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BC Library Conference 2020: Libraries, Democracy, and Action

Welcome to the 2020 BC Library Associations’ Summer Conference!

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With such an amazing program of speakers and topics lined up for the 2020 BC Library Conference, we knew we wanted to find a way for our presenters to still be able to share their work and their ideas. We are calling this virtual series: The Conversation Continues. It is our hope that by making these presentations available, we continue to contribute to the professional development opportunities for our library community, and the conversation does indeed continue. Thank you to all our presenters who were able to commit the time and effort to transforming their presentations into an online format.


If you would like to attend a “live”session live, please register at the link(s) below. We will continue to add recorded sessions here as they become available.


Available Recorded Sessions

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Building an effective strategic communications strategy for library initiatives
Presenters: Michelle Blackwell & Wendy Traas




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The Roots of Reading
Presenter: Jen Streckman




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The Community Scholars Program
Presenters: Dana McFarland, Kate Shuttleworth, Kealin McCabe, Shane Neifer



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Cataloguing is NOT Neutral
Presenters: Emily Sugerman, Maryann Kempthorne, Antonio Muñoz Gómez, May Chan



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Navigating the Climate Crisis: Creating Hope in a Time of Uncertainty
Presenters: David Boudinot, Helen Brown, Lisa Nathan, Allison Richardson,  Sally Taylor





Computational thinking for everyone: How the Library brought the Carpentries to the University of Toronto
Presenters: May Chan, Jordan Pedersen, Rachel Wang





Recent Canadian and International Copyright Developments and the Impact on Libraries
Presenters: Donald Taylor, Christina de Castell



Student Government

Student Government, Advocacy, and Library Work
Presenters: Victoria Gomez, Katharine Sedivy-Haley, Peter Musser, Tarique Benbow




Upcoming Live Sessions

Public Computer Usage during COVID – Live Panel and Q&A

Date: July 8th, 2020 / 9:30 – 10:30 am

As public libraries in BC begin to open, one of the challenges we are facing is how to safely set up and navigate public computer spaces. 4 public libraries of different sizes will share their experiences – Powell River Public Library, West Vancouver Memorial Library, Burns Lake Library, and Vancouver Public Library. There will be time for live question and answer.

Presenters: Rebecca Burbank, Sarah Felkar, Monika Willner, Desiree Baron

To register:


For theses live webinars through Zoom Webinars, please note, the presenters can view the names of the attendees but other attendees cannot see each other. If you wish to maintain the privacy of your name, we suggest that you view the recording instead, after it is uploaded to YouTube.





BCLA is privileged to have our office and be presenting the 2020 Summer Conference in the City of Vancouver  which is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəyəm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səlílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.