The Staff Room

The Staff Room

Inside the headquarters of the Ontario Library Association
Guess what we got into the office? The printer’s proof of the Super Conference 2013 registration program! Look for it to hit your mailboxes late October/early November.

Guess what we got into the office? The printer’s proof of the Super Conference 2013 registration program! Look for it to hit your mailboxes late October/early November.

We had a couple special visitors in the office today, Michelle with Baby Simone!

We had a couple special visitors in the office today, Michelle with Baby Simone!

Just a little Forest of Reading cleanup in the office… Check out the before and after book piles!

Meet Sandra Dimock, our new education program coordinator while Michelle is on mat leave. To get to know her better, we’ve asked her to fill out this questionnaire. 
Welcome, Sandra! We’re happy to have you on board.
What did you do before joining OLA?I was a secondary teacher for a long time with the Toronto District School Board.  I have 7 teaching subjects and experience teaching them all, mainly teaching adults, but also teenagers  I was also a Library Department Head at 3 different schools so I learned about every aspect of running a library.What’s your favourite part of your job?My favourite part of the job is meeting so many talented individuals associated with the OLA and also learning from the webinars that I help put into production.What do you like doing for fun outside the office?I like to keep active — biking, running, walking along the Grand River.  I am also learning to play tennis right now though I am very bad at it.  I also love to have friends over for dinner and experimenting with my extremely varied range of cookbooks— sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t.  Luckily my friends are forgiving.What’s your party trick?I wouldn’t consider it a trick, but at parties I tend to zero in on one or two people and ask questions that are really none of my business — maybe it comes from my counseling background.What was your favourite book growing up?I can’t say I had a favourite book because I read all the time.  When I was very young, I used to choose books for their weight — the bigger the better so I tended to read a lot of anthologies early on and books that I really had no business reading — it was pretty indiscriminate.Who are your heroes?I value taking the ‘road less travelled’ and people who are original thinkers and intrepid explorers so Margaret Mead, Copernicus, Ferdinand Magellan, Sartre,  Einstein, existential philosophers, to name a few.Which actor/actress would you cast to play you in the movie of your life?My life has been full of so many different chapters and shifts that I’d have to say someone like Meryl Streep as she can play different dimensions and maybe make my life seem more exciting than it actually was!Which OLA event are you most excited for in the year ahead?Well, the Super Conference next year, I’d say and also the Virtual Component of that — really looking forward to helping to put that together!  Should be awesome!

Meet Sandra Dimock, our new education program coordinator while Michelle is on mat leave. To get to know her better, we’ve asked her to fill out this questionnaire.

Welcome, Sandra! We’re happy to have you on board.

What did you do before joining OLA?
I was a secondary teacher for a long time with the Toronto District School Board.  I have 7 teaching subjects and experience teaching them all, mainly teaching adults, but also teenagers  I was also a Library Department Head at 3 different schools so I learned about every aspect of running a library.

What’s your favourite part of your job?
My favourite part of the job is meeting so many talented individuals associated with the OLA and also learning from the webinars that I help put into production.

What do you like doing for fun outside the office?
I like to keep active — biking, running, walking along the Grand River.  I am also learning to play tennis right now though I am very bad at it.  I also love to have friends over for dinner and experimenting with my extremely varied range of cookbooks— sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t.  Luckily my friends are forgiving.

What’s your party trick?
I wouldn’t consider it a trick, but at parties I tend to zero in on one or two people and ask questions that are really none of my business — maybe it comes from my counseling background.

What was your favourite book growing up?
I can’t say I had a favourite book because I read all the time.  When I was very young, I used to choose books for their weight — the bigger the better so I tended to read a lot of anthologies early on and books that I really had no business reading — it was pretty indiscriminate.

Who are your heroes?
I value taking the ‘road less travelled’ and people who are original thinkers and intrepid explorers so Margaret Mead, Copernicus, Ferdinand Magellan, Sartre,  Einstein, existential philosophers, to name a few.

Which actor/actress would you cast to play you in the movie of your life?
My life has been full of so many different chapters and shifts that I’d have to say someone like Meryl Streep as she can play different dimensions and maybe make my life seem more exciting than it actually was!

Which OLA event are you most excited for in the year ahead?
Well, the Super Conference next year, I’d say and also the Virtual Component of that — really looking forward to helping to put that together!  Should be awesome!


Super cool! Extra OLA Super Conference delegate bags, sponsored by Brodart, become loot/book bags in Mbooni District thanks to Eric Walters, OLA Forest of Reading award winning author. Visit www.creationofhope.com for more information about this initiative in Kenya.

Super cool! Extra OLA Super Conference delegate bags, sponsored by Brodart, become loot/book bags in Mbooni District thanks to Eric Walters, OLA Forest of Reading award winning author. Visit www.creationofhope.com for more information about this initiative in Kenya.

Claire hanging out with the amazing Fausta from Bolton, the winner of our Forest of Reading biggest fan competition.

Claire hanging out with the amazing Fausta from Bolton, the winner of our Forest of Reading biggest fan competition.

We’re at the CLA conference on the expo floor! We’ll be here until Friday, so swing by if you’re in Ottawa.

We’re at the CLA conference on the expo floor! We’ll be here until Friday, so swing by if you’re in Ottawa.

Scenes from the Festival of Trees in Thunder Bay!

1. The packed venue

2. Author Kevin Sylvester hypes the crowd

3. Program Coordinator Meredith Tutching meets Smokey the Bear

OTTAWA FESTIVAL OF TREES

Bill Slavin, illustrator of All Aboard!; Romi Caron, illustrator of Uumajut; and Natalie Hyde, author of Saving Arm Pit, speak to more than 900 young readers at the Ottawa Festival of Trees May 17. 

OTTAWA FESTIVAL OF TREES

Susan J. Nilson, author of Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom; Jill MacLean, author of Home Truths, and Simon Awa, co-author of Uumajut, speak at the Festival of Trees Celebration in Ottawa May 17.