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

2020
Diverging Trajectories in Information Science
Western University, London, Ontario
June 1 – June 3, 2020
Proceedings Editors: Roger Chabot, Grant Campbell, and Leah Brown


Past Conferences

2019
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

2018
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

2017
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

2016
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

2015
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, and Dominique Maurel

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

2013
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 and Heather O’Brien

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

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

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

2009
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 

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

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

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

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

2004
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

2003
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

2002
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

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

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

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

1998 
Information Science at the Dawn of the Millennium
Université d’Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario

1997
Communication and Information in Context: Society, Technology, and the Professions

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

1996
The Impact Of Electronic Publishing

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

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

1994
The Information Industry in Transition

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

1993
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.