Presented by the Ontario Library Association

Friday, April 21, 2017 | Faculty Club, University of Toronto
41 Willcocks Street
Toronto, ON, M5S 1C7
Member Rate $160 / Non-Member Rate $225
Student Rate (Must be a Member) $45

To Boldly Read Where No-one Has Read Before! - Science Fiction & Readers' Advisory
RA in a Day is a one-day conference that brings some of the best readers’ advisory advocates together to share their knowledge and expertise on meeting the needs of adult readers. During the day, participants will learn about the latest RA trends and look at how to best serve those who visit our libraries every day, either in-person or virtually.

The 2017 program for RA in a Day will focus on the history of and current trends in Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction. All of the sessions will share tips and techniques aimed at increasing your knowledge of the genre and raising your comfort level in talking to patrons about both specific books and trends in this genre. 

Registration is now closed.

Time Topic
9:15 - 9:30 Introduction and Welcome (RA Committee Chair)
9:30 - 10:15 Defining the Science Fiction Tradition
Lorna Toolis, Head of the Merrill Collection, TPL, will be sharing must-know titles and subgenres, discussing elements of the science fiction and speculative tradition, and providing tips on how best to talk about science fiction with library patrons.
10:30 - 11:30 Trends and themes in Science Fiction Panel Discussion
Chris Szego, Manager of Bakka-Phoenix Books and Julie Czerneda, author of The Gate to Futures Past join us to discuss their thoughts on Science Fiction, the growth of the genre, its past, present and future, trends in publishing, and the titles that best represent the genre.
12:00 - 2:00 Luncheon Event 
Our lunch speaker this year is science fiction writer and self-proclaimed futurist, Madeline Ashby.  Madeline is the author of the Machine Dynasty series, as well as various short fiction and most recently the acclaimed Company Town.  Described as a “futuristic murder-mystery thriller”, Company Town, which was longlisted for Canada Reads 2017, is a unique blend of mystery, action and cyber-genetics.  Madeline will be speaking about her experiences writing science-fiction, and her unique twists on the genre, as well as reading from her work and signing books after lunch. 
2:00 - 2:45 Interactive Session
Take some time with your tablemates to enjoy some entertaining and interactive techniques to put into practice what we’ve learned about science fiction so far. RA tools will be shared with all tables, and the RA Committee will be roving to assist with the activities.
3:00 - 4:00 Keynote Presentation - Sam Maggs
End the day with a talk about science fiction and diversity. “Geek girl” Sam Maggs is the author of The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy and Wonder Women, and she is also an assistant writer for video game developer Bioware. Sam will be reading from her work, talking about science fiction, gaming and women, and signing her books at The Library Marketplace table afterward.
4:15 Final Comments and Door Prizes

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.
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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 .