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Conference Scholarships

Call for Applications

Applications for the 2024 BC Library Conference scholarships are now closed.

Alice Bacon Professional Development Award

This award is named in honour of Alice Bacon, who for many years organized and lobbied for improved continuing education opportunities for members of the BC library community. This award is intended to help individuals who would otherwise be unable to attend the BC Library Conference due to limited funds. Awards can vary in amount but generally cover the cost of conference registration.

We look forward to hearing from those of you who may not have had an opportunity to attend many conferences in the past, as well as from people who would like an opportunity to expand their professional education.

Ken Haycock Student Conference Award

The Ken Haycock Student Conference Award is named in honour of Dr. Ken Haycock, who is a luminary in the provincial and national library sector. The award is intended to encourage leadership and professional activity among students by contributing providing full basic conference registration for the award recipient. This is a valuable opportunity for MLIS students engage with members of the BC library community and network with individuals who may be crucial to future career aspirations.

Applicants need to be a member of BCLA and a BC resident enrolled in an ALA-accredited MLIS program at the time of the application. The application process includes submitting a statement detailing potential benefits of attending the conference and BCLA involvement. To be eligible the applicant agrees to contribute to the conference as a volunteer, as required.

Volunteer at the BC Library Conference

Volunteering at the BC Library Conference is another way to attend conference sessions for free. This is a chance to meet new people, catch up with old friends, and to hear about those issues and trends that are shaping the thinking and actions throughout the library sector. If you are interested in volunteering, we are excited to hear from you! Each year conference volunteer opportunities are announced sometime in late January/early February, on Branches: BCLA’s Online Forum.

If you have questions about volunteering please email BCLA Project Coordinator, Cynthia Ford