British Columbia Library Association

2018 BCLA Pre-Conference Sessions

These sessions are done under the umbrella of the BCLA Professional Development Institute. The intention of the pre-conference sessions is to give attendees an opportunity to delve more deeply in to selected professional development topics. Below are brief descriptions of the three offerings for 2018 with links to more detailed information and the registration pages. These are “stand alone” sessions and thus you need not be registered for the annual BC Library Conference to register for these sessions.

IT in Libraries: Sharing Solutions

After last year’s successful event on libraries and IT, we’re happy to be back in 2018 to drive deeper into topics and issues that interest you. This pre-conference day will include a morning keynote and then many opportunities to collaborate and learn from colleagues through a number of breakout group discussions. Key topics will include Security, Networking, Emerging Technologies, Shared Services, & Build/Buy Decisions, with others to be determined through advanced survey results from attendees. This pre-conference session is for IT staff who work with libraries, library staff who work with systems and technology, and all those interested in library technology.

When: May 9th, 2018 8:30 – 3:00 PM

Location: 7551 Westminster Hwy, Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Room: Westminster One

Price: Member and Non-member $25

Includes coffee breaks and lunch.

BCLA would like to thank the BC Libraries Cooperative and the Fraser Valley Regional Library System for sponsoring this event.

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Youth Services Institute

Calling all youth services library staff! Join us for a day of inspiring professional development starting with a close look at the development and implementation of Toronto Public Library’s Middle Childhood framework. Peggy Thomas, Manager of Children’s Services at TPL, will speak about initiatives for family engagement, and activating self-directed, interest-driven learning in the middle years. Her presentation will dip into using data aggregated at the community level to guide services and programming and she will share TPL’s outreach strategy for the Middle Years which includes their “Operation Blast-Off” package. The afternoon is a chance to hear from you. Your colleagues will present lightning talks covering a range of topics relevant to children and teens.

When: May 8th, 2018 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate, #100

Price: Member $50, Non-member $60 and Student $40.00

Includes a coffee break sponsored by Kids Books. Please bring your own lunch

Please Note: This session is on Tuesday May 8th.

Thank you to YAACS for arranging, preparing and mounting this session.

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