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Map out your Conference Experience

There is so much to do during the 4 days. Here is a snapshot from the 2009 Super Conference just to give you an idea of who attends and what events there are:

4,700 delegates
800 vendor representatives
90 authors
6 plenary sessions
251 workshops
32 poster sessions
26 business meetings
14 complimentary social events

Tips for having a great experience

Consider participating in at least one of each of the following:

• keynote/plenary
• vendor presentation on the exhibit floor
• workshop about a responsibility in your job portfolio
• workshop that has nothing to do with your job – but is of interest to you
• social event (i.e. exhibit reception, Friday night, or library school reunion)
• an Annual General meeting (there will be 6 of them!)
• lunch or drinks with former colleagues or classmates
• a poster session
• an author signing
• the onsite OLAStore (presenters books, conference souvenirs, and more)

Is this Your FIRST Super Conference?

• be sure to attend the special networking session on Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM.
• visit the OLA booth at Super EXPO and receive your first-timer discount coupons

Special Features

Freedom to Read Week – usually the Super Conference is end of January. The one-time date change this year means that we are coinciding with Freedom to Read week. Look for special conference events and activities to recognize the unique role libraries play in supporting intellectual freedom.

Living Library – check someone out – literally! The Living Library is a program that enables people to learn from each other. Originally developed to foster a better understanding of diversity, OLA’s living library will focus on diversity in your career and in job situations. Find out what it is like to be a CEO, a politician, a Children’s Librarian – and more. Embarking on a new project? Check out someone who has been through it. The Living Library is open Thursday and Friday. Delegates can ‘check out’ their human book in 15 minute intervals at the Career Centre.

Welcome to the Canadian Urban Libraries Council/Conseil des Bibliotheques Urbaines du Canada (CULC/CBUC).

The CEOs and Library Directors of many of Ontario’s urban libraries belong to CULC/CUBC and their national perspective of urban library issues is a valuable addition to the provincial and territorial library associations. OLA welcomes the participation of CULC/CUBC in Super Conference 2010. A special stream of sessions has been integrated into the program for the benefit of all.

Child and Youth Services EXPO

The OPLA Children’s and Youth Services Committee is introducing a special session to feature the winners of their awards: Children’s Librarian of the Year and Excellence in Youth Services Award. Added to that will be a special EXPO of Ideas – a Gallery Walk of table-top displays showcasing great programs and services by practitioners in children’s and youth services in Ontario’s Public Libraries. See session 1201, Friday at 2:10 PM

Poster Sessions

New 2-hour format! 16 displays each day (Thursday, Friday) from noon to 2:00 PM.

One Book One Conference

Started last year, we are expanding this year! What if every Super Conference delegate has read the same book! Think of the great discussions! Take part - 1:00 pm on Thursday or Friday in a suitable venue to be announced in the Final Super Conference Program! Autographed copies of the 2009 winner of the Evergreen Award winning book, stickers, bookmarks, and more…

2010 OLA Library Building Awards

Given once every three years by the Ontario Library Association and the Ontario Association of Architects, be sure to view the displays of new projects and extensive renovations.

The OLA Career Centre

Located in the newly renovated space on the first level of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre – just at the bottom of the elevator! Open Thursday and Friday: 10:00 AM to noon, 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM. This year the Career Centre is featuring mock interviews, mentoring match-up plus the Living Library. Saturday features 2nd annual Career Development Day – a chance to attend mini-sessions and meet with employers in the “Meet-the-Employer” room.

Bring a Guest!

You are encouraged to bring people who are influential in planning and decision making for libraries. Administrators, mayors and reeves, school principals and others who make decisions about college, university, school and public libraries are invited to attend one complimentary day as the Association’s guest. Public Library Trustees newly appointed since Super Conference 2009 may attend as the guest of a fully registered trustee from the same board. Members wishing to invite administrative guests must register them using the guest feature when submitting their registration.


We are continuing on with our compact evaluation form booklets, blogs instead of paper news, reusable (but not edible – yet!) conference bags, and online
session handouts in lieu of paper. The conference centre has a green program including recycling, reduced light use for exhibit set-up and take- down and reduced energy consumption.



Select “My Super Conference” and start choosing your sessions. A conference planner will be built for you, will be updated to reflect any change in the status of your sessions, and can be changed by you at any time.

Changes in the program?

Each time you run your schedule, it will be automatically updated if a session changes or is withdrawn by a speaker.
The common events such as all-conference plenary events and receptions will automatically appear in your schedule.
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