The places and spaces we inhabit – physical, cultural, social, or professional – give shape to the practice of librarianship. Recent developments in library instruction emphasize the importance of culture, history, and place, leading to an explicit focus on the need for cognitively just and context sensitive pedagogy. As a historic meeting place at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, Winnipeg is an appropriate location to engage with place and practice. At WILU 2019 we hope to provide the opportunity for librarians to come together to collaboratively develop, discuss, and evaluate library instruction in this unique context. We aim to create space to critically examine pedagogy and practice, and the influences of location, identity, culture, politics, and social memory, in a move towards a more reflective and transformative profession.


Important Dates & Deadlines

March 31: Early bird registration & indigenous bursary deadline

April 11: Holiday Inn discount expires

April 22: Regular registration deadline

April 23: Delta Winnipeg discount expires



Sched Now Live 

Mar 20, 2019

The full program can be viewed on the WILU website and at https://wilu2019.sched.com. You can also download the Sched app to your iPhone from the App Store or from Google Play on Android devices. All delegates can login or sign up for an account. You are welcome to edit your profile and upload a personal photo but this is not required.

Dine Arounds – A WILU Tradition

Mar 18, 2019

As part of the long-time WILU tradition, we have arranged five dine-around options for you to meet up with fellow delegates and get a taste of local Winnipeg cuisine. Sign up here! All are scheduled May 23rd at 6:00 PM.

Preliminary Schedule Available

Mar 4, 2019

The WILU 2019 program is now live! Some details are subject to change – please anticipate minor adjustments over the coming months. 85 speakers from 8 Canadian provinces and 9 US states are slated to speak at this year’s conference. View the schedule.

Walking Tours

Feb 27, 2019

We’ve arranged several historic walking tours of the Winnipeg area for conference delegates; two tours featuring the Winnipeg General Strike, and one of the Université de Saint-Boniface. Space is limited, and all tours will run during the afternoon of Friday, May 24. Click for more info.

Registration is Now Live!

Feb 19, 2019

WILU 2019 and Pre-Conference registration are both now available on our registration page. Note that delegates wishing to register for both the main conference and the ACRL Roadshow Pre-Conference must register for each event separately – simply follow the instructions on the page. We also have posted accommodation information, and see our getting around guide for travel and accessibility assistance.

The full conference program schedule will be available sometime in mid-March. Subscribe to our email list, or visit our Twitter page to keep track of updates as they occur.

Registration Coming Soon!

Jan 30, 2019

We expect to have registration up and running in the next couple weeks. In the meantime, we’ve posted anticipated registration rates and group rate hotel information to assist delegates with conference planning. Questions can always be directed to info@wilu2019.ca Thanks for your patience! 

Proposal Notifications

Jan 01, 2019

Thank-you to all who have submitted a proposal for WILU 2019! Notification of acceptance will be sent by January 31, 2019. If you have any questions, email proposals@wilu2019.ca.