SkillShare Event

The 2020 Western Canada Scholarly Communications SkillShare event will be taking place at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 29 and all day Thursday, April 30.


Registration is now open at no cost to all staff at COPPUL member libraries.

>> Register HERE

Affiliate members and all others interested in attending may register starting Friday, February 28, 2020, if space is available. The event will be limited to 50 participants.

Registration closes at the end of the day Friday, April 3 (or when all spots are filled).


>> Detailed PROGRAM 

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 – Afternoon Meetup + Dinner
Learning & Innovation Centre (Centre for Dialogue, 4th fl.), Royal Roads University [map]

  • 1PM-4PM Facilitated discussion of scholarly communications developments, activities and initiatives of interest to attendees.
  • 5:30PM-7PM Dinner at Milestones on the Harbour [map].
    Note: Dinner costs not covered by COPPUL.

Thursday, April 30, 2020– SkillShare
Learning & Innovation Centre (Centre for Dialogue, 4th fl.), Royal Roads University [map]

  • 8:15AM – 9:00AM  Registration.
  • 9:00AM – 4PM Workshops, discussions, presentations, & more. 

Getting to Victoria

Most major airlines fly to Victoria, including Air Canada and WestJet.
*If flying WestJet, use coupon code R11GH61 for 5% off Econo fares and 10% off EconoFlex and Premium fares into and out of Victoria between April 23 – May 7, 2020. 

Getting from the Victoria airport to downtown Victoria

YYJ Airport Shuttle:

  • $25 one way or $44 round trip.
  • Shuttle tickets can be purchased in advance or at the ticket counter next to YYJ baggage claim.
  • Shuttles leave the airport approximately every 30 minutes. There is no need to book ahead. If you are planning to take the shuttle back to the airport though, you should contact the company to arrange pick-up.


  • Fares from the airport to downtown Victoria are $55 to $65.

Public transit:

Victoria International Airport is on the 83 bus route. You can check the schedule here to see if it aligns with your flight. Buses go by the airport in two directions every two hours:

  • The first option is to go towards the town of Sidney and switch buses at the McTavish Exchange where you can catch either a 70, 71, or 72.  
  • The second option towards Brentwood/Royal Oak is much slower. If you do choose this route, however, make sure to switch buses at Royal Oak Exchange and catch the 72 into town.

A one-way trip on Victoria Transit is $2.50 but the buses do not issue transfers. You need a ticket for each bus. We recommend buying a $5 day pass for unlimited rides. Day passes are available for purchase on the bus, but make sure to have exact change.

Getting to Royal Roads University:

Royal Roads University is located in Colwood, west of downtown Victoria [map]. 

If staying in downtown Victoria:

  • The 50 Langford bus goes to Colwood Exchange where you can take the 52 to campus. 
  • Taxi fares to campus are $40 to $50.

If staying in Colwood/Langford:

  • The 52 bus goes directly in to campus. Alternatively, you can take the 39 which stops just outside the entrance to campus.
  • Taxi fares to campus are $15 to $25.

For more information on public transit, here are the schedules and maps on the BC Transit website.

Parking at Royal Roads University:

Campus parking costs $8.00 a day. For more parking information, click here.

Navigating Campus:

Here is a map of campus. The Learning and Innovation Centre (building 100) is located in the centre of campus.


The closest hotel to Royal Roads University is the Holiday Inn in Colwood. If you prefer to stay downtown and travel to the university, popular hotel options include:

For more downtown hotel options,  please consult this map and list.
* Make sure to check out CAUBO for possible deals and discounts.


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