BCLTA Bulletin

In this issue:



March 5, 2013

To support
and represent
in advancing
public libraries



Program Funding for Northern Libraries

Since the discontinuation of the federal Community Access Program (CAP) grants in 2012, the BCLTA has been in discussion with the United Way of Northern British Columbia to replace this revenue for the BC libraries hardest hit by the cuts.

While the United Way does not fund capital items like computers, its support for one of your existing library programs could succeed in freeing resources you would then have available for purchases or services CAP previously supported.

» Read more about the United Way funding and find contact information




2013 Provincial Budget

For the fifth year in a row, the provincial government has delivered a budget that caps library funding at $14 million, with a projection of the same funding amount for the next five years. In 2009 the provincial library budget dropped to $14 million from $17.8 million in 2008. 

Representatives from the BCLTA, along with the BC Library Association, the BC Libraries Cooperative, and the Association of BC Public Library Directors met with Education Minister McRae at the 2012 Union of BC Municipalities conference where the Minister indicated a willingness to explore the restoration of the Provincial public library budget line.

The BCLTA is committed to pursuing this issue in the months ahead.




Proposed BCLTA Bylaw Amendments

The BCLTA board has conducted a review of the existing Constitution and Bylaws, and believe that three changes would benefit the organization and the membership. These require approval at our May AGM.

Read the text of the proposed bylaw amendments:

» /events/annual-general-meeting




March Webinars

Tuesday, March 12
Board Source: Keeping Your Board Accountable
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

This webinar is one part argument for a significant mind-shift in board accountability and one part specific tools that you can implement easily and immediately. You will walk away with from the session with the means for making all of your board members accountable to the mission, vision, and goals of your organization, as well as to each other.

» More information and registration

Thursday, March 14
The Education Institute: Leadership at the Local Level
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET
$45 for BCLTA members

This webinar will cover how to compile and implement a realistic strategic plan for a small/medium sized public library.  

» More information and registration

Tuesday, March 19
WebJunction: Signature Events for Small Libraries
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

From "chocolate in the stacks" tastings to 5K runs to off-site literary dinner parties, small libraries are getting creative in offering signature events that raise funds and create friends. This webinar will be a "show and tell" of library fundraisers, with quick tips on how to get started in your community.

» More information and registration



SOFI Submission and You

All BC public libraries are reqired to submit their Statement of Financial Information (SOFI) for 2012 by May 15, 2013.  Most importantly for trustees, the Libraries and Literacy Branch reminds us that "library boards must be actively involved with this process. The SOFI is ultimately a library board responsibility as set out in the Library Act, and as such merits your board’s full attention."

For more information on SOFI requirements and the library board's responsibilities, please contact Susan Laidlaw at the LLB.



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