Wednesday July 7th, 9:30a.m. – 4:45 p.m. EST
OCULA Conference 2021 - Switching Gears: Finding Time to Check In and Check Out
OCULA hosts a conference each year that bring together library staff from university and college libraries to discuss, collaborate, interrogate, and learn together.
Switching Gears: Finding Time to Check In and Check Out
Save the Date: Wednesday July 7, 2021 | Register Here
For many of us, this past year has been one of seemingly insurmountable professional and personal challenges. Our homes, our jobs, our lives have been disrupted to say the least. Such disruption, in turn, has further highlighted, if not magnified inequities within our library systems, and unsettled our roles, our workspaces, and our professional relationships.
Acknowledge, Recognize, and Validate
This conference will provide our library community the opportunity to reflect and commemorate this past year. Before we look ahead to our eventual return to our campuses and a sense of normalcy, we must first take time to acknowledge and validate this year of hardship, and the difficult labour of keeping well. We invite our library colleagues to submit Lightning Talk proposals about activities, events, leadership practices, etc. within our organizations that bring well-being into the workplace.
Beyond the Library
Disruption has also erased the divide between our professional and personal lives. Let’s take the time to showcase our talents, curiosities, skills, and unique obsessions beyond the library, with workshops and sessions led by library staff on non-related library activities.
Call for Proposals (Deadline May 26)
Lightning Talks: Please submit a proposal describing activities, events, leadership practices, etc. within our organizations that bring well-being into the workplace. For example, how have you achieved a sense of community while working from home? How have you supported and been supported by your colleagues and administration during the pandemic?
Beyond the Library Sessions: We invite proposals describing a Beyond the Library session. Mini lectures, hands-on workshops, knowledge sharing circles, demonstrations, performances and more are welcome! Want to teach your colleagues how to tune-up their bicycles? Are you an expert gardener? Have you always wanted to do a TED Talk on the history of the taco? Do you want to teach others how to do a specific craft? Would you like to lead us in a science experiment? A poetry circle? The options are endless – let’s shine a light on our own homegrown talents, curiosities, skills and interests.
OLA Members – $75
Non Members – $125
Students and under employed – $50
Any questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org