The BCLTA, founded in 1977, represents the boards and trustees that govern local public libraries in British Columbia. We represent 71 library boards and more than 700 library trustees who volunteer their time to oversee the successful operations of public libraries throughout the province.
Our mission is “to support and represent trustees in advancing public libraries,” and in doing so, we are connecting with trustees and boards and working to build a learning and advocacy network among trustees and boards.
BCLTA also fills an important strategic role, providing organized representation to the provincial government and to other influential and decision making bodies on behalf of library trustees. We undertake ongoing advocacy work to raise the profile of, and resolve the issues facing, public libraries across British Columbia.
Vital to library trustees
To support and represent trustees in advancing public libraries
BCLTA member services such as the Trustee Orientation Program and the website will be undergoing a review, rethink, and refresh during 2017. Please contact the ED at email@example.com to find out more and to inform the shape of these services.
If you wish to receive the bi-monthly BCLTA newsletter, the Bulletin, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
BCLTA Strategic Action Plan 2016 – 2018 (pdf. for downloading and printing)
Strategic Focus #1: Advocate on Behalf of Public Libraries
Goal: Ensure public libraries in BC thrive.
Being informed by membership needs and issues
Representing the membership in partnerships that deliver successful public library initiatives
Meeting with government ministries and officials to discuss the role, value and issues facing public libraries
Collaborating with other organizations to strengthen public library advocacy and influence
Communicating timely and meaningful information
Strategic Focus #2: Support Trustees
Goal: Enhance trustee effectiveness.
Understanding trustee needs, including unique needs specific to some, such as regional library trustees
Providing trustees with tools, training and information
Focusing on governance, financial oversight, strategic planning and advocacy
Designing, in consultation with trustees and partner organizations, trustee needs assessments and development strategies
Strengthening core services such as TOP and the annual conference
Strategic Focus #3: Strengthen BCLTA Organizational Effectiveness
Goal: Strengthen and develop internal organizational capacity.
Enhancing Board effectiveness and engagement
Strengthening policies and process
Recruiting and active Board succession planning
Ensuring financial capacity for strategic growth
Demonstrating value to our members
Building membership relations that are about sharing information, encouraging dialogue and supporting conversations that make a difference to trustees