The Education Institute
The Partnership of Provincial and Territorial Library Associations of Canada offers professional development and continuing education for the library community. Its programming consists of virtual events for librarians and information professionals across sectors.
MARCH 20, 2023 | REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
MARCH 17, 2023 | A NEW LOOK
As of Spring 2023, the Education Institute (EI) is transforming into a revitalized education series to better meet the needs of the library community. The series will continue to offer professional development and continuing education programming. Each event in the term-based series will focus on a special theme or topic that will be explored in a half-day conference style structure, with sessions and presentations for librarians and information professionals across sectors. We look forward to bringing you insightful and inspiring content through The Partnership in Spring 2023!
February 15, 2023 | A CHANGE IS COMING
An important announcement about the structure of the Education Institute will be shared in Spring 2023 – stay tuned!
Launched in 2002, the Education Institute was designed for the library community by The Partnership of Provincial and Territorial Library Associations of Canada. It aims to reach beyond traditional borders to offer a professional development and continuing education program with sessions on a variety of topics for librarians and information professionals across sectors.
Programming is currently maintained by the Education team at the Ontario Library Association.
The Partnership’s events fall under the OLA’s Code of Conduct, which can be found at accessola.com in the Board of Director’s listing of Policies and Procedures. If you feel the code has been breached, please contact the Executive Director of OLA (Shelagh Paterson).
The Partnership offers a webinar series featuring a variety of topics grouped under common event themes. The sessions are hosted by experts across all sectors of the library & information profession. After each event, registrants will have on-demand access to session recordings for a limited time.
Events consist of a term-based webinar series organized under a particular theme. Each event series follows the below updated registration cost breakdown:
- Members: $125
- Non-members: $165
- Staff from First Nations Public Libraries: $0
- Student, Retired, Underemployed members: $50
- 10% off for groups of 5+ from the same institution
Please note: Event fees are subject to taxes based on your region.
Do I need any special software to participate in The Partnership’s education series?
Yes – but the software is free! All registrants receive an email with instructions to login to the event web portal prior to the event date. All you need to access it is a computer that has access to the internet and working computer speakers.
Do I need a teleconferencing number?
You do not need a teleconference number. Sound will come through your computer speakers or headphones. Only the session presenters and the convenor have audio privileges.
Will I be able to interact with the presenters during the presentation?
Yes. While you can’t communicate verbally, you will be able to interact with the presenters or the conveners via the chat box on the event platform. Presenters might also ask you to complete a poll.
How do I log into the event platform?
Connection instructions will be emailed out to registrants a few days prior to the event, providing you with a link, as well as a unique login and password. If you do not have login instructions by the day of the presentation, please check your spam filter. If you’ve registered for an event on the same day as it’s being presented, we urge you to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org informing us of this, so that we can make sure that you have all the information you need by the time the sessions start.
I’ve never attended a Zoom webinar. Is it complicated?
Not at all. The convenor always gives a short introduction of the various features before the actual webinar starts and you are free to ask questions during the presentation using the chat box feature.
I would like to register a number of people in my library for an upcoming event. How can I do that?
Please contact and we would be happy to help.
I am a member of a provincial library association, but not the OLA (example: BCLA or APLA). Can I receive member discounts on the education series?
Yes, you can. Please contact and we would be happy to help.
Can I share the URL for the event with my friends?
Yes and no. Your registration covers single-location access. That means you can host a group in a single room or watch it individually; please do not pass the connection email or link to others. We are a non-profit that exists to serve our members, and our system is totally honour-based.
Can I access the event (or recordings) on my iPad?
The event system is best experienced on a laptop or desktop device, though it is responsive and compatible with tablets and smartphones. Tablets and smartphones are best suited for view-only experiences, as the system relies on several technologies that are best compatible with full browsers.
What happens if I can’t make the event date?
As long as you register before the event date, you will have access to the event web portal to view the recordings on-demand (these are usually posted within a week). You can access the recordings as often as you like for up to three months following the event.
Will I be able to access past events?
Unless otherwise indicated, session recordings for each event will be accessible via the event web platform for three months following the event date.
I need a receipt to be reimbursed by my organization. How do I get it?
You can access your registration receipts by visiting your profile on our registration portal. If you need assistance, please contact .
Can I pay for event registration by cheque?
Individuals pay by credit card. If you are registering a group from the same institution or organization and need to pay by another means, please contact to coordinate payment.
What is your cancellation and refund policy?
If you are unable to attend a live event, please refer to the recording available on-demand following the event. If an event is cancelled, registrants will receive a credit for a future event. If personal circumstances arise that require more assistance or consideration, please contact us directly at .
Thank you for registering for The Partnership’s educational programming. Despite our best efforts, sometimes online sessions don’t run as smoothly as we’d like. Please email us at email@example.com for technical support.
The Partnership is always on the lookout for great content ideas relevant to library and information professionals, across all sectors. The Education team consults industry newsletters, survey results, and trends to shape events for its community. Presenters are sourced from a variety of backgrounds and expertise areas with the goal of providing an equitable platform for all types of voices.
The Education team books three times a year: in February/March for Spring, July/August for Fall, and September/October for Winter.
All event proposals consist of a detailed outline, including session information such as content descriptions, a list of key outcomes, and presenter bios, which are then reviewed by the Education team and Partnership Committee. Following acceptance and confirmation, presenters are contacted with next steps in the logistical process.
Open submissions are not currently accepted.
The Partnership’s education programming is maintained by the Education team at the Ontario Library Association.
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