British Columbia Library Association

Past Conferences

The annual BC Library Conference is the work and responsibility of the British Columbia Library Association and serves as the most important aspect of the Association’s commitment to professional development for members and the library community. BCLA mounts the annual conference to share the latest information and research in the library and related fields.

Our intention is to create a space for discussion and debate that is also a space for conversation and connecting with colleagues. The BC Library Conference provides opportunities to learn, consider, and reflect on the philosophy, work, and services of libraries. We want the outcome of every conference to be stronger institutions and stronger individuals.

2022 Collective Restoration: the way forward is together (Virtual)
Keynotes: Monique Gray Smith, Emily Knox, Adeline Huynh, Maeva Gauthier, Gurdeep Pandher

Traveler, there is no path. The path is made by walking (Virtual)
Keynotes: Dori Tunsall, Sierra Tasi Baker, Tricia Logan, Melanie Matining, Kai Cheng Thom, Andrea Ferguson

2020 (Virtual) Summer Conference 
2020  CANCELLED due to Covid-19: Libraries, Democracy and Action (Richmond)
Keynotes: Jessie Loyer, Seth Klein

2019   The Future By Design (Surrey)
Keynotes: Vanessa Richards, Emily Pilloton

2018   Work + Culture (Richmond)
Keynotes: Amal Rana, Sandra Mathison, Chris Bourg

2017   Seek. Spark. Ignite. (Vancouver)
Keynotes: Khelsilem, Anita Sarkeesian

2016   Disrupt & Transform (Richmond)
Keynotes: Cory Doctorow, Harsha Walia

2015   Creative Communities (Richmond)
Keynotes: Veda Hille, Wayde Compton

2014   Hello World (Vancouver)
Keynotes: Ivan Coyote, Marian Bantjes, Arundhati Roy

2013   Are We There Yet? (Richmond)
Keynotes: Lev Grossman, Joe Janes

2012   Licence to Read (Richmond)
Keynotes: Joel Bakan, Ingrid Parent, Dr. Michael Geist

2011   Celebrating a Century of Association (Victoria)
Keynote: Paul Whitney

   Seriously Entertaining: Learning Through Fun & Games (Penticton)
Keynote: Tim Ellison

2009   Be Curious: Think, Share, Discover (Burnaby)
Keynotes: Michael Stephens, Henry Yu

2008   Off the shelf & out of the box: Creativity in libraries (Richmond)
Keynote: Fred Kent

2007   Beyond 20/20: Envisioning the Future (Burnaby)
Keynote: Steven Berlin Johnson

2006   Sharing a Vision: The Power of Collaboration (Burnaby)
Keynote: Glen Murray

2005   From scrolls to eBooks: the story continues… (Burnaby)
Keynote: Joel Bakan

2004   Joint with CLA: Celebrating Our Community: Sharing Our Values ~ Sharing Our Value (Victoria)
Keynotes: Michael Gorman, Bill Richardson

2003   Hot Ideas! (Harrison Hot Springs)
Keynote: Mike Eisenberg

2002   Trek to Technology? (Whistler)
Keynote: Michael Gorman

2001   A Learning Odyssey (Burnaby)
Keynote: Lotsee Patterson

2000   Celebrating Excellence (Kelowna)
Keynote: Ken Haycock

1999   Imagination in Action (Richmond)
Keynote: Kaycee Hale

1998   Joint
Keynote: John Ralston Saul

1997   Vital Connections: Libraries & Communities (Surrey)
Keynote: Rex Murphy

1996   Ensuring Our Future: Libraries Working Together  (Whistler)
Keynote: Roch Carrier

1995   Putting People First (Victoria)
Keynote: Elizabeth Marinez

1994   Joint with CLA (Vancouver)

1993   Bridging the Gap (Pentiction)
Keynote: Herbert S. White

1992   Making the Connection (Whistler)
Keynote: Ray Spaxman

1991   In the Human Cause (Vancouver)
Keynote: Ursula Franklin

1990   Working in Interesting Times (Victoria)
Keynote: Alan Borovoy

1989   Building Linkages (Penticton)
Keynotes: Margaret Chisholm, Sharon Wood