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Welcome to code4lib BC!

Begun in Summer 2013, this chapter aims to create connections and professional development opportunities for folks from British Columbia and surrounding areas.

Sixth Annual Code4lib BC Unconference 2018

Save the dates!

  • Thursday, 29 November and Friday, 30 November

This year's C4LBC will be held in Nanaimo, BC, and jointly hosted by the University of Vancouver Island and Vancouver Island Regional Library. Again! The Thursday events will be held in downtown Nanaimo at VIRL's Harbourfront Branch. Friday's activities will be held the the VIU campus. This year's organisers are trying hard to make everything as easy as possible for mainlanders travelling to the island, so stay tuned for details on transportation, accommodations, and much more.

Registration is now open!

What's it all about?

It's a 2-day unconference - a participant-driven meeting bringing together a diverse and open community of library developers and non-developers engaging in effective, collaborative problem-solving through technology regardless of their department or background.

The event will feature lightning talks, breakout sessions, with coffee, tea and snacks provided. Lightning talks are brief presentations which are typically 10 minutes in length on topics related to library technologies. Breakout sessions are an opportunity to bring participants together in an ad hoc fashion for a short, yet sustained period of problem solving, software development and fun. If there is a neat project you're been working on, a cool new tool you want to show off, or an interesting development in the world of library technology that you want to discuss, Code4Lib BC is a great opportunity to share with the community!

What's included: wifi, power, coffee/snacks, lunches, prizes, limited transportation from downtown Nanaimo to VIU campus.

What's NOT included/what to bring: a laptop, dinner, your ideas and enthusiasm.

Hashtag: #c4lbc

Code of Conduct: As a Code4Lib event, we adhere to the Code4Lib Code of Conduct, which seeks to provide a welcoming, harassment-free environment.


While Code4libBC no longer solicits sponsorship, we want to acknowledge the contributions by our hosts:

as well as continued administrative and fiscal support from the BC Libraries Cooperative.

Lightning Talk Proposals and Breakout Suggestions

Is there a neat project you've been working on, a cool new tool you want to show off, or an interesting development in the world of library technology that you want to discuss?

Submit your lightning talk/breakout suggestion

See what's already been submitted


Do you have dietary restrictions? Let us know when you register.

Are you traveling from Victoria or the Lower Mainland? Are you interested in sharing transportation? Please contact:

  • carpool from Victoria to Nanaimo please contact Charles Hogg at charles.hogg@leg.bc.ca.
  • carpool from Lower Mainland to Nanaimo please contact James Fournie at jfournie@vcc.ca.

Transportation to Nanaimo from the mainland is best made by ferry to Departure Bay, or by seaplane/helijet

This year were are please to offer a draw for a chance to win one of two travel bursaries [$300 each]. One for a student, one for a non-student: Enter the Bursary Draw. Bursary update: The draw is now closed. Congratulations to this year's bursary recipients: Kristen Allford and Paul Burry!


The Coast Bastion Hotel has reserved a block of 10 rooms per night at the government rate (Nov 28/29)

Guests can call 800-663-1144 and quote “Code4Lib” or group code CBI-GFC18933 to book under the block.

This block will be held until October 29th, any remaining rooms will be sent back to general inventory. After that, guests can still book under the block, but based on general availability.

  • Comfort Rooms – 2 beds $117.00
  • Superior Rooms – 2 Bed or 1 Queen bed $127.00
  • Premium Rooms – 1 King bed $137.00

Other accommodation options can be found here.


Day 1

Events will be held at VIRL's Harbourfront library branch.

Parking: Recommend underground parking under library. Entrance to lot off Front St. or Museum Way.

8:30 Doors open
9:00 Welcome & Announcements
9:15 Lightning Talks
  • Code4libBC: What's an Unconference - Cynthia Ng
  • The Art of the Kludge - Julie Cole
  • Using LibAnswers as an e-resource management and ticketing system - Patricia Pang
  • Breaking Down the IT Silo - Jeff Narver
  • The Never-Ending Wrangle: enabling fulltext search in Supplejack - Daniel Sifton
10:30 Coffee break
10:45 Lightning Talks, cont'd
  • Children's Coding Gadgets and Early Literacy Skill Development - Code-a-Pillar, Osmo, and Sphero - Caitlin Ottenbreit
  • Open to change: Migrating to Evergreen - James Fournie / Gwenda Bryan / Dan Sifton / Geoffrey Allen
  • Digitization challenges for small organizations - Christine Meutzner
  • Weeding Reports - Trevor Smith
  • Retro-computing collection at UVic Libraries - John Durno
12:00 Lunch (Provided)
1:00 Breakout Sessions
2:30 Break
2:45 Breakout Sessions, cont'd
  • Excel for Librarians - Trevor Smith
  • Creativity Commons: Open House - Jason/Jonathan Bigalow
4:00 Breakout Reports
5:00 Social Event at White Sails Brewery with pizza from Mambo Pizza

Day 2

Events will be held at VIU's Building 305, Room 507

A bus (with a friendly, qualified driver) will pick up attendees from the Coast Bastion on Friday morning at 8:20 am. If needed the bus will return for another load of passengers ~20 minutes later.

Parking: Closest is Lot N; some spaces in Lots F & C are short-term; VIU Parking Map

8:30 Doors open
9:00 Announcements
9:15 Lightning Talks
10:30 Coffee break
10:45 Lightning Talks, cont'd
  • Patron Counters - James Fournie
  • Attack of the webforms! - Paul Burry
  • ILS cloud migration - Olga Kalachinskaya
  • Hacking devices - Calvin Mah
12:00 Lunch (Provided)
1:00 Breakout Sessions
2:30 Break
2:45 Breakout Sessions, cont'd
4:00 Breakout Reports
  • Library as platform - Maryann Kempthonre
  • Cries for help / Tales of fails
5:00 Meet up somewhere for drinks


Post conference, don't forget to fill out the feedback form . . . and get a chance to win a prize!


  • Daniel Sifton
  • Dana McFarland
  • Ben Hyman
  • Jason Kuffler
  • Charles Hogg
  • Paris Carr
  • James Fournie
  • Cynthia Ng
  • Tamarack Hockin
  • Allison Trumble
  • Geoffrey Allen

Comments or questions? Get in touch with us at c4lbc-organizers@googlegroups.com.

Past Events

See our past events page.