Creative Communities - BC Library Conference 2015
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Thursday, May 21 • 5:15pm - 6:45pm
Plenary - Free Speech: Debate, Discussion, Dissent LIMITED

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BCLA is pleased to host the Canadian Library Association presentation of the 2015 CLA Advancement of Intellectual Freedom Award to Brian Campbell, which will take place immediately before the Plenary.

“War is the health of the state,” wrote the American essayist Randolph Bourne during World War I. “Public opinion, as expressed in the newspapers, and the pulpits and the schools, becomes one solid block. Loyalty, or rather war orthodoxy, becomes the sole test for all professions, techniques, occupations.” Librarians have a special responsibility to resist such orthodoxy. 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 do we mean when we talk about free speech in a library context? Please join our distinguished panel of speakers to explore questions, and share opinions, that are relevant to us all.

The Keith Sacré Library Champion Award will be presented immediately following the plenary discussion.


Gwen Bird

Gwen Bird was appointed the dean of libraries/university librarian at the SFU Library in October 2014. She was previously the Executive Director of COPPUL, the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries, for 3 years. Prior to COPPUL she worked at the SFU Library for several... Read More →

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Anne Cameron

Anne Cameron is a Canadian novelist, poet, screenwriter and short story writer. She was born in Nanaimo, BC. She began writing at an early age, starting with theatre scripts and screenplays. In 1979, her film Dreamspeaker, directed by Claude Jutra, won seven Canadian Film Awards... Read More →

Dale Askey

Dale Askey currently serves as the Associate University Librarian for Library & Learning Technologies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, where he also occupies the role of Administrative Director of the Lewis & Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship. He has filled... Read More →
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Micheal Vonn

Micheal Vonn is a lawyer and has been the Policy Director of the BCCLA since 2004. She has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in the Faculty of Law and in the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies where she has taught civil liberties... Read More →

Thursday May 21, 2015 5:15pm - 6:45pm PDT
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Westminster Ballroom 1 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC