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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.

If you're interested in hosting, please take a read over our Planner's Guide.

Eighth Annual Code4Lib BC Unconference 2021

Thursday, 18 February and Friday, 19 February

Registration is now open for Code4Lib BC 2021!

Code4Lib BC is different this year. Obviously we won’t be seeing each other in person. Nobody needs to organize hotels or transportation. And probably many of us have conference-zoom fatigue. So we’re going to focus on the basics: get in your comfy clothes at home and share your awesome library ideas with like-minded folks.

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.

This year’s event will feature lightning talks and breakout sessions. Lightning talks are brief, 10-minute presentations 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. Sadly (or gladly), all of the coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided by your kitchen. Whether you’re just getting your library-IT feet wet or if you’re a grizzled, salty dog, Code4Lib BC is a great opportunity to share with the community!

  • What's included: online platform and bubbling ideas.
  • What's NOT included: a conference room, uncomfortable chairs, a laptop, food, your ideas and enthusiasm.
  • What to bring: a comfy chair or couch, a laptop, food, your ideas and enthusiasm.
  • Code of Conduct: As a Code4Lib event, we adhere to the Code4Lib Code of Conduct, which seeks to provide a welcoming, harassment-free environment.

Lightning Talk and Breakout Session Ideas

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? Share your ideas in our Lightning Talks.


Day 1

8:30 Virtual venue opens
9:00 Welcome and announcements
9:15 Lightning talks
  • Want to play with OBS Studio in the Library? - Kevin Brash
  • Temporary file sharing with Moat, Lightweight Animation with Shimmy, Advanced Markdown with HackMD, Games at the Library - Dethe Elza
  • Engaging Public Programming with High and Low Tech - Candie Tanaka
  • Moving leased collections from catalogue to discovery layer - Trevor Smith
  • My recent time at the Recurse Center - Alex Garnett
10:30 Break
10:45 Lightning talks (continued)
  • Link checking the uncheckable: Using Google Sheets to link check LibGuides catalogue assets - George Villavicencio
  • Setting up a Softphone System for Remote Reference Services - Wendy Zhang
  • TBD- Eka Grguric
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Breakout sessions
  • Data and reporting
  • Building a Community around Open Source
2:30 Break
2:45 Breakout sessions (continued)
  • Challenges & solutions for working remotely
  • Natural Language Processing
4:00 Breakout reports
5:00 Social event

Day 2

8:30 Virtual venue opens
9:00 Welcome and announcements
9:15 Lightning talks
  • Glitch: errors revealed by code - George Villavicencio
  • Luigi - James Fournie
  • The Distant Reader -- distantreader.org - Eric Morgan
  • Putting together a queer cinema mini-catalogue using Searchkit (Elasticsearch + React + Node.js) - Michel Castagné
10:30 Break
10:45 Lightning talks (continued)
  • Excel tricks with Get & Transform - Trevor Smith
  • Recent developments at FRDR - Alex Garnett
  • Zooming into Virtual Programming - Lindsay Russell
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Breakout sessions
  • Largest improvements in Library technology
  • Virtual programming
2:30 Break
2:45 Breakout sessions (continued)
  • Accessibility (accessible self-checkouts, cloud library/mobile self-checkouts, library apps, etc.)
4:00 Breakout reports
5:00 Social event


While Code4Lib BC no longer solicits sponsorship, we want to acknowledge the continued administrative and fiscal support from the BC Libraries Cooperative.

2021 Organizers

  • Trevor Smith
  • George Villavicencio
  • Lindsay Russell
  • Kristina Long

Comments or questions? Get in touch with Trevor Smith at smitht7@douglascollege.ca.

Past Events

See our past events page.