Conference Concierge

Think it! ASK IT! Do it!

Welcome to your OLA Super Conference Navigation Centre.

We want to welcome you and ensure that you have the best conference experience and enjoy your visit to Toronto.

Looking for a place to find a good coffee/beer/granola bar/foot rub? We invite you to share your conference tips & tricks in the comments section below.

We’ll have an on-site Conference Concierge Desk staffed by locals and conference regulars to help guide your experience, offer assistance and make suggestions. We will do our best to make your conference SUPER!

 

On Site @ the Conference

Make sure to visit our Concierge Desk for more up-to-date information, on the spot questions and get handouts, coupons, etc! We will be located in the main lobby close to the registration desk from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Wednesday – Friday.

 

Conference Prep

Tips Tricks and Ideas to help you prepare before you arrive (Have a tip to share? Please send to bmacdonald@accessola.com)

Have a question? Tweet it to us with #OLASC15

(Provided to you by some seasoned OLA Super Conference attendees and planners)

Before you come to the OLA Super Conference you should:

 Nathalie says Book restaurant reservations; download APPs that may be helpful.
 Emily says  Listen to up to the minute traffic/transit and weather reports on 680News (AM) or 99.1 CBC (FM)
 Dave & Meredith say  Pack a couple pairs of shoes.  Trust me on this.  The convention centre is BIG and can be a killer on your feet.
Joanna says Bring your library’s own branded swag – it’s nice to give things away to people you meet, even if it’s just a pencil or pen, and makes you more memorable than just another business card. Also nice to give to vendors you chat with!
Jaclyn says Get lots of sleep, download the conference app, and figure out where all of your sessions take place so you don’t have to do too much unnecessary wandering!

What ever you do – make sure to bring with you:

 Nathalie & Lauren say  Snacks! Your brain will be on overdrive and it’s important to get your caloric intake for the day!
 Emily & Meredith say  Pens and paper / tablet – something to write with, and a few backup pens (because someone will always forget one). Your cell phone charger.
 Dave says  An extra tote bag for all the goodies from the Expo floor.  So many treasures, so little time.
 Margie says  Heels are okay and look professional but bring a change of shoes for evening
 Justine says  A map of Toronto
 Michelle says Chapstick! The convention centre is dry like a desert.
Joanna says Bring a big pile of your business cards with you to enter vendor draws etc – saves you writing down your email address a zillion times.

While in Toronto, make sure to check out:

Emily says Burrito Boyz on Adelaide – delicious, fast, and a local favouriteIce skating at Nathan Phillips Square or the Harbourfront CentreBannock for tasty comfort food (Queen & Bay)
Dave says  Kensington Market.  Even on a cold, wintry day it is an amazing walk.  The food and coffee shops alone can be a vacation in and among themselves.The Art Gallery of Ontario.  It is a stunning collection!
Rachelle & Nathalie say  St. Lawrence market is good for anyone new or returning to Toronto. It’s a bit of a walk (15-20 min) from the convention centre, but worth it.
 Justine says  Guu ( http://guu-izakaya.com/)
Meredith says Ripley’s Aquarium (see discount opportunity below!)
Dave says  Restaurant is Luckee.  Susur Lee’s latest offering is stunning.  A more upscale take on dim sum will have you smacking the table because its deliciousness.  As an added bonus it is a short walk from the convention centre.  Give the Shrimp Cheung Fun a go.  Trust me.  You won’t be disappointed.
Justine says  The Textile Museum (http://www.textilemuseum.ca/)
Jaclyn says C’est What: http://www.cestwhat.com/ Comfort food and craft beer: a winning combination 100% of the time.
Lauren says The Art Gallery of Ontario. After 6 PM on Wednesday nights, it’s free to visit. They have a great permanent collection.
Zack says Burro Burrito (Adelaide & Widner) and Ravi Soups (Richmond & Peter)

Something you don’t want to miss at the conference is:

Meredith & Dave say The Wednesday night PARTY immediately following Night Vale
 Margie says  Take this opportunity to chat with everyone and build your network. You never know when you will meet your next boss (or partner)

 A conference secret I want to share with you is…..

Nathalie says  if you are not staying at the attached hotel and have a coat/boots with you – Do check them to avoid carrying around all day
 Margie says  Be sure to attend social events hosted by your vendors – fun way to meet people and food and drink is free
 Meredith says The buzz in the expo hall is the best of all library conferences.  Take time to talk to the vendors and you’ll be surprised what you find out.  Not everyone is selling something…and best time to visit is over lunch time.
Joanna says pack lightly for your day at the conference — don’t lug around more than you need. Backpack is a good idea.
Beth says I would encourage conference attendees to wear layers – some of the rooms can be quite warm while others often require long sleeves.
Zack says There’s Starbucks a very short walk from the MTCC on the corner of John St and Wellington or Front Street just 1 block east

I am so glad I knew …….before I came to the conference

Emily & Nathalie say  About the food court across the street (main floor and under the CBC building) – SO useful and cheap!
 Meredith says The room locations and looked everything up on the conference site map.

 If you are staying in a hotel during the conference…do make sure to bring…

 Justine says snacks.
 Meredith says Your bathing suit!
 Beckie says your own water bottle(s) (hotel water is $$) There are fountains or refill stations around the conference centre.
Beth says there is a great little grocery store about two blocks up if you go out the front door of the conference and turn left. (Front Street west) I always go to one or the other and buy just enough breakfast foods – bananas, yogurt, muffins – along with some soft drinks and a few snacks, so I have more time in the morning and no need to leave the hotel to find breakfast.

 

 

Recommended Apps

Super Conference 2015 App

See Toronto Now

BlogTO

 

Restaurant Guide

This is a general guide to what is in close proximity to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Hours may vary and we cannot guarantee all locations are active. <Resturant Guide>

 

TV Show Tickets (FREE!)

What to be an audience member while in town? Here are a few options you can put your name in for tickets. (Recommendation: Book early to ensure you get the show you want!)

STEVEN & CHRIS

When: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 9:45am and 1:45pm

Where: CBC Television, 25 John St, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Cost: Free!

CITYLINE

When: Everyday

Where: CityTV Studio

Cost: Free!

 

 

OTHER things to do in the city around conference time…

 

 

Screen Shot 2015-01-05 at 9.39.50 AM

Right around the corner from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) and located at the base of the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium is a new site in the city to visit. (takes about 2 hours to walk through)

Discount offer – Visit: www.RipleysAquariumofCanada.com

  1. Click on “Buy Tickets Now” (opens pop-up window)
  2. Click on “Menu” (top left hand corner)
  3. Type in Promo Code in designated space on top: Code: “OLA2015”, Click Enter.

 

 

Screen Shot 2015-01-05 at 9.45.24 AM

For those still in the city on Saturday night, Toronto Roller Derby will be having a double header on January 31, 2015. Doors at 4pm, first game (Death Track Dolls vs Chicks Ahoy!) at 5pm, second game (Gore-Gore Rollergirls vs Smoke City Betties) at 7pm.
Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1012770
Schedule: http://torontorollerderby.com/season-schedule/

 

 

Screen Shot 2015-01-05 at 9.45.30 AM

January 30 – February 12, 2015

Winterlicious is Toronto’s biggest winter culinary celebration and is happening in restaurants around the city starting during the OLA Super Conference!

From delicious prix fixe menus created by some of Toronto’s best chefs to unique culinary events, Winterlicious is one of Toronto’s most anticipated culinary celebrations and offers something for everyone. Revisit an old favourite, try a new cuisine or restaurant or take part in an exciting event hosted by a local chef.

Visit the Winterlicious Page to read more information and find links to buy tickets or make reservations

 

CNT logo Black Bilingual

Purchase tickets online and SAVE 15% on General admission tickets to the CN Tower! (Next door to MTCC where the OLA Super Conference is being held!) Visit www.cntower.ca to take advantage of the best view in the city while you are in town! No promo code required. Tickets must be purchased online to receive the reduced rate.