OCULA 2013 Fall Conference: The Startup Library

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In his “Think Like a Startup” white paper, Brian Mathews asserts that libraries don’t just need change, they need “paradigm-shifting, transformative, disruptive ideas.” But how do we discover those ideas? And then, how do we make them happen?

The Startup Library is a crash course in entrepreneurial thinking for Library Land. It is about identifying opportunities, taking smart risks, and learning by doing. This one-day workshop will engage participants in a number of activities designed to inspire, energize, and challenge. Presented by M.J. D’Elia, the goal of Startup Library is to help make entrepreneurial thinking a habitual part of our practice and profession. Anyone can learn to be creative when given the right environment. Besides, it will be fun!

M.J. D’Elia is the Head (Acting) of the Learning and Curriculum Support Team at the University of Guelph. He provides strategic leadership and operational oversight for the Learning Commons units: Learning and Writing Services, Information Literacy, Supported Learning Groups, and the Data Resource Centre. He is a co-conspirator in a number of interesting side projects, including Innovation Boot Camp, PIM Labs, and the Startup Library.

In addition to his library role, he also instructs the Entrepreneurship course for the Department of Marketing and Consumer Studies. This course features a Dragon’s Den-like business pitch competition at the end of the semester. When time permits, M.J. doodles, plays with Lego and runs a small facilitation company that specializes in creative problem solving.

Where: Ottawa Public Library, Rideau Branch, Program Room. 377 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5Y6, Canada

When: October 25, 2013
10:15 am –  6:00 pm
Lunch and afternoon refreshments will be provided.

Registration Fees:
OLA Members- $120
Non-Members- $150
Students- $70
Job-Seekers- $70

Registration deadline: October 11

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We are pleased to be able to offer anyone requiring overnight accommodations a discounted rate at the Minto Suite Hotel, located at:

Minto Suite Hotel
185 Lyon Street North
Ottawa, ON, K1R 7Y4

Please quote the group reservation number 611708.  Complimentary High Speed Wireless Internet Access will be provided in this suite for the duration of the stay.

Guests can call in and quote that number, and the group name (Ontario Library Association) at 613-782-2350 or 1-800-267-3377 ext. 2350, or they can email their reservation info to reservations@mintosuitehotel.com (just be sure they include the following info in their email):
Group Reservation Number: 611708
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Phone Number: 416-363-3388
Company: Ontario Library Association
Address: 2 Toronto Street, 3rd Floor Toronto, ON M5C 2B6
Suite Type: 2RFD
Rate: $134 CAD + 13% HST + 3% DMF
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The group reservation number is open and active, so please call or email any time.

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.

Please see this link for details (you'll need to scroll down the page a bit)