The Ontario Library Association Super Conference 2020 has opened its Call For Proposals!

The call for proposals opened Monday, April 1st 2019 and closes May 27th, 2019. See the below message for conference details, or visit the OLA website for more information:

Conference Theme: Dream Here / Rêvez ici

Our library dreams can be large or small, individual or collective. They can be fuelled by the need for change, or rooted in creative thinking. Super Conference 2020 will embolden us to explore our dreams, learn from the dreams of others, and think of the ways we can put our thoughts, ideas, and dreams into action – actions that will shape library communities today, tomorrow, and into the future. Dreams are everywhere. Libraries are for everyone. Let’s dream here!

Important Details:

Date: Wednesday, January 29th – Saturday, February 1st, 2020
Location: Metro Convention Centre Toronto

Session Formats: 40 min or 75 min blocks

Your session does not need to be health specific. OHLA is responsible for providing a set number of sessions for the conference but we are part of a larger team that determines applicability to a variety of library sectors. Do not hesitate to submit your proposal! In fact, we encourage it!

This call is open to sessions in lecture, panel, and workshop formats. We are especially interested in sessions that:

  • Allow opportunities for interactions among attendees
  • Include the perspectives of multiple library sectors
  • Provide tools and templates that attendees can take-away and adapt to their library’s needs.

We are also interested in exploring non-traditional session formats, so don’t hesitate to submit presentation proposals that fall outside of the conference standard.
Speakers will have access to a standard AV setup and participants will be seated either in rounds (for sessions where tables are required) or in theatre seating.

Presenter Perks:

  • Free day registration on the day of your presentation (Note: does not apply to those speaking for less than 20 minutes)
  • Speaker ribbon for your conference badge
  • Great for your resume

Counts towards professional development for Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP)

Potential Topic Ideas:

The OLA Super Conference website lists topic suggestions based on this year’s theme: Dream Here. A few ideas to consider include:

  • Spreading awareness of services & resources
  • Solo librarianship
  • Collections vs Space
  • Hiring / mentoring of staff
  • Library / vendor relationships
  • Open Access Resources
  • Data Visualization – the amateur graphic designer
  • Engaging hospital employees in the library – beyond students and researchers
  • Professional threshold – when to accept non-librarian work and where to draw the line; what contributes to evolution and what dilutes the profession
  • Beyond Usage Statistics: how to demonstrate library value to an organization or community
  • Benefits of librarians participating in hospital rounds
  • Health literacy – librarians teaching consumer health to patients


Conference Planner

Amanda Caputo



Assistant Conference Planner

Carolyn Pecoskie