Welcome to
Super Conference 2008

Each Super Conference is planned with an overall theme in mind, and for this year, Super Conference organizers have used the butterfly image on the program cover to symbolize the overall framework of “transformation”. This year Super Conference looks at how we can transform ourselves and our institutions so that we can thrive as this era of rapid change continues. For library institutions, and for us as library workers, transforming ourselves can be about some new 3 R's: reinvention, regeneration, and rejuvenation, themes which a variety of our conference plenaries and workshop sessions will be exploring.

OLA is also being transformed as Super Conference 2008 is Larry Moore's last Super Conference as OLA's Executive Director. At the fête for Larry Moore on Friday evening, we will be looking back at the Larry Moore era of OLA and honouring Larry for his passion, dedication, and leadership. This is a not-to-be missed event.

Another part of OLA's transformation this year is the move to a “greener” conference with some of our efforts being aimed at reducing the amount of paper distributed. Consequently, the daily conference newsletter will no longer be printed. As well, we are encouraging presenters to forego print handouts and post their material on the OLA Web site instead. You will also notice a new session evaluation format that uses less paper.

I have attended this conference for many years, and each year I look forward to engaging in stimulating professional learning and to networking with old and new library colleagues. I look forward to a transformative educational and networking experience this year, and I hope to talk with many of you in person.

Esther Rosenfeld, OLA President.
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