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. 



Join us for a two-part online workshop on Lean methodology and how it applies in every size library for any audience. At its core, Lean is about leveraging the knowledge of staff to break down current practices and processes, and replace them with simpler, more efficient changes that require less effort. Best of all, adopting a Lean approach can lead to large time and even money-saving results. Discover how to benefit from the ‘less work, higher impact’ model! More info

The Education Institute welcomes StatCan's Paul Laffin as its Spotlight Speaker at the Spring 2023 Conference. Paul is the Data Ambassador at Statistics Canada (Central Region), helping data users find, interpret and use data to improve decision-making and ultimately outcomes. He organizes capacity-building activities, collaborates with external organizations and networks with data users across the province. His session, entitled "Research and StatCan's Role," will open the researcher conference. View the full program here.


The Education Institute kicks off its 2023 programming with “Building Your Researcher Toolkit,” an event aimed at equipping attendees with foundations in research practices. The event is open to members and non-members, especially those new to research. Registration is now open – click here for more information on the virtual program, fees, and more!

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!

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 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 virtual education events on a variety of topics. 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.

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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 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 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. 
c/o the Ontario Library Association 
2080 Danforth Avenue, 
Toronto, ON 
M4C 1J9 

Call: 1-877-340-1730