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Professional Development

BCLA supports the ongoing acquisition of skills and knowledge for personal and professional development and for career advancement. The Association identifies, communicates, and organizes opportunities to enhance the competencies and experiences of the membership. Professional development builds capacity to engage change and meet challenges.

The BC Library Association offers 2 scholarships for the annual BC Library Conference: The Alice Bacon Professional Development Award and the Ken Haycock Student Conference Award. Applications usually open mid-February. Subscribe to the BCLA Main Discussion in Branches: BCLA’s Online Forum to ensure you don’t miss the announcement. 

The BC Library Association does not offer general educational scholarships; please check directly with the school you are considering to see what opportunities may be available. For a list of schools with library education programs in BC, please see our Careers page.

Current & Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

BCLA’s Subsidized Coaching Pilot Project

The BCLA Coaching pilot project pays for 50% of the cost of each coaching session for up to ten sessions per member. Coaching is being done by three professional coaches, who are working with BCLA to create this program and build capacity among BCLA members. Find out more about the coaching program!

2023 BC Library Conference

The 2023 BC Library Conference, with both in-person and virtual options, is scheduled for April 12-14, 2023. Find out more about the upcoming conference!

Conference Scholarships

The BC Library Association offers two scholarships for the annual BC Library Conference. Applications usually open mid-February. Subscribe to Branches: BCLA’s Online Forum to ensure you don’t miss any announcements. 

Other Provincial & Territorial Library Associations’ Conferences

Through BCLA’s participation in The Partnership, Canada’s national network of provincial and territorial library associations, BCLA members are eligible to attend other provincial and territorial library conferences at member rates.

Past Professional Development Opportunities

Recording of How to Write a Successful Conference Session Proposal Webinar

Interested in presenting at the upcoming BC Library Conference, or any other professional conference? Having a good conference session proposal is just as important as having a good idea; the way you describe your proposed session determines whether or not your proposal is accepted. Attend this free 1 hour online information session presented by people who have written successful conference proposals and participated in selecting successful proposals for conferences. Learn to:

  1. Describe and plan for the components of writing a conference proposal
  2. Write a conference proposal that aligns with the audience or participants
  3. Identify how a proposal adjudication processed works for conferences

Presenters: Sajni Lacey, Learning and Curriculum Support Librarian, UBC Okanagan Library; Sarah Felkar, Assistant Director, West Vancouver Memorial Library

Additional recordings and other materials from select past professional development opportunities can be found under Resources.