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V53-N2-February 2016

The Courier – February 2016 Issue


President’s Letter
Report from the Membership Director
Report from the Programming Director
SLA’s Certificate in Copyright Management Program
SLA Toronto West: Call for Volunteers!

President’s Letter

Dear Friends,
Welcome to another edition of The Courier newsletter! I am so excited to lead the Toronto Chapter of SLA during 2016, which in my opinion, has some of them most innovative, forward thinking and accomplished professionals in our industry. I hope that this year will be full of great professional development and networking events where we can learn together and build lasting relationships.
I am honoured to be serving with a fantastic and motivated group of professionals on both the Executive and Advisory Boards! Your 2016 Executive officers are:

Bernadette Roca – Past President
Sarah McCabe – Treasurer
Katie Cuyler – Secretary
Caroline Chung – Technology & Communication Director
Kate Johnson – Membership Director
Leah Strudwick– Programming Director
Zena Applebaum – Partner Relations Director
Stephanie Quail – First Five Years Director

This year, we will continue to provide great support and programming for newer professionals, but we will also be making an effort to deliver more programming for professionals in the middle of their careers. We led off the year by providing a deeper dive into the world of Competitive Intelligence. Look out for more opportunities to go beyond the basics coming soon!

If you are interested in getting involved with SLA Toronto this year, please consider volunteering for the SLA Toronto Conference Advisory Committee. Yes, it is true! We will be organizing a day-long conference in Toronto. More details will be available in the following months.

2016 is going to be amazing! Please know that you are always welcome to send me your comments and suggestions. This association exists to serve its members, and as members, your opinion matters. I look forward to talking with many of you at our upcoming events during 2016.

—Christine DeLuca

Report from the Membership Director

Please join me in welcoming the following new and returning members who joined our Chapter from December 2015 – February 2016:

Arash Kalra (Brampton, ON)
Allison Smith (Toronto, ON)
Aylssa Trinh (Toronto, ON)
Ann Cox (Toronto, ON)
Azada Rahi (Toronto, ON)
Bernadette Roca  (Toronto, ON)
Carli Agostino (Stoney Creek, ON)
Caroline Thomson (Burlington, ON)
Carolyne Darimont (Hamilton, ON)
Catherine Lamoureux  (Toronto, ON)
Daniel Fan (Scarborough, ON)
David Mason (Toronto, ON)
Emmeline Hobbs (Toronto, ON)
Jennie Falls (London, ON)
Jessica Darling (Toronto, ON)
Jim Miller (Ottawa, ON)
JoAnne Gulliver (Toronto, ON)
Jodi Cecchi (Brampton, ON)
Kare Tiveron (Toronto, ON)
Katherine Kasirer (Montreal, QC)
Kejo Buchanan (Toronto, ON)
Laura Knapp (Toronto, ON)
Lisa Di Valentino (Acton, ON)
Marguerite Tindale (Toronto, ON)
Mark Fellin (Mississauga, ON)
Nancy Diaz (Toronto, ON)
Nu Ree Lee (Toronto, ON)
Robert Keshen (Toronto, ON)
Sally Armstrong (Toronto, ON)
Stephen Sawyer (Toronto, ON)
Zena Applebaum (Toronto, ON)

I look forward to meeting each of you at an upcoming SLA Toronto event!


—Kate Johnson
Membership Director

Report from the Programming Director

The first official event presented by SLA Toronto Chapter in 2016 was the Meet the Board Mixer on February 11.  Despite the frigid weather that evening, the event was well attended, and participants enjoyed delicious snacks and beverages in the cozy Library Room of Hot House Restaurant.  We talked about Board roles and initiatives, and discussed potential topics for future professional development and social events.  The Committee looks forward to incorporating some of the ideas introduced that night into this year’s Programming strategy.

On February 25, Zena Applebaum presented the talk Going Beyond Basics: Competitive Intelligence in the Information Profession.  Speaking to a large and diverse audience of information professionals, Zena explained how Competitive Intelligence is both a strategic and a tactical exercise, and walked through a number of analytic techniques used in CI operations.  Participants came away with practical ideas for how to integrate CI methods into their own research.  Presentation slides available upon request.

Coming up on March 31, SLA Toronto will be presenting a panel discussion on Collection Development in Special Libraries.  Max Dionisio (H.H. Mu Far Eastern Library, Royal Ontario Museum), Christina Kim (Market Intelligence, MaRS Discovery District) and Leah Swift (Resource Librarian, R.V. Anderson Associates Ltd.) will share their insights and experiences in collection management, in a conversation moderated by Holly Inglis.  Topics covered will include decision making for print and electronic collections, using data for acquisition and retention choices, and addressing challenges in meeting patron needs.  It is being held in the auditorium at the Lillian H. Smith branch of the TPL and will be a ticketed event.  Click here to register and find the speaker bios.

And finally, time for something a little different.  On April 28, the Toronto Chapter is thrilled to present Improv for Info Pros! with Lauren Stein (  Join us for a very special workshop geared toward transforming professional relationships, engaging with your patrons in innovative ways, and having a sense of humour about your life and work.  Details to come in March.

We are always looking for input on what you, the members of the SLA Toronto community, want to see from the Programming Committee.  Do you have professional development content that you’d like to deliver via a webinar or a live presentation?  Do you have a fun idea for a networking event, or a burning desire to learn more about a particular field of information?  Please send any and all ideas along to me at

We look forward to hearing from you!

—Leah Strudwick
Programming Director

SLA’s Certificate in Copyright Management Program

Torontonians and Canadians in general have been active participants in SLA’s Certificate in Copyright Management program since its inception nine years ago. Developed and offered to assist non lawyers like librarians and information specialists who are the gatekeepers to copyright-protected materials, the program I developed and partner in with SLA has been a great success.

Our graduates feel more confident in answering questions about digital licenses and using copyright-protected materials. They are able to create copyright guidelines and policies specific to the unique needs in their workplace, and they also acquire the knowledge and skills to educate others about legally using content. Feedback from one participant is that the program offered “great insights into the real-life problems and issues of other copyright managers.”

I call my students “copyright managers” from the first course, and those who pursue the entire program receive their “copyright hat” at a graduation ceremony each year at the SLA conference (in Philadelphia in 2016). This year marks our ninth class of graduates.

The program consists of six online webinar style courses and two in-person courses. Participants learn about basic copyright principles, global copyright issues and digital copyright. There is an emphasis on managing copyright and digital licensing issues without a lawyer (or sometimes in partnership with a lawyer), and how to teach others about copyright law and legally using content under digital licensing agreements.

Canadian students must take an entire course on Canadian copyright law and have the option to take one on U.S. copyright law. All the other courses are for an international audience and I gear the examples, questions and case studies towards the needs and backgrounds of the students in each class.

The Certificate in Copyright Management is a professional development opportunity for information professionals and others from around the world. In 2015 we had graduates from the U.S., Canada and Germany.

You can read all about the Certificate in Copyright Management program at and please visit my site at and

Photo below (click on photo to view full size) shows the participants in the in-person copyright courses at SLA Conference in June 2015 in Boston. On June 10th and 11th, 2016 the two in-person copyright courses are being offered in Philadelphia.


—Lesley Ellen Harris
Lesley Ellen Harris earned her law degree from Osgoode Hall and is the author of the book, Canadian Copyright Law, 4th edition. She writes the column InfoRights for SLA’s Information Outlook and has two blogs: and

SLA Toronto West: Call for Volunteers!

Looking to get involved in event programming and connect with a local professional association? SLA Toronto West (serving information professionals in the areas of Mississauga to Hamilton) is looking for volunteers and event suggestions for 2016.

SLA Toronto West has hosted several information sessions, social events and tours over the last year and we are looking for interested information professionals or students who would like to get involved or present on their skills and passions for their peers. Several of our 2015 presenters have gone on to present well received sessions at the OLA Superconference 2016 and we hope to continue our tradition of giving a platform to interested presenters.

If you are interested in volunteering as an event organizer, have a topic you’d like to present on or have an information session topic or venue to suggest, please contact Brian Rooney at

—Brian Rooney
SLA Toronto West Programming Chair

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