2018 Membership Renewals

It’s that time of year again, to renew your OVHLA memberships!

Membership in the OVHLA provides you with an opportunity to attend local CE events and social activities and stay connected with your local professional community. Last year’s activities included a mini symposium to share projects, our AGM and social, and clinical rounds at CHEO with Margaret Sampson.

Check out our Membership page for more information.

2017 President’s Award: Cait Ford

Congratulations to Cait Ford for being nominated by her peers for the OVHLA President’s Award. Cait served for three years on the OVHLA executive as the CE Coordinator and worked to establish the successful OVHLA mini-symposium event, now held annually. She is an enthusiastic and visionary leader, and was a key player in bringing CHLA to Ottawa in 2019. Thank you for your service Cait!

OVHLA AGM – 2017

Mark your calendars! The Ottawa Valley Health Libraries Association will hold its AGM at Joule HQ (1031 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON Canada K1S 3W7) on Thursday October 5th, 2017 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm with a social event to follow.  The agenda will be posted on our website and sent out via the listserv shortly before our meeting.

For those members who cannot attend in person, but would still like to participate, you can call in using the Skype link and number listed below:

à Join Skype Meeting

This is an online meeting for Skype for Business, the professional meetings and communications app formerly known as Lync.

Join by phone

(1-844)646-6564 (Toll-Free)                           English (United States)

Find a local number

 

Conference ID: 52605

Please note: For those members who will be attending in person, please report to the entrance facing Bank St. and ring the bell.  Parking is available underground as well as on the local streets.

*CALL FOR NOMINATIONS*

We are looking for our next President!  This position is a two-year term and would start at the end of this year’s AGM.  A short position description and timeline have been attached above.  Please send your nominations to alexandra.hickey@cma.ca by Monday October 2nd.

We are also looking for nominees for this year’s “President’s Award”.  The awardee will be chosen based on their contribution to the OVHLA community throughout the year.  We look forward to your nominations!

Please also join us for a social event following the AGM.  The event location will be within the Lansdowne area.  Details to follow!

We hope to see you there!

– The OVHLA Executive Committee

2016 – 2017 OVHLA Executive

Hello everyone!

We have been slow to share some good news!  The OVHLA held its annual general meeting in October this year and we welcomed two new people to the Executive.  We are very excited to welcome Aleksandra Grobelna from CADTH as our Treasurer and Sandra McKeown from Queen’s University Library as our Secretary.  A big welcome to you both!!  Thank you for joining us 🙂

In other good news, I am very happy to announce that Cait Ford will be staying on as our CE Coordinator!

Congrats and thank you to all!

AGM Update!!

To members who planned to call into the meeting, please use the following call-in number:

Number is 1-866-991-8797

Participant PIN code is 1862769#

Skype will not be available due to technology restrictions.

Thank you!!

OVHLA Annual General Meeting 2016

Mark your calendars! The Ottawa Valley Health Libraries Association will hold its AGM at CADTH House (865 Carling Ave., Suite 600 Ottawa, ON Canada K1S 5S8) on Tuesday October 4th, 2016.  The agenda will be posted on our website and sent out via the listserv shortly before our meeting.

For those members who cannot attend in person, but would still like to participate, we will have a Skype session set up.  You can access it via the link below:

Join Skype Meeting

Join by phone

(1-844)646-6564 (Toll-Free)                             English (United States)

Find a local number

Conference ID: 52605

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Please note: For those members who will be attending in person, please report to the reception desk on the 6th floor and ask for Jen.  Parking is available underground as well as on the street.

*New this year!*  The OVHLA Executive Committee is introducing the “President’s Award”.  A call for nominations will go out shortly and a winner will be announced at the AGM.  The awardee will be chosen based on their contribution to the OVHLA community throughout the year.  We look forward to your nominations!

Please also join us for a social event following the AGM.  The event location will be within walking distance from CADTH.  Details to follow!

We hope to see you there!

– The OVHLA Executive Committee

Call for nominations! CE Coordinator, Secretary and Treasurer

Please note that there are three upcoming vacancies in the OVHLA’s Executive Committee.  The positions of CE Coordinator, Secretary and Treasurer are up for election!  All three positions are 2 year terms.  A huge thank you to Cait Ford and Jennifer Skuce for all their work on the Executive Committee!  You are both awesome!

For more information, or to submit your name for consideration, please contact  Alex Hickey at alexandra.hickey@cma.ca.  All three positions will be elected at our 2016 AGM.

Please make sure to submit your name or nomination by September 30th, 2016

OVHLA response to cuts to Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry Library System

OVHLA has sent the following letter to the Deputy Mayor of North Stormont, and Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry County Library Board Chair  Bill McGimpsey in response to the proposed cuts to the Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry (SD&G) Library System.  A big thank you to Jeff Mason and Cait Ford for working on this.

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Re: Cuts to Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry (SD&G) Library System

Dear Deputy Mayor of North Stormont, and Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry County Library Board Chair  Bill McGimpsey:

The Ottawa Valley Health Libraries Association (OVHLA) is adding its collective voice to those expressing deep concern over the proposed closure of three branches of the SD&G Library System. In addition to the effects these closures will have on general literacy and community services, closing three libraries will also have a negative impact on the health literacy of the people of Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry counties, because public libraries are important providers of consumer health information both in print and online.

The Internet is the primary resource for people who take an interest in their own health, and many consumers turn to their public libraries to access the Internet for health information (Zickuhr, Rainie, & Purcell, 2013).  According to the Canadian Internet Use Survey, 69.9% of Canadians search for medical or health related information online (Statistics Canada, 2009).

Closing these three branches (Morewood, Dalkeith, and St. Andrews) will remove vital services from the community. Some residents formally served by these branches may have the opportunity to seek services outside their immediate communities at their own cost. Some have even indicated a willingness to pay to join the Ottawa Public Library system. However, it is not those with financial means who feel the closure of public library spaces the most. For people living with chronic health conditions and those living in poverty, closing nearby public libraries leaves those most in need without access to computers and the Internet, essential tools for finding credible health information and accessing government resources and services. Removing the public spaces and community resources provided by these libraries provide for free, to all residents, regardless of physical or financial ability will be of detriment to the area, both today and in the future.

On behalf of the Executive Board of OVHLA, and its members, I urge the government of municipal councils of SD&G counties to reconsider these closures as well as the allocated overall funding to the public library system. I would be happy to discuss this further with you.

Yours sincerely,

Alexandra Hickey

President, OVHLA

On behalf of OVHLA Executive Board

ovhla.executive@gmail.com

CC: OVHLA executive members; , Director of Library Service Karen Franklin; Communications & Marketing Librarian Susan Wallwork; Former Vice-Chair Barbara Lehtiniemi; Councillor Frank Prevost; Councillor and Mayor of South Dundas Evonne Delegarde; Deputy Mayor of North Glengarry and Warden of SD&G Jamie MacDonald;  Nolan Quinn; Jim McDonnell, MPP; Guy Lauzon, MP; Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport The Honourable Eleanor McMahon

References

Zickuhr, Kathryn, Lee Rainie, and Kristen Purcell. (2013). Library Services in the Digital Age.

Retrieved from http://libraries.pewinternet.org/2013/01/22/Library-services/.

Statistics Canada. (2011). 2009 Canadian Internet use survey. Retrieved from from:

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/eng/survey/household/4432.