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V53-N6-November 2016

The Courier – November 2016 Issue


President’s Letter
Report from the Membership Director
Report from the Programming Director

President’s Letter

Dear Friends,

Welcome to another edition of The Courier newsletter!

I hope to see you all at the UX Research & Design Panel Discussion on November 23rd! Please click here to find out more details about this event. And don’t forget about the event of the season – the Joint Holiday Social on December 8th! You can register here now.

I would like to take a moment to thank each of my other fellow board members for the past year: Bernadette Roca, Leah Strudwick, Sarah McCabe, Katie Cuyler, Caroline Chung, Kate Johnson, Stephanie Quail, and Zena Applebaum. Thank you for your time and commitment to our chapter! Your work has been invaluable and I really appreciate everything you have accomplished for the chapter this year.

As we say thank you to current and departing board members, let’s also bid a warm welcome to four new members of the board for 2017 – Alexander Herd, Sarah Morrison, Kathryn Kingston and Jessica Hanley. Most of these volunteers have already been giving SLA their time and energy on our advisory board or on special committees. On behalf of the executive, we are pleased to welcome you to the board!

Congratulations to our amazing award winners Helen Katz and Martha Foote! In the words of her nominator, our SLA Toronto’s President’s Award winner, Helen Katz, “has worked tirelessly for our profession, mentoring generations of students, providing support to her colleagues, and willingly sharing her knowledge and expertise”. SLA Toronto’s Member of the Year Award winner, Martha Foote, “is one of the most giving and caring SLA members in Toronto. Even with her busy schedule, she always makes time to assist on committees for special events when SLA Toronto sends out calls for volunteers,” also in the words of her nominator. Please join us in recognizing these amazing colleagues at the Holiday Social!

I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the incoming 2017 SLA Board of Directors! You may have noticed that one of Toronto’s own was elected – CONGRATULATIONS ZENA APPLEBAUM!!! You are an exemplary SLA member and we know that the board is lucky to have you!

Lastly, I would like to wish you all the best for the rest of 2016! May the next month and a half bring you many pleasant memories. I hope to see you all very soon!

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 September – November 2016:

  • Amanda Hodgson (Ottawa, ON)
  • Anne Baumann (Toronto, ON)
  • Brian Lafleur (Mississauga, ON)
  • Elizabeth Boyles (Toronto, ON)
  • Julianne Morris (Toronto, ON)
  • Kate Shearer (Toronto, ON)
  • Kathleen Brown (Toronto, ON)
  • Lisa Cunningham (Toronto, ON)
  • Matthew Singleton (Toronto, ON)
  • Nicole Bassett-Wilson (Georgetown, ON)
  • Stephanie Quail (Toronto, ON)
  • Trevor Marlatt (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

On September 1, SLA Toronto celebrated at its Annual Summer Soiree at L’Espresso Bar Mercurio. Then, on September 29, a group of us learned more about copyright issues in Canada with Erin Finlay. Erin walked us through the fundamentals of copyright management and we talked about content sharing best practices and licensing.

On October 29, a group of us met at the Harbord House to talk about building a persuasive case for a records management project. We discussed 3 articles chosen by our hosts Jessica Samuels and Mary Gu, talked about the importance of retention schedules, and commiserated about the challenges of implementing change within complex organizations. It is fascinating to hear the stories of new professionals who have completed projects and changed systems – the Toronto information professional community is full of such bright people.

We had our Annual General Meeting via webinar last week, during which we announced award and election members and discussed plans for next year’s Board. Exciting times ahead for the Toronto Chapter! You can watch a recording of our meeting here. We are also still looking for Board members, specifically Programming Coordinator – we want to keep SLA Toronto a vibrant and valuable organization, and we need your help! Get in touch with any member of the Executive Board if you want to volunteer your talents and time.

SLA Toronto’s next event is UX Research & Design Defined, a panel discussion on Thursday November 23. A panel of experts working in Agency and Corporate UX will demystify this emerging field and share their insights and experiences in a conversation moderated by host Aurelia Engstrom. It will be held at the Lillian H. Smith library – register here.

And the Holiday Social is coming up on December 8th at Hart House. Generously sponsored by MergerMarket and Wolters Kluwer Health, it will be an opportunity to see old friends and meet new. Get your tickets now! The Social is on the same evening as Vicki Whitmell’s Special Libraries Practicum Exhibition, and the party will still be going strong after the exhibition is done. Hart House is only blocks from the iSchool, so you should absolutely do both, like me. Get your tickets for the Social here. Also, get in touch with me if you want to participate in the Holiday Social Buddy System but will be arriving late, and I will arrange for a late shift of Buddies to meet you when you arrive.

And finally, 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 @

—Leah Strudwick
Programming Director

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