BCLTA Bulletin

Advocacy Issue

Advocacy is an important aspect of the role of all trustees. One of your board’s most important roles is to spread the good word, talk about the importance of your library, and be vocal about the needs of public libraries in your community.

This month we tour some of the advocacy tools and programs available to help you become a more effective advocate for libraries. We also bring you up-to-date on the recent advocacy activities of your Association. 

You will notice that "clicking through" for more information on many of our articles this month will take you to the new BCLTA website. We hope you find the site easy to navigate, and we welcome suggestions for content as we build support for BC public libraries and library trustees.

—Paul Tutsch, President, BCLTA

Check out the new BCLTA website:

» www.bclta.ca










UBCM 2012 Report

The recent Union of BC Municipalities convention in Victoria proved to be a tremendous opportunity to make library voices heard to both municipal and provincial government representatives.

An estimated 200 people packed the Palm Court at the Empress Hotel for the BC Public Libraries Reception, organized and hosted in partnership with the BC Library Association, the Association of BC Public Library Directors, the BC Libraries Cooperative and the Greater Victoria Public Library.

Following the reception, library representatives met privately for a productive and collegial hour with new Education Minister Don McRae.

And we are pleased to report that the UBCM resolution to restore the separate public library line item in the Ministry of Education budget passed unanimously.

See the photo gallery and read more:
» UBCM 2012




Meeting with the NDP

On October 4, 2012, BCLTA Executive Director Lauren Wolf joined other public library representatives in a meeting with NDP shadow cabinet members Robin Austin (MLA Skeena; Chair, Socil Policy Committee; NDP Education Critic) and Kathy Corrigan (MLA Burnaby; Deputy Caucus Chair).

The presentation from the library sector closely mirrored that delivered to the Minister of Education.  Mr. Austin and Ms. Corrigan were particularly interested in the theme of inequality, and in how libraries level the social playing field.  

Read more about BCLTA's recent advocacy activities: 

» BCLTA'S Advocacy





Tools and Resources

Tips, toolkits, research and success stories from other jurisdictions and around the world can be helpful in producing an advocacy plan for your library. We have assembled a host of resources specifically on this topic.

The BCLTA board is here to help: please contact us if you have questions on how to put these library advocacy tools to work, or have suggestions for other resources we should add to our website.

» Advocacy Tools and Resources




Changing Times: Inspiring Libraries Summit

Date: December 6 & 7 2012 (Thursday evening and all day Friday)

Location: Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Join international, provincial and local leaders in library innovation and community engagement, exploring why and how you can make your library more exciting, more relevant and more effective for the people that use it.

Keynote speakers: David Lankes, author of Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries for Today’s Complex World and The Atlas of New Librarianship; Ken Roberts, former CEO of Hamilton Public Library and former president, Canadian Library Association; Andrew Petter, SFU President and Vice-Chancellor and leader of the Engaged University initiative.

Co-hosted by the British Columbia Library Association, the iSchool at UBC, and Libraries & Literacy, BC Ministry of Education.

For more information, email Mari Martin, Summit Planning Committee, Libraries and Literacy, BC Ministry of Education, or call toll–free at 1.800.663.7051.




Governance Workshops

Respected Parliamentarian Eli Mina has scheduled several board governance workshops and webinars in British Columbia for November 2012, as well as for January through March 2013.

Topics include preventing and dealing with boardroom problems, demystifying the rules of order, and minute taking standards.

Visit Eli Mina's website for more programs and events:
» www.elimina.com

And please bookmark our new website for all upcoming events:
» BCLTA Events

  Eli Mina 

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