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Alice Bacon Professional Development Scholarship

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.  To find out mor about Alice’s life and legacy, please click here. The 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.

Our call for 2023 nominations is now closed.

Ken Haycock Student Conference Award

The Ken Haycock Student Conference Award encourages leadership and professional activity among students by contributing $300 toward BC Library Conference expenses. BCLA will provide 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.

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. Ken lives in Vancouver and is research professor (honourary) with the Center for Library Leadership and Management at the University of Southern California where he was previously research professor of management and organization with the Marshall School of Business.  At the Marshall School of Business he developed and directed graduate programs in library and information management. Ken was previously director at the San Jose School of Library and Information Science, building it into the largest program in the world with four degrees and 2,800 students in 14 countries, and at SLAIS at UBC, introducing with colleagues the joint MAS/MLIS program, First Nations concentration, MA in children’s literature and PhD program. Prior to the academy, he was a member of the senior management team of the Vancouver School Board, responsible for curriculum and program development and implementation, curriculum resources and technologies and staff development for 7,000 employees at 115 sites.

His consultancies, as senior partner with Ken Haycock & Associates Inc., include leadership development and coaching as well as governance, organizational and program reviews. In the broader community Ken has been a public library trustee, elected school board member and chair, elected municipal councillor and served on dozens of government and community boards as diverse as publishing, elimination of sexism, race relations and community services.

Recognized by many associations he was awarded the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal for contributions to society and an honorary Doctor of Letters from Capilano University. Ken holds an Ed.D. (Brigham Young), M.B.A. (Royal Roads), A.M.L.S. (Michigan), and M.Ed. (Ottawa). His research interests focus on management and leadership, role clarification and effectiveness, organizational development, advocacy and influence.

A prolific writer and speaker, Ken Haycock is a committed and passionate advocate for public education, for libraries and for librarians.

Our call for 2023 nominations is now closed.


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, on Branches: BCLA’s Online Forum.

The 2023 Call for Volunteers is now open! (until midnight, February 13).

If you have questions about volunteering please contact Shannon Stumph at: [email protected]