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NEW! FIAA PD Workshops

The Faculty of Information (iSchool) and Faculty of Information Alumni Association (FIAA) are pleased to announce a pilot that is a means of skills acquisition for alumni and an opportunity for establishing closer ties between alumni and iSchool students – your future colleagues. This fall, alumni are offered a limited number of seats to attend six PD workshops.

During the pilot, we are gauging your interest; therefore, if you are interested in attending the workshop and all the seats have been filled, please place your name on the waitlist.

NOTE: If you sign up for a workshop, you are expected to attend and attendance is taken at each session. If you are unable to attend, please withdraw at least one day prior to the workshop, as your absence may prevent other interested colleagues and/or students on the waitlists from filling your seat.

Register on EventBrite:

FIAA PD Workshop: Job Interviews (Sept 30, 2016)

FIAA PD Workshop: Makerspaces and 3D Printing (Oct 15, 2016)

FIAA PD Workshop: Museums and the Digital Toolbox (Oct 15, 2016)

FIAA PD Workshop: Career Networking (Oct 17, 2016)
FIAA PD Workshop: Introduction to Illustrator (Oct 22, 2016)

FIAA PD Workshop: Effective Conference Presentations (Oct 28, 2016)

SEPTEMBER 2015: Alumni Stars iTea

To greet incoming students and celebrate our unique professions, FIAA hosts an “Alumni Stars” mixer. Alumni are encouraged to volunteer their experience as an ‘Alumni Star’, offering students the chance to ask questions about an individual’s career path. This event has quickly become a popular social event for both students and alumni. The 2015 Alumni Stars event took place on Wednesday, September 30 from 4:30–6:00 p.m. in the Inforum.

DECEMBER 2015: Joint Holiday Social

FIAA celebrated the holiday season at the annual Joint Holiday Social on December 10. Students were invited! We raised our glasses with friends and colleagues as we toasted 2015. The social is hosted by the Faculty of Information Alumni Association (FIAA), the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Toronto Chapter, the Toronto Special Libraries and Information Services Network (TSLIS), and the Toronto Health Libraries Association (THLA).

JANUARY 2016: Ontario Library Association Super Conference Alumni Reception

After a busy day at the annual OLA Super Conference, the largest Canadian library-related gathering, alumni are welcome to stop by our OLA Alumni Reception to enjoy some appetizers and drinks, and to catch up with old friends. But you don’t have to be a conference participant to attend.

This year’s reception takes place on Thursday, January 28, 2016, 6-8 pm, at Baton Rouge Restaurant (second floor, 277 Front Street West), in downtown Toronto. Visit the OLA Super Conference website for conference details, schedule, or RSVP or 416-978-7184. Entry is $15 (cash only) at the door and includes a drink ticket and appetizers. No need to be a conference attendee — all alumni are welcome. You are also invited to bring a guest. If you require an accommodation, please let us know when confirming your attendance. This is an accessible building.

MAY 2016: Annual Spring Reunion

Every spring, the University of Toronto celebrates its alumni community with a host of events across campus. During this time, FIAA hosts the annual iSchool Spring Reunion, a not-to-be missed event, with delicious refreshments and of course, fabulous company. At the reception, graduates celebrating 25, 50, and 55+ years are recognized, as well as the recipients of the FIAA Outstanding Alumni and Student Awards. This spring, special honoured years are those ending in a 4 or 9, but all iSchool alumni are welcome to attend. The reunion for 2016 will be held at the Justina M Barnicke Gallery (link is external), 7 Hart House Circle, on Thursday, May 26, 2016, 6:00-8:00 pm. Please register by Friday, May 20 at

Bertha Bassam Lecture

FIAA celebrates the remarkable contributions of Bertha Bassam, Director of the Toronto Library School (1951-1964), by hosting this biannual event, consisting of a distinguished guest speaker and reception. The speaker is selected based on an ability to offer thought-provoking ideas and reflections on the important societal roles of the information and cultural professions, and the current issues and challenges we face.

The most recent Bertha Bassam Lecture was held on March 11, 2015, and featured guest speaker Professor David Lankes, School of Information Studies, Director, Information Institute of Syracuse, Syracuse University, on the future of librarianship.

Listen to the talk [D. Lankes, Vimeo screencast, 1:03:35]
View the 50th Anniversary Bertha Bassam Lecture Commemorative Slideshow [A. Standish & K. Wilson, iSchool, PDF]