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OLA Super Conference is over for another year - and what a blast it was! The unofficial report is that numbers are up this year - approximately 4600 delegates, speakers, volunteers, and exhibitors. Congratulations to everyone involved in making the Super Conference a reality, and thank-you to everyone who attended! Mark your calendars for Super Conference 2012--February 1-4. Planning starts in mid-February and the Call for Proposals will go out in early March.


Welcome to
Super Conference 2011

We live in a world that is at once complex and seamlessly simple. One thing is certain. Our world is powered by the convergence of enormous collaborative effort.

Libraries, more than ever, know the importance and transformative capacity of collaboration within and beyond our domain, working with multiple, diverse professions and organizations to deliver outstanding resources and services to our constituent populations.

The theme of Super Conference 2011 is
“The Power of C – Collaboration!”

Collaboration makes us smarter. The power of collaboration is a catalyst for community engagement, communication, cooperation, connectivity, conversations, crowdsourcing, collectivism and collegiality.

Collaboration allows critique, coordination and cultivation of common and contrasting interests to help us make better choices for communal and collateral benefit.

Collaboration captures our creativity and challenges us to be greater than the sum of our constituent parts.

What better place to unleash the Power of C! than at the 2011 Super Conference!

Mary Ann Mavrinac, president, ola.


Super Conference Plenary Speakers:

Wednesday February 2:
Meet The Next Generation featuring Stephen Abram in conversation with ‘the millennials’ – a panel of young people who will kick off the ‘voices of the generation’ Super Conference stream.

Thursday February 3:
Michael Wesch, cultural anthropologist and explorer of new media.
View his videos at YouTube.

Friday February 4:
Anna Porter, Canadian author and founder of Key Porter Books.
Atom Egoyan, Award winning Canadian filmmaker

Saturday February 5:
Diana Swain, Gemini Award winning news anchor, CBC broadcaster
Jian Ghomeshi, award winning broadcaster, writer, musician and producer.


Super Conference Spotlight Speakers:

Thursday February 3
ONTARIO PUBLIC LIBRARY ASSOCIATION: Un-dangerous Liaisons featuring Joan Frye Williams, Library Consultant and Futurist and George Needham, Library Consultant and Strategist.
ONTARIO COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY LIBRARY ASSOCIATION: Sheldon Levy, President and Vice-Chancellor, Ryerson University.
ASSOCIATION DES BIBLIOTHÈQUES DE L’ONTARIO-FRANCO: L’Animation du livre pour enfants en Ontario bilingue, avec Mireille Messier

Friday February 4
ONTARIO SCHOOL LIBRARY ASSOCIATION: The Great Web 2.0 Face-Off, with David Loertscher, Professor, San José State University, Mark Carbone, CIO, Waterloo Region DSB, Carol Koechlin, Author and Consultant.
ONTARIO LIBRARY ASSOCIATION: The Forest of Reading® 2010 Evergreen Award™ Winner.
ONTARIO LIBRARY BOARDS’ ASSOCIATION: Trends in Social Innovation featuring Tonya Surman, Executive Director, Centre for Social Innovation.

Saturday February 5
ONTARIO LIBRARY INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION: Top Tech Trends featuring Dorothea Salo, Scholarly Research Services Librarian, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Roger Nevin, Teacher-Librarian, Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB, Aaron Schmidt, Principal, Influx Library User Experience, Nicole Engard, Director of Open-Source Education, ByWater Solutions.
ONTARIO HEALTH LIBRARY ASSOCIATION: Embracing Happiness in a Complex World featuring Dr. Sarah Maddocks, Psychologist, Independent Practice.

The Power of Collaboration: Think Recycle!

We are excited to invite you to jointly demonstrate the Power of Collaboration by turning your unwanted cell phones and electronics into the supports for the environment and also the OLA's programs and initiatives. 
The Ontario Library Association collaborates with Greentec to bring the Think Recycle Program ( to the Super Conference 2011 at MTCC on February 2-5. Bring in your unwanted electronics including cell phones, print cartridges, digital cameras, iPods (iPhones or iPad if you wish) and MP3 players and drop then in the Think Recycle boxes at the MTCC lobby. OLA will use the cash rebates received from the Think Recycle program to support OLA's programs and initiatives.  

How Does this Help the Environment?
Annually over 300 million print cartridges are consumed in North America and more than 500 million cell phones get retired in North America. That’s millions of pounds of electronic waste that usually ends up in landfill.  The Think Recycle program is good for the environment as you help divert unwanted electronics from entering landfills. Plus, for every 24 qualifying electronics returned, Think Recycle donates funds to have one tree planted through partnership with American Forests and Tree Canada.




Have you read
Come, Thou Tortoise
by Jessica Grant?

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