Call for Session Proposals

The BCTLA executive is looking for presenters for our October 23, 2020 Conference. The conference theme this year is Plan B: Think Outside the Book. As teacher-librarians find themselves taking greater risks in their professional practice, it has become more important than ever to have that Plan B, the backup that teacher-librarians can rely on when things don’t go quite as intended.

We are looking for sessions that tie into the idea of the backup plan - tips and tricks to help things run as smoothly as possible when Plan A hasn’t quite worked out. We are also looking for sessions that tie in to the concept of thinking outside the book - ideas for sessions that stretch School Library Learning Commons lessons beyond the norm.

Of course, we are also looking for a few traditional sessions, such as those that offer tips and tricks for running a School Library Learning Commons, collection development, planning for collaboration and so forth.

Examples of sessions include:

  • Tips and Tricks for new teacher-librarians
  • Tips for collaboration
  • Planning a library schedule
  • Recordkeeping
  • Makerspaces
  • Technology or robotics
  • Traditional library compared to the School Library Learning Commons model
  • Information Literacy Skills
  • Research skills
  • Digital citizenship
  • Core competencies in the School Library Learning Commons
  • Authenticity and Bias in literature
  • Representations in media; movement to diversity in media and literature
  • Authentic Indigenous Literature
  • Advocacy and social justice
  • French resources
  • Copyright for digital and print mediums (think Netflix and other personal accounts)
  • Author presentations and the writing process

Of course, we are open to hearing your unique ideas.

This year, we will offer two types of sessions.

Traditional Sessions

These sessions will be:

  • Presenter-led
  • Informational
  • 90 minutes long
  • structured to include discussion time

Presenters should be willing to share presentation materials with the BCTLA so they may be added to our website.

Idea Room Sessions

The Idea Room is a large space in which TLs will showcase projects they have worked on in the past and that teacher-librarians may be interested in learning/trying. This is an opportunity for presenters to informally share something that went well for them. There will be no formal presentations or standing in front of a room of participants.

The Idea Room will be structured in a booth/gallery walk format. Participants will circulate and interact with TLs and their lessons, materials, etc. Presenters may wish to bring something for participants to take with them (ie, lesson plan or handout) as well as provide a digital copy to the BCTLA to post on our website.

We are asking those who put in a proposal for the idea room to commit to one of the following session times:

  • AM Session: 10:30 to 12:00
  • PM Session: 1:00 to 2:30

Please note: The Idea Room will be closed and locked during lunch to allow participants to eat and visit vendors.

Example of Idea Room sessions could be:

  • Hands on games or activities
  • Robotics
  • Sample lessons
  • Coding activities
  • Makerspace activities
  • Opportunity to explore digital resources

In exchange for presenting, presenters get free conference registration including lunch.

For traditional sessions:

  • one free registration per session
  • two people presenting will only generate one complimentary registration unless they do two sessions

For Idea Room sessions:

  • one free registration for one AM or PM session
  • if two people run a booth, they are expected to keep the booth open for both sessions for each person to qualify for free conference registration

Session proposals will remain open until March 25th. Those chosen to present will be contacted by email by April 1.

If you have any questions, please contact Kristie Oxley at

Thank you for your interest in presenting at our conference and supporting the professional growth of teacher-librarians around our province.

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NOTE: There will not be pre-registration for conference sessions, so we will not be able to tell you how many participants to expect.
Please note that the conference organizing committee reserves the right to accept or not accept session proposals, and may ask for changes. Sessions will be reviewed in early March. If your session proposal is accepted, you will be notified by April 1st and asked to commit to delivering either one or two sessions on the day of the conference.

Thank you in advance for your willingness to support on-going professional development in teacher-librarianship!