Islandoracon Pre-Conference Information

Islandoracon is coming up in a little over a month! We have some information to share with attendees in advance of the conference to help you prepare:



We are using Sched for the conference schedule this year. If you have a Sched account, you can sign in and pick out sessions in advance. This isn't required, but it can be helpful for speakers to know who's planning to come to their sessions.


Islandoracon is hosted by Simon Fraser University at their Harbour Centre location and Vancouver Public Library at their central library, both located in downtown Vancouver.
  • Monday, October 7th: Half-Day Workshops at VPL
  • Tuesday, October 8th: Main Conference Sessions at Harbour Centre
  • Wednesday, October 9th: Main Conference Sessions at Harbour Centre
  • Thursday, October 10th: Main Conference Workshops at Harbour Centre
  • Friday, October 11th: Islandora 8 Use-a-Thon (Hackfest) at VPL
Conference locations for these and other venues (social events, hotels) are marked on this map:
Addresses and room numbers are in the schedule: (depending on the view you're using, you may have to mouse over or click on individual sessions)

Getting Around

Vancouver has a great transit system with an easy-to-use route planner:, but we have an additional guide written up by our local team, with extra tips for getting around Vancouver:
Please note that Lyft and Uber do not operate in Vancouver at this time.

Checking in at the Conference

There will be a registration desk at Vancouver Public Library on Monday, and in the lobby at Harbour Centre from Tuesday to Thursday, where you can pick up your conference bag, program, t-shirt, and name tag. We will have a selection of stickers at the desk that you can add to your name tag if you choose to share your pronouns, including some that can be filled in if we don't have yours pre-printed.
We will also have wifi information at the registration desk and printed in the programs.


Conference Catering

On Monday, October 7th at VPL, we will be serving coffee breaks and lunch.
At Harbour Centre (October 8 - 10), we will be serving a light breakfast, snacks and coffee at breaks, and lunch.
On Friday, October 11th at VPL, we will be serving coffee breaks and a pizza lunch.
If you told us your dietary requirements on registration, they will be provided for in the menu on every day of the conference. Dietary requests, we've done our best. If you didn't let us know, it's not too late! Please provide any restrictions ASAP so that we can get them in with our caterers.

Social Events

Use-a-Thon Social (October 7)

Join us at Poet's Corner in the Vancouver Public Library from 5:00 - 6:00 PM for gourmet cookies and milk, learn about the Islandoracon Use-a-Thon (this year's version of a Hackfest), and sign up for a team!

Trivia Night (October 8)

We've got a room booked out and I've got some obscure questions ready to go. Join your fellow Islandorians for bar trivia, 6:30 - 8:30 on the Terrace at Rogue's. Bring a team, or find one when you show up.
Appetizers provided. Drinks and additional food available at your own cost.
Maximum six per team. Prizes TBD, but it's really about the bragging rights :)

Bill Reid Gallery (October 9)

Included in the cost of your registration is a reception at the Bill Reid Gallery ( from 6:30 - 9:00 PM on Wednesday, October 9th. Canapes and drinks will be served. To help us get an accurate headcount for catering, we ask that you let us know if you plan to attend:

If you wish to bring a guest, extra tickets can be purchased from our Square store:

The BRG is home to the Simon Fraser University Bill Reid Collection and special exhibitions of contemporary Indigenous Art of the Northwest Coast of North America. A docent will be available for tours, but space may be limited.


Half-Day Workshops (October 7)

If you have not already done so, please sign up for the half-days workshops on Monday, October 7th. Space may be limited, and preference will be given to those who have signed up in advance. Signing up will also give the workshop leaders a way to contact you if there's information you need ahead of time.

90-Minutes Workshops (October 10)

Sign-up is not required for the 90-minute workshops at Harbour Centre on Thursday. Please see below for advanced information for specific workshops:

Preservation Capabilities of Islandora 8

People who are attending the "Preservation Capabilities of Islandora 8" workshop on Thursday afternoon will get more out of the hands-on portion of the workshop if they can arrive with Islandora Bagger installed on their laptop (installing Islandora is not required, just Islandora Bagger as described in its README file). However, having Islandora Bagger installed is not essential; the instructor will try to accommodate participants who don't have it. Also, if your institution has developed or is developing a digital preservation policy or action plans, please come prepared to discuss them during the workshop.

Introduction to Fedora 5.0

We will be using a virtual machine for the hands-on portions of the Fedora workshop, so please follow these instructions to get the VM up and running on your laptop *before* you arrive. We are doing this in advance so we do not have to troubleshoot problems at the event.

NOTE: The VM uses 2GB of RAM, so you will need a laptop with at least 4GB of RAM to run it.

  1. Download and install VirtualBox:
  2. Download and install Vagrant:
  3. Download and unzip the 5.1.0 release of the Fedora VM:
  4. Using a Command Line Interface, navigate to the VM directory from step 3 and run the command: vagrant up
    1. Note that this step will take a while as the VM downloads and installs a full virtual environment
  5. Test the VM by opening your web browser and navigating to: http://localhost:8080/fcrepo
    1. The administrator username/password is fedoraAdmin/secret3
  6. Turn off the VM by running the command: vagrant halt
That is it! Please let know if you run into any problems.
More information about the conference is available on our website.
If you have any questions, please reach out!
Islandoracon would like to acknowledge that the land on which we will gather is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (TsleilWaututh) Nations.