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Creative Communities - BC Library Conference 2015
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Thursday, May 21
 

9:15am

T01 - Trans* Inclusion - Building Parks and Recreation for All
Limited Capacity seats available

The Transgender Tipping Point: America’s next civil rights frontier” headlined the June 2014 cover of Time Magazine. Learn how community and staff came together in Vancouver to examine barriers to participation for trans* and gender variant citizens and developed recommendations to improve inclusion and access through programming, human resources, signage, facility design, and partnerships. Stories and learning will be shared from recent experiences rolling out public trans* inclusive programming, removing gendered signage, and launching an awareness campaign in recreation facilities.


Speakers
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Susie Hutchison

Susie Hutchison, Recreation Manager with the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation and Co-Chair of the TGVI Working Group, works with the committee to implement its recommendations across Vancouver’s diverse recreation system.
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Kai Scott

Kai Scott, M.A., is a Social Scientist and Engagement Specialist trained in both qualitative and quantitative methods and educated in the field of International Political Economy and Development. His practice Dialectic Research Services works collaboratively with various Aboriginal... Read More →


Thursday May 21, 2015 9:15am - 10:29am
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Westminster Ballroom 2 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC

9:15am

T02 - Supporting Business Development Goals - Moving Toward a Course of Action in Public, Academic, and Private Libraries
Limited Capacity seats available

There are many opportunities for libraries to explore ways to support communities’ and organizations’ economic and business goals. Municipalities have goals for economic development. Universities have plans for commercialization. Companies have business development targets. But are we doing everything we can to support these important objectives? The possibilities go beyond reference and collections, but it can be difficult to know how to proceed. This session will be a facilitated discussion with attendees to explore practical courses of action to support the information needs of our economic communities.

Speakers
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Alyssa Green

Alyssa Green is the Manager of InfoAction, a Vancouver Public Library (VPL) fee-based research division. Experienced in business and legal research, Alyssa specializes in corporate and market research. Prior to VPL, she worked as the Manager of ResearchPlus, Calgary Public Library’s... Read More →
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Sarah Sutherland

Sarah Sutherland is the manager of content and partnerships at CanLII. Before that she worked in a variety of libraries, including those in a national full service law firm, the Province of Saskatchewan, the National Research Council, and the Law Society of Saskatchewan. She has collaborated... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday May 21, 2015 9:15am - 10:29am
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Westminster Ballroom 3 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC
  • Sponsored by: Vancouver Public Library

1:30pm

T11 - Telling *Your* Story: Marketing Your Library and Its Programs
Limited Capacity seats available

Libraries are home to millions of stories - some true, some fiction; some told in words, others in sound or images. But sometimes, libraries forget to tell their own stories, and that can have an impact in patron traffic, attendance at programs, or in understanding the value of libraries in public, academic and corporate communities. As the nature of libraries changes with technology and culture, the marketing and promotion of your programs and your value to patrons and your broader community has become more important than ever. In this session, we'll talk about why promoting your library and its collections and programs is important for making sure your library thrives. We'll also talk about the many tools you can use to market and promote your library, including something that comes naturally to libraries: telling stories about what you do and how it's making a positive difference for the people you serve.

Speakers
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Lesli Boldt

Lesli Boldt is president of Boldt Communications Inc., a boutique marketing communications agency based in Vancouver, B.C. She’s a seasoned marketing communications and public affairs professional with over 20 years of experience in the industry, and over a decade of consulting... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday May 21, 2015 1:30pm - 2:42pm
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Elmbridge Room 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond BC
  • Sponsored by: Dragonfly Consulting

1:30pm

T12 - Both Sides Now: a Podcast and Panel Discussion About the Intersection of Librarians and Library Technicians
Limited Capacity seats available

Despite working alongside one another, librarians and library technicians often lack a fulsome knowledge of one another's skills and qualifications. Our collegial, though sometimes tense, relationships demonstrate that there is a need to foster mutual respect and encourage collaboration between different library staff. By unpacking our respective education and sharing some common experiences, we hope to bring a greater depth of understanding to who library technicians and librarians are, and foster a more open professional environment for further discussion and collaboration.  Our key goal is to facilitate a discussion which encourages clearer understanding among colleagues. By better knowing one another’s skills, strengths, and experiences, we can better leverage our services and planning. It is important for all of us to understand that library technician isn’t a “lesser” profession, but simply a different one. We anticipate an illuminating discussion about the places where we intersect, overlap, and diverge.  This panel brings together an array of job titles and experience levels -- from new professional to manager, educator and student -- and will be of interest to new and experienced professionals alike. This session will be hosted and live-taped by the SS Librarianship Podcast.

Speakers
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Ashley Van Dijk

Ashley graduated in 2009 with her Library and Information Technology diploma, and is currently working at SFU Burnaby in the Information and Instruction division. Ashley is the Chair of the Library Technicians Assistants Section of BCLA.
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Sam Mills

Sam graduated from UBC with an MLIS in 2014, and is currently a librarian with the Programming & Learning Department at the Vancouver Public Library as well as the Information & Instruction Division at the Simon Fraser University Library.
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Christina Neigel, Panelist

Christina Neigel is Associate Professor in the Library and Information Technology Department at the University of the Fraser Valley. She is currently completing a Doctorate in Education at Simon Fraser University with a research focus on the role of gender in LIS leadership.
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Pat Cumming, Panelist

Pat Cumming is the Head of Information Services at West Vancouver Memorial Library. She holds a Library Technician Diploma from Algonquin College in Ottawa and an MLIS from the University of Western Ontario. Her career in libraries spans more than 30 years and includes work as a... Read More →
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Tamarack Hockin, Panelist

Tamarack is a Library Technician with Surrey Libraries. Holding a LIT Diploma and Bachelor's degree from UFV, Tamarack is also an MLIS candidate at San Jose State University. Find her @tamahoc or http://about.me/tamahoc
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Alli Sullivan

Alli Sullivan holds an MLIS from UBC’s iSchool, graduating in May 2014. She is currently the Instructional Services Librarian at Langara College and an Auxiliary Librarian at the Vancouver Public Library.

Sponsors

Thursday May 21, 2015 1:30pm - 2:42pm
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Cedarbridge Room 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC
  • Sponsored by: Simon Fraser University Library

3:15pm

T21 - Towards a Renewed National Voice for Libraries: CLA Reinvents Itself
Limited Capacity seats available

These are interesting and often challenging times for libraries. More than ever a strong and clear library voice is needed to advocate for the principles libraries stand for, and to help communicate with our stakeholders and communities about the value of libraries.  For almost 70 years the Canadian Library Association has served as this unified national voice on issues ranging from copyright legislation, net neutrality, intellectual freedom, and more. At this time, and like many libraries and library associations, CLA recognizes that changing times require a change in direction, structure, and vision.
CLA is exploring ways forward that secure a national voice for libraries and library issues leveraging CLA's established reputation and brand. A renewed CLA will respond to current issues in an informed and strategic manner, and advocate in the best interests of our institutions and the communities we serve.
The BCLA Board has invited Sandra Singh (CLA Vice-President/President-Elect) and Michael Ridley (CLA Treasurer) to join Caroline Daniels to explore questions that will help establish a unique mandate for a reinvigorated, representative, and responsive national association.


Moderators
Speakers
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Caroline Daniels, BCLA

President Elect, BCLA
Caroline Daniels is the Systems, Web and Interlibrary Loan librarian at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Caroline is the President elect of BCLA and has served on the BCLA Board since 2013. Caroline has always had a keen interest in BCLA and has served on committees, sections and... Read More →
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Michael Ridley

Michael Ridley is a librarian at the University of Guelph and an instructor in Guelph's First Year Seminar Program. He is the former Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Librarian at Guelph. Ridley has served in various executive capacities for CLA, OLA, CAIS, CRKN, and CARL... Read More →
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Sandra Singh

Sandra Singh joined Vancouver Public Library as its Chief Librarian in December 2010. She joined VPL after serving as the Director of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia. Prior to that, she worked at the Vancouver Public Library, first as the... Read More →


Thursday May 21, 2015 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Cedarbridge Room 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC
 
Friday, May 22
 

9:00am

F04 - Tiny Stories, Big Impact
Limited Capacity seats available

In 2013 the Powell River Public Library launched a microfiction contest based on the book 420 Characters by author and artist Lou Beach. The challenge: to pack vivid descriptions, original characters and surprising plot twists into a narrative small enough to fit in a Facebook status update. The result: a literal deluge of story submissions. Some were fictional, others not. They were written by seniors, teens, and everyone in-between. The Library brought the contest back in 2014 by popular demand.   This session is all about the nuts and bolts of running a successful microfiction contest. You’ll get a practical breakdown for how to run your own contest – from advertising to judging to hosting a reading to sharing the results online. You’ll also pick up some tips on how to find strong visuals, harness social media teasers, and respond to creative spin offs and opportunities as they arise. Using tiny stories as an example, we’ll discuss creative programs as a form of activism, advocacy and the key to lifelong learning.

Speakers
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Sonia Zagwyn

Sonia Zagwyn began working in libraries when she was 14 ¾ years old and never really stopped. Between studies in visual arts and creative writing she worked in three B.C. library systems, completing an MFA in Creative Writing at UBC in 2011. Her projects are often interdisciplinary... Read More →

Sponsors

Friday May 22, 2015 9:00am - 9:43am
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Westminster Ballroom 3 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC
  • Sponsored by: Emerald Group Publishing

10:00am

F09 - Beyond Academic Liaison: Realizing the Academic Librarian as Scholar Practitioner
Limited Capacity seats available

The liaison librarian model is toast. Worse, it was wrong to begin with. It reinforces the academic librarian as service provider rather than academic partner.   Academic librarians are "scholar practitioners." Both aspects of the role are critical to full participation in the academy. However, librarians and libraries have been slow to fully develop our capacity as researchers and teachers, and to establish our libraries as research incubators.  Advancing the research and teaching agenda of librarians requires a clear vision of our role, capacity building to enable new skills, and a new perspective on how research (and research culture) can become part of our professional lives.  In a similar way, academic libraries need to think of themselves as research incubators with specific research mandates. Every library should have a strategic research plan to leverage the capacities of its librarians, enabling a critical mass to address some of the key research questions of our field.  Enabling the scholar practitioner requires rethinking our professional role and reframing the mandate of the academic library. Perhaps the best way to realize the vision of the scholar practitioner is to loosen our ties to the library and branch out as our own academic department.

Speakers
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Michael Ridley

Michael Ridley is a librarian at the University of Guelph and an instructor in Guelph's First Year Seminar Program. He is the former Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Librarian at Guelph. Ridley has served in various executive capacities for CLA, OLA, CAIS, CRKN, and CARL... Read More →

Sponsors

Friday May 22, 2015 10:00am - 11:14am
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Westminster Ballroom 2 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC
  • Sponsored by: Gibson Library Connections

10:00am

F10 - EPL 2014 Library of the Year: Leading Change and Transforming Culture
Limited Capacity seats available

Pilar Martinez will talk about some of the factors that led to Edmonton Public Library winning Library Journal/Gale Cengage 2014 Library of the Year. She will highlight challenges that instigated a shift in organizational culture, review successes and how those successes were achieved, as well as address challenges and learning opportunities along the way.  The session will conclude with a summary of future plans for the Edmonton Public Library and what excites her in her work.

Speakers
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Pilar Martinez

Pilar Martinez is the Deputy CEO at the Edmonton Public Library where she is responsible for leading Branch Services, Marketing & Fund Development, Collections & IT and Research & Assessment. Pilar has a broad base of experience in library leadership including: advocacy, collective... Read More →

Sponsors

Friday May 22, 2015 10:00am - 11:14am
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Elmbridge Room 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond BC
  • Sponsored by: Gibson Library Connections

11:30am

F14 - Mind the Gap: a Team Approach to Developing More Student-Centred General Instruction
Limited Capacity seats available

How do we bridge the gaps between: 
- general information literacy standards vs. specific classroom contexts 
- developing vs. delivering workshop content
- what we (and faculty) think students need to know vs. what they think they need to know 
Join a team of library assistants and librarians for a lively and interactive discussion of ways we can work together to establish effective feedback loops to continually assess and improve our general library instruction programs.

Speakers
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Ashley Van Dijk

Ashley graduated in 2009 with her Library and Information Technology diploma, and is currently working at SFU Burnaby in the Information and Instruction division. Ashley is the Chair of the Library Technicians Assistants Section of BCLA.
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Rebecca Dowson

Rebecca Dowson is a Liaision Librarian for English and History at the SFU Library. In addition to her liaison work, Rebecca has collaborated with Library colleagues and SFU instructors on curriculum revision and assessment for several instruction programs, including Foundations of... Read More →
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Janis McKenzie

Janis McKenzie is Head of Information and Instruction at the SFU Library. Even though she has mixed feelings about the term “information literacy” she is passionate about its importance, and about finding ways to make information literacy instruction more engaging for learners... Read More →
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Hope Power

Hope Power is Assistant Head of Information & Instruction as well as the Liaison Librarian for Education at SFU Burnaby. As a member of the library's former Instruction Team, she assisted with revising and rebranding a series of introductory Discover Your Library workshops and liaised... Read More →
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Dawn Smaill

Dawn Smaill is a Library Assistant in the Information and Instruction Division at Simon Fraser University. She previously worked at the University of the Fraser Valley library. While completing her Library and Information Technology diploma at UFV, Dawn organized the annual Mock Interview... Read More →

Sponsors

Friday May 22, 2015 11:30am - 12:12pm
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond C Room 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC
  • Sponsored by: Spring

11:30am

F16 - Looking Inwards and Out, New Professionals in Libraries
Limited Capacity seats available

Fluctuating between idealism and cynicism, those new to library work can be passionate about the profession - for better or for worse. Join a diverse and enthusiastic panel for a discussion of the issues, concerns, and dreams of those who are new to, and just entering the field. What does the profession look like to new professionals? What does “professional” mean to new professionals? How would they like to shape the library world, and how is the library world shaping them? Is it constraining them or allowing them to grow in unexpected ways, or both? What are the issues within librarianship, or that librarianship is concerned with, that are most important to those who have recently entered the field? This session promises a lively discussion covering topics from what advocacy should look like and how we define ourselves as professionals, to what we can do to help with literacies, open access and creativity in our communities and our workplaces.

Speakers
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Sarah Felkar

Sarah is the Digital Access Librarian at the West Vancouver Memorial Library. Currently she is serving as a director at large for the British Columbia Library Association, and as the BC Library Coop’s Licensing Business Function Group Chair. She specializes in making technology... Read More →
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Anna Ferri

Anna Ferri is a MLIS candidate with the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, UBC, and Student Librarian at West Vancouver Memorial Library. She is serving as the BCLA Board Student Representative, the Browser Editorial Board Student Representative and is a member of... Read More →
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Allison Trumble

Allison Trumble recently graduated from UBC with an MLIS. She works part-time at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and North Vancouver District Public Library and is the Chair of BCLA's Information Policy Committee. Her professional interests include... Read More →
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J Jack Unrau

J Jack Unrau is a Public Librarian who works on the information desk at a (small city’s) downtown library branch most days. He does his best work helping one person at a time, which he realizes is not the most efficient way to librarianize, but is a good way to keep your subversive... Read More →

Sponsors

Friday May 22, 2015 11:30am - 12:14pm
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Westminster Ballroom 2 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC
  • Sponsored by: iSchool @ UBC

1:30pm

F22 - Oh Glorious Failures! Lightning Talks on How to Succeed Through Failure
Limited Capacity seats available

Conference sessions are often about putting our best foot forward, about sharing what went well, and about glossing over what didn’t work out. This session aims to turn things around by focusing on those times when we tried something new, or different, or innovative and, well, it didn't quite work. By talking openly about failures and what we learned from them, we aim to explore ways to encourage innovation among staff, and to demonstrate what it means to build a creative institution that's responsive to the needs of community members and other stakeholders.  If failure is the only certainty in uncertain times, then it’s time to take back the word ʺfailureʺ and make it part of our success. Accepting failure as a tool for growth can be a successful method to give staff a safe way to take risks and innovate. During the session, staff from a variety of libraries (public, academic, special) will give lightning talks on their ʺglorious failuresʺ, how they overcame them (if they did) and share any insights gained. The goal of the session will be to transform this F-word, so attendees can unlearn the fear of failure and explore how to fail successfully. Through others' stories of failure we will not only learn ways to avoid repeating mistakes, but how to effectively get it wrong the first time.

Speakers
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Beth Davies

Beth Davies is a Manager of Neighbourhood Services at the Vancouver Public Library. She is passionate about how libraries can engage with all members of their communities, and firmly believes that failure is a big part of community engagement.
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Eileen Gillette

With both an academic and practitioner background, Eileen Gillette has a wide range of experience in community cultural development, cultural planning, cultural policy and cultural sustainability. She worked as a Cultural Policy Analyst at the Creative City Network of Canada focusing... Read More →
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Pilar Martinez

Pilar Martinez is the Deputy CEO at the Edmonton Public Library where she is responsible for leading Branch Services, Marketing & Fund Development, Collections & IT and Research & Assessment. Pilar has a broad base of experience in library leadership including: advocacy, collective... Read More →
JM

Janis McKenzie

Janis McKenzie is Head of Information and Instruction at the SFU Library. Even though she has mixed feelings about the term “information literacy” she is passionate about its importance, and about finding ways to make information literacy instruction more engaging for learners... Read More →
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Tamarack Hockin, Panelist

Tamarack is a Library Technician with Surrey Libraries. Holding a LIT Diploma and Bachelor's degree from UFV, Tamarack is also an MLIS candidate at San Jose State University. Find her @tamahoc or http://about.me/tamahoc
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Michael Ridley

Michael Ridley is a librarian at the University of Guelph and an instructor in Guelph's First Year Seminar Program. He is the former Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Librarian at Guelph. Ridley has served in various executive capacities for CLA, OLA, CAIS, CRKN, and CARL... Read More →
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Tara Robertson

Tara Robertson is the Accessibility Librarian at CAPER-BC. She manages alternate format production of textbooks and other course materials for post-secondary students with print disabilities. She also advocates for students with print disabilities and collaborates with other organizations... Read More →
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Gordon Ross

Gordon Ross is Vice President of OpenRoad, an award-winning Vancouver-based digital experience design firm. His career has spanned 20 years of designing and developing websites, intranets, and web applications for organizations like the City of Vancouver, BC Hydro, Courthouse Libraries... Read More →
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Jentery Sayers

Jentery Sayers is Assistant Professor of English, as well as Director of the Maker Lab in the Humanities, at the University of Victoria. His work has appeared in American Literature; e-Media Studies; Digital Studies/Le champ numérique; The Victorian Review; New American Notes Online... Read More →
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J Jack Unrau

J Jack Unrau is a Public Librarian who works on the information desk at a (small city’s) downtown library branch most days. He does his best work helping one person at a time, which he realizes is not the most efficient way to librarianize, but is a good way to keep your subversive... Read More →
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Sonia Zagwyn

Sonia Zagwyn began working in libraries when she was 14 ¾ years old and never really stopped. Between studies in visual arts and creative writing she worked in three B.C. library systems, completing an MFA in Creative Writing at UBC in 2011. Her projects are often interdisciplinary... Read More →


Friday May 22, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Elmbridge Room 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond BC
  • Sponsored by: EBSCO