Little Sister’s Bookstore @ BCLA

Thanks to Janine Fuller for agreeing to speak, to Shannon LaBelle for convening this session at the BCLA conference, and to Ashley Dunne for the following session writeup. Little Sister’s Bookstore: Fighting Censorship in Canada for Over 20 Years Report by Ashley Dunne, SLAIS student Little Sister’s Book and Art Emporium is celebrating their 25th…

Ain’t on the Globe and Mail Bestseller List @ BCLA

Thanks Heather De Forest and Janis McKenzie for convening this session. Thanks also to Heather for this writeup of this session that has become a BCLA conference favourite! The Ain’t on the Globe and Mail Bestseller List session runs as a non-stop series of lightning-fast book (and other format) reviews, presented by a panel of…

Celebrating One Year of Open Medicine @ BCLA

Devon Greyson just posted a summary of this session at the BCLA conference that was cosponsored by the BCLA Intellectual Freedom Committee, BCLA Information Policy Committee, and the Health Library Association of BC. She writes: The presentation touched on the issues of editorial independence in medical journals that led up to the creation of Open…

Kim Bolan at BCLA

The BCLA conference is over for another year. There were lots of fantastic sessions. Really. Over the next week or two we’ll be posting summaries of the sessions that the IFC sponsored or cosponsored. Jon Scop has written the first in this series. Vancouver Sun reporter Kim Bolan, as well as Perviz Madon, who was…

BCLA conference–Intellectual Freedom Saturday

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.…

ain`t on the globe and mail bestseller list

I first got involved with the intellectual freedom committee (IFC) by presenting on the Ain`t on the G&M panel at the BCLA conference. Here`s the rationale behind presenting lesser known materials, often from small independent publishers (from the IFC page): For the past three years, members of the BCLA Intellectual Freedom Committee and other librarians…

no-bake sale

 At the BCLA conference this April we ran a no-bake sale with the Information Policy Committee to raise awareness and money for the Little Sister’s Defense Fund. We asked conference participants to make a donation for a brochure that explained the history of the Canadian Boarder Services Agency’s ongoing seizures of books bound for Vancouver’s…