Every year at this time, we’re getting ready to go off to Toronto for the Ontario Library Association’s Super Conference. It is a four day event filled with workshops, demonstrations, author readings and shopping (for library items, of course!). The Metro Toronto Convention Center will be overrun with librarians from all across the province, excited about going through the winding displays set up by software developers, library suppliers, booksellers and much more. In between all of that, we’ll attend a variety of free workshops and events, some of which are meant for fun, many which will help us to expand our library services. All of it will be interesting, without a doubt!
This year, the theme of the conference is The Power of Collaboration. The events will serve to help us all realize the importance of collaborating not only with other libraries, but with resources and people in our communities and within our libraries themselves in order to provide the best resources for our patrons. We’ll learn how to provide better summer programs, offer more services for our patrons who enjoy a virtual library community and power our library catalogs so that we can offer the largest number of reading resources to our patrons.
There are always special events and exciting keynote speakers. This year is no exception. We’ll be able to attend lectures by cultural anthropologist Michael Welsh, Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan and broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi, amongst others! Plus, there are expected to be over 30 authors attending the Expo (we’ll be in lineups to get signatures, for sure!).
We always come away with plenty of ideas to be implemented in our own library, and it is a great place to meet up with other librarians from our local communities as well as from further away. It is a refreshing way to start the month of February (although Toronto always seems to be in the middle of a blizzard) and a great way to kick off the New Year. You can visit the Super Conference 2011 website to see more of the event and get a feel for what we might be doing. February can’t get here fast enough……….