2015 Creative Communities

2015 Creative Communities

BC Library Conference 2015

Keynote Speakers

We are thrilled to announce the following Keynote Speakers for the 2015 BC Library Conference!

Opening Keynote – 6:00 pm: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
Location: Elmbridge Ballroom

Veda Hille


Veda Hille has been writing music, making records, and performing all over the place since 1992.  She is a classically trained pianist, art school drop out, performance curator, self-taught singer, theatre interloper, and independent artist.  She has released 13 albums, the latest being Peter Panties (a wild document of a legendary Vancouver theatre show, released 2013).  Veda’s work follows two streams: songs and records she initiates herself, and songs commissioned for theatre, dance, and special events.  A recent success is the musical Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata, written with Bill Richardson and Amiel Gladstone.  The show, based on craigslist ads, continues to tour after its premiere in 2011.  Other collaborations have resulted in video and music performances, electro acoustic experiments, rock songs for children, and an opera about pine trees.  She is currently working on an adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and recording her new album of love songs written in Berlin.  Above all, Veda aims to write songs that are distinct and precise and beautiful.  Songs about the natural world, human relations, mathematical theory: she turns her eye to the things that amaze her, and the results are interesting, odd, and amazing in turn.

Plenary – 5:15 pm: Thursday, May 21st, 2015
Location: Westiminster Ballroom

Free Speech: Debate, Discussion, Dissent.

BCLA is pleased to host the Canadian Library Association presentation of the 2015 CLA Advancement of Intellectual Freedom Award to Brian Campbell.

“War is the health of the state,” wrote the American essayist Randolph Bourne during World War I. “Public opinion, as expressed in the newspapers, and the pulpits and the schools, becomes one solid block. Loyalty, or rather war orthodoxy, becomes the sole test for all professions, techniques, occupations.” Librarians have a special responsibility to resist such orthodoxy. How do we protect free speech and dissent today? What are the implications of Bill C 51 and the “war on terror”? How do we avoid the trap of using the call for free speech to deprive others of their rights and freedoms? What do we mean when we talk about free speech in a library context? Please join our distinguished panel of speakers to explore questions, and share opinions, that are relevant to us all.

AnneCameronAnne Cameron is a Canadian novelist, poet, screenwriter and short story writer. She was born in Nanaimo, BC. She began writing at an early age, starting with theatre scripts and screenplays. In 1979, her film Dreamspeaker, directed by Claude Jutra, won seven Canadian Film Awards, including best script. After being published as a novel, Dreamspeaker went on to win the Gibson Award for Literature. She has published more than 30 books, including the underground classic Daughters of Copper Woman, its sequel, Dzelarhons, novels, stories, poems and legends – for adults and children. Her most recent novels are Family Resemblances, Hardscratch Row, and a new, revised edition of Daughters of Copper Woman. In a recent issue of BC Booklook Anne asked “The crackdown on terrorists in the name of protecting free speech has resulted in a crackdown on free speech, hasn’t it?” She currently lives in Tahsis, BC and is working on a new novel “White Rapids”, which is a multi-generational novel focussing on the history of coal on Vancouver Island, and the struggles of coal miners and their families to organize unions and become something other than slaves to the Dunsmuir Coal Company.

Micheal-Vonn-bioMicheal Vonn is a lawyer and has been the Policy Director of the BCCLA since 2004.  She has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in the Faculty of Law and in the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies where she has taught civil liberties and information ethics. She is a regular guest instructor for UBC’s College of Health Disciplines Interdisciplinary Elective in HIV/AIDS Care and was honoured as a recipient of the 2010 AccolAIDS award for social and political advocacy benefitting communities affected by HIV/AIDS.  Ms. Vonn is a frequent speaker on a variety of civil liberties topics including privacy, national security, policing, surveillance and free speech.  She is an Advisory Board Member of Privacy International. Over the past years Vonn has provided direction, guidance and inspiration for libraries and for BCLA, most recently at the “An Evening with Micheal Vonn” event held to discuss interpretations of intellectual freedom.

Dale AskeyDale Askey currently serves as the Associate University Librarian for Library & Learning Technologies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, where he also occupies the role of Administrative Director of the Lewis & Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship. He has filled a wide range of roles in libraries, primarily in collection development, public services, Web services, and information technology management. After starting out in libraries and IT at Washington University in St. Louis, he embarked on his professional library career at the University of Utah, with subsequent stays at Yale University and Kansas State University before joining McMaster in 2011. In 2009-2010, he was a visiting professor in electronic publishing and multimedia at the University of Applied Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, teaching in their library science, publishing, and museum studies programs. His ongoing research project is to document the cultural manifestations of the German-speaking minority that remained in the Czech and Slovak Republics after the 1946 expulsion decrees. In 2012, he was sued by a publisher for writing a negative review of the press on his professional blog.

gwen birdGwen Bird, Moderator was appointed the dean of libraries/university librarian at the SFU Library in October 2014. She was previously the Executive Director of COPPUL, the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries, for 3 years. Prior to COPPUL she worked at the SFU Library for several years – she first joined SFU in 1999 and was most recently associate university librarian for collections services, from 2005-11. Gwen was the 2013/14 President of the BC Library Association and is currently serving as the Past President.



Closing Keynote – 3:15 pm: Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Location: Minoru Ballroom

Diversity and Affect

wayde2Join Wayde Compton as he shares his experience setting out to represent black British Columbian history in literature and public memorial. He will also talk about those who made space for Mr. Compton and others who were trying to do similar work; he will further discuss how diverse representation changes how we are in the world, the nation, the city, and even our own bodies.

Wayde Compton writes poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. He wrote 49th Parallel Psalm, which was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Prize, and Performance Bond. His latest books are After Canaan: Essays on Race, Writing, and Region, which was a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award, and The Outer Harbour: Stories. In addition to writing, Compton co-founded the Hogan’s Alley Memorial Project in 2002, an organization devoted to preserving the public memory of Vancouver’s black community. He is the program director of Creative Writing in Continuing Studies at Simon Fraser University.

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