Please join us for a tour of the Emily Carr University library!

Emily Carr University of Art + Design Library Tour
November 24th from 2:00 – 3:30pm.
520 E 1st Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 0H2

Everyone is welcome! Afterwards, we may head to a local brewery for some refreshments.


Freedom to Read Week Talk: Dr. Rob Bittner

Freedom to Read Week is February 26 to March 4, 2017

Censorship of LGBTQ+ Books for Children and Young Adults

Join us for a talk by Dr. Rob Bittner on the topic of challenged and banned LGBTQ+ books for children and young adults.

Monday, February 27
12:30 – 1:45pm
Dodson Room, IKBLC, UBC

Register Now


Event Announcement: Getting Hired in Public Libraries Panel

The BCLA/CLA Student Chapter presents “Getting Hired in Public Libraries.”

Please join us for a panel discussion on Thursday, March 17, 1-2pm, in the Dodson Room, 3rd floor of IKBLC.

Our panelists include:
Sarah Felkar, Digital Services Librarian, West Vancouver Memorial Library
Anna Ferri, Auxiliary Librarian at Vancouver Public Library, Surrey Public Library, and West Vancouver Memorial Library
Eileen Gillette, Core District Coordinator, Greater Victoria Public Library
Tim McMillan, Head of Fraserview Branch, Vancouver Public Library

We are collecting some questions in advance for the panelists here. Please feel free to add to the document!

We look forward to seeing you there!

UPDATE MARCH 14: Unfortunately, Eileen is unable to make it to the panel. We are very lucky to have Inti Dewey, Auxiliary Youth Services Librarian at Surrey Public Library agree to join us!


Event announcement: Freedom to Read Week

It’s almost Freedom to Read Week! Please join the BCLA and ALA student chapters next week for two exciting events to mark the occasion:

Wednesday, February 24th1pm-2pm – Dodson Room at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
What’s the big deal about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement? What is it and how will it impact our daily lives? The biggest and most secret agreement in history has finally been signed. The question of whether Canada will ratify it now takes centre stage.

Join OpenMedia’s Digital Rights Specialist Meghan Sali in a conversation about how the TPP will impact us, censor our Web, criminalize our online activities and cost Canadians millions of dollars. Come out and become better informed about the implications of the TPP, how it will affect daily life in Canada, and how you can make your voice heard.

Reserve your free ticket now!

Thursday, February 25th12.30pm-1.45pm – Dodson Room at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
Please join us for a panel discussion on the subject of freedom to read and censorship in our society. We have an exciting lineup of panelists including librarians, authors/illustrators and SLAIS’s very own Judi Saltman. Light refreshments will be provided and there will be a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to UBC Bookstore.

Reserve your free ticket now!


Event announcement: Tour of RBSC and ASRS!

Join us on Thursday, February 11 for a tour of Rare Books and Special Collections, and a demo of the ASRS (Automated Storage and Retrieval System). The tour will be from 12noon to 1pm, and we’ll meet outside the entrance to RBSC just before 12.

There is a limited number of space for this tour, so please contact Kaya to reserve a spot at kaya_fraser@hotmail.com.


Bake Sale! Wed Jan 20, 11am-1pm

BCLA/CLA is holding a bake sale this week!

Stop by the SLAIS lounge between 11am and 2pm on Wednesday, January 20th, for some yummy treats. (Maybe even stop by more than once …)

Hope to see you there!
Bake Sale Poster


Event Announcement: Readers’ Advisory Workshop!

Readers’ Advisory Workshop

Presented by the UBC student chapters of ALA, BCLA/CLA, SLA, Librarians Without Borders, and YAACS!

When: Wednesday, Dec 2, 11am – 1pm

Where: Lillooet Room, IKB

Want to find out more about Readers’ Advisory? Come to our workshop to learn about RA basics, resources, and skills — for adults, young adults, and children!

We’ll be hosting a series of student-led lightning talks on Readers’ Advisory topics, from RA Resources to Adult Literacy Levels to Diversity in RA.

Jumping in and participating is a big part of learning RA skills, so we encourage you to participate in the following events (though, of course, it’s not required):

  • Genre Roundtable. Stoked about the idea of talking up your favourite genre for 3-5 minutes? Send Chloe an email with your genre to sign-up! chloeanneriley@gmail.com
  • An informal Bookslam. Want to try recommending a book in just 1 minute? (We’re all new to this, so don’t be shy!) Bring a great book to recommend!

Interested in coming but can’t stay for the whole workshop? Drop by anytime and stay for as long as you like!

Awesome snacks will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!


Upcoming event! Library Tour – Details Within

Lurking in the Basement: Discovering the IKB Library
Wednesday, May 27th – 10:00am-12:00pm Rare Books and Special Collections, IKB Basement
The BCLA is putting on a DOUBLE HEADER. Join us to tour the UBC Rare Books and Special Collections and Digital Initiatives. These are two information centres right in our own building. Come and see the cool things that are happening under our very noses. Rare books at 10:00 and Digital Initiatives at 11:00 each an hour long.
Please bring your UBC student card or some other piece of photo ID for Rare Books. And we’ll go out for lunch after to talk about library/archival/information things.
RSVP at this link or by emailing saraharbeider@gmail.com !
Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Event: BCLA Mentorship Program Info Session

BCLA Mentorship Program Info Session
Monday, March 2nd, 11:00am
Buchanan Building D, 325

Please join us for an information session on the BCLA Mentorship Program led by Pat Cummings & Amy Ashmore. The BCLA Mentorship program is an exceptional opportunity for new/student librarians to receive coaching & develop a professional relationship over a 6 weeks session with an experienced library professional. The Mentorship Program is designed to link new library professionals with mentors from a variety of different libraries and career backgrounds.


Upcoming BCLA/CLA Tour – February 18, Wednesday, 11AM

There’s an upcoming BCLA/CLA tour and demonstration of the ASRS (Automated Storage Retrieval System) here at UBC on Wednesday, February 18th at 11:00AM. The demonstration will take approximately 30-45 minutes and will be followed by a Q&A session with the ASRS Supervisor.

The tour will take place in an active work area, and can accommodate no more than 12 people, but there do appear to be spaces left.

Hope to see you there! Here’s the event/RSVP link.