British Columbia Library Association

2020 BC Library Conference: Call for Proposals

The BC Library Association is pleased to announce that the CALL FOR PROPOSALS for the 2020 BC Library Conference is now open!

Libraries, Democracy, and Action is the theme for the 2020 BC Library Conference. We invite proposals that explore how libraries have, and can, build democracy in our communities and in society. We welcome proposals that demonstrate how libraries have, and will, support healthy communities that shape the lives of community members.  We encourage proposals that show how libraries build the very best parts of our social infrastructure.

For the full theme description, please see the BC Library Conference website:

To submit a proposal for the 2020 BC Library Conference, please complete the form located:

Deadline to submit proposals is Monday December 2nd, 2019.

Please click HERE to learn about the submission form questions. It may be helpful to review the document so you know what questions will be on the submission form.


Information for Presenters

The BC Library Association encourages first time and early-career presenters to submit proposals for the conference program. New and diverse voices ensure that we build a vibrant and inclusive conference open to new ideas and perspectives. To help support first time and early-career presenters BCLA asked a group of experienced presenters what advice they would give a new presenter. Their feedback has been compiled in a new Conference Presentation for First-Timers page on the 2020 BCLC website.

The information on the above page will interest seasoned presenters as well as anyone looking to improve their conference presentation skills.

BCLA also invites proposals from people with deep and varied experiences in libraries, and from people whose career backgrounds, while not necessarily in libraries, intersect with library values, principles and social commitment.

BC’s libraries are in rural and urban communities and it is essential that 2020 BC Library Conference includes rural and urban viewpoints. BCLA encourages rural libraries to submit proposals so that we all benefit from hearing about the successes, challenges and creativity in all our libraries. If you are a rural library and face challenges in contributing to the BC library Conference, please contact Annette DeFaveri for additional information.

The BC Library Conference is a great opportunity to share ideas, discover new perspectives, support colleagues, and to learn from each other and from experts.  Participation makes us a stronger community. Please consider sharing your experiences, thinking and vision for libraries at the BC Library Conference!


Annette DeFaveri

Executive Director

British Columbia Library Association