BC Library Conference now open for registration!

Welcome to the BC Library Conference!
We have now opened registration and have published the conference program!
This year’s conference theme is Creative Communities. Five streams were chosen to help describe the conference content and support the theme: access, evidence, activism, place, and work. We believe the streams are areas of shared and necessary interest for everyone in all libraries.
Conference Dates and Place:
Wednesday May 20th to Friday May22nd.
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC
(Easily accessible using the Canada Line, Richmond-Brighouse stop)
As of today, Tuesday March10th, the BC Library Conference is open for Early Registration!
Early Registration runs from March 10th to April 14th.

For the full conference program: http://bclaconnect.ca/2015-conference/?page_id=171

For Conference Registration: http://bclibraryconf.eventbrite.com/?aff=bclalist

For Hotel reservations: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/StarGroupsWeb/booking/reservation?id=1410179104&key=A36B64E

For FAQs (always good to check out first!): http://bclaconnect.ca/2015-conference/?page_id=395

The Opening Keynote Speaker for this year’s conference is Veda Hille. Veda is a well-known performer in Vancouver and across Canada. She is a classically trained pianist, performance curator, singer, performer and artist. Veda’s work follows two streams: songs and records she initiates herself, and songs commissioned for theatre, dance and special events. A recent success is the musical “Do you Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata“ written with Bill Richardson and Amiel Gladstone. Veda was announced as the 2015 Artist-in-Residence at the Arts Club Theatre. Keeping with the BC Library Conference theme, Veda will talk about the creative process both as an individual and as part of larger groups and environments. We are also hoping she will sing! For more information about Veda Hille:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/success-a-balancing-act-for-beloved-vancouver-artist-veda-hille/article22597160/

On Thursday night the conference hosts the plenary session: Free Speech: Debate, Discussion, and Dissent. The panel includes Dale Askey, Anne Cameron and Micheal Vonn and is moderated by Gwen Bird. How do we protect free speech and dissent today? What are the implications of Bill C-51 and the “war on terror”? How do we avoid the trap of using the call for free speech to deprive others of their rights and freedoms? What can we do as librarians and library staff to ensure that we understand what we mean when we talk about free speech? We hope this session continues many discussions and debates we are currently having in the library community and in our society at large.

Brian Campbell will receive the 2015 CLA Advancement of Intellectual Freedom Award at the beginning of the plenary.

We hope to confirm the closing keynote speaker in the coming weeks and will make a special announcement with details as soon as we do so!

We look forward to seeing you at the 2015 BC Library Conference!

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