OCULA Conference 2022

OCULA hosts a conference each year that bring together library staff from university and college libraries to discuss, collaborate, interrogate, and learn together.

Neurodiversity in the Library: Building Better for Staff and Students

This event took place on Thursday, May 19, 2022, Virtual Conference

This conference will explore how libraries can provide welcoming, accessible, and inclusive spaces and services for neurodivergent community members, as well as supportive work environments and professional development opportunities for library staff. 


Includes keynotes from:

Kay Sargent, Director of Workplace, HOK will speak to “The New Inclusivity: Designing a Neurodiverse Workplace” and will share how to create spaces that are more physically and culturally inclusive for people with a wide spectrum of neurological conditions. 

Dr. Devon Price, author of “Unmasking Autism” will share his personal experience with masking to tell a story of neurodivergence that has thus far been dominated by those on the outside looking in.  In embracing neurodiversity, we can all reap the rewards of nonconformity and learn to live authentically, Autistic and neurotypical people alike. 

Panel presentations will include: 

  • Improving the Environment for Everyone: Actionable Ideas for Inclusivity & Accessibility 
  • Pass the Mic: What We Need to Know From Our Students about Neurodiversity 
  • Inside Out: Library Workers Who Identify as Neurodivergent on Improving the Staff Experience
    Access the full program schedule here.

Access the full program schedule here

Registration Pricing

OLA Members: $125
Non-Member PLUS: $200 (includes a one-year membership)
Non-Member: $225
Staff at First Nations Public Libraries: $0
Student: $50
Group Pricing: please email education@accessola.com for rates for groups of 5+

Code of Conduct

OLA is dedicated to respectful discourse and ensuring a positive experience for all participants in the conference. Please familiarize yourself with our Code of Conduct policy and related procedures.

Thank you to our event sponsor, Caveday


Any questions? Email us at education@accessola.com

The OCULA Conference is planned by members of OCULA Council.

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  • December 2019 – International Students and the Library: Empowering English Language Learners on Campus | View Recording
  • June 2019 – Intellectual Freedom | View Recording
  • February 2019 – Exploring Critical Librarianship | View Recording
  • October 2018 – Exploring Open Educational Resources (OER) | View Recording
  • November 2018 – Working towards reconciliation: Engagement and relationship building to shape access and knowledge organization | View Recording