OLA Elections 

Nominate yourself or a colleague for an OLA Council or Board position!
Nominations are accepted through our online form until November 15. 
Note: OLBA Councillor nominations have been extended to December 20, 2017.
Submit a nomination using the online application form
Note: OCULA Elections for Vice President and Councillors will run from December 11-22, 2017

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See below for geographic maps of member regions for OLBA, OSLA, and OPLA. Please note, OSLA combines the northern regions into one council position and OLBA does not have a Metropolitan Toronto region councilor.

Metropolitan Toronto

Election Guidelines
  • Elections will open early December.
  • You must be a current OLA member to vote.
  • Current members will receive an email link to the voting ballot when elections open.
  • Elections run for 10 days in December. Exact dates will be released in late November. 
  • Please make sure to follow instructions carefully as you must confirm your vote by a second email or it will not be counted.

OCULA Vice President Election Nominees 


Matthew Rohweder

George Brown College

Matthew Rohweder is Co-Liaison Librarian for the Centre for Business and School of Design at George Brown College. As part of his duties, he designs information literacy programs and develops curriculum development initiatives. He also works to develop a variety of training initiatives around reference services and accessibility matters for library staff. In addition to his duties at George Brown, he works at the Bronfman Business Library at York University, providing reference services. He is deeply committed to advancing Universal Design for Learning within Library Instruction, promoting and working to develop the Libraries’ role in Open Education Resources, and developing eLearning for Libraries. He holds a MI from the University of Toronto, a Master’s degree in communications from Simon Fraser University and a variety of Teaching/Learning certificates. He is a member of the organizing committee for the annual eLearning in Libraries Symposium, and is a founding member of the Gaming in Libraries initiative, on which he will be presenting at the OLA Super Conference. Matt is active on social media, promoting a love of libraries and information freedom. He is eager to share his enthusiasm for information literacy, the digital world of libraries and to play a role in continuing to build relationships between college and university libraries.  


Cyndi Smith

Georgian College

Cyndi Smith, a library technician, has worked in both public and academic libraries, in the technical services, circulation, and information/reference departments.  She was late to this field of library science but has embraced it wholeheartedly.  In the past, she has served on the boards of the OALT/ABO, OCULA and the OLA SuperConference Planning Committee.  Throughout each position served she has learned the art of communicating, collaborating, presenting, sharing, convening, organizing, and delegating.   The greatest lessons Cyndi has learned have come from those who have practiced the same skills and arts before her and been generous enough to pass on.  It is her personal pleasure to then pass on whatever she has absorbed and to do with as much cheer as possible.  In fact, whether it’s serving students, faculty, the public, her peers or her directors or managers, it doesn’t matter.  So no matter what is asked of her, it’s always “Service with a smile … or a twinkle, or a grin …”

OCULA Councillor-at-Large Election Nominees 


Abeer Siddiqui

McMaster University

My name is Abeer Siddiqui and I am the School of Interdisciplinary Science Librarian at McMaster University. At present, I develop embedded science and information literacy instruction for the Life Science program. I received my Master’s in Library and Information Studies at UBC in 2016, and have worked at UBC Library, SFU Library, and the Bamfield Marine Science Library. 

I previously worked as a research associate at the McMaster Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning, where I researched and developed higher education assessment practices at the institutional and provincial levels. At present, my knowledge of such measures helps me demonstrate the value of my work to faculty and higher administration; understanding how the institution measures success has helped me better describe librarianship according to its metrics. As an OCULA councilor, I hope to continue this work and contribute to OLA’s and OCULA’s current efforts in advocating for academic librarianship at both the institutional and provincial levels, as well as build our research capacity in assessment of library services and programs.

As an early-career librarian, my most valuable form of professional development comes from our community of academic librarians. OCULA events and resources – the Fall and Spring conferences, OpenShelf – have been invaluable in helping me connect with my colleagues and learn from their experiences. I hope to strengthen this community by developing more professional development opportunities for our early-career librarians and contributing to this collaborative culture as OCULA councilor. 


Aliya Dalfen

Humber College

My name is Aliya Dalfen. I am a librarian at Humber College for Liberal Arts & Science and Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism. My current role includes instruction, reference, collections and outreach. I also liaise with the Aboriginal Resource Centre to build collections and support indigenous students. I work on student engagement initiatives for the library, including running Student Library Councils, and larger events like Recess, a 4 day stress-busting extravaganza. I serve on the library marketing, information literacy and assessment teams, an editorial board member for Humber Press, and I am the library representative for our local union. I initiated Connect5, a conference created for the Greater Toronto Area colleges, to strengthen our small but mighty urban library community; I am now the Humber representative on the annual Connect5 conference planning committee.  In 2016 I was selected as a recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award at Humber.  
I am passionate about advocacy and community building within the academic community and beyond.  I believe sitting as a councilor at large in OCULA will broaden my scope and understanding of library communities and issues. I bring project management skills, critical thinking, creativity, and an intrinsic (sometimes insufferable!) motivation to building collaborations and networks in imaginative ways. I think my attributes and experience will be complimentary to the OCULA council and its members.


Benjamin Walsh

University of Toronto Libraries

My name is Benjamin Walsh and I would love the opportunity to serve the OCULA membership as a Councillor-at-Large. As an information professional, I have worked hard to support the research goals of all those who engage the spaces and services of the library. And in the Councillor-at-Large position I see a great opportunity to turn our professional tools – advocacy, management, communication, organization, creativity – towards strengthening our community and collective practice. It would be an honour to contribute to OCULA’s important work. 

In the past I have made contributions to governance and advisory boards at organizations including Glad Day Books, the Sherbourne Health Centre, and the Doctoral Student Association (Faculty of Information) at the University of Toronto. The work of identifying opportunities for community development and for guiding that process is work I understand and enjoy. 

My professional life at the University of Toronto Libraries has included oversight of circulation services and reference services at the Engineering & Computer Science Library, responsibilities for outreach in aerospace and electrical engineering, selection of computer science material, and innovative orientation programming. Now a User Services Librarian at our humanities and social science library, I am part of a dynamic team engaged in the delivery of a wide range of research services including reference, collections development, service design, and instruction. 
If elected to represent OCULA members as Councillor-at-Large, you will come to know a person committed to raising your voice and your concerns. I will work to build a clear understanding of the spaces you occupy and the services that you deploy each day so that I can effectively continue the advocacy and outreach that has defined so many of OCULA’s accomplishments to date.

Thank you for considering me for this exciting opportunity. 


Sam Cheng

Sheridan Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

Sam Cheng has been the Copyright Coordinator at Sheridan College since 2015. Having worked in college and university libraries for most of her career, she has experiences in copyright, faculty liaison, information literacy, educational technology, licensing, open educational resources, e-reserves, and circulation services.
She was previously the Chair of OLA Copyright Users’ Group from 2015 to 2017 and also served on the CLA Copyright Advisory Committee as the representative for Atlantic Provinces Library Association (APLA) from 2012 to 2014. She has participated on working groups related to the CLEAR Usage Rights Database and Open Educational Resources Toolkit of the Ontario Colleges Library Service (OCLS).
She would like to serve as a Councillor-at-large on the OCULA division of OLA because she enjoys working with librarians from other colleges and universities and is interested in gaining more experience in advocacy and fundraising. She is enthusiastic and welcomes new opportunities to use her creative and problem solving skills and contribute to the library community.


Leslie Stone Hamlin

University of Guelph

I am a co-op librarian currently at the University of Guelph until the end of April, 2018. I have 2 credits left to complete my MLIS at Western University and am hoping to embark on a research project, as part of my coursework, under the leadership of Melanie Parlette Stewart or Helen Salmon in the spring/summer of 2018. My current research interests, which have been fostered by the project work I have done at the University of Guelph are usage of library guides, embedding library guides into the CMS/LMS, leisure reading in academic libraries, accessible course content/open electronic resources, and streaming media as an alternative to older AV formats.

Librarianship is a second career for me. I have been an Ontario public school teacher at the secondary and elementary level for several years. I have my teacher librarian qualifications through  OCT, have been a special education teacher, learning strategist and assistive technology teacher as well. I have a wide range of skills and knowledge which may benefit the OCULA team.

I worked as a Library Assistant for London Public Library concurrently while completing MLIS coursework for the past year. The experience was extremely valuable in rounding out my understanding of librarianship. However, academic librarianship is my greatest interest. It blends together my teaching experience and work in education with library skills. My goal is to pursue a career working in academic libraries and contributing to OCULA is an important part of my professional development as I move forward with this exciting new career!

Thank you for your consideration.


Catherine Fournier-Boulianne

University of Ottawa

Catherine Fournier-Boulianne is the Interim Management Librarian at the University of Ottawa. She holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Anthropology from the University of Ottawa (2012), where she also studied French Literature at the graduate level. A keen interest in research and a desire to educate fellow researchers of all levels about information access and use led her to library school. During her studies at the University of Toronto, she participated in the Toronto Academic Library Internship (TALint) program and had the opportunity to work at the OISE Library and the Archives and Records Management Services. After graduating from her Master of Information in June 2017, she jumped on the opportunity to move back to Ottawa and join the vibrant community of librarians at her alma mater. At the Management Library, she provides reference assistance to the Telfer School of Management students and researchers and develops resources and tools to support instructional programsand reference services, among other things. When she is not working, she enjoys reading crime novels, learning Dutch (she is currently living with a Dutch family!), and spending time at her mother’s farm outside Quebec City.