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

100 Years of Information Science: Understanding the Past and Building the Future
June 7 – June 10, 2022
Proceedings Editors: Alex Mayhew, Alison Brown, and Sarah Polkinghorne

Past Conferences

Northern Relations: Connecting the Unexpected and Overlooked to Information Science
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Online
June 7 – June 10, 2021
Proceedings Editors: Adam Worrall, Tami Oliphant, and Robyn Stobbs

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

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

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, and 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, and 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 and Heather O’Brien

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

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 

Information Science: Synergy through Diversity
Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec
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
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia
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