British Columbia Library Association

Call for Submissions: The Barriers Issue of BCLA Perspectives

Let’s talk about barriers.

For the next issue of BCLA Perspectives, we want to address barriers to patrons using the library such as fines, opening hours, digital access, rules and conduct expectations and barriers to offering more/different programming/collections such as language, funding, and connecting with disengaged and underserved communities to understand their wants and needs.

We also want to hear about barriers in the library profession such as precarious employment, affording school, breaking into tight library systems, sharing resources, and connecting across library systems, roles, and geography.

What are your personal and/or professional experiences? How is your institution trying to rethink the library in light of these concerns? What stories of success can you share of patrons, employees, and groups breaking down barriers? What lessons have been learned?

We invite you to share our request for articles with your colleagues. News, opinion, follow up to conference presentations, and other story types are accepted. Submissions may be long-form or as short as 150 words. You can email pitches and questions to

Pitches are due August 1, stories are due August 15.


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Kristina McGuirk, Tammie Mercado, Erin May, Alison Griffin
Editors, BCLA Perspectives