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BC Library Conference 2015

Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC,
May 20-22, 2015

Program + Speakers

Conference At a Glance

For a list of sessions and events happening each day, visit:

Wednesday Sessions

Thursday Sessions

Friday Sessions

For an overview of all the events happening by day:

Thursday Overview

Friday Overview

We are continuing with program streams in 2015 believing they are vital areas of dialogue to take us forward: access, evidence, activism, place, and work. The streams are areas of shared and necessary interest for everyone in all libraries. We believe that these streams transcend the boundaries that can keep library sectors in silos.

There are 5 programming streams: access, activism, evidence, place and work.

Access Commodification of information, copyright, licensing vs ownership, digitization and preservation, metadata schemas and standards, open access, closed stacks, and institutional repositories – ensuring information remains accessible for everyone is not easy or guaranteed. Are our current tools of access and description adequate? What are we doing to advocate for free access and is it enough? What are the threats to access in both the physical and digital worlds?

Activism We are not neutral. We are information activists, creators of information policy, advocates for intellectual freedom and protection of privacy. We challenge exclusion and digital divides and support social justice and diversity. How are we upholding the values and missions that protect and support our communities? What are we doing both internally and externally to ensure the library remains an open and inclusive space? What issues should we identify, address, or rally around to continue this important aspect of our profession?

Evidence Evidence based library practice anyone? With this stream, we hope to make space for librarians and other information professionals to talk about research and how their findings can contribute to decision making in our professional practice. Let’s look beyond reference and circulation stats and ask how are we really doing?

Place Learning space, maker/hackerspace, community space, physical and online space– the library as place of cultural and intellectual meaning is in a period of renewal. We are reconfiguring our spaces to be flexible and in many ways undefined. What are we learning about public space, user needs, and libraries as places?

Work From collective bargaining and workers’ rights to professional development and identity, to the nuanced politics of communal fridges, we all share experiences and have valuable insight to contribute as workers. In this stream, we propose an exploration of that role within our various contexts. Let’s talk theory, practice, and everything in between.