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2020 BCLA Conference – cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

Graphic for BC Virtual Library Conference Text reads: Come Together and Celebrate Libraries 2020 BC Library Conference April 15-17, 2020


The 2020 BCLA Conference was planned for April 15-17 at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel. The theme was Come Together and Celebrate Libraries and the scheduled keynote speakers were Jessie Loyer and Seth Klein. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were forced to cancel the 2020 BC Library Conference.

With such an amazing program of speakers and topics lined up, we knew we wanted to find a way for as many of our presenters as possible to still be able to share their work and their ideas. BCLA pivoted and offered a virtual “summer conference”. We called this virtual series The Conversation Continues. 


Thank you to the presenters who were able to commit the time and effort to transforming their presentations into an online format:

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

The Roots of Reading
Presenter: Jen Streckman

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

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

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

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

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

Public Computer Usage during COVID – Live Panel and Q&A
Presenters: Rebecca Burbank, Sarah Felkar, Monika Willner, Desiree Baron