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 site! Please 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.
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 January 2021. 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.
Career Centre @ Super Conference
The Career Centre at Super Conference is always a very busy place! Open over three days of the conference, career centre volunteers conducted mock interviews and critiqued resumés for conference attendees. If you are interested in honing your career-building strategies and interview skills, be sure to visit the Career Centre at Super Conference 2021. More information is available on the Events page, and on the Super Conference website. See below for links from sessions from Super Conference 2020.
Career-Focused Sessions @ Super Conference
Representatives of the Mentoring Committee are actively involved in Super Conference planning. Last year’s conference included sessions on taking a career leap, breaking down barriers, diversity in the workplace, embracing failure, productivity, team building, 9-5?, engagement, leadership development, equity in the workplace and many more. We are very excited about the career-focused sessions planned for Super Conference 2021. More information is available on the Events page, and on the 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.