OLA Super Conference 2013
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- We are all well aware that the current state of affairs makes for very stressful times for libraries and our partner organizations across Canada and indeed globally. How many times have we heard: “We have the Internet, why do we need libraries??” With increasing frequency, libraries and sister cultural institutions are first on the list when it comes to finding efficiencies, as governments at all levels rein in expenditures. There appears to be a disturbing trend to reduce funding to institutions providing services for the public good. Then there are the media stories appearing daily which assert that technology has taken the place of libraries. Those who are not even frequenters of our libraries, proclaim them to be obsolete, and in a very loud way. Meanwhile, our experience tells us that people are gravitating to the physical space and the services that libraries of all types provide in larger numbers than ever!
Well, some may think the Library is dead, but we’re here to say, long live the Library! Through the theme The Ultimate Library Experience: Educate! Entertain! Empower! We want to provide opportunities to celebrate and showcase just how wrong those assumptions about irrelevance really are. While we must continue to work hard to demonstrate our value, we don’t want to do this so obsessively that we find we’ve nothing left over to do what we do best: creating library experiences for our users, which send them out into the world as more informed, engaged citizens. It is providing the platform for these experiences in libraries, where people can interact, create and share ideas that will ultimately demonstrate our importance and how we make a difference in people’s lives and society at large. So then maybe the doubters will understand: we educate, we entertain and we empower!
So that’s the context. Here’s what’s in store for you at SC2013:
Something brand new this year is La Foire Franco or Franco-Fest. Did you know that Ontario is home to close to 600,000 Francophones, the largest population in Canada outside Quebec**?
We are putting the spotlight on Franco–Ontarian culture and the Ontarians who live, work, study or play in French in Ontario. Check out the Super Saturday panel, the movie and the other offerings in the Foire Franco stream — listen to some Franco-Ontarien musicians, authors, journalists, library staffers — take the opportunity to enjoy a new cultural experience and brush up on your French skills at the same time!
No matter what your interest, the SC conference planning committee Co-Chairs Jim Brett (University of Guelph) and Lita Barrie (Hamilton Public Library) and their hardworking team members have put together an amazing experience for you.
And let’s not forget the special events! Don’t miss Friday evening under the Big Top where you’ll be entertained at the Circ d’OLA!: the ultimate circus experience or the cultural experience on Thursday evening with the screening of the French film La Sacrée. I encourage you to take advantage of the programs, events and the opportunities to network with your colleagues. Make this your own ultimate conference experience: be educated, entertained and empowered, so that you, in turn, can go back home totally energized to continue to build the stage for your own community’s ultimate library experience. Enjoy!
And oh yes... The Library is Not Dead — Long live the Library!
Karen McGrath, President
- Date of Publication:
- 30 Jan 2013
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- 30 January-02 February, 2013 [date range]
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- Miriam Toews ; Chantal Hébert ; Susan Cain ; Steven Page
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