BCLTA Bulletin




President's Message 

Greetings and Welcome to Winter,

I hope winter arrived like a lamb in your neighbourhoods, with enough snow for the outdoor enthusiasts, but not too much for the rest of us!

This Bulletin is rather a celebratory one.

First of all, it brings warm wishes for the holiday season to all of you from the BCLTA board.

Second, it brings a welcome to Ramona Soares, the new ADM of Partner Relations (which includes libraries) with the Ministry of Education. Ramona comes from the Ministry of Advanced Education, where she was the ADM responsible for strategic initiatives, open education technologies and programs, intergovernmental relations and International Education missions.  Prior to that, she served as Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of International Trade, and Executive Director in the Ministry of Labour. We look forward to working with ADM Soares. We also wish the former ADM Paige Macfarlane all the best in her new assignment as ADM of Student Services with the Ministry of Advanced Education.

Third, we feature a story and photos about a celebratory event in Nelson – the library’s 95th birthday and the launch of a new cookbook. I am a trustee with the Nelson Public Library (full disclosure), so I won’t gush too much. But it was a lovely event…and the cookbook is absolutely gorgeous.

Fourth, we join West Vancouver Memorial Library in celebrating completion of their new strategic plan. Thanks to Board Chair Mary Jo Campbell for providing a brief summary, as well as a link to a lovely two-minute video about their plan (definitely a delight to watch) and a link to their plan itself. Check it out!

If you have events or accomplishments you’d like to share with the trustee community – please send them our way. We’d love to include them in a future Bulletin.

In October, I was also happy to attend a meeting of the Kootenay Library Federation, and it was a wonderful chance to meet trustees, provide information about BCLTA, and learn what’s happening in their communities. If you’re a federation member, we’d love to attend one of your meetings. Just invite us!

Finally, one last item , which doesn’t fall into the celebratory category. And that is the resignation of our executive director Nancy Boyce, effective the end of October. We wish Nancy well in her future endeavours, and we are moving quickly to engage a new E.D.  We have some excellent applicants.

May your holiday season be full of love and delight. See you in 2016!

Best wishes,

Donna Macdonald,
President, BCLTA   


















WVML Celebrates Completion of New Strat Plan 

West Vancouver Memorial Library has launched its 2016 – 2020 Strategic Plan. The plan builds on the Library’s strong foundation with an enduring Mission and Values, and charts an optimistic future through its Vision and Strategic Priorities of People, Place and Digital Platform. 

The strategic planning process included in-depth research into the Library’s community value, an exploration of current trends in our changing environment, and developments in the transformation of public libraries in B.C. and beyond. The research brought forward new insights about the importance of connecting people to information, the world of imagination and each other in a society that is becoming increasingly diverse, mobile, digital and knowledge-based. 

District of West Vancouver Mayor, Michael Smith, provided the following thoughts in his introductory message: “We are all learners in a complex and dynamic world where external and personal forces demand that we adapt to new ways of being, seeing and doing.  Our Library has the fundamental assets, including rich information resources and a robust technological infrastructure, to inspire people’s personal growth. This plan affirms the Library’s importance in supporting the evolution of our community.” 

A video overview of the strategy may be viewed here, and the full plan is available online at wvml.ca/stratplan



WVML 2016-2020 Strategic Plan





There's spark in the old girl: Nelson Public Library 95, with flair

by Anne DeGrace 

There was cake, and there were balloons. There was entertainment and fancy dress. But the Nelson Public Library’s 95th birthday party was a celebration of a whole lot more. The Nelson Public Library—like all libraries—is about community. And so, naturally, the community came together to help celebrate.

Community-building began months earlier, when Adult Services Coordinator Anne DeGrace began approaching Nelson’s chefs. She was looking for favourite recipes and books for a very special cookbook, one that celebrated the things that bring us together—food—and the things we have in common—reading.

Twenty-seven Nelson chefs leapt on board, resulting in a stunning collection of recipes and a thought-provoking reading list, all packaged in a gorgeous 144-page full colour book. In the spirit of community, designer Stephen Cretney and photographer David Gluns donated two thirds of their time to the project.

The result is Pairings: a Compendium of Beloved Recipes and Books from the Chefs of Nelson. Proceeds from the book benefit special library projects and collections. Expectations are that this book will exceed income generated from the 2010 cookbook Seasonings, which raised $45,000 for the Library.

The Nelson Public Library birthday party in October was a perfect launch for Pairings and a celebration of community.  When chefs came to the front for a round of applause, one commented that most had never met one another—and they had certainly never been all together in one place. “I felt a new sense of community among the restaurants,” she said.

And oh, what a party! Staff, Friends of the Library, and Library trustees rummaged through costume collections for that 1920s look, LV Rogers High School students donned bowties and ostrich feathers to serve appetizers and desserts provided by Pairings restaurants and the Kootenay Co-op, the Heritage Harmony Barbershop Chorus serenaded the crowd, and storyteller Susan LeFebour attended in the person of Gretchen Hatt Gibson, addressing the Ladies’ Literary Society of 1928.

Books and reading have been a part of Nelson’s history since newsagent Gilbert Stanley became custodian of Nelson’s first reading room in 1891. By 1899 a Nelson Miner reporter had trouble finding his way through the library—by then located at Baker and Ward streets—because of the crowds. Now in the digital age, the Library has changed dramatically, but some things have stayed the same.

“The Nelson Library remains one of the busiest small libraries in the province,” says Chief Librarian June Stockdale. “We’re tremendously proud of our library, and of our community—and to be 95 years young!”





Photographs by Bill Metcalfe, courtesy Nelson Star 

 L.V. Rogers students were classy servers


Draw! Trustee Donna Macdonald, Friends Chair Catherine Brochhagen, and Board Chair Dianne Harke


Chief Librarian June Stockdale at the mic


Adult Services Coordinator and Pairings editor Anne DeGrace with trustee Hoda Ghamrawy, in fine fashion.








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