March 31 – April 2, 2014
Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel
Territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, in Vancouver.
The 2014 conference theme is >Hello, World! which we hope captures a sense of optimism, creativity, exploration, and engagement with the world. From the beginning, we hoped for speakers, presentations, and conversations which capture and honour our library communities in their richest diversity. We believe that we will be able to mobilize our best energies when we take inspiration and guidance from the many, not the few, and we are thrilled with the results. With the call for proposals, we asked for submissions that responded to one of the five conference themes: access, evidence, community, place, and work. We are blown away, humbled, and delighted that Ivan Coyote, Marian Bantjes, and Arundhati Roy will be featured as the 2014 BCLC keynote speakers. For us, their work, while greatly varied, represents an opportunity to seek new orientations and to gain new eyes. Among the invited speakers, we are privileged to have a variety of perspectives such as Dethe Elza, an Aesthetic Programmer who has worked with Mozilla, Michael Heeney, Architect and Principal at Bing Thom Architects and Susan Downs, the dynamic Chief Librarian of truly innovative Innisfil Public Library in Ontario. It is our greatest hope that this year’s conference will reconvene us as a collective who share a passion for the future of libraries and the sessions and conversations will be equal parts reflective, frank, creative, and forward looking.