2014 > Hello, World!

2014 BCLA Conference

Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel, 1133 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC March 31 to April 2, 2014

Off Site Events

Monday, March 31st

9:30 am – 4:00 pm

All Day Library Tour (20 people) – FULL

Generously sponsored by:  Elsevier

Join us for an all day tour of the variety of libraries in downtown Vancouver!

10:00am – SFU Belzberg Library – Come see this urban downtown space and the resources it provides for students throughout the Province. The SFU Belzberg Library supports programs and faculties including Business Administration, Gerontology, Liberal Studies, Publishing, Urban Studies, and Public Policy. This is a chance to tour a university library in an urban environment.

11:00am – VPL Central Branch – Tour VPL’s iconic Central Library and learn more about the significant changes recently made to their information services model. This is also a chance to hear about VPL’s exciting plans for an Inspiration Lab, the expansion of the library to Levels 8 and 9, and ideas for a roof garden. Scholars at Heinrich Heine University, Dusseldorf, recently named the VPL, along with the Montreal Public Library, the number one libraries in world cities.

2:00pm – Vancouver Courthouse Library – Visit the Courthouse Libraries BC and discuss their practice-based collection and historical legislative materials. The tour will expand out of the library and explore the full Courthouse building,including the Court Registry, Court Rooms, Great Hall, and Rooftop Garden.

3:00pm – Vancouver Art Gallery Library & Archive – Come explore the library, archives, and special collections that document Vancouver’s past and present activities. Get a behind-the-scenes look at this heritage building and learn how the library supports the gallery!

Date/Time? Monday, March 31 at 9:30am
We will meet in the lobby of the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel and 9:30am. The tour group will walk to each Library and take a break for lunch at the end of the VPL Central Branch tour and reconvene at the Vancouver Courthouse Library tour for 2:00pm.

What to Bring? Lunch or money to purchase lunch at one of the many restaurants, cafes or food trucks found downtown.

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Gastown Walking Food Tour – $51 (16 people)

The 2.5-hour walking food tour through the cobblestones of historic Gastown is a great way to experience the savoury tastes, sights and sounds of eateries and shops of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood. Laugh and learn about Vancouver’s colourful history as you are taken on a tasting adventure to 10 unique restaurants, shops and pubs. Discover local food and beverage specialties, while meeting some of our city’s most passionate restaurateurs and merchants. Delight your taste buds with fresh Atlantic lobster mac n’ cheese, local craft beers, rich Italian tortellini, steak & Guinness pie, beer battered fish & handcut fries, flavourful teas, handmade chocolates, organic maple syrup treats, creamy cheesecake and a latte and melt-in your-mouth pastry. Come and tantalize your taste buds and enjoy mouth-watering cuisine on one of the most popular food tours in the city!

Register Now! – Separate registration system, register directly with the tour company.

Wednesday, April 2nd

12:15 – 1:30 pm

Tour VPL’s iconic Central Library and learn more about the significant changes they’ve made to information services, and about their exciting plans for an Inspiration Lab, Levels 8+9 and the roof garden.

We will meet in the lobby of the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel at 12:15 to walk over to the Central Library and will return by 1:30 for the afternoon sessions.

5:30 – 8:00 pm

Dine out at one of downtown Vancouver’s excellent restaurants. Catch up with friends and get to know colleagues over a delicious meal and glass of wine. Reservations have been made and directions will be provided. All you need to do is come and enjoy!

The Irish Heather Librarian Long Table (30-40 people, $23+) – This specially convened Librarian Long Table will be an intimate gathering of friends and colleagues sitting together along the 40 foot communal table. It will be like a family dinner but without the clean-up . The hearty meal will include an artisan beer/beverage with options, choice of  Roast Beef with Mashed Potatoes, Gravy and Brussel Sprouts and the vegetarian/vegan option will be: Vegan Pot Pie with Kale Caesar

Hapa Izakaya Coal Harbour (20 people, $30+) – Experience the fun atmosphere and award-winning Japanese cuisine and drink at the beautiful Coal Harbour location of this popular restaurant. Diners will enjoy the Omakase menu:

Cactus Club Coal Harbour (20 people, $25+) – Come enjoy the cool and casual west coast cuisine with panoramic views of the North Shore mountains and Stanley Park. We have booked the private dining room for our group. 

Date/Time? Wednesday, April 2nd at 5:30pm.
Each restaurant group will meet with their Dine Out host in the lobby of the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel at 5:30 to walk to the restaurants. Directions will be provided to those who wish to meet the group at the venue or who will arrive by another mode of transportation.

What to bring? All attendees of the Dine Out dinners are expected to cover their own bill and tip, the fun is included!