The BCTLA is pleased to present two major presentations:

Library Learning Commons as Brave Spaces - Rebeca Rubio

“Libraries need to speak the truth so hard it hurts” - Chief Stacey Laforme (OLASC, Toronto, Jan 2020)

When schools closed up against the COVID-19 virus, Teacher Librarians across the province pivoted to meet the needs of their learning communities. We spent countless hours helping teachers navigate new technologies; we supported educators in understanding copyright guidelines; we curated digital resources to support families; we engaged and connected students through live read-alouds and book clubs. At our core, we knew that this new reality highlighted inequalities, and as champions of equity, we advocated for access and inclusion. As we move forward in this year of uncertainty, our equity work continues, because our influence is far reaching and our work is not neutral. Our LLCs have always been safe spaces, yet we have the potential to become brave spaces. Brave spaces ensure that every patron sees themselves represented; brave spaces actively work to dismantle injustices; brave spaces encourage dialogue and play an important role in raising critically conscious and active citizens. Equity is not something we “do” every once in a while, but rather the lens through which we intentionally plan and carry out our vision in an inclusive, equitable and brave Library Learning Commons.

Target Audience


Session 1

Friday 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Drop-in session, no prior registration required.


  • Rebeca Rubio

    Rebeca Rubio is an educator, Teacher Librarian, consultant and the District Curriculum Coordinator for Libraries and Information Services in SD38 (Richmond). She supports Teacher Librarians in developing programs, redesigning flexible spaces and developing culturally responsive Library Learning Commons. She is actively engaged in exploring student engagement, multiple literacies and diversity and equity in LLCs.

Author Panel: The Graphic Novel Process (sponsored by ULS with Penguin and Random House)

Authors: Cale Atkins, Zoe Si, Faith Erin Hicks

Moderator: Joseph Jeffery


Session 2

Friday 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Drop-in session, no prior registration required.


  • Cale Atkinson

    CALE ATKINSON is an author-illustrator and animator whose books include Unicorns 101Where Oliver FitsTo the SeaOff and Away, and Sir Simon: Super Scarer. He lives lakeside with his family in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. See more of Cale's work at, and follow him on Twitter at @2dCale.


  • Zoe Si

    ZOE SI is a cartoonist, freelance illustrator, and lawyer. She believes in the power of words, but also that wherever words fail, a mildly disparaging cartoon can usually succeed. Wolfie and Fly is Zoe's first book for kids. She lives and works in beautiful British Columbia. Follow her on Instagram @zoesees.


  • Faith Erin Hicks

    Faith Erin Hicks is a writer and artist living in Vancouver, Canada. Her previously published works include Friends with Boys, The Last of Us: American Dreams (with Neil Druckmann), The Adventures of Superhero Girl, The Nameless City trilogy, Pumpkinheads (with Rainbow Rowell), One Year at Ellsmere and the YA novel Comics Will Break Your Heart. She has won two Eisner Awards, for Superhero Girl and the third Nameless City book, The Divided Earth. 


  • Joseph Jeffrey

    Joseph is the district teacher librarian for School District 57 (Prince George). He is an avid graphic novel reader, gamer and story enthusiast. When he isn't exploring other people's stories he is creating his own for the benefit of players in regular tabletop role-playing sessions.