BCLA Mentorship Information Session

Are you looking for a library mentor? Come and learn how to get involved with the upcoming BCLAMentorship Program, where you can be paired with a library professional who can give you insight into the realities of the library world! Representatives from BCLA will be visiting to provide information about the program and to answer any questions students may have. The information session will take place on Tuesday March 25th, 1:00pm – 2:00pm in IKBLC room 191.

For more information about the program, visit

If you have questions about the information session, please contact Danielle (wingdj@gmail.com).


March Meeting: Elections!

The next meeting of the BCLA/CLA Student Chapter will be
Tuesday March 11th from 1:00-2:00pm in the Trail Room.

We’ll be holding our elections for new executive, to fill any positions left vacant by the Spring graduates!  Holding an executive position looks great on your resume & gets you connected to other professionals.  Please note that any candidates must be present for the meeting in order to be elected.

The positions that will be vacant are:

  • British Columbia Library Association (BCLA) Representative
  • Canadian Library Association (CLA) Representative
  • Communications Officer / Webmaster
  • Treasurer
  • Tour Co-ordinator(s)
  • Academic Librarians in Public Service (ALPS) Representative (only 1)
  • Young Adults and Children’s Services (YAACS) Representative (1 co-rep)
  • Visible Minority Librarians of Canada (ViMLoC) Representative

Please see the Executive Roles page for a description of all position responsibilities.   Also let us know if there’s a BCLA/CLA section, committee, or interest group not currently holding a student representative position, and the possibility of new position creation can be discussed.


Getting Hired in Public Libraries Panel!

The BCLA/CLA Student Chapter is excited to announce our next event, open to all students of SLAIS! We will be holding a Getting Hired in Public Libraries panel on Thursday, March 13th, at 6:00pm in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, room 261.

Students will have the opportunity to listen to six panelists from all facets of public library service describe their experience with the hiring process and give advice for students entering the field. Following the panel, there will be time for socializing with the panelists over refreshments. This is an excellent opportunity to meet professionals in the library field and gain valuable insights regarding the hiring process. It is also one of few events at SLAIS that specifically addresses public libraries, so don’t miss out!

Panelists include:

  • Deb Hutchison Koep, Deputy Director, Technology and Technical Services, West Vancouver Memorial Library
  • Kathy Payne, Human Resource Consultant, Vancouver Public Library
  • Susan Everall, Manager, Neighbourhood Services, Vancouver Public Library
  • Lindsey Pagnucco, Teen Services Librarian, Vancouver Public Library
  • Cara Pryor, Head of Community, Program, and Service Development, North Vancouver City Library
  • Amy Ashmore, Youth Services Librarian, Surrey Libraries

Not interested in public libraries? This event is still for you! Much of the discussion and advice dispensed will hold true for all kinds of library positions and fields.

Any questions? Feel free to direct them to Rebekah Adams (rebekah.af.adams@gmail.com) or Danielle Wing (wingdj@gmail.com). 

We hope to see you there!


BCIT Library Tour

BCLA/CLA is happy to announce that the final library tour for this year will be of the BCIT (BC Institute of Technology) Library.

This tour is taking place on Tuesday, March 11th, at 10:00am (with plenty of time left for us to make it back for our BCLA meeting at 1pm!).

These tours are a great opportunity for students, not only to learn about different library systems, but to meet industry professionals.

Please register for this free event via Eventbrite at this link: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/bcit-library-tour-registration-10772905049
Note: you can still come if you haven’t registered. We’re just trying to get a rough idea of the number of attendees.

We will be meeting our tour guide at Building SE14, 2nd floor Information desk (Fairy Street and Roper Ave). Please arrive a few minutes before 10am.

If you need any further information, don’t hesitate to drop a line to rebekah.af.adams@gmail.com. We hope to see you all there!


ALPS Panel: Incorporating Research and Scholarship Into Your Professional Practice

Curious about how to get involved in library-based research, not to mention how to fund it, find the time, or show others?  The Academic Librarians in Public Service (ALPS) section of the BCLA/CLA Student Chapter is excited to announce our spring panel: Incorporating Research and Scholarship Into Your Professional Practice!

Join us on Tuesday, March 18 2014 from 12:00-1:00pm in the Dodson Room (within the Chapman Learning Commons in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre) to hear speakers from academic and public libraries describe their experience with library-based research and scholarly activities, which can range in their involvement and formality.

Our panelists:

  • Eugene Barsky (Reference Librarian, Woodward Library, UBC)
  • Kay Cahill (Facilities Development Librarian, VPL)
  • Allan Cho (Community Engagement Librarian, UBC)
  • Ania Dymarz (Life Sciences Librarian, SFU)
Some questions they’ll answer:
  • How are you involved in library-based research and scholarship?
  • How have you showcased your research?
  • What are the rewards and benefits of research?
  • What are the challenges?

You’ll also have the opportunity to ask our speakers your questions!

Light refreshments will be provided.  Please RSVP via the Eventbrite link below, to ensure appropriate seating & refreshment preparation.

RSVP: https://alpsresearchpanel.eventbrite.ca

Hope to see you there! :)


Freedom To Read 2014

Freedom To Read Week Poster 2014

Freedom to Read Week: February 23 – March 1 2014
This is “an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom.”

The British Columbia Library Association/Canadian Library Association student chapter at UBC present:

Freedom to Read Day at UBC
Tuesday February 25th 2014 from 10:00am-3:30pm in the Lillooet Room, Chapman learning Commons, IKBLC (light refreshments provided)

Schedule for the day:
•    10:00am-12:00pm: Read-a-thon (and information table in IKBLC foyer)
•    12:00pm-1:30pm: Writer panel & mingling
•    1:30pm-3:30pm: Read-a-thon

We will be hosting a live read-a-thon of banned or challenged books & material, in which anyone can sign up for 10-minute blocks to read out-loud to whoever is present. We will have a display of banned books on-hand from which participants can read!

We will have a three speaker roundtable discussing their individual experiences with censorship and intellectual freedom.

Our speakers are:
•    Susin Nielsen: Author of “Word Nerd”
•    Kathryn Shoemaker: UBC Professor & Illustrator of “A Telling Time”
•    Judi Saltman: UBC iSchool Professor

We would love to see you there! For more information and to sign up to read please see the webpage: http://blogs.ubc.ca/bclacla/freedom-to-read-week/


February Meeting

The next meeting of the BCLA/CLA Student Chapter will be
Tuesday February 11th from 1:00-2:00pm in the Trail Room.

Please note that the time has changed so as to accommodate everyone’s schedules.  We’ll have business as usual, but also be doing final planning for our Freedom to Read Week event!


St. Georges School Library Tour

We are pleased to announce that the first BCLA/CLA library tour this semester will be at St. Georges School library! Come join us as we tour the library and chat with the librarians at St. Georges School, a private K-12 boys school located right by UBC. We will tour the library in the lower school then walk over and tour the brand new library and learning commons in the upper school (which is rumored to have a 3-D printer).

The tour will be held on Thursday February 13th from 8:20-10:30am.

Interested? If so, please RSVP at

If you have any questions feel free to email ariel.deardorff@gmail.com.  Look forward to seeing you there!


First meeting of the term!

The first meeting of the BCLA/CLA Student Chapter at UBC will be held Tuesday January 14th, from 12:00-1:00pm.

We will be meeting in room 315 of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, which is just inside the library half of the building.

It can be a bit confusing, so here are the detailed access instructions: enter the Music, Art, and Architecture library on the 3rd floor of IKBLC (there is only one library entrance, you can’t go wrong!), and head straight past the washrooms and the stairwell on your right hand side. Room 315 is the first meeting room past the stairwell! If you’re uncertain, meet in SLAIS at 11:50 and we will walk down together.

We may be a bit short on chairs, but never fear, there will be Timbits to compensate. New SLAIS students are especially encouraged to come!