Greetings all; it is hard to believe that September is already upon us, bringing promises of cooler nights (we hope), new iSchool students, TIFF, and much more – including a new programming year for CASLIS Toronto. Despite the continuing restructuring work of the CLA (see more here: http://www.clatoolbox.ca/CLAFuture/) the CASLIS Toronto Chapter has committed to putting on a full program for the 2010-2011 year.
Our theme this year will be looking to “Learn Local(ly).” Hot on the heels of the movement to “Eat Local, ” our executive wanted to focus on benefiting from the wealth of knowledge that is abundant in our own community. We will be informally kicking off our Season with a social on the evening of September 23rd. Join us after work at the Bedford Academy to welcome new students into the community, returning students back to school, and the rest of us back to work from (what I hope were) lovely vacations over the summer.
Following our social, we will kick off our fall program in October to celebrate Canadian Library month with Astrid Lange, presenting Forensic Surfing: How a News Librarian Searches the Web. This will be followed in November with Suzanne LeBlanc reprising her popular session from CLA National Conference on Best Practices for E-mail Records Management. We will be closing out 2010 with our Annual Holiday Party, held jointly with SLA Toronto, the Faculty of Information Alumni Association and, new this year, TALL. We look forward to celebrating with all of you this Holiday season!
Moving into the New Year, we will be bringing you exciting programming including a tour of the newly opened (and currently very busy) Bell Lightbox library, panel discussions on Alternative Careers for Info Pros and the Future of the Book.
As much as this is a year where we will continue to offer the same great programming, this will also be a year of big changes for CASLIS Toronto and the CLA, and we will be doing our best to communicate the changes at the CLA level to all of our members, and to have their voices heard. Another change to this year is the end to our five-for four subscription program; after declining numbers in recent years, the executive came to the conclusion that, in the interest of flexibility in planning, the program’s time had come. It’s not to say that we won’t be offering a full year though, and we expect to continue to see our regular subscribers at many (or all) of our events in the coming year.
We look forward to celebrating the 2010-2011 season with all of the members of the community. Keep your eyes on the listserv and our website for more detailed programming announcements in the near future. As well, don’t forget to join our Facebook Group and visit our blog keep up with all things CASLIS Toronto.
As always, any questions or new volunteers are always welcome, and I encourage you get in touch with me, or any one of my wonderful colleagues on our executive.
CASLIS Toronto President