponsored Breakfast, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Room TBD

10:45 am – 12:00 pm – Bridging Consumer Health Information Gaps: Opportunities for a Health-Public Library Partnership – Natalia Tukhareli, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Sandra Kendall, Mount Sinai Hospital, Tedi Brash, St. Michael’s Hospital

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm – OHLA Sponsored Lunch – Fionn MacCool’s, 310 Front Street West

2:00 pm – 2:40 pm – Prove it! Developing Systematic Search Methods for Evidence-Based Librarianship – Jackie Stapleton, U Waterloo, Laura Bredahl, U Waterloo, Caitlin Carter, U Waterloo

2:00 pm – 2:40 pm – Using Appreciative Inquiry to Engage the People in Planning for the Library of the Future: The UHN Experience – Tim Tripp, University Health Network, Juanita Richardson, Michener Institute, Mandy Lowe, University Health Network

3:45 pm – 5:00 pm – OHLA Spotlight presents Dr. Janet Smylie – Research Scientist and Director Well Living House at the Centre for Urban Health Solutions St Michaels Hospital and Full Professor Dalla Lana School of Public Health University of Toronto

5:30 – 7:00 pm – OHLA Annual General Meeting, Metro Toronto Convention Centre

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – OVID Sponsored dinner – Boston Pizza, 250 Front Street


Friday, February 1, 2019

9:00 am – 9:40 am –Embedding Transgender Health Information into Hospital Library Resource Guides – Zack Osborne, St. Michael’s Hospital, Caleb Nault, University Health Network

9:50 am – 10:30 am – Access as Privilege: Supporting Evidence-Based Health Care for Marginalized Communities – Terri Rodak, CAMH, Fiona Inglis, CAMH

10:45 am – 12:00 pm – What The People Want: Preparing New Health Sciences Librarians for Today’s Job Market – Lydia Thorne, University of Alberta

10:45 am – 12:00 pm – Engaging Student Nurses in Research: A Foundation for Lifelong Learning and Discovery – Chris Walsh, George Brown College

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm – Redefining a University Library’s Reference Services in 2018: A Continuum Service – Karine Fournier, University of Ottawa

Conference Theme: Powered by the People

Our communities, whether they be towns, cities, Indigenous communities, campuses, schools, organizations, or communities of common interests, are powered by the people. Libraries empower the people. They fuel communities by providing resources, programs, services and support for self-directed growth and development. Libraries have always been, and always will be, for the people.

For conference rates, please visit the OLA Super Conference 2019 website.

Conference Planner

Karen Lints



Assistant Conference Planner

Amanda Caputo