Ontario College and University Library Association (OCULA)

Ontario College and University Library Association (OCULA)


The NLRA is an award of $20,000 that any college or university library can apply for. An OCULA committee selects the successful library and the library posts the position and solicits applications from new grads.

A new grad from an Ontario library program gets a one-year contract! Achievement unlocked: career kickstarted.


The library in receipt of the NLRA is afforded an opportunity to create a new position, which in turn, contributes to the growth of the library and its services. It may also help the library present an evidence-based proposal to create a new permanent position.

The new librarian resident gets a full year of full-time, paid experience in an academic library. They are an ex-officio member of OCULA council and as such participate in council meetings and the various activities associated with OCULA in addition to their workplace responsibilities in their position.

OCULA enjoys the benefit of an enthusiastic council member who can offer a fresh perspective in important discussions about academic libraries.


In the past, This award has led to full-time permanent employment for several some recipients. It helps libraries support their requests to add permanent positions to their librarian complement and helps new grads get the employment skills experience and networking experience, they need to propel their careers


Your contribution will be used to help fund a NEW LIBRARIAN at a college or university

“It’s not just a career-starter; it’s a life changer”

  • Enhance recruitment in college and university libraries
  • Provide work experience to new librarians
  • Be part of something great.
  • Kickstart the career of a new or recent graduate
  • Provides libraries to create new and innovative positions

A contribution from you and/or from your organization will help the NLRA get off to a great start. We promise accountability, and will issue a receipt, although contributions are not tax-deductible.

It’s not just a career starter, it’s a life changer.



The Ontario College and University Library Association (OCULA) is crowdfunding our coveted New Librarian Residency Award. The award is a unique opportunity to fund an innovative work experience for a new librarian.

We need the support of individuals like you to make it happen. Help kickstart a new librarian’s career today.

Being a donor has it’s perks! Here’s what you can receive:
$20: Honourable mention on our website
$75: Honourable mention on our website and a button to wear at Super Conference
$100: Honourable mention on our website, a button to wear at Super Conference, and two (2) free webinars from the Education Institute
$200: Honourable mention on our website, a button to wear at Super Conference, and a gift from The Library Marketplace

Contribute. Support a new career in Ontario’s college or university libraries.

$2,661.36 of $10,000.00 raised

Help Us Reach our Goal of $10,000 by Super Conference on January 31, 2018.

The professional-level experience I gained during my [OCULA New Librarian Residency] year has given me the edge I needed. The formal mentoring aspect of the award coupled with the OCULA council service provided me with the opportunity to be guided by experienced, passionate, and committed academic librarians.
Paula Cardozo, Reference and Information Services Librarian, Nipissing University/Canadore College