Mentoring Committee

The Ontario Library Association Mentoring Committee works hard to offer numerous different programs and services to the OLA members. 

They strive to link working professionals with students, new graduates and other library staff interested in a career in libraries and related fields through the mentoring matching program, they run the career services area and programs on site at the OLA Super Conference, as well as provide other tips and helpful links for you along your career path on their site.

OLA Mentoring Committee is a committee of the OLA Board and is comprised of OLA members from various divisions. 

Committee Members

Larysa Essex, Midland Public Library (Committee Chair)
Beckie MacDonald, Oshawa Public Libraries (Committee Past Chair)

Vacant (Vice Chair)
Pat Chan, Emerging Tech Librarian – Richmond Hill Public Library

Jennifer Peters, Seneca College

Erika Pavkovic – Hamilton Public Library
Yvonne Patch, Retired Public Librarian
Dayna Debenedet, Confederation College
Janice Mutz, Lakehead University
Anne Marie Sisti, Retired Teacher Librarian
Jacqueline Kreller-Vanderkooy – University of Guelph
Alannah Metherel – Legislative Assembly of Ontario

Ex-Officio: Melissa Macks, Ontario Library Association

Terms of Reference

The OLA MentorMatch program strives to link working library staff with students, new graduates and other library staff interested in a career in libraries and related fields. Mentoring involves one person providing support and guidance to another, helping them manage their own learning and development. Mentoring is a relationship rather than a management activity, providing a safe and non-judgemental environment in which to learn. The mentoring relationship has rewards for both partners. Find out more about MentorMatch here . 

Spring 2024 MentorMatch Session -Mentee Applications closed

Sign up to be a Mentor (Academic Mentors Needed!)

Registration begins February 2024.  Registration closes February 21st 2024.  Matches will be confirmed the first week of March.  MentorMatch Spring 2024 will run from March-June 2024

For any questions about the program, please contact 

MentorMatch Resources

Mentor Match Mentoring Goals

Mentor Match Agreement

MentorMatch – Planning your first session

A Guide for Mentoring Conversations

MentorMatch Learning Log

Check in Questions for Mentors and Mentees

Mock Interview Questions

For the Mentor – Effective Feedback and Questioning Tips

MentorMatch tips for session closure

Writing your resume and cover letter

Career Centre

  • The onsite Career Centre at the OLA Super Conference offers in person cover letter and resume critiquing, mock interviews, a job board, and networking
  • Each year, the Mentoring Committee recruits volunteers within the field to help with the activities in the career centre. Watch the OLA Super Conference site for more information closer to conference time

Career Focused Workshops/Sessions

  • Each year there are a handful of sessions and a spotlight speaker offered throughout the OLA Super Conference that are career related sessions hosted by the OLA Mentoring Committee

OLA Mentoring Committee facilitates many career related OnLibChat’s throughout the year. 

  • 8-10 online 1-hour sessions per year of varying career related topics
  • FREE for OLA members
  • Pop-up virtual Career Centre (resume reviews, interview skills, networking, etc)
  • Learn more and register