SkillShare Event

IMPORTANT NOTE: Given recent developments in response to COVID-19, we have decided to cancel this year’s in-person SkillShare event that was planned for April 29-30 at Royal Roads University. Instead, we will offer a shortened online version of the program on the morning of April 30 (tentatively 9AM-noon Pacific Standard Time).

We are working with presenters and the program committee to put a new program together and select an appropriate online platform. Once we have all of the details sorted out, additional information will be posted to this page and sent to registrants.

We very much appreciate everyone’s understanding as we work through this change in plans. Please let SCWG Chair Robyn Hall ( know if you have any questions or concerns.


This annual event is an opportunity for library staff interested in scholarly communications in Western Canada to come together and share insights, experiences, and best practices. Sessions typically include hands-on workshops, panels, and group discussions that are focused on practical skills and emerging trends. In an effort to support a local community of practice, sessions are predominantly led by librarians working in COPPUL-member institutions at the invite of the SCWG.

Events are held at a COPPUL-member institution each spring, alternating provinces each year. They are open to COPPUL members at no cost with registration opening early in the winter term. Affiliate and non-members are invited to register in early March as space allows. Catering for the event is provided by COPPUL. Travel and accommodations are the responsibility of attendees.

How to Get Involved

Member institutions who are able to accommodate up to 50 participants for 1.5 days between April and June are invited to contact the SCWG Chair to discuss hosting a future event. Preference will be given to institutions located in a province that has not recently hosted this event and that has access to convenient transportation and accommodation options for attendees.

Individuals who are interested in leading a session at a future event are asked to get in touch with the SCWG Chair.

Past Events

Friday, April 26, 2019 – University of Regina, Regina, SK

Friday, May 18, 2018 – MacEwan University, Edmonton, AB