Welcome to the Ontario Library Association Mentoring Website!

The OLA Mentoring Committee is dedicated to developing and implementing sustainable mentoring-related activities and services for OLA members and for library education programs in the province. Programs and services are related to career choices within libraries and librarianship, skills development related to the job application process and career-related guidance and support for new, mid, and late-career librarians and library technicians.  We’ve launched our new LinkedIn sitePlease see below for our current and some up coming programs.  Let us know what you think about professional mentoring and share ideas of what you’d like to see from OLA Mentoring.

OLA Mentoring Events 

Your OLA Mentoring Committee welcomes you to join our LinkedIn Group  to start making new connections, ask questions and join the conversations!

OLA March Career Conversation – Starting a New Role Virtually or Hybrid March 29, 12 PM EST

Career-Focused Sessions @ Super Conference

downloadRepresentatives of the Mentoring Committee are actively involved in Super Conference planning for 2022. We are very excited about the 19 career-focused sessions planned for Super Conference 2022. More information is available on the 2022 Super Conference website.

Career Centre Outreach

The OLA Mentoring Committee works with university faculties of library and information science and colleges offering library technician programs to offer local sessions customized to the program’s needs, with options for mock interviews and resumé critiquing. We are also developing a toolkit to support this popular outreach program. If you are interested in setting up an event at your institution, please contact us.

OLA MentorMatch

The OLA’s MentorMatch program connects mentors with mentees in the library community. It provides one on one support for students, recent grads, mid-career or senior professionals.

Mentoring is a relationship in a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental environment.

Mentors and mentees commit to a six-month program and are expected to sustain a monthly connection for that time period.

Are you an experienced professional with something to offer? New to the profession and seeking guidance? A new session of MentorMatch begins in Winter 2022. We are seeking mentors as well as members who would like to be mentored. Find out more about how you can get involved on the OLA MentorMatch page of this website.