OPLA Research and Evaluation Committee


The OPLA Research & Evaluation Committee reports to the OPLA Council and is responsible for collaborating with OPLA Council to develop a research and evaluation strategy that identifies and supports best practices for assessing the value of Ontario public libraries.


The committee’s work will contribute to OLA’s 2017-20 strategic priority of “​building evaluation and research capacity​” in the Ontario public library sector by conducting applied research and by supporting professional development for research and program evaluation. The OPLA Research & Evaluation Committee will:

  • Advise OPLA Council on the research priorities for OPLA, taking into consideration current trends in public libraries, existing research in the sector and other organizations such as the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries (FOPL), the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS), and the Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC), etc.
  • Manage the survey process for OPLA, conducting at least one survey of Ontario Public Libraries per year. Committee responsibilities include: identifying research questions, development of data collection tools, data analysis, report preparation, dissemination and data management according to ​FAIR​ principles
  • Assist in building public library sector capacity for applied research and evaluation skills by developing training in multiple formats.

Committee Membership

Alison Clarke, Brampton Public Library
Erika Heeson, Perth Union Public Library
Kim Silk, Hamilton Public Library
Rebecca Hunt, Temiskaming Shores Public Library
Heather Lavallee,Huron County Library
Brandon Fratarcangeli, Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS)
Marni Tam
Jessica Rovito, Toronto Public Library


Ex-Officio Member – Sarah Roberts, Ontario Library Association

Learn more

Read the Committee’s Terms of Reference. For more information contact Sarah Roberts.