Monthly Archives: February 2009

OLA 2009 Keynote Speakers

I had the opportunity at OLA 2009 to listen to several excellent keynote speeches. The first was by Cynthia Nikitin who discussed “The Place of Libraries in Changing Times.” Cynthia Nikitin is Vice President for Public Buildings and Downtowns as … Continue reading

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Training Initiatives at Brampton Public Library

Adele Kostiak, the CEO of Brampton Public Library, and Tanya Taylor, Human Resources Advisor, gave a presentation on four training initiatives at Brampton Public Library. The first of these was an internal mentoring program "that provides opportunities for mentors and … Continue reading

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Virtual Reference and E-Books

I attended sessions that offered the latest information on virtual reference and e-books. AskON is the Knowledge Ontario offering that some public libraries have adopted to provide online chat reference. Libraries using AskON form a pool of responders to reference … Continue reading

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Evergreen and Koha

I was surprised to see the jostling for attention between the two open source offerings for integrated library systems, Evergreen and Koha. Evergreen is a system originally designed by the Georgia Public Library Service for the PINES Consortium (PINES stands … Continue reading

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Top Technology Trends

The three presenters at the Top Technology Trends session were Walt Crawford, Paul Takala, and Anita Brooks-Kirkland. I have been following Walt Crawford’s writing for a number of years, and it was an honour to hear him speak at the … Continue reading

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Large Scale Digitization at Toronto Public Library

At my last session on Saturday at OLA 2009 I learned about the large scale digitization project at the Toronto Public Library. I was familiar with the Ontario Time Machine at http://www.ontariotimemachine.ca/, but Toronto Public Library’s digitization project is larger … Continue reading

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