Hello BCLTA members,
Happy Library Month! The theme this year is "Libraries Inspire" - something we all know is true for not only library users but also for our communities overall. If you hold an event of any sort, send us a photo and a description, and we'll include it in our next Bulletin.
September was a busy month for BCLTA and our partner organizations (BC Library Association, Association of BC Public Library Directors, and the Libraries Co-op). We worked together to prepare for the UBCM conference, and I must say the level of cooperation was outstanding!
And it paid off. We had a busy booth at the UBCM trade show, which gave us a chance to talk to local politicians about their libraries. We heard heartwarming stories and we heard about challenges. It was great visibility for the four organizations and helped to inform our work going forward.
As well, we (the four organizations) had a very fruitful meeting with our new minister, The Honourable Mike Bernier, and his staff. In particular, his very energetic deputy minister has invited us to meet on a regular basis as together we think about and define the future of BC libraries. The ministry has an interest in libraries helping meet government's goals while, at the same time, we know we need to meet our communities' needs and goals. The warm enthusiasm of those at the meeting was very encouraging.
At that meeting, the minister was also formally presented with the document, Libraries in Action: Partners in Community Learning, on behalf of ABCPLD and BCLTA. It is a discussion document that provides some ideas on possible new roles for public libraries. Thanks to the team at ABCPLD who did most of the work on this.
We also learned that the Libraries Branch is going to do a review of the library funding allocation formula. They've been hearing concerns from large and small libraries about the allocation, so decided it's time for review. They assured us libraries will be involved in the review, and we will hear more about the process in due course.
As always, if you have questions or concerns or ideas, please be touch with us.
BCLTA President Donna Macdonald and Ben Hyman, Executive Director of BCLC at the UBCM booth