Mentoring Committee 

The Ontario Library Association Mentoring Committee works hard to offer numerous different programs and services to the OLA members. 

They strive to link working professionals with students, new graduates and other library staff interested in a career in libraries and related fields through the mentoring matching program, they run the career services area and programs on site at the OLA Super Conference, as well as provide other tips and helpful links for you along your career path on their site.

Visit the OLA Mentoring Committtee web site to find out more about the committee and the programs/services they offer.

Committee Members

Karen McGrath, McGrath Mentors (Committee Chair)
Chantale Boileau, Barrie Public Library
Lisa Radha Weaver, Hamilton Public Library
Alex Howes, University of Toronto iSchool
Yvonne Patch, Hamilton Public Library
Kailey Brisbin, University of Guelph
Julia Hannaford, University of Toronto Libraries
Beckie MacDonald, Oshawa Public Libraries
Erika Pavkovic, Hamilton Public Library

Ex-Officio: Melissa Macks, Ontario Library Association

Read the Group’s Terms or Reference or contact Melissa Macks  for more information


The OLA MentorMatch program strives to link working library staff with students, new graduates and other library staff interested in a career in libraries and related fields. Mentoring involves one person providing support and guidance to another, helping them manage their own learning and development. Mentoring is a relationship rather than a management activity, providing a safe and non-judgemental environment in which to learn. The mentoring relationship has rewards for both partners. Find out more about MentorMatch here

We are done accepting applications for the six-month MentorMatch session commencing in June 2019. The next round of matches will be made in November 2019.

Apply to be a MENTOR: Mentor Application Form
Apply to be a MENTEE: Mentee Application Form

For any questions about the program, please contact