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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.


OLA Mentoring Events 

Ontario Library Chats

These are casual chats with members of the OLA Mentoring Committee where we want to chat about your experiences and learn from each other. OLA members from all divisions are welcome from any stage of your career. Bring your coffee bring your lunch and your career related questions. Want to submit a question prior to the chat to be considered during the conversation? Please email olamentoring@gmail.com  

May 18th – 12pm Ontario Library Chat – Mid-Career Options/Changing Paths

This is a casual chat with members of the OLA Mentoring Committee where we want to chat about your experiences and learn from each other. OLA members from all divisions are welcome from any stage of your career. Bring your coffee bring your lunch and your career related questions regarding: 

  • Are you ready for change
  • What options are out there
  • Networking mid-career
  • Professional development mid-career
  • Exploring interchangeable skills between different fields
  • Identifying your transferable skills
  • Benefits of a mentor
  • Other career related questions and topics that will come up as we chat together

June 1st – 12pm Ontario Library Chat – Benefits of having a Mentor

This is a casual chat with members of the OLA Mentoring Committee where we want to chat about your experiences and learn from each other. OLA members from all divisions are welcome from any stage of your career. Bring your coffee bring your lunch and your career related questions regarding: 

  • About the OLA Mentoring Committee
  • What is mentorship
  • Types of mentoring opportunities
  • What can you expect to get out of a mentoring relationship
  • Who can seek a mentor
  • Why consider a mentor
  • Other career related questions and topics that will come up as we chat together

Have you heard about the Career Centre run by the OLA Mentoring Committee but have not had a chance to attend at Super Conference? Now is your chance! 

Mini-Career Centre on June 1st from 2:00pm – 4:00pm

 OLA Members receive complimentary access to this Mini-Career Centre. Members are encouraged to join and come prepared with questions about resume review, job searching and interview tips. Participants can drop in any time between 2pm and 4pm and will be matched with a mentor. Zoom will be used for this event; registration is required.


mentor-match_squareOLA 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 Summer 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 during the conference, career centre volunteers  are available for 1:1 and group meetups with 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 2022. More information is available on  the Super Conference website.  


Career-Focused Sessions @ Super Conference

SC20-Hero-Image-WebsiteRepresentatives of the Mentoring Committee are actively involved in Super Conference planning for 2022. The 2020 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 2022. More information is available on the 2021 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.