OLA SuperConference 2016
Highlights and Photos by Diana Maliszewski
(Tweets by assorted writers - see image attributions)
Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 5:30 p.m.
OSLA Awards Ceremony and AGM
I was at a TDSB Mentor Leaders meeting on Thursday afternoon, so I was only able to come to the evening event. The following awards were given. (This was originally part of a press release issued by the Ontario Library Association. I added the section about CSAE because this prize was presented at the AGM even though it is not an OLA award.)
|L'Association des bibliothèques de l'Ontario-Franco (ABO-Franco) Le Prix Micheline Persaud||Joanne Plante, Conseil Des Écoles Catholiques Du Centre-Est|
|Canadian Society of Association Executives - Communication Awards of Excellence for Best Print / Electronic Publication||The Teaching Librarian magazine (OSLA)|
|Ontario Library Association Technical Services Award||Lisa Radha Weaver, Library Learning Resources, Tippett Centre, Toronto District School Board|
|Ontario School Library Association (OSLA) Administrator of the Year Award||Lynn Wisniewski, Halton District School Board|
|Ontario School Library Association (OSLA)Award for Special Achievement||Treasure Mountain Canada|
|Ontario School Library Association (OSLA) Teacher Librarian of the Year||Dawn Telfer, Thames Valley District School Board|
|James, Dawn, & Jeanne - TL of the Year Award|
|James, Joel, Lisa, Jeanne - Lib Tech Services Award|
|James, Lynn, Jeanne (sorry, forgot names!) - Admin Award|
|James, Diana, Jeanne - Best Print Publication|
|(Oops, another name lost) & Joanne - ABO-Franco Award|
What did I learn?
I learned that Ontario school library professionals are the most encouraging and supportive people out there. My Twitter feed was swamped with well-wishes, even though I was only the representative for the magazine - aka the one who held the trophy and made the speech.
I also learned that it's a good idea to hold the AGM before the awards ceremony, because about 2/3 of the attendees left immediately after the awards ended.
I was also fortunate to go to dinner that evening after the OSLA meeting with Martha, Johanna, Alanna, and Sharon. Sharon Seslija is the head of libraries for the Greater Essex Country District School Board and she will be retiring this year. I publicly want to congratulate and thank Sharon for everything that she's done for her school board and for school libraries across Ontario.
At the Multi-Vendor After-Party, I was fortunate to chat with Mary-Rose, a new OLA staff member, as well as one of my favourite board library leaders, Richard Reid from the Durham District School Board, who is also the OLA 2016 SuperConference Co-Planner. You make a difference, Richard - never forget that!
Friday, January 29, 2016 - 12:00 noon
OLA Open Shelf Editorial Board Meeting
This annual meeting brings together all the players involved with creating OLA's official magazine.
What did I learn?
Every publication is different. I'm very familiar with how The Teaching Librarian operates, but Open Shelf is a unique creature. Kudos to Mike Ridley for his flexibility. We'll get that Terms of Reference document done by March 1, we hope!
I was tempted to squeeze in a workshop, like Monica Berra and Leona Prince's "Culturally Responsive Aboriginal Resources" or Sandra McLarnon and Sara Furnival's "Igniting your School Library with Maker and Spark Spaces". Instead, I chose to visit the Expo Hall and it was very relevant. I spoke with the Ontario Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) about arranging a field trip and with the Centre of Equitable Library Access (CELA) about borrowing Braille and texture books for students at my school with vision impairments.
Friday, January 29, 2016 - 3:00 p.m.
OLA Closing Keynote - Wab Kinew
Wab Kinew was amusing and at the same time, he did not pull punches.
|Francis, Alanna & me @ the 2016 OLA closing keynote|
|Wab on the big screen|
|Next steps for the audience|
What did I learn?
I learned that I have a lot to learn. The library and school systems, not just in the past, but even today, have done wrong to FNMI communities and individuals. I was dismayed to hear the Libraries and Archives Canada made it difficult to obtain information requested by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Wab stated this in a room full of library professionals. Yet, it was not with resentment, but in the spirit of resilience and reconciliation. As my new friend Melanie (and new OSLA president Kate) tweeted ...
A question to ponder - how is Canada faring? #safetynotsuperiority #olasc16 pic.twitter.com/driKUwWQDJ— Melanie Mulcaster (@the_mulc) January 29, 2016
Residential school survivors are living books. Their stories must be shared. #heroes @WabKinew #olasc16 @GEDSB— Kate JohnsonMcGregor (@TeacherKate) January 29, 2016
Friday, January 29, 2016 - 6:15 p.m.
Treasure Mountain Canada Opening Keynote - David CameronDavid Cameron is a researcher with People For Education. He spoke about the Measuring What Matters initiative.
What did I learn?
I learned that it's pretty difficult to listen to a speaker in a crowded, noisy restaurant. Despite the obstacles, David spoke eloquently and got participants excited about contributing to action research (past, present and future) for the areas identified by People for Education.
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Treasure Mountain Canada
Activities were fast and furious at Treasure Mountain Canada - once I was able to get Internet access and catch my breath, I started capturing my discoveries and observations as the day progressed, via Twitter. I hope the hashtag search captures some of the energy and diversity. I presented on two separate topics based on two papers I wrote for this research symposium for four "table talks". Thankfully, I'm going to take the mentoring notion of "reciprocity" seriously, so I won't be regretful or disappointed that I didn't get to hear other table talks - I only saw the whole group ones by Diane Oberg and Monica Berra.
Just because the symposium is over doesn't mean the learning stops.
This link takes you to the papers offered: https://sites.google.com/site/treasuremountaincanada4/
This link takes you to the symposium activities, TED talk, polls, and slides that we used on Saturday:
This link is the Treasure Mountain Canada blog: http://tmcanada.blogspot.ca/
Thanks to the Treasure Mountain Canada 2016 Planning Committee: Carol Koechlin, Anita Brooks Kirkland, Liz Kerr, Jeanne Conte, Cindy van Wonderen, Jo-Anne Gibson, and David Loertscher and to everyone that contributed to this and to the OLA SuperConference. I'll be thinking about all the conversations now and in the near future.