Ontario Library Association Superconference
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Live from Toronto, it's coverage of the 25th Annual Ontario Library Association Superconference, held in January 2019. Insights, ideas and provocations from school librarians from across Canada.
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Helaine Becker is an award-winning writer of books for children with over 90 books to her credit including the best-selling picture books, A Porcupine in a Pine Tree, Deck the Halls, and Dashing Through the Snow; You Can Read, and Sloth at the Zoom….

Connie Scott is a library technician at Dr. Frank J. Hayden in the Halton District School Board. But, as our OLA Super Conference conversation suggests, she has made this role much more about the community connections, relationship-building and…

Stacy Geddes and Jen Angle are both teacher librarians in the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. Listen in as they radiate experience, insight and passion for their roles and the importance of librarians and the people who make them work.

Albert Wisco is a community builder, digital creator, storyteller and Community Manager at TVO. Many subscribers to Teach Ontario will know him as “Ask Albert”. In this conversation, we explore the power of story, community and the importance of…

As outgoing past president of the Ontario Library Association, Kerry Badgley knows the full extent of libraries in the province. Not only does he know where they are and what they are, but he is also deeply aware of what they might be in the future,…

Lisa Noble is one of those folks that you meet that are constantly surprising you with their knowledge, expertise and interests. An educator in the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, a knitter, a paddler and an explore, Lisa brings so much of…

Manga Classics are faithful adaptations of classic literature created by artists who have a genuine passion for the story they have produced. Publisher Erik Ko and Toronto-based educator, Mike Barltrop join me to talk about the Manga Classics project…

Stath Paleshi is a languages teacher at Elmira District Secondary School in the Waterloo Region District School Board. Stath is at the OLA Super Conference this year because she is also about to add the role of teacher-librarian to her teaching…

Heather Stoness is a teacher librarian at Emily Carr Public School in the Halton District School Board. Not only is Heather a presenter at this year’s OLA Super Conference, but she is also the recipient of the 2019 OLA Teacher-Librarian of the Year Award.

When you spend much of your life in the virtual world, it’s always a treat to catch up with people IRL. Author and podcaster, Jennifer Casa Todd and newly-minted teacher-librarian team up for this lively conversation about like-mindedness, ribbons,…

In September 2019, CBC Podcasts launched a first-of-its-kind pilot program in the audio education space. ‘Podcasts in Class’ is a way for teachers to bring podcasts into their classrooms, with custom-made lesson plans, slides, handouts, homework, and…

Leah Kearney is an educator with the Toronto District School Board, currently on secondment as Instructional Liaison at TVO. Our conversation covers a great deal of ground, inspired by Leah’s passion, insights and expertise!

Rina Hadziev is Executive Director an organization established in April 2014 with the goal of supporting and assisting public libraries in delivering accessible library materials to Canadians with print disabilities in equal measure to that which is…

No conference would be possible without a large team of committed volunteers, giving their time to make the experience positive and seamless for delegates. We caught up with OLA Super Conference volunteer and part-time library sciences student,…

Beth Lyons is teacher-librarian at Larkspur Public School in Brampton, Ontario, and President-Elect for the Ontario School Library Association. It was great to sit down and talk libraries with Beth

Monica Rettig (@monicarettig) is a librarian at Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario. An advocate for accessibility and helping students navigate the many services offered by today’s university library. (And she’s a former student of Stephen…

The very first conversation from this year’s OLA Super Conference! Ruth Gretsinger (@originalmissg) is a teacher-librarian in the District School Board of Niagara. An advocate for libraries, children’s books and The Forest of Reading.

Tim Boudreau (@timboo_drow) is a Teacher-Librarian at Lougheed Middle School in the Peel District School Board. Tim is the winner of this year’s Ontario Library and Information Technology Association (OLITA) award.

Tim is also the host of the…

Trevor MacKenzie is an educator, an author and an international advocate for Inquiry-based learning. He’s the author of two books on the subject. “Inquiry Mindset “with coauthor Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt and Dive into Inquiry are widely available in a…

Rebecca Hurley is a teacher-librarian in the Erie Grand District School Board and her sister, Lisa Kao holds a similar role with the Peel District School Board. We caught up with Rebecca and Lisa on day one of the Ontario Library Association…

Chelsea Klukas is currently a Product Design Manager at Facebook. Klukas co-founded and is the Chief Creative Officer for MakeFashion, a wearable tech nonprofit that brings technology and high fashion to the runway.

This talk will explore the origins…

In this session, Toronto District School Board Teacher Librarians, Gemsy Joseph and Deborah Haines, discuss bias, discrimination, privilege and voice. They examine microaggressions in the school library, how to become aware of their existence, and…

Leigh Borden talks about how the school library learning commons movement in Newfoundland and Labrador has been ignited! Leigh’s presentation focuses on the way this movement can inspire youth to be innovators, experimenters, learner, and leaders who…

Are you fighting to keep your Library Learning Commons open Do you believe in dedicated teacher-librarians? In this session, members of the OSLA Council will work with participants to explore and share empowering advocacy strategies for use at all…

In this session from the OLA Super Conference, Waterloo District School Board educators, Stephanie Morris and Jen Taylor explore how teacher-librarians can embed maker philosophies into their library learning commons to better engage all learners and…

Post-secondary librarians and high school TL’s know that not all students enter college/university with the information literacy skills required to succeed and thrive. In this OLA Super Conference session, a panel of representatives from K-12 and…

Interesting in exploring better ways to share and organize the great resources you find online! Have you go loads of digital bookmarks tucked away in a bunch of different spaces? In this OLA Super Conference session, Lisa Noble shares practices and…

Featuring Nadia Caidi (University of Toronto), Andrea Cecchetto (Markham Public Library) and Louise Reimer (Toronto Public Libraries), this session discusses effective strategies/solutions and best practices in employment equity and diversity…

Kate Johnson-McGregor is a teacher librarian at Brantford Collegiate in the Grand Erie District School Board. In this lively conversation we talk about her relationship with libraries over the years and the changing landscape of Information Literacy!

Alanna King and Diana Maliszewski are co-chairs representing the Ontario School Library Association on this year’s Ontario Library Association’s Superconference being held at the end of January in Toronto.

Listen in as they talk about their…

Phenomenon Based Learning cycles are holistic inquiry periods where students develop competencies and understandings by including all curriculum subjects in their study topic. Listen as Greg Harris, Stephanie Tosh, Jamie Taylor, Alicia Dart Shaw tell…