Advocacy in Action

2018 Provincial Budget Consultations

Registration to present at the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services' budget consultations will open at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 21, 2017.

To find out more information and for access to the consultation portal go to

Below are the BCLTA Advocacy Priorities, which have been developed with our association partner the Association of BC Public Library Directors, and are critical for the advancement of equitable and accessible public library services across the province. We will soon post letter templates.

Please use these messages in your advocacy work and contact the BCLTA ED with any questions or comments at

BCLTA Advocacy Priorities

1. Provincial Funding

Provincial funding that, at a minimum, includes annual increases to account for inflation. While libraries appreciate the stability of grant funding that government has provided since 2010 (approximately $14 million per year), the lack of regular increases means that each year libraries receive less and less support, due to inflationary pressures. After many years of this, libraries are falling behind in their ability to meet growing needs. As well, we advocate for the reinstatement of the Budget Line Item for B.C. public libraries. 

2. Public Library Services in First Nation Communities

The establishment of provincial policy for the delivery of public library services in First Nation communities, by First Nation communities, is required. Many of these communities have few to no library services, and this gap inhibits opportunities for them to learn, discover and create opportunities available to other British Columbians.

3. Connectivity

Government commitment to connectivity is needed. Connectivity is critical in the digital age, yet adequate broadband is always in short supply and/or cost-prohibitive, particularly in rural or remote locations. Most libraries are faced with both rising costs and rising demand. 

BCLTA Advocacy Toolkit

Advocacy Toolkit is available for download here.

The Advocacy Toolkit will be reviewed and updated in 2017. Let us know what worked for you and what you think needs to be different. Email Babs Kelly at

BCLTA Advocacy Templates

B.C. public library letter to Minister Fleming from Library Director and Library Board Chair. Template letter here

Public library board letter to a Minister or MLA regarding the 2017 budget. Template letter here

Buttons! At the 2016 UBCM conference these buttons, designed by Greater Victoria Public Library, were very popular and spread a positive message about the value of libraries. Button messages.

Social media cards. Take a photo and post it to your social media sites. If on twitter @bclta so we can RT. Suggested hashtags include #trustees #libraries #bcpoli #bcelxn17.  And don't forget to @yourlibrary and local candidates. 

I'm Creative ... so is my Library!

I'm Making a Difference ... so is my Library!

I'm Community Minded ... so is my Library!


BCLTA Letters

BCLTA April 18, 2017 letter to the Minister of Education, Government of Saskatchewan. 

BCLTA January 24, 2017 submission to the Rural Education Strategy and Community Engagement Request

BCLTA October 7, 2016 submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services. 

BCLTA May 2, 2016 letter to the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

BCLTA Messages

BCLTA September 21, 2016 President letter to trustees regarding messages  to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services. 

BCLTA Members and Public Library Community

BCLTA 2017 Conference Trustee Roundtable notesInfluencing Today, Shaping Tomorrow

BCLTA 2017 Conference PowerPoint presentation, The Library Board of the future…Being Resourceful When Resources are Limited: A trip to Tumbler Ridge

  • This PowerPoint presentation by Jerrilyn Schembri is an example of storytelling the libraries impact on and connection with the community.