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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.

You can find the public discussion channel on the Code4lib Slack in #c4lbc.

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.


Please note that all times are PST (Vancouver, Canada). This time zone converter may be useful.

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
  • 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
  • Github and Github pages for collaborative workshop development - Eka Grguric
  • Moving leased collections from catalogue to discovery layer - Trevor Smith
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Breakout sessions
  • Data and reporting (facilitator Trevor Smith)
  • Building a Community around Open Source (facilitator Dethe Elza)
2:30 Break
2:45 Breakout sessions (continued)
  • Challenges & solutions for working remotely (facilitator George Villavicencio)
  • Natural Language Processing (facilitator Eric Morgan)
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)
  • Zooming into Virtual Programming - Lindsay Russell
  • Excel tricks with Get & Transform - Trevor Smith
  • Recent developments at FRDR - Alex Garnett
  • Quick Chat - Schuyler Lindberg
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Breakout sessions
  • Largest improvements in Library technology (facilitator TBD)
  • Virtual programming (facilitator TBD)
2:30 Break
2:45 Breakout sessions (continued)
  • Accessibility (accessible self-checkouts, cloud library/mobile self-checkouts, library apps, etc.) (facilitator TBD)
  • TBD
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.