For more than forty years, Canadian information scientists and professionals have met to discuss the access, retrievalproductionvalueuse, and management of information. From those early days of examining computational ways of manipulating information through to investigations of information as communication, CAIS has provided a forum for presentation, discussion and debate.

CAIS conferences seek submissions related to any aspect of library and information science, particularly those which exemplify the leading edge of our discipline. Abstracts are refereed; final papers are published in the proceedings and presented at the conference. Preference is generally given to papers that report research or debate underlying methodological/philosophical issues, rather than those that report on plans yet to be implemented.

CAIS Proceedings (beginning 1993) are available here.

Every year, the Association awards a special “Student to CAIS” prize for the best student-written paper. For more information about that prize, go to the “Student to CAIS” page.

Future Conferences

Information Studies in the World: Conversations Across Institutional Boundaries
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia
June 3-June 5, 2019
Proceedings Editors: Julia Bullard and Rick Kopak

Past Conferences

Diversities on the Data Landscape: Connecting Information Science with Data Studies
University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan
May 30-June 1, 2018.
Proceedings Editors: Ali Shiri, Sarah Polkinghorne, Sharon Farnel

The Warp & Weft of Knowledge: Information Threads Connecting Disciplines, Identities, and Perspectives
Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario
May 31-June 2, 2017.
Proceedings Editors: Daniel Allard, Deborah Hicks, Catherine Johnson

Information Science in our Communities: Reflections on our Work and the People, Places and Institutions Around Us
University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
June 1-3, 2016.
Proceedings Editors: David H. Michels and Angela Pollack

Time is of the Essence: Organizing People, Data, Information and Knowledge as Memory and Participation
University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario
June 3-5, 2015.
Proceedings Editors: Mary Cavanagh, Tony Horava, & Dominique Maurel

Connecting Across Borders: Globalization and Information Science Research
Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario.
May 28-30, 2014.
Proceedings Editors: Matthew Griffis, Heidi Julien, & Lisa Given

Tales from the Edge: Narrative Voices in Information Research and Practice
Victoria College, Victoria, British Columbia.
June 6-8, 2013.
Proceedings Editors: Kristin Hodges, Eric Meyers & Heather O’Brien

Information in a Local and Global Context
Wilfrid Laurier University & the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada.
May 31-June 2, 2012.
Proceedings Editors: Anabel Quan-Haase, Victoria L. Rubin & Debbie Chaves

Exploring Interactions of People, Places and Information
University of New Brunswick/St. Thomas University, Fredericton, N.B. Canada.
June 2 – 4, 2011.
Proceedings Editors: Pam McKenzie, Catherine Johnson and Sarah Stevenson 

Information Science: Synergy through Diversity
Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. June 2 – 4, 2010.
Proceedings Editors: Elaine Ménard, Valerie Nesset and Sabine Mas 

Mapping the 21st Century Information Landscape: Borders, Bridges and Byways
Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario. May 28-30, 2009.
Proceedings Editors: Paulette Rothbauer, Siobhan Stevenson and Nadine Wathen 

Information Beyond Borders: LIS interacting with other disciplines
The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. June 5 – 7, 2008.
Proceedings Editors: Catherine Guastavino and James Turner 

Information Sharing in a Fragmented World: Crossing Boundaries
McGill University, Montreal, Quebec. May 10 – 12, 2007.
Proceedings Editors: Clément Arsenault and Kimiz Dalkir 

Information Science Revisited: Approaches to Innovation
York University, Toronto, Ontario. June 1 – 3, 2006.
Proceedings Editor: Haidar Moukdad

Data, Information, and Knowledge in a Networked World
The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario. June 2 – 4, 2005.
Proceedings Editor: Liwen Vaughan

Access to Information: Technologies, Skills, and Socio-Political Context
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba. June 3 – 5, 2004.
Proceedings Editors: Heidi Julien and Sharon Thompson

Bridging the Digital Divide: Equalizing Access to Information and Communication Technologies
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. May 30 – June 1, 2003.
Proceedings Editors: Wilhelm C. Peekhaus and Louise F. Spiteri

Advancing Knowledge: Expanding Horizons for Information Science
University of Toronto, Toronto. May 30 – June 1, 2002.
Proceedings Editors: Lynne C. Howarth, Christopher Cronin, and Anna T. Slawek

Beyond The Web: Technologies, Knowledge and People
Université Laval, Quebec City, Quebec. May 27 – 29, 2001.
Proceedings Editor: D. Grant Campbell

Dimensions of a Global Information Science
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta. May 28 – 30, 2000.
Proceedings Editor: Angela Kublik

Information Science: Where Has It Been, Where Is It Going?
Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec. June 9 – 11, 1999.

Information Science at the Dawn of the Millennium
Université d’Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario

Communication and Information in Context: Society, Technology, and the Professions

Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Newfoundland. June 8 – 10, 1997.

The Impact Of Electronic Publishing

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario. June 2 – 3, 1996.

Connectedness: Information, Systems, People, Organizations
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta. June 7 – 10, 1995.
Proceedings Editor: Hope Olson

The Information Industry in Transition

McGill University, Montreal, Quebec. May 25 – 27, 1994.

Information As a Global Commodity: Communication, Processing and Use
St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia. July 12 – 14, 1993.

Copies of proceedings published in print may be purchased for $40. Copies containing only abstracts are available for $10.

Proceedings volumes available for sale: 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980 (Abstracts only), 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986 (Abstracts only), 1987 (Abstracts only), 1989 (Abstracts only), 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003.