Education Institute

The Education Institute is a professional development & continuing education program for the library community developed by The Partnership of Provincial and Territorial Library Associations of Canada. The program offers a wide variety of webinars and 3- to 6-week online courses for librarians and information professionals across sectors.

Connection and information sharing has never been more crucial as libraries begin to consider what comes next, and the Education Institute (EI) is honoured to support the library community navigate this rapidly changing landscape. The EI All-Access Pass is the perfect solution for your library’s virtual professional development needs.

What is an Education Institute All-Access Pass?

The All-Access Pass is an annual subscription to its continuing education platform called the All-Access Pass. This pass provides you and your staff with unlimited access to:

  • unlimited live webinars
  • unlimited on-demand webinars

Testimonials:
“Good mix of more abstract & concrete content. Good discussion in the questions afterwards.”
“The presenter really got me thinking! Pretty inspirational, actually! I will be more mindful of many things as a result of this webinar!”

Pricing
The Education Institute offers custom pricing for your library to ensure we can find a solution that works for your unique needs.

How Do I Sign Up?
If you or your organization are seeking solutions for providing professional development for staff from a sizeable catalogue of webinars, as well as custom pricing, please get in contact with Destiny Laldeo (dlaldeo@accessola.com), Training and Education Specialist.

The Education Institute (EI) offers a wide variety of webinars and online courses, hosted by experts across all sectors of the library & information profession. The typical fee is $45 for members and $55 for non-members, unless otherwise indicated. After each webinar, registrants will receive a recording of the session, which can be accessed for one year after the session date.

Do I need special software to participate in an EI webinar or online course?

Our webinars are delivered over Adobe Connect and the software is free. All registrants receive an email with a web conferencing URL the day prior to the session. All you need to access it is a computer that has access to the internet and working computer speakers.

I am a member of a provincial library association, but not the OLA (example: BCLA or APLA).

Can I receive member discounts on EI sessions?
Yes, you can. After you submit your email address, a link will be sent to your email. Follow that link, and when you create your profile for an account with us, just make sure you choose the Partnership Association you belong to from the dropdown list. Our system should automatically give you member benefits on purchases.

What happens if I can’t make the webinar presentation date?
As long as you register for the seminar by the date of the presentation, you will receive a URL to a recording of the session within a day or two. You can access this recording as often as you like for up to one year.

What is your cancellation and refund policy?
EI does not offer refunds for missed sessions. If you are unable to attend a session, please refer to the recording. If a session is cancelled, registrants will receive a credit for a future session. Please note that session dates are subject to change.

Can I access past sessions?
Yes, by registering for the event and selecting the recorded session instead of the live webinar. If you have any questions or issues, contact the Training and Education Specialist and they will send you the URL for the recorded version, which is accessible for one year after the live session.

I’m having tech trouble prior or during a session – can you help me?
If you have registered for a webinar and are having trouble accessing it, check out our webinar troubleshooting page.

What happens if a webinar is cancelled?
Occasionally webinars are cancelled due to lack of enough registrations or because of last-minute emergencies. Most often the session will be rescheduled and you will be contacted. If the webinar is not rescheduled or if you cannot make the new date and time, we offer credit for future EI webinars.

Attention Students and New Graduatues: Do you have an idea or topic that you’d like to share with the Canadian library & information community? Would you like to boost your CV and public speaking skills?

We value student research and want your voice to be heard & showcased. As the next generation of library professionals, hosting a webinar with the Education Institute is a wonderful opportunity to share your research with people in the field and foster connections between academic schools and professionals. Student speakers will be a part of our “Bright Young Minds” webinar series. Each speaker will receive an honourarium, and webinars included in this series are free for all association members to join.

Submit your proposal using this form. You can also visit our Information for Presenters page, or get in touch directly – we’d love to hear from you!

Do I need special software to participate in an EI webinar or online course?
Our webinars are delivered over Adobe Connect and the software is free. All registrants receive an email with a web conferencing URL the day prior to the session. All you need to access it is a computer that has access to the internet and working computer speakers.

I am a member of a provincial library association, but not the OLA (example: BCLA or APLA).
Can I receive member discounts on EI sessions?
Yes, you can. After you submit your email address, a link will be sent to your email. Follow that link, and when you create your profile for an account with us, just make sure you choose the Partnership Association you belong to from the dropdown list. Our system should automatically give you member benefits on purchases.

What happens if I can’t make the webinar presentation date?
As long as you register for the seminar by the date of the presentation, you will receive a URL to a recording of the session within a day or two. You can access this recording as often as you like for up to one year.

What is your cancellation and refund policy?
EI does not offer refunds for missed sessions. If you are unable to attend a session, please refer to the recording. If a session is cancelled, registrants will receive a credit for a future session. Please note that session dates are subject to change.

Can I access past sessions?
Yes, by registering for the event and selecting the recorded session instead of the live webinar. If you have any questions or issues, contact the Training and Education Specialist and they will send you the URL for the recorded version, which is accessible for one year after the live session.

I’m having tech trouble prior or during a session – can you help me?
If you have registered for a webinar and are having trouble accessing it, check out our webinar troubleshooting page.

What happens if a webinar is cancelled?
Occasionally webinars are cancelled due to lack of enough registrations or because of last-minute emergencies. Most often the session will be rescheduled and you will be contacted. If the webinar is not rescheduled or if you cannot make the new date and time, we offer credit for future EI webinars.

Thank you for registering for an Education Institute webinar. Despite our best efforts, sometimes online sessions don’t run as smoothly as we’d like. Please email us at education@accessola.com for technical support.

The Education Institute is always on the lookout for great webinar or course ideas related to the library & information profession, across all sectors. If you’re a subject area expert, or have a new & innovative idea you want to share with the library community, we want to work with you! New presenters are always welcome.

Typical topics for courses include, but are not limited to:
– Approaches to reference or collection practices
– Library programming and services
– Management & Leadership
– Advocacy
– Teaching & Learning
– Digital Literacy, Privacy & Security
– Marketing & Community Outreach
– Project Management & Productivity
– Fundraising
– Diversity, Inclusion & Accessibility

Submit a Proposal
The Education Institute books three times a year: in March/April for summer, July/August for fall, and November/December for winter. However, interested presenters are welcome to submit a session proposal at any time.

All session proposals require a description, list of key outcomes, and presenter bios. If you are submitting an idea for a course (vs. a one-time session) please also include a resume and short cover letter outlining how your qualifications and experience suit your course proposal.

Once we receive your submission, a member of the Education team will review it and reach out with more information about next steps.

If you need assistance, please contact our Education team at education@accessola.com or 1-866-873-9867.

The Education Institute is maintained for the Partnership by the Ontario Library Association.
2 Toronto Street, 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON M5C 2B6.
Call: 416-363-3388 or toll free 1-866-873-9867
Email: info@accessola.com