5 weeks until the BCLA conference! The IFC is organizing or co-sponsoring four really different sessions. From serious to funny, government censorship to a new model of scholarly publishing that supports academic freedom, to freedom of expression in Canada, this year’s conference is going to be especially rich in a variety of intellectual freedom issues.
Saturday 10:45am – 12:00pm (page 27 in the program)
Little Sister’s Bookstore: Fighting censorship in Canada for over 20 years
This session will discuss the battle between the Little Sister’s bookstore and the Canadian Border Services Agency (formerly Canada Customs) to show why this conflict is important to understanding and sustaining core values in librarinship. Janine Fuller will explore the censorship, freedom of expression, and intellectual freedom issues that underlie the Little Sister’s battle. Little Sister’s bookstore primarily serves the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities and has battled with Canada Customs for 20 years over their illegal seizure of lawful materials.
Saturday 2:00pm – 3:15pm
Telling Their Stories: a conversation with Kim Bolan on journalism and freedom of expression in Canada (page 31 of the program)
Vancouver Sun reporter, Kim Bolan as been honoured many times for the
quality of her writing, and for her courage and integrity in the interest of freedom of expression. In 2006, Bolan won the PEN Canada/Paul Kidd Courage Prize for her continuing work on the Air India bombing, and the subsequent search for truth and justice. She has also written on many other local issues, including critical investigative work about the many women missing from Vancouver’s Eastside. Bolan will talk about why she continues to do the work she does, sometimes in the face of difficult obstacles and even threats to her life. Librarians care deeply about freedom of expression, but we seldom experience the same kind of situations. The BCLA Intellectual Freedom Committee invites you to join them in welcoming Bolan to speak about her work and her thoughts on freedom of expression in Canada.
Saturday 3:45pm – 5:00pm
Open Medicine: One year of independent, open access scholarly publishing (page 34 of the program)
Dr. Anita Palepu will present her experiences founding a new independent open access medical journal. Open Medicine was founded in the wake of a controversial instance of editorial interference and suspension of academic freedom that resulted in the firing of the Canadian Medical Association Journals editors, followed by the resignation of the remaining editors and board. She will also report on the lessons learned during the first year of operation of this journal. Sponsored by the BCLA Intellectual Freedom Committee, the BCLA Information Policy Committee, and the Health Libraries Association of BC.
Anita Palepu, MD MPH FRCPC Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Senior Scholar/Associate Professor of Medicine University of British Columbia
Saturday 3:45pm – 5:00pm
Ain’t on the Globe and Mail Bestseller List (page 35 of the program)
Members of the BCLA Intellectual Freedom Committee and other librarians interested in building good collections present fun-filled, rapid-fire reviews of books, magazines, and DVDs. These are items from independent publishers or distributors that have not had large promotion budgets, nor have they made it onto a bestseller list or Oprah. The presenters will have 90 seconds to review each item. They will try to convince you that it is worth reading, viewing, and including in the diverse collection on your library’s shelves. Information about sourcing the materials will be available.
Here’s an annotated list of items presented from last year.
Convenors: Heather De Forest and Janis McKenzie