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CFP: 2018 BC Library Conference

October 28, 2017

2018 BC Library Conference
May 9 to 11
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel

The 2018 BC Library Conference theme is Work + Culture. This theme urges an examination of the connections between work environments, institutional cultures, and communities; an inquiry of how cultures can impact, clash, and complement each other and inform society as a whole.

Collaboration, inclusion, innovation – we include these words in job descriptions and library values and mission statements, but how well do we practice these values? Do our organizational structures and cultures foster or hinder these goals?  How do we — as individuals, institutions, and organizations — determine and define our culture and our values? And how does our culture affect our work and profession?

Are our values changing and if so what are they becoming? How do changes in our values and culture affect the concept of “library” and the work that we perform?

Understanding the culture of our institutions helps us understand the role of the library in our rapidly changing society and helps us understand the impact of our work.

Our hope is that the theme Work + Culture will inspire you to submit a session proposal that illustrates how libraries and library workers define their values in their every day work; proposals that challenge some of our existing assumptions about libraries and postulate new ways to engage in our culture;  proposals that examine our institutional assumptions and behaviour and ask how we can enhance our culture and our work; proposals that demonstrate new ways that libraries and library workers lead and support advocacy and proposals that help us define and redefine our work and our institutions.

BCLA uses Proposal Space for the conference session submission process. A simple account is required as outlined in the FAQ below. Your Proposal Space account lets you revisit your submission as often as you like to make edits or add information. Just don’t hot the “submit” button because after that you cannot edit your proposal!

Proposal Space FAQ (Please read before beginning the submission process):

The 2018 BC Library Conference is accepting session submissions until Friday November 24th. Submit conference proposals to Proposal Space:

If you have any questions about using Proposal Space please contact Shannon Stumph, BC Library Conference Coordinator at:

Looking forward to seeing you in May!!

Leanna Jantzi
Anne O’Shea
Heidi Schiller
Shannon Stumph
Annette DeFaveri


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