British Columbia Library Association

Register for the 2017 BCLA Conference today!

This year’s BC Library Conference is April 19-21 in downtown Vancouver, BC. We hope you will join us! Read on for info on registration and more.


Conference theme: Seek. Spark. Ignite. What gets you fired up? How do you know what to change, what to create, and what to let go? Creative tension can lead to breakthrough ideas in the library sector. Together, we can spark new solutions to the challenges we face, and light the path to future discoveries. We think the he conference theme is a timely call to action, to be curious, to take risks and to explore the unknown. Please join us at the 2017 BC Library Conference to discuss, debate and  deliberate with colleagues who ignite innovative change.


Conference dates and location:


This year we are pleased to welcome Khelsilem, who will be the 2017 Opening Keynote speaker.
Khelsilem will share an insightful talk on Indigeneity in 21st century Canada, how it’s being explored and developed, and what needs to fuel Indigenous peoples and allies for the next 150 years. Khelsilem will use his experience and training from studying his own two Indigenous cultural identities of the Coast Salish and Kwakw?a?ka’wa?kw to form examples of resistance and adaptation. For the last six years, he’s been undertaking the task of reclaiming cultural sovereignty through language reclamation – an experience that Khelsilem explains has deepened his understanding of what can be possible for Canada in the generations to come.

Khelsilem – pronounced somewhat like chul ? sea ? lem – is a S?wx?wú7mesh- Kwakwa?ka?’wakw educator, non-profit founder, university lecturer, and language rights activist. He currently teaches as a lecturer at Simon Fraser University in Indigenous Languages. He tells us that Khelsilem was not the name given to him at birth. He became known as Khelsilem starting in October 2011 after he was chosen by his paternal grandmother to receive his name in a traditional Coast Salish name giving ceremony. The handing down of names from one generation to the next is common to many Coast Salish communities. Since then he has chosen to go by his Indigenous name instead of his English name as a commitment to the revitalization of Indigenous ways of being.
In 2015, Khelsilem founded an arts and education non-profit organization called Kwi Awt Stelmexw – a phrase that means “the coming generations.” Its programming is dedicated to creating a society of language speakers, artists, and cultural producers within the Squamish Peoples for the world.

The BC Library Conference Opening Keynote is generously sponsored by the University of British Columbia Library.


 We are also pleased to welcome Anita Sarkeesian, who will be the 2017 Closing Keynote speaker.

It seems that whenever women on the internet dare to speak about social issues they are met with violent, aggressive, and often invasive attacks. These large-scale sexist harassment campaigns targeting women have seen a sharp increase in recent years. Because of her work on women in games, Anita Sarkeesian has become the ongoing target of a massive, vicious harassment campaign. In this talk, she will share her experiences to help define and deconstruct how these hostile cyber mobs operate and offer some insights into why gendered harassment is so prevalent. She will also discuss the severe consequences to the women targeted and the larger community. Anita will conclude with some steps to help us move towards more inclusive digital spaces for all people.

Anita Sarkeesian is an award-winning media critic and the creator and Executive Director of Feminist Frequency, an educational nonprofit that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives. Her work focuses on deconstructing the stereotypes and tropes associated with women in popular culture as well as highlighting issues surrounding the targeted harassment of women in online and gaming spaces. Anita earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies at California State University Northridge and her Master’s degree in Social and Political Thought at York University.

Anita was named one of TIME’s 100 most influential people in the world, was the recipient of the 2014 Game Developers Choice Ambassador Award, was given the 2013 honorary award from the National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers, and was nominated for Microsoft’s 2014 Women in Games Ambassador Award. In 2016 Anita was awarded an honorary PhD from The New School in New York City.


Looking forward to seeing you at the BC Library Conference!

Heidi Schiller
BC Library Conference Co-Chair

Leanna Jantzi
BC Library Conference Co-Chair

Shannon Stumph
BC Library Conference Coordinator

Annette DeFaveri
BCLA Executive Director