Call for Proposals

  2023 BC Library Conference

  April 12, 2023 - April 14, 2023

  Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel

The Call for Proposals for the 2023 BC Library Conference is open until November 21, 2022. You can read the submission FAQs and submit a proposal via the online portal.

Our 2023 conference theme is Windows, Mirrors, & Sliding Glass Doors. This theme of insight, reflection, and transition speaks to the role of libraries and library workers: the work we are striving to do with our communities, in our organizations, and within ourselves.

We were inspired by the article written by Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop in 1990 about the need for diverse children's literature. Dr. Sims Bishop said:

Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created or recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror. Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part of the larger human experience.

Dr. Sims Bishop was expanding upon ideas in a piece written by Emily Style in 1988 about the need for curriculum to be both a window and mirror for students, "in order to reflect and reveal most accurately both a multicultural world and the student [themselves]."

People will always need to validate their own experiences and perspectives. Still, in an increasingly polarized society, it’s also critical that we empathize and attempt to see why others might have drastically different takes on reality and aspire to different futures. An essential part of our library work is constructing and maintaining mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors to support the people we serve and self-reflect on the assumptions and motivations underlying everything we do. 
As you plan your conference experience, we encourage you to embody our theme. Of course you will seek out sessions that reflect the kind of work you already do – mirrors are important. We hope you'll also take advantage of the windows and sliding glass doors the conference offers you. Choose at least one session on a topic that is outside of your area of practice  you may enjoy the view through the window, or even choose to step through the sliding glass door.

Submitting a Proposal
Crafting a successful conference session proposal takes skill! Check out the recording of our information session below:

For more guidlines on how to create a successful session proposal, please visit Conference Presentation: Better Practices.

Pheedloop's Call for Proposal form is not currently accessible for screen readers. We apologize for this lack of accessibility and continue to advocate with the vendor. We will be happy to provide support to make the process accessible until this is resolved. Please contact our Conference Coordinator, Shannon Stumph at: for support for this or any other access issues.

How will the 2023 Conference will be different from past Conferences? 
This will be BCLA’s first in-person conference since 2019. The 2023 BC Library Conference will take place April 12-14 at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel.  In-person sessions, events, and trade show will take place from Wednesday evening through to Friday afternoon. 

The conference will offer both in-person and virtual experiences. We are currently reviewing hybrid and virtual options to ensure we are offering the best quality experiences possible with our resources.

We know it is essential to maintain a virtual option and not just go back to what we have done in the past. We heard from you that the virtual option allowed more people to attend and worked better for some learning styles. We also heard from many of you that you are eager to gather in-person again. We look forward to learning from this new experience and refining the conference for future years based on your feedback.

HOLD THE DATE: BC Library Conference: April 12-14, 2023