The Ontario Public Library Association is a division of the Ontario Library Association. Over 1300 of your colleagues already belong to OPLA, but we need more newcomers. OPLA wants your ideas, enthusiasm and skills to continue to build a network to support you as a professional. 

OPLA is an organization that thrives on the strengths of its members. We welcome potential members who have valuable skills to share. To encourage the membership of public librarians and library technicians from across the province of Ontario, from the reference desk to the board table, OPLA is excited to announce the "Kickstart" initiative to sponsor one newer graduate from a recognized library program with up to 3 years of public library experience in Ontario.

It could be you!

View here for the  Application Form

How Will Kickstart Support You As A Professional?

Kickstart to Participation will provide you with valuable professional development opportunities. 
You will be where the public library leaders are, where decisions are made and action happens. This is a mentoring program that will make a difference in your career and bring a fresh perspective to OPLA Council.

Through the program, the successful Kickstart Participant will receive:
  • a one year membership in OLA including all its benefits and privileges
  • a $100 OLA education credit that can be used towards an Education Institute event or a day at Super Conference
As the successful candidate, you will participate in the 4 OPLA council meetings as a non-voting member and have the opportunity to be mentored by the OPLA Past President. (Meetings are in March, June, September, November). The successful candidate will be introduced at the OPLA AGM and at the OLA Super Conference to the general membership. 

To share your experience in the Kickstart program, OPLA may ask that you write an article for the OPLA electronic newsletter Ho-OPLA, actively participate in the OLA Community and will support your professional interests in volunteering on an OLA committee.  Kickstart is a program that can make a difference in your career.

How Can You Get Involved?

Anyone employed in an Ontario public library and a recent graduate of a recognized library program (Graduated in the last three years) is encouraged to enter. Submit the on-line form by November 1st.

The OPLA Council will make the selection from the eligible entries and the successful candidate will be introduced at the OPLA AGM at Super Conference.

"Kickstart to Participation" is a one year term running from January 1st - December 31st. The successful candidate must be available for the 1 day meetings 4 times a year. (March, June, September, November).

The successful candidate will be introduced at the OPLA AGM at the OLA Super Conference to the general membership. 

Kickstart Candidates

2018        Jennifer Murley, Collingwood Public Library
2017        Holly Barclay, Cobourg Public Library
2015        Sarah McDonald, Oxford County Library
2014 Jeff Bennett, Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library
2013 Andrea Siemens, Cambridge Libraries
2012 Erin Kent, Toronto Public Library
2011  Chantale Boileau, Orillia Public Library