The community-led approach to libraries aims to create a library for the people, by the people. This event is a full day of collaborating, networking and learning about this approach to librarianship.

OPLA’s Community-Led Libraries Think Tank is for you whether you are just getting started with a community-led library approach or you’ve already embraced the concept. The day features an opportunity to discuss themes and issues related to community-led in small groups, to share ideas and best practices and to hear from experts in the field.   

2017 Community-Led Think Tank

Not Just Book Stats: Presenting Data That Demonstrates Your Value

When: Friday, May 26, 2017  
Location: Niagara Falls Public Library
Victoria Avenue Branch 

4848 Victoria Avenue, 
Niagara Falls, ON L2E 4C5

Full day attendance $100.00 + HST 
Registration fee includes lunch, snacks and a copy of Creating a Culture of Evaluation.



    Opening Session: 
    Measurement, Evaluation and the Importance of Developing Effective Indicators
    Kimberly Silk, Principal, Brightsail Research and Dr. Bill Irwin, Huron University College
    Join Bill and Kim, authors of Creating a Culture of Evaluation,  as we discuss how evaluation contributes to community engagement. They will briefly review key components of evaluation, including the logic model and quantitative and qualitative instruments. They will then focus on the principles of developing outcome-based indicators.

  • Strengthen your understanding of the importance of evaluation to support community engagement.
  • Learn the principles and best practices for developing effective outcome-based indicators.
  • Apply this knowledge to develop useful outcome-based indicators that you can implement at your library.

Transit Information

Bus routes #104 and #204 stop at Library and  #102 stops on Queen Street, 2 blocks north of the Library.

Free Parking available off Buckley Ave., (1 block east of Victoria Ave., via Morrison St.)

OLA Travel Fund

The OLA Board of Directors has established a modest travel fund to ensure members of the association have opportunities to participate in OLA programs despite geographical barriers.
For more information.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the Community Led Think Tank please contact Michelle at OLA  

Cancellation Policy

Registrations will be reimbursed at 100% until 30 days prior to the event; 50% until 15 days prior and will not be reimbursed at all within 14 days of the event. Registration can be transferred to another staff member at any point during the registration process. Please email your cancellation or transfer requests to .