British Columbia Library Association

2020 BC Library Conference: Registration Open!

Early Bird registration for the 2020 BC Library Conference is now open! Early Bird Registration is open until March 12th, 2020. Regular Registration (full fee) is open from March 13th to April 1st, 2020.

CONFERENCE DATE AND PLACE: Wednesday April 15th to Friday April 17th, Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC

We are privileged to hold the 2020 BC Library Conference in the City of Richmond which is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəyəm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səlílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

The 2020 BC Library Conference theme is Libraries, Democracy and Action.

It’s meant to inspire discussions about how libraries continue to build robust social infrastructure and how libraries play a critical role in linking communities to essential thinking and action focused on areas such as reconciliation, inclusion, diversity, intellectual freedom, creative and critical thinking, and social responsibility. The 2020 BC Library Conference theme provides an opportunity to share the ways libraries currently do this work, and to explore the ways we intend to broaden and deepen the contributions libraries make to society.

This year, as in other years, we have negotiated a discounted hotel rate for members and delegates attending the conference. The number of hotel rooms is limited so please book as soon as you can to ensure both the reduced rate and availability. Discounted room rates are available until April 4th, or until sold out.  Rooms will sell out quickly. Please click HERE to book a room at the Conference Hotel.

Our Opening Keynote Speaker is Jessie Loyer and the title of her talk is: pê-itohtêtan ayamihcikamikohk: come, let’s go to the library.

Jessie’s talk is generously sponsored by the UBC Library

Jessie Loyer is Cree-Métis and a member of Michel First Nation. She’s a librarian at Mount Royal University in Calgary, on Blackfoot and Treaty 7 territory. Her research looks at Indigenous perspectives on information literacy, supporting language revitalization, and building capacity for oral history sharing and digitization for communities. She’s interested in creating ongoing research relationships using kinship. Follow her on twitter: @jmloyer.


Our closing Keynote Speaker is Seth Klein and the title of his talk is: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency. 

Seth Klein served for 22 years (1996-2018) as the founding British Columbia Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a public policy research institute committed to social, economic and environmental justice. He is now a freelance researcher, writer, consultant and speaker, and an adjunct professor with Simon Fraser University’s Urban Studies program. He is currently writing a book on mobilizing Canada for the climate emergency.

More information on our keynote speakers can be found HERE.

We look forward to seeing you all at the 2020 BC Library Conference!

Annette DeFaveri

Executive Director

British Columbia Library Association