January 29th-February 1st, the Ontario Library Association hosted their Annual Superconference – A Universe of Possibilities – in Toronto! St. Thomas Public Library was lucky enough to send three staff members and two board members to this year’s conference. But many of you might be asking – what exactly is a library conference anyways? Just like any other profession, people who work in the library industry relish any opportunity to refresh their skills, learn some new strategies, and connect with other librarians. During the conference, people can attend sessions and workshops on topics ranging from “The Hottest Titles of 2014” to “Developing Mobile Printing in Your Library”. With well over a hundred sessions to choose from, there was no shortage of ideas! But even more than being a space for us to learn some new skills, the conference is a great place to exchange ideas, meet colleagues old and new, and learn more about cutting edge technology and products. This year, they even had a hands-on makerspace for us to use, where we could try out 3D printers and pens!
On top of that, we attended the Ontario Public Library Awards Gala, hosted by Kevin Sylvester (Author, Illustrator, and Radio Broadcaster), with special guests Michael Chan (Minister, Tourism, Culture and Sport) and Stephen Davidson (Deputy Minister, Tourism, Culture and Sport). It was inspiring to watch our fellow librarians receive recognition for their hard work and outstanding programs! While we were there, we were pleased to receive a plaque acknowledging our recent Accreditation! What’s more, our very own CEO, Rudi Denham, was presented with an OLA Special Recognition Award for her role as editor of Ho-OPLA for over 10 years. What a night!
Despite it being a whirlwind few days, we have all come back inspired, and have brought with us new ideas about how to make the St. Thomas Public Library even better!