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SLA Toronto West Announcement:

SLA Toronto West is actively seeking volunteers to take over, or assist, with programming for 2016. We are also accepting presentation ideas and speaker suggestions for next year. If you would like to volunteer, present on a topic, or suggest a venue or presenter, please contact Pam Casey ( or Brian Rooney (

Our tentative Fall 2015 schedule is as follows:

Nov. 10th – Tour of Mohawk College’s new Library and Library Tech Bar, Hamilton.
Dec. 15th – Christmas Social at Harper’s Landing, Oakville.

(Dates and locations of Nov. & Dec. events are subject to change)


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SLA Toronto West is a subcommittee of the programming committee of SLA Toronto. As the 2015 programming co-chairs of the group we would like to shed some light on this lesser known group that serves information professionals located west of the City of Toronto.

History of Group

SLA Toronto West grew from the Library and Information Sciences Committee (LISC), an active group of information specialists, which had operated since the mid-1960s as part of the Sheridan Park Association. The group held monthly meetings that usually included a speaker. Its members came from research and development libraries in Sheridan Park, as well as from libraries in Halton, Hamilton, and Mississauga.

When the Sheridan Park Association dissolved in the early 2000s, LISC needed to find a new home. They did not want to set up their own association so they turned to SLA Toronto. On April 1, 2005 it was officially announced that LISC would become an SLA Toronto West programming subcommittee. They gradually adopted SLA’s best practices, and became a full sub-committee in September 2005.

Revival and Current Programming Initiatives

During the fall of 2014, we began discussing a revival of scheduled programming to get the group operating on a regular basis again. Upon realizing that we were both centered in the western GTA and had been looking for volunteering opportunities with established library organizations, we decided on bringing some more programming initiatives to the West division. Our first step we took was to hold a second presentation of “Defining the Resource Specialist” (an SLA Toronto event that we had both worked on) at the Burlington Public Library. This first session allowed us to gauge how many interested members we had who wished to attend events. We were pleased with the turn out and decided to try to organize semi-regular meetings.

Our most recent initiative was a session titled “A Personal Look at the Experience of Creating our First Webinar.” It was the first SLA Toronto West session of 2015 and focused on the steps involved, and best practices, in creating and holding webinars. The presenters, Jeannie An, Jill Bedford, and Rodney Howland (all McMaster University librarians), discussed their experience of creating a webinar for a presentation for McMaster University Libraries. While using that session as an example throughout, the presenters discussed the benefits of webinars, the tools they used in creating the materials, and ways to host and broadcast a webinar. They addressed challenges: from finding the time, choosing software, and selecting the proper computer hardware. They discussed ways that presenters can make webinars more accessible and interactive for users and spoke about effective evaluation methods.

SLA Toronto West has more events planned. On March 26th we will be hosting a session titled “Records Information Management Basics” at the Canadian Standards Association in Rexdale. We are in the process of organizing a student presentation showcase on April 22nd at the Burlington Public Library (Central Branch) that will allow current library students, and recent grads, to speak about their interests in the field and connect with a professional organization. Finally, we will have a social in June to open the summer before getting to work on new ideas for the fall.

We encourage you to visit one of our events. Our sessions are advertised on the SLA Toronto Events page, the SLA Toronto Facebook page, and the listserv. We also have our own SLA Toronto West LinkedIn group. For more information please contact one of the co-chairs at either or

—Pam Casey and Brian Rooney
SLA Toronto West programming co-chairs

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SLA Toronto West Fall Get Together

Come and start September off with a bang by attending the SLA Toronto West Fall Get Together. Chat with colleagues, old and new, while enjoying a good meal together.

Join us at Casalinga Ristorante (2057 Royal Windsor Drive, Mississauga, ON) on September 16. Registration begins at 6:00pm. Food and drink purchases are the responsibility of the attendees.

Looking forward to seeing everyone!


For registration and other questions please contact:

Brian Rooney:

Pam Casey:


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SLA Toronto West Programming Survey

SLA Toronto West Programming Survey

Planning for SLA Toronto West is now under way for the upcoming year and we are interested in hearing from you! Our first event is a networking social to be held on Tuesday Sept 16th, at Casalinga Ristorante (2057 Royal Windsor Drive, Mississauga (, starting at 6pm. Please RSVP for the social and complete the short survey by Friday Sept 12th. Hope to see you there and new members are always welcome!

SLA Toronto West Programming Committee:

Pam Casey and Brian Rooney (co-chairs) and Jeannie An and Melanie Brown (2013 programming co-chairs)

Respond to the SLA Toronto West Programming Update Survey.

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