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BC Library Conference 2016

Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC,
May 11-13, 2016

BCLA Professional Development Institute (PDI)

Professional Development Institute Sessions

New this year are training workshop-style sessions taking place on Wednesday, May 11th at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport just prior to the official opening of the conference.

Registration for the PDI Sessions is separate from the conference registration – registration for PDI sessions does not include conference registration and vice-versa. Workshop costs vary; please see prices below.  We are not able to take registration for these two sessions on site – you must register by May 3 at the latest.

Cataloguing Non-Print Materials in RDA

9:00 am – 3:30 pm Wednesday, May 11, 2016 (lunch is not included)

Resource Description and Access (RDA) has been the standard for descriptive cataloguing of library materials since its official adoption in 2013 by the Library of Congress and Library and Archives Canada. For library staff who work with cataloguing and metadata, adopting the new standard is a significant transition. This transition is particularly true in the area of non-print materials. The challenges of cataloguing such popular media as audio and videodiscs, as well as the growing field of electronic books and streaming media, are made more complex by the organization of RDA by the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) conceptual model, as opposed to the format-based organization of the earlier standard, Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, Second Edition (AACR2). As non-print media represent an increasing proportion of library collections, it is vital for staff to describe these materials expediently while taking full advantage of the benefits that RDA has to offer in providing access for library consumers. This update to a workshop originally presented at the 2014 Canadian Library Association annual meeting will include updates to RDA since then, as well as recently issued “best practices” guidelines from organizations such as the Music Library Association (MLA) and Online Audiovisual Catalogers, Inc. (OLAC). Topics to be covered will include: an introduction to RDA elements of special interest for cataloguing non-book formats; electronic serials; sound recordings; electronic books; videorecordings, streaming video, and video games. A basic knowledge of RDA is highly recommended for attendees.


Sue Andrews, Principal Cataloguer, University of British Columbia Library
Sue Andrews has been a cataloguer at the University of British Columbia Library for more than 25 years, and Principal Cataloguer since 1997. She has given presentations on the new cataloguing rules RDA (Resource Description and Access) at CLA and BCLA, and participated in the Pan-Canadian Working Group on Cataloguing with RDA as one of the module developers and as a workshop presenter. She presently serves on the Canadian Committee on Cataloguing as the representative for the Canadian Association of Research Libraries.

May Chan, Cataloguing Manager, Burnaby Public Library
May Chan is Cataloguing Manager at Burnaby Public Library and a Pan-Canadian RDA trainer for the BC cataloguing community. She has also taught cataloguing at the UBC School of Library and Information Studies and for the Library and Information Technology program at the University of the Fraser Valley. May is an active participant of the BC Technical Services Interest Group (BCCATS).

Penny Swanson, Head, Cataloguing Division, Simon Fraser University Library
Penny Swanson has held the position as Head of the Cataloguing Division at Simon Fraser University since 2004. Prior to that she was Technical Services Librarian at Douglas College for 22 years. Penny has taught for the Langara Library Technician Program and at UBC SLAIS. She has been a presenter in several previous workshops for BCLA on RDA and other topics. Penny is an active member and former chair of the Cataloguing and Technical Services Interest Group (BCCATS).

Linda Woodcock, Technical Services / Serials Librarian, Coast Capital Savings Library, Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
Linda Woodcock is Technical Services librarian at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Linda is a certified trainer for a variety of continuing education cataloguing courses and serves as Coordinator of the NACO Canada Funnel, a mechanism for contributing to an international name authority database. Linda is a frequent presenter at BCLA and has also spoken on cataloguing and classification issues at
conferences of Canadian Library Association, the American Library Association, and the Online Audiovisual Cataloguers Association. She was a member of the Pan-Canadian Working Group on Cataloguing with RDA, which produced and delivered a number of RDA workshops during 2013 and 2014 as RDA was first implemented.

Price: BCLA Members: $160.  Non-members: $200.

To Register, select this session on the form at: Registration deadline is May 3, 2016 (but the session may sell out sooner).

Why Accessible Library Service Matters in Public Libraries

1:00 – 3:00 pm Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Let’s talk about why accessibility matters, and why we’re all hearing so much more about it than we ever have before. Along with some special guests, we’ll load public library staff up with resources for expanding accessible library service, talk about changes we see coming, and make the most of the time we have in a room together. We’ll round out our session with a fun, but brief, technology demonstration from which we guarantee you’ll learn something you didn’t know before.


Margarete Wiedemann is the Special Services Coordinator for the North Vancouver City Library. She is also the Chair for the BCLA’s Accessibility Interest Group. She has been working in libraries for 40 years, with over 30 years of experience serving people with accessibility issues.

Sabina Iseli-Otto is a librarian with NNELS, the National Network for Equitable Library Service, and helps libraries across Canada help readers use technology and accessible.

Price: BCLA Members: $50  Non-members: $80

To Register, select this session on the form at: Registration deadline is May 3, 2016.