The annual Ontario Library Association conference was held in Toronto from January 28 to 31. This conference gives library professionals and other library workers an opportunity to meet and attend relevant workshops. The content is varied and sessions include content for academic, special, school and public libraries.
In terms of readers' advisory content, there were some sessions which provided some training for library staff. The Dewey Divas and Dudes offered reading suggestions for |LGTBQ teens. Vaughan Public Library staff showcased their focus on developing readers' advisory services (no access to presentation).
With other committee members, I was able to meet with the co-chair of the British Columbia Library Association Readers' Advisory Interest Group. This committee was developed after discussion with the Ontario Public Library Association's Readers' Advisory Committee. Our lunch was a good opportunity to discuss readers' advisory issues in public libraries across the country.
As always, the Expo featured many authors and allowed libraries direct access to publishers and suppliers.
Overall, there could have been more readers' advisory content which means that those who have a passion for readers should be developing a session for next year's conference.