May 8th, 10am-5pm EST

OCULA Conference 2024

What Is Actionable Allyship in Academic Libraries?

Allyship, as described by the AntiOppression Network, is “active, consistent, and arduous practice of unlearning and reevaluating in which a person of privilege seeks to operate in solidarity with a marginalized group.” What does authentic allyship look like in library work? What does allyship look like in transformative practice, in collections, in student-facing services, as a colleague? Join us on Wednesday May 8th for a day dedicated to furthering your allyship journey, and walk away with tools and commitments to make change in your workplace.

Date: Wednesday May 8

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm EST

Format: Virtual Conference

Event Highlights:

  • Big Ideas: The day’s opening keynote is Rania El Mugammar, a Sudanese artist, liberation educator, anti-oppression consultant, multidisciplinary performer, and speaker. Her talk, “Doing the Work: Radical Solidarity for a Collective Future” will make us rethink everything we’ve ever known about the meaning of allyship. Later in the day we will be joined by Indigenous scholar Andrea Menard and non-Indigenous ally Marc Bhalla for a critical examination of ‘allyship,’ with a particular focus on the reconciliation process.
  • Allyship in ActionThroughout the day library staff from across sectors will share the ways they are putting allyship into action – whether through graphic novel collections or 3D printing, integrating equitable hiring practices or retooling resource description, there is something for everyone.
  • Concrete ToolsWe’ll close out the day with a session delivered by OLA’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion consultant Lisa MacVicar. Lisa will guide us through the process of Personalized Allyship, and participants will be given a roadmap for developing and maintaining their personal Actionable Allyship plan.

View the full program schedule here. 


  • OLA Member: $125.00
  • Non-Member: $225.00
  • Non-Member PLUS (Registration + One year membership): $200.00
  • Provincial Affiliate (non-Ontario members): $125.00
  • Students/Retired/Underemployed: $50.00
  • Staff at First Nations Public Libraries: Free

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.

The OCULA Conference is planned by members of OCULA Council.

  • March 2020 – Supporting Students in the Stacks: Student Mental Health and Wellness Initiatives at the Library 
  • December 2019 – International Students and the Library: Empowering English Language Learners on Campus 
  • June 2019 – Intellectual Freedom 
  • February 2019 – Exploring Critical Librarianship 
  • October 2018 – Exploring Open Educational Resources (OER) 
  • November 2018 – Working towards reconciliation: Engagement and relationship building to shape access and knowledge organization