Libraries are uniquely able to support and maintain an inclusive and diverse society. We provide staff, space, programming, and services to help individuals, families, groups, and communities maximize their potential for development and enhance their well-being. As the author Eric Klinenberg put it in his book “Palaces for the People,” libraries provide the “setting and context for social participation” and are a cornerstone of civic life.
The conference theme “Libraries, Democracy, and Action” is meant to inspire discussions about how libraries continue to build robust social infrastructure and how libraries play a critical role in linking communities to essential thinking and action focused on areas such as reconciliation, inclusion, diversity, intellectual freedom, creative and critical thinking, and social responsibility.
Libraries build social infrastructure and capacity every day. The 2020 BC Library Conference theme provides an opportunity to share the ways libraries currently do this work, and to explore the ways we intend to broaden and deepen the contributions libraries make to society.
We are privileged to hold the 2020 BC Library Conference in the City of Richmond 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.
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