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Continuing Education Opportunities & Recordings

BCLA supports the ongoing acquisition of skills and knowledge for personal and professional development and for career advancement. Please review the Professional Development priority, which highlights the full range of opportunities that we support and follow the BCLA Professional Development Forum for updates and dialogue.

Current and Upcoming

EDI Toolkit Training

The EDI Strategies in Recruitment Toolkit was built by the contributions of Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour (IBPOC) and project leader, Jessica Whu Lee. In collaboration with BCLA, Jessica is offering a free “Introduction to EDI Toolkit for Recruitment” training session on Thursday, March 7th, 2:00-3:00pm. This session is geared towards anyone involved or interested in recruitment in libraries, seeking to get introduced or refreshed on the EDI Toolkit and how to apply it. Register today!

Indigenous Allyship and Anti-Racism Training

Len Pierre, a Coast Salish educator from Katzie First Nation was a keynote speaker from the 2023 BC Library Conference. He is offering a half-day training session on Thursday, April 4th at 1pm-4:30pm called “Indigenous Allyship and Anti-Racism.” BCLA aims to promote reconciliation all year long and we are excited to learn from Len’s expertise. Registration will be opening soon.


Disability Awareness Training

Join Heather McCain (they/them), the founder of Live Educate Transform Society (LET’S) for a free, two-part training opportunity on Disability Awareness on Wednesday, February 7th and Thursday, February 8th, both at 11am-12pm. *Update – registration is now full, but you can add your name to the waitlist form if you would like to be alerted of future offerings.

BC Library Conference

The 2024 BC Library Conference is scheduled for April 24-25, 2024 at the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront Vancouver.

Conference Scholarships

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

BC Book Blast!

In collaboration with Read Local BC, the “BC Book Blast!” series features the very best of BC published books, with support from the Association of BC Book Publishers. Recordings of past presentations are available below on a variety of themes, genres, and subjects, and for a range of audiences.

BCLA Annual Year-End Keynote

A Year-End Keynote speaker will present a webinar on a topic intended to inspire and challenge library workers in preparation of a new year. We will make the announcement in November via the Professional Development forum and recommendations can be made within our program suggestion form. Please find recordings of past presenters below, such as Karina Hagelin (they/them) from 2023.



BC Book Blast! Series (2023-present)

In collaboration with Read Local BC and the Association of BC Book Publishers events featuring the latest BC books on a variety of themes and genres will be offered 4-5 times a year.


Year-End Keynote Speaker Series (2023-present)

Our annual Year-End Keynote Speaker Series features a presenter who has come recommended as someone who will inspire and challenge library workers as they prepare for a new year.

Karina Hagelin (December 14, 2023):

Communities of Care: accessible libraries through trauma-informed frameworks and radical empathy

Powerpoint slides

Karina Hagelin photo and the text says Welcome, BCLA will begin the Year-End Keynote event with Karina Hagelin in one moment

Privacy Guidelines and Management

In 2023, the Northwest Library Federation recorded a 3-part webinar series based on The Privacy Guidelines for BC Public Libraries with SFU Privacy Lawyer, Ericka Brimacombe, and Kaitlyn Vecchio has kindly given permission to feature the information here.

Webinar One: For all library staff, covering personal liability, collection / use / disclosure / consent of information, and briefly touches on Privacy Impact Assessments, complaints and breaches.

Webinar Two: Intended for Library Directors and Privacy Officers with close attention to FOI, complaints, breaches, and Privacy Management Program.

Webinar Three: Q&A session including insightful questions, templates, and examples of Records Retention Schedules, etc.

Another great resource is OIPC – Office of the Information & Privacy Commissioner for BC who have a free suite of PrivacyRight Webinars and host a free, informative session on “Data Privacy Day” on January 30th, as well as customized webinars and training. A helpful video called “The Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA): Essentials for your organization” (Feb. 21, 2024) is freely available. Note: this is the organization where you would report a privacy breach.

How to Write a Successful Conference Session Proposal

Crafting a successful conference session proposal takes skill! Check out the recording of our information session below:

PDF of slides from information session

Libraries in the Global Arena Series (2021)

The Libraries in the Global Arena Series focused on the role of libraries in effectively addressing the climate crisis, featuring Seth Klein and Rachel Malena-Chan.