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[Webinar] Key Resources for Knowledge Management - June 6, 2018


Are you curious about knowledge management (KM)? Not sure where to start? Join Sarah Morrison, SLA Toronto Technology & Communications Director as she demystifies what KM actually is and what resources you can look to in order to get started using it in your workplace.

Our goals for attendees:

  • Understand the basics of knowledge management.
  • Understand how to get started using KM practices.
  • Leave with key KM resources to use going forward.

When: Wednesday, June 6th, 2018 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Where: Webinar
Cost: $10 SLA members | $20 non-members | $5 students/unwaged/retired
Registration closes: Tuesday, June 5th at end of day
Webinar registration:

Please register below for the event to make the payment and click here to register for the webinar software. You need to do both of these things to participate in the webinar. A recording (as well as supplementary materials) will be available to attendees post-webinar.

Price: C$10.00

Date: June 6, 2018

Available Spaces: Unlimited

What I Wish I Knew Five Years Ago: Contract Work Realities

Join SLA Toronto and the First Five Years Team at the iSchool (BL728) for an engaging discussion about post-MLS career experiences!

Attendees will hear from a panel of five information professionals as they look back at their early career experiences and discuss what they wish they knew when they were first starting out in the job market after graduating from library school. This year we will be focusing the discussion around what it means to have a varied career path and what it might look like trying to find that first job, and how that may include working a number of contracts or a couple jobs at once.

We will be updating with more information about our panelists soon!

When: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Where: 140 St. George Street, Faculty of Information, BL 728
Cost: $10 SLA members | $20 non-members | $5 students/unwaged/retired
Registration closes: Wednesday, May 9 at 1 pm

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Emily Deere at

Price: C$20.00

Date: May 9, 2018

Faculty of Information, BL 728
140 St. George Street
Toronto, ON Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 25

Applying Logic Models for Comprehensive Assessment - Tues. March 27, 2018

Have you ever had to try and figure out how to collect data for assessment after a project has launched? Have you ever collected data for assessment and realized that it doesn’t really answer your questions? Have you ever wondered what else you might use your assessment data for in your work?

Creating a comprehensive assessment plan can be an overwhelming task. Whether you are new to this type of work or a seasoned professional looking to improve your process – this webinar discusses several models that will help you build comprehensive and flexible assessment plans.

Our goals for attendees:

  • Understand the thought processes behind developing a comprehensive assessment plan.
  • Understand how logic models contribute to systematically developing an assessment plan.
  • How to use logic models and assessment methods to build in flexibility and future potential into your assessment plan.


About the Speakers

Mary Gu is the Information Services Librarian with CPA Canada, the national level non-profit supporting the Canadian accountancy profession. She was previously the Archives and Records Management Project Coordinator with CPA Canada. Mary started learning about assessment and measurement during her undergraduate in psychology and has applied her knowledge to a variety of projects in the library world.

Hannah Loshak is the Information Manager with the Centre for Effective Practice. In this role, Hannah provides research and resource development services on a variety of projects in the health care sector. Hannah applies her knowledge of creating comprehensive assessment plans to help develop health care tools and clinical guidelines in projects with multiple stakeholders.


When: Tuesday March 27, 2018 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Where: Webinar
Cost: $10 SLA members | $20 non-members | $5 students/unwaged/retired
Registration closes: Sunday March 25, 2018
Webinar registration:

Please register below for the event to make the payment and click here to register for the webinar software. You need to do both of these things to participate in the webinar. A recording will be available to attendees post-webinar.

Price: C$5.00

Date: March 27, 2018


N/A Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Pub Night with SLA Toronto and SLA iSchool

SLA Toronto’s First Five Years and SLA iSchool invites you to join the community for drinks later in March! We would love to bring new professionals, established professionals, and students together to enjoy some food and beverages.

SLA Toronto has reserved a side room for the evening and we’d love to see you all there!

When: Wednesday March 21, 2018 from 6:00 PM
Where: Bedford Academy, 6 Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1A9
Cost: Your own food & beverages
Registration closes: Tuesday March 20, 2018

Please register to help us make sure the reservations are correct! Please direct any questions to the registrar: Jon Leroux at .

Price: C$0.00

Date: March 21, 2018

Bedford Academy
6 Prince Arthur Ave
Toronto, ON
M5R 1A9 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Blockchain Technology & Smart Contracts - Feb. 27, 2018

2017 was Blockchain’s coming out party by becoming a mainstream topic of conversation, but do librarians and other information professionals need to know about it? This session will introduce Blockchain technology and its implications on smart contracts. You will have the opportunity to learn about how applications using these technologies will change the way we purchase and share content, track records, exchange metadata, and establish provenance in creative works – all of which has profound implications on our industry.

During this session, you can expect:

  • An introduction to Blockchain with a hands-on activity: What is this technology that everyone’s talking about and how does it work?
  • An introduction to smart contracts and how they work
  • How Blockchain technology can impact the field of library and information science
  • See the Blockchain in action with a demonstration of our proof of concept

About the speaker

Stephen (MLIS) is a Design Researcher for Narritiv, an innovation lab created by Access Copyright. After spending 10 years working as an Information Specialist, he spent 2017 researching, speaking about, and helping build apps using Blockchain technology. Stephen is passionate about creating digital solutions for artistic creators while improving experiences for content consumers.


When: Tuesday February 27, 2018; 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Where: BL 728 Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
Cost: $10 SLA members | $20 non-members | $5 students/unwaged/retired
Registration closes: Tuesday February 20, 2018

Price: C$20.00

Date: February 27, 2018


140 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 3G6 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 12

Resume Office Hour Consultation - Feb. 6, 2018

Could 30 minutes on February 6 make a difference in your career?

Ulla de Stricker with SLA Toronto is offering private consultations on your cover letter and resume. Ulla has provided many librarian and information professionals with career insights and advice over the years. She is a veteran of this industry and currently runs her own consulting business.

Find out more about Ulla’s work and many publications here.


This is your opportunity to get personalized advice on how to polish two documents that – though they are brief – will determine the direction of your professional life. This event is free to all iSchool students regardless of SLA membership and it is open to SLA members who are no longer students for a nominal charge.

On Tuesday February 6, Ulla de Stricker will be available for 30-minute personal sessions to work individually with students and SLA members wishing to perfect their resumes and cover letters:

  1. Sign up by January 26 for a 30-minute time slot on February 6.
  2. You will be sent a form to indicate your availability closer to Jan. 26. You will be assigned a 30-min time slot.
  3. You will receive the background materials on resumes and cover letters so that you may draft your documents accordingly.
  4. Submit your documents with a brief narrative about your specific situation to Ulla at by February 1.
  5. You and Ulla meet at a private office area in the iSchool to go over your documents in detail.

SLA Toronto is grateful for the support of Alex Howes, iSchool Careers Officer, and Ulla de Stricker to be able to offer this event.

When: Tuesday February 6th, 2018; 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: iSchool, University of Toronto – Room information to follow
Cost: Free to all students | $5 for non-student SLA members
Registration closes: CLOSED


Please direct questions to the registrar for this event: Mary Gu at gu.mary3@gmail.


Price: C$5.00

Date: February 6, 2018

140 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 3G6
Canada Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 0

Meet the Board Cocktail Evening - Jan. 24, 2018

Do you have burning questions for the Executive Board? Would you like to give your thoughts and feedback on SLA Toronto events and socials? Are you considering volunteering? Or are you just curious to learn more about SLA Toronto? Please join the 2018 Executive Board at Firkin on Bloor for some friendly chatter over drinks!

The Board members will be introducing themselves and explaining what their role will be in the coming year. We would love to hear from our members and share ideas in order to create a great 2018 SLA Toronto experience for you.

When: Wednesday January 24, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Where: Firkin on Bloor, 81 Bloor St E, Toronto, ON M4W 1A9

Cost: Your own food or beverage(s)

Registration closes: Monday January 22, 2018 at midnight

Please direct questions to the registrar for this event: Jon Leroux at

Price: C$0.00

Date: January 24, 2018

Firkin on Bloor
81 Bloor St. East
Toronto, ON
M4W 1A9
Canada Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 17

Joint Holiday Social - Dec. 14th 2017

Let's ring in the holiday season together at the Joint Holiday Social!!


What: SLA/OLA-SLC/THLA/FIAA Joint Holiday Social

When: December 14, 2017, 6-9pm (registration starts at 5:30pm)

Where: Arts and Letters Club, 14 Elm Street, Toronto ON

Cost: $35 members | $45 non-members | $25 students & unemployed

Buddy Program:  Please indicate in the form below if you are looking for a buddy or willing to be a buddy for a student or new attendee.


SLA Toronto Chapter, the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information Alumni Association (FIAA), Toronto Health Libraries Association (THLA) and Ontario Library Association Special Libraries Committee (OLA-SLC) cordially invite you to this year’s Joint Holiday Social at The Arts and Letters Club.  Join friends and colleagues for a fun-filled evening of holiday cheer.

There will exciting raffle prizes available, so bring your business cards to enter the draw!  A selection of hors d’oeuvres will be provided!



This event has been generously sponsored by Aurora WDC and Thomson Reuters



Special thanks to: Luisa Moncada with Thomson Reuters | Derek Johnson and Jason Voiovich with AuroraWDC

Notice of Photography

Please be aware that there will be a professional photographer taking photographs of this event and its participants. The photos may be used on social media channels, the association website, and in other other publications for promotional purposes. The photos may be used to promote similar events or to promote SLA Toronto, THLA, FIAA, and OLA-SLC in the future. Any photographers taking photos on behalf of the event organizers will identify themselves to you whenever possible. By participating in this event, you are giving your consent for the use of your image and likeness for the above purpose by any of the hosting associations.

Price: C$25.00

Date: December 14, 2017

The Arts & Letters Club
14 Elm St
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 1G7 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 27

Speed Networking with SLA Toronto

SLA Toronto’s First Five Years team is excited to connect students with the special libraries professional community! Do you want exposure to a variety of special libraries professionals? Are you unsure of what kinds of environments you could potentially find yourself working in post-degree? This event is your opportunity to meet new people and ask some questions.


This is a structured speed networking event where 15 special libraries professionals will be ready to take your questions or just have a chat. The structured speed networking will consist of 7 minutes per person over the span of 1 hour with 20 minutes afterwards for unstructured networking and chatter.


You can prepare questions ahead of time and we will also send you some suggested questions to open up the conversations!


If you have any questions about this event, please reach out to Mary Gu at


When: Tuesday November 14, 2017 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm.
Where: Rm 417, Inforum, iSchool, University of Toronto
Costs: $5 students
Registration closes: Friday November 10, 2017

Price: C$5.00

Date: November 14, 2017

140 St George Street
Toronto, ON
M5S 3G6 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 6

Canadian Capital Markets 101: Key Terms to Know - Oct. 18, 2017

This session will provide an overview of the key terms to know in connection with the transactions that raise capital in the Canadian market. This will be helpful for information professionals at any point in their career who work in legal, corporate, and government environments or anyone who is interested in these areas. This is also great for professionals who provide research on business topics.


This session will cover:


  • Key participants: issuers, regulators, stock markets, underwriters and agents.
  • Main types of securities: equity, debt and convertible instruments.
  • Main types of securities offerings: private placements, bought deals, primary, secondary, fully marketed and best efforts offerings.
  • Key terms in transactions: prospectus, offering memorandum, commission, discount and over-allotment option.


This session will be led by Monique T. Rabideau who is the Practice Lead on capital markets and securities at Thomson Reuters. Previously, Monique was a partner at Fogler, Rubinoof LLP, a business law group specializing in corporate and securities law. She has years of experience practice business law in areas such as corporate governance, mergers, and issuances of securities.


When: Wednesday October 18, 2017 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.
Where:  Thomson Reuters, 29th floor, 333 Bay Street, Toronto ON, M5H 2R2
Costs: $10 SLA members | $20 non-members | $5 students/unwaged/retired
Registration closes: Monday October 16, 2017


Please forward all questions or concerns to the registrar for this event: Jonathan Leroux at

Price: C$5.00

Date: October 18, 2017

Thomson Reuters
333 Bay Street
29th Floor
Toronto, Ontario
M5H 2R2 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 8