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.

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The OLA’s MentorMatch program strives to link working professionals with students, new graduates and other library staff interested in a career in libraries and related fields. Are you an experienced professional with something to offer? New to the profession and seeking guidance? A new session of MentorMatch begins in January 2019. 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.

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The Career Centre at Super Conference is always a very busy place! Open over three days of the conference, career centre volunteers conduct mock interviews and critique 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 2019. More information is available on the Events page, and on the Super Conference website.

Career-Focused Sessions @ Super Conference

MentorMatch-How does it work Representatives of the Mentoring Committee are actively involved in Super Conference planning. Last year’s conference included sessions on everything from being a “new world” librarian through the power of mentoring and managing your online presence,and on to exploring information careers outside of libraries. We are very excited about the career-focused sessions planned for Super Conference 2019. 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.