Code west to Vancouver!

Vancouver, BC
photo on flickr: tobiejonzarelli

The Winter Olympics was nothing - wait 'til the code4lib crowd hits this town!

The University of British Columbia Library and the Simon Fraser University Library are submitting this proposal to co-host the code4lib conference in 2011 in Vancouver, BC.

Vancouver is located on the west coast of Canada, roughly 2246 miles (3614 km) from Asheville, NC. Although the third largest city in Canada, Vancouver is marginally larger in population than Portland, OR. We look forward to welcoming the code4lib community to our warm, friendly, post-Winter-Olympics-hungover, hamlet-by-the-sea next year.

Conference venues:

Our facility options include the UBC Robson Square campus and the SFU Harbour Centre campus, both located centrally in downtown Vancouver. We also have access to facilities at UBC’s beautiful west coast campus surrounded by forest and ocean, located 20 minutes by bus outside of downtown.

Our proposal for code4lib 2011 is to host the pre-conference sessions at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the UBC campus and the conference at one of our sites in downtown Vancouver. Hosting the conference at UBC/SFU will help keep the overall cost down. Each of our facility options downtown feature a space for 200+ participants, breakout rooms of various sizes, wi-fi access for participants provided by UBC/SFU IT, and easy access to downtown hotels, entertainment and Vancouver International Airport. The conference organizers and UBC/SFU Library staff are experienced in organizing, hosting, and managing large-scale conferences. Within the last year, SFU hosted the PKP conference and UBC hosted m-Libraries.

UBC Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
photo on flickr: hermida


We can secure rates of $109 per night at the Renaissance Vancouver Hotel Harbourside and the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel. Cheaper accommodation options include the Vancouver Hostel Downtown (currently $70 per night) and the Hostelling International Vancouver Downtown hostel (currently $80 per night).

Registration fees:

We are dedicated to keeping the registration fee between $100 and $125. In addition to seeking out sponsorship from library vendors, the UBC Library is committed to contributing a grant to subsidize the cost of the conference.


To and from Vancouver

Vancouver International Airport is a large North American hub, serviced by several major airlines.

Canada Line rapid transit connecting the airport and downtown:
- $7.50 airport to downtown
- $3.75 downtown to airport

For people opting to fly to Seattle and travel overland to Vancouver, the Quick Shuttle bus from Sea-Tac airport to downtown Vancouver:
- approx. $50 one way

Canada Line
photo on flickr: hdeb89

In and around Vancouver

Vancouver is a very walkable city and the downtown hotels and conference sites are in close proximity to the beach, restaurants, pubs, art galleries, shopping, and Michael Buble sightings. Jogging and biking around Stanley Park is very popular with locals. Affordable bike rentals can be found at Simon's Bike Shop downtown.

Getting around outside of the downtown core is made easy by Vancouver's large fleet of public transit buses, including the recently added articulated electric trolly buses. Transportation between UBC campus and downtown is $2.50 one way. Scheduling and fare information is provided by Translink.

Articulated trolly bus
photo on flickr: AE Creations


Located on the wild we(s)t coast, we can't predict what the weather will be like next year. This year, February featured sunshine and cherry blossoms. Last year it was fog and rain. Next year? Who's to say? Average temperature during the month of February is 7 C / 45 F.

Cherry blossoms and blue skies, February 19, 2010
photo on flickr: sashafatcat

Social activities:

- 25-tap selection of the best beers BC microbreweries have to offer at the Alibi Room
- fresh microbrews galore at Dix, Steamworks, and Yaletown Brewpubs
- 20 different Canadian whiskies to sample at Habit on Main Street
- BC wines, cheeses, and charcuterie at the Salt Tasting Room in historic Gastown
Beer samplers at the Alibi Room
photo on flickr: kwazy

- Irish Heather Long Table: 50 people, 40 ft. communal table, dinner and a beer for $15
- vegetarian delights at the city’s oldest countercultural restaurant, the Naam, or the all-Buddhist favourite Bo Kong Vegetarian Restaurant
- Dim Sum at Kirin Restaurant at City Square
- Japanese hotdogs at Japa Dog and Japanese tapas dinner at Guu With Otokomae
- Italian coffee and football at Abruzzo Cappuccino Bar on Commercial Drive 

Okonomi Yaki at Guu With Otokomae
photo on flickr: sashafatcat

- jogging/walking/cycling around the Stanley Park seawall
- a visit to the newly renovated Museum of Anthropology at UBC
- Vancouver Police Museum Sins of the City walking tour
- bowling at Commodore Lanes downtown
- the Vancouver Art Gallery located in the old BC courthouse

Stanley Park and the Lions Gate Bridge
photo on flickr: uncle_buddha

Vancouver Organizing Committee:

Paul Joseph, Systems Librarian
Phone: 604-827-5132

Mark Jordan, Head of Library Systems
Phone: 778-782-5753

Shirley Lew, Coordinator, Library Systems
Phone: 604-443-8519

Gordon Coleman, Project Coordinator
Phone: 778-782-7002

Bronwen Sprout, Digital Initiatives Librarian 
Phone: 604-827-3953