British Columbia Library Association

Call for Proposals! 2019 BC Library Conference

On behalf of the BC Library Conference Co-chairs Anne O’Shea, Jorge Cardenas and Kyla Epstein, BCLA would like to introduce the 2019 BC Library Conference theme and open the Call for Proposals.

The 2019 BC Library Conference theme is The Future by Design.

The libraries, services and programs we design help shape the future of our communities and our society. The 2019 BC Library Conference theme “The Future by Design” invites the library community to explore the intentionality of our work and apply the tools of design thinking to our practice. “The Future by Design” imagines where our libraries might be headed and the paths we might take to get there. It encourages creative new ideas, prototyping, experimentation and testing. Help us examine forward-thinking ways to evolve our libraries as we continue to serve our communities and design our future

The 2019 conference theme encourages session proposals that:

The 2019 BC Library Conference Committee especially 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.

The Conference Planning Committee 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 the 2019 BC Library Conference includes rural and urban perspectives. The Conference Planning Committee encourages rural libraries to submit proposals so that we all benefit from hearing about the successes, challenges and creativity in all our libraries.

2019 Call for Proposals is open until Tuesday December 4thth.

BCLA uses Proposal Space for the conference session submission process. A simple account is required as outlined in the FAQ below. Your Proposal Space account lets you revisit your submission as often as you like to make edits or add information. Just don’t hit the “submit” button because after that you cannot edit your proposal!

Proposal Space FAQ (Useful to read before beginning the submission process):

The 2019 BC Library Conference is accepting session submissions until Tuesday December 4th. Submit conference proposals to Proposal Space:

If you have any questions about using Proposal Space please contact Shannon Stumph, BC Library Conference Coordinator at:

If you have any questions about the 2019 Conference please contact Annette DeFaveri at