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Welcome to
Super Conference 2010

‘Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.’

Howard Thurman

We live in a time of wonder, innovation and imagination. In counterpoint to this reality, we also live in a time where 80% of the population does not have access to a steady, safe source of drinking water, and where the developing world, in an effort to climb out of the abyss of poverty, risks the safety of it’s citizens in a quest for the riches of developed nations. It is this dichotomy that is the constant of our lives.

If, as experienced at last year’s conference, learning is a human drive, then the passion for ideas, causes, truths and justice is the logical extension born of that drive. Learning is one element of living, action is the next. Who we are, what we do and the impact of our actions to bring change into the world and shape the future to be different from the present is this year’s challenge.

Libraries are places to explore these ideas and ignite passions. We can impact individuals, our communities and, by extension, the world. Envision libraries without borders, connecting people world-wide to embrace the possible and make change happen. It is within us to create passionate learning communities in our libraries, wherever they are, and be the driving force for wonder, innovation and imagination for everyone, everywhere.

We can choose to be passive or passionate. Step up your passion. Welcome to the 17th annual Super Conference in the OLA’s 110th year!

Peggy Thomas, president, ola.


Super Conference Plenary Speakers:

Wednesday February 24:
Extraordinary Canadians featuring award-winning authors Adrienne Clarkson, Jane Urquhart, Nino Ricci and Mark Kingwell

Thursday February 25:
Aimee Mullins

Friday February 26:
Ezra Levant
LGen the Honourable Roméo Dallaire (Ret), Senator

Saturday February 27:
Susan Aglukark
Jonathan Goldstein


Super Conference Spotlight Speakers:

Thursday February 25:
ONTARIO PUBLIC LIBRARY ASSOCIATION: Greg Shaw, Director, International and Corporate Relations, International Federation on Ageing
ONTARIO COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY LIBRARY ASSOCIATION: Heather Morrison, Project Coordinator, B.C. Electronic Library Network

Friday, February 26:
ONTARIO SCHOOL LIBRARY ASSOCIATION: Dr. Chris Spence, Director, Toronto District School Board
ONTARIO LIBRARY BOARDS’ ASSOCIATION: Christopher Hume, Architecture Critic and Urban Issues Columnist, The Toronto Star

Saturday, February 27:
ONTARIO LIBRARY INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION: Top Tech Trends with Aaron Schmidt, Digital Initiatives Librarian, District of Columbia Public Library; Mike Ridley, CIO and Chief Librarian, University of Guelph; Beth Jefferson, Founder and CEO, Bibliocommons
ONTARIO HEALTH LIBRARIES ASSOCIATION: Dr Robert Buckman, Oncologist at Princess Margaret Hospital, and Professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Toronto


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