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V53-N5-August 2016

The Courier – August 2016 Issue


President’s Letter
Report from the Membership Director
Report from the Programming Director
Featured Partner Event – Access Copyright

President’s Letter

Dear Friends,

Welcome to another edition of The Courier newsletter! I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather and avoiding construction season as much as possible in the GTA!

We have some fun and informative events coming up this Fall. I hope to see all of you at tomorrow’s Summer Social on September 1st at L’Espresso Bar Mercurio! And don’t forget about the Copyright in Canada 101 session on September 29th! You can register here now.

Just a quick update on the 2018 Annual Conference relocation for those of you who missed the email. The board and SLA staff have decided to relocate the conference to Baltimore, Maryland. The conference will now take place between Monday, June 11th and Wednesday June 13th. They are working with Charlotte to negotiate the cancellation fees and will send out the details once they are available.

Also from the board, election season is about to begin. Voting will begin on Wednesday, September 7th and run until Wednesday September 21st. I would like to invite all of you to exercise your right as a member to vote for your leadership. This is your chance to directly affect SLA at the Board of Directors level. More information is available on HQ’s website. If you are interested in getting involved at a local level, please keep on the look out for our call for next year’s Executive Board nominations which will be coming out shortly.

I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you again that all SLA listservs have been shut down. All SLA Toronto Members have been transferred to the new SLA online community called SLA Connect ( Please remember if you are not a SLA Toronto member, you can follow us on Facebook and on Twitter at @slatoronto for announcements and to engage with our members. You can also check our website for upcoming events and newsletters.

And as always, please remember that you can send me your comments and suggestions of how we can make your Toronto Chapter better!

All the best,
—Christine DeLuca

Report from the Membership Director

Please join me in welcoming the following new and returning members who joined our Chapter from July – August 2016:

Dawn Bombay (Waterloo, ON)
Brenna Farquharson (Toronto, ON)
Kathryn Kingston (Toronto, ON)
Jill Konieczko (Cheverly, Maryland, USA)
Xuemei Li (Toronto, ON)
Sally Press (Thornhill, ON)
Jordana Winegust (North York, ON)
Elfi Kwong (Toronto, ON)
Cassandra Nakamura (Toronto, ON)
Jeff Newman (Toronto, ON)
Chris Wiedman (Ottawa, ON)

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

—Kate Johnson
Membership Director

Report from the Programming Director

On June 29, Maggie Weaver facilitated an Article Club on How to Say No. A group of SLA and OLA-SLC members – some employed, one employer, some un-employed, others on contracts – congregated at Scotland Yard Pub to reflect on the best ways to maintain healthy boundaries in a professional context. Topics of discussion ranged from time management, to FOMO, to ethical considerations. Thanks to Maggie for hosting, and to everyone who participated.

On July 21, SLA teamed with our friends at the Michener Institute to put together an Unofficial Inter-organizational Midsummer Pub Night. There was no agenda for this purely social event at the Victory Café. Look for more events like this in the near future.

Coming up tomorrow on Thursday, September 1, I hope to see you at SLA Toronto’s Annual Summer Soiree. Please join us to socialize with fellow SLA members and our friends and colleagues on the patio of L’Espresso Bar Mercurio (321 Bloor St. W, on the SE corner of Bloor and St. George). The event starts at 5:30.

And on September 29, come out to learn more about copyright issues in Canada with Erin Finlay, Access Copyright’s Director of Legal and Government Relations, and General Counsel. Erin will provide a basic primer on copyright as well as practical tips on how to be copyright-smart in the workplace. Be sure to bring your questions as well. The event begins at 5:30 – register here.

As usual, 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 an Article Club? Please send any and all ideas along to me at leah.strudwick @

We look forward to hearing from you!

—Leah Strudwick
Programming Director

Featured Partner Event- Access Copyright



Have copyright questions – get answers September 29th

Information professionals encounter copyright every day. It pops up when they field requests to find content, secure the proper permissions for content usage and distribution, and ensure proper management of risks related to copyright. What exactly does copyright entail? What rights and responsibilities do information professionals and their organizations have under copyright law? What about fair dealing, Open Access and content found on the Internet?

Learn more about copyright on September 29th with Erin Finlay, Access Copyright’s Director of Legal and Government Relations, and General Counsel. Erin will provide a basic primer on copyright as well as practical tips on how to be copyright-smart in the workplace. Be sure to bring your questions as well.

Copyright 101
Erin Finlay, Director of Legal and Government Relations, and General Counsel
September 29th @ 5:30 p.m.
Location: PwC Tower (18 York Street)

Register here

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