3rd annual iSchool Awards Gala

awards gala invite

Come celebrate the achievements of iSchool students!

UBC iSchool awards more than 40 scholarships and prizes each year to students as entrance, continuing or graduate awards. The winners of the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Mary Sue Stephenson Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching will also be announced.

This 3rd annual event brings together alumni, students, faculty, staff and the larger professional community. Join us for a night of celebration with keynote speaker Christina de Castell (MLIS ’01), Chief Librarian at Vancouver Public Library.


  • 6:30 p.m.   Registration and refreshments
  • 7 p.m.   Keynote Speaker, Christina de Castell
  • 7:30 p.m.   Awards ceremony
    • Continuing and graduating student award ceremony, including the Arts Co-op Awards
    • Mary Sue Stephenson Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching: Carolyn Petrie (MAS/LIS ’07)
    • Distinguished Alumni Awards: Sandra Singh (MLIS ’97), Kathryn Shoemaker (MACL ’06, Ph.D. (LLED) ’14)
  • 8 p.m.   Refreshments and social

This is a ticketed event. Online registration has closed, please purchase tickets on site. Tickets are $10 (includes drinks and appetizers).

* Please note: student award winners do not need to purchase a ticket to attend.


Keynote abstract

Libraries provide a place where we can connect with our communities and explore the future of learning and creating together. As technology changes the world around us, we have the opportunity to counter increasing isolation with building a sense of belonging. Around the world, when we seek out the voices of the present that aren’t being heard, and find ways to support authors, creators and storytellers, we contribute to stronger, healthier, more connected communities. Christina will discuss Vancouver Public Library’s exploration of ways to support and share ideas and stories in a digital environment, and connect this to conversations happening in libraries around the world.

About the keynote speaker

Christina de Castell is chief librarian at Vancouver Public Library (VPL). She is passionate about the role of libraries in building communities, and fascinated by the way that technology is changing our learning experiences. She has been a part of VPL since 2006, with former roles as director, collections & technology; manager, online information & news; and manager, InfoAction. Christina has represented the world’s and Canada’s libraries at UN forums including the World Intellectual Property Organization and the Internet Governance Forum, and is a member of copyright and ebook leadership groups for libraries in Canada and internationally. Christina graduated from UBC iSchool in 2001.