Advocacy Committee


The Advocacy Committee was formed in Fall of 2011. Reporting to the OLA Board of directors, the OLA Advocacy Committee will:

  • provide broad advice on systemic issues;
  • provide specialized expertise/resources on a specific issue/topic that arises (i.e. copyright, Community Access Program (CAP), Library Archives Canada (LAC) and other cuts to funding);
  • facilitate networking and communication opportunities relating to advocacy;
  • identify advocacy needs and resources (i.e. toolkits, individuals, associations) while working in conjunction with specific sectors;
  • support government relations strategies; and
  • communicate advocacy efforts to stakeholders.

Committee Members

Co Chair: Dana Vanzanten - St. Thomas Public Library (Public Library - Rural)
Jesse Carliner - University of Toronto (Academic Library - University)
Johanna Lawler - Greater Essex County District School Board (School Library)
Richard Reid - Durham District School Board (School Library)
Jason Bird - Sault College (Academic Library - College)
Mary Dodge - Markham Public Library (Public Library - Urban)
Kerry Badgley - North Grenville Public Library Board
Randy Penasse - Nipissing Nation Kendaaswin (Public Library) (First Nation Public Library)
Terri Meekis - Wabauskang First Nation Public Library (First Nation Public Library)
Alison Frayne - Goodminds
David Thornley


Ex-Officio members

Current OLA President
Shelagh Paterson, Executive Director, OLA
Sarah Roberts, Advocacy& Research Officer, OLA

Learn more

Read the Committee's Terms of Reference. For more information contact Shelagh Paterson.  

What I do library campaign

For our What I Do Library campaign, The Ontario Library Association Advocacy Committee asked librarians and library workers what their working days really looked like. Delegates at the OLA’s Super Conference 2012 shared their roles in writing and by tweeting using the hashtag #whatIdolibrary.  We transcribed the answers and put them together in a Wordle.