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BC Library Conference 2020: Libraries, Democracy, and Action

Cancelled: BCLA Conference

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Late yesterday Health Minister Adrienne Dix directed all event organizers to cancel any gathering larger than 250 people. The annual BC Library Conference is well over 250 people with events, meetings and forums running over five days. We appreciate the direction from the Health Minister as our primary concern is the ongoing health and safety of our members, the library sector, and our communities.

The BCLA Board Executive will meet later today to discuss next steps in the cancellation process and expects to have more details for delegates, conference presenters, sponsors and vendors in the coming week. Messages will be sent over BCLA lists, social media and posted on our website.

Thank you for your patience as we prepare information for you.

Christine Middlemass
President
BC Library Association

Update March, 13, 2020

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Late yesterday Health Minister Adrienne Dix directed all event organizers to cancel any gathering larger than 250 people. The annual BC Library Conference is well over 250 people with events, meetings and forums running over five days. We appreciate the direction from the Health Minister as our primary concern is the ongoing health and safety of our members, the library sector, and our communities.

The BCLA Board Executive will meet later today to discuss next steps in the cancellation process and expects to have more details for delegates, conference presenters, sponsors and vendors in the coming week. Messages will be sent over BCLA lists, social media and posted on our website.

Thank you for your patience as we prepare information for you.

Christine Middlemass
President
BC Library Association

Update March 12, 2020:

The situation with COVID-19 is changing everyday. At this point BCLA plans to hold the annual BC Library Conference, April 15th to 17th. We are advised by Vancouver Community Health and the Richmond Public Health Officer that the risk of contacting COVID-19 is still low at local and provincial conferences. Heath and safety precautions, such as washing hand regularly, are advised. We will continue to update this apge as we get new and more information and if there is a change to the BC Library Conference.

 

Update March 10, 2020:

Here is the latest update from Vancouver Coastal Health:

http://bclaconnect.ca/2020-conference/files/2020/03/Coronavirus-Disease-2019-COVID-19-Information-for-Organizers-of-Mass-Gatherings_March-10-2020.pdf

 

March 5, 2020

Dear BCLA members and conference attendees,

BCLA is committed to supporting the BC Library community by holding the annual BC Library Conference and creating the best possible experience for everyone attending. We appreciate that some people are worried about COVID-19 and I want to reassure you that we are staying on top of the information provided by the BC Ministry of Health, Health Canada, and the BC Centre for Disease Control. BCLA is in contact with the Vancouver Coastal Health Medical Officer for Richmond, Dr. Meena Dawar, who will inform us about any changes that could affect the conference.

 

Adrian Dix, Minister of Health has said that “The most important measures people can take to prevent respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, are cleaning your hands regularly, avoiding touching your face, coughing or sneezing into your elbow sleeve, disposing of tissues appropriately and staying home and away from others if you are sick”. The Ministry has also said that risk of spread of CORVID-19 within British Columbia remains low at this time.

Should this situation change BCLA will share information broadly via social media, our websites, and list servs. We will let you know if plans for the BC Library Conference are anticipated. Our primary concern is and always will be the safety of our guests and colleagues.
At this time, we are confident that the Conference will proceed as planned.

Please see also Information from Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel

Thank you!

Christine Middlemass
President
BC Library Associatiom