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.
NOV 28 | Setting Your Sights on 2024
With a new year on the horizon, it’s time to start thinking about your goals for 2024, and we have a brand new workshop series to guide you through the process. Watch for more news on our forthcoming personal development course, Resolutions!
SEP 7 | Leadership and Management Series
The first event in the new Leadership and Management workshop series is open for registration! Join us for Elevate Your Approach: Coaching Strategies for Transforming Challenging Conversations on September 25th. More info
JULY 19 | Call For Proposals: Lightning Talks
Do you have experience in management or insights into successful leadership? The Education Institute is planning an event on just that, and we want to hear from you! Submit your proposal for a lightning talk… More info
MAY 23 | EI Summer Workshop
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!
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 (Michelle Arbuckle).
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.
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. In some cases, you may not have access to communicate verbally, but you will always be able to interact with the presenters or the conveners via the chat box on the event platform, and you might also be asked to complete a poll or engage with a collaborative program like Jamboard. Afterwards, you will often have the option to contact the presenters via email. Plus, we always send a feedback survey after each event, so you are welcome to share your thoughts there as well.
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?
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 the specified period 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 a specified period 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?
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.
All event proposals must 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. Following acceptance and confirmation, presenters are contacted with next steps in the logistical process.
Open submissions are not currently accepted.