BCLTA Bulletin

Summer 2013

We hope you enjoy this mid-summer issue of the BCLTA BULLETIN.

In this issue, we feature BC library board accomplishments, summer educational opportunities, recent BCLTA and international research results, and a new advocacy resource -- all ways to continue growing your board and library expertise, even if your board will not meet until September.  

Wishing you a great summer,

Paul Tutsch



In this issue:

Member Spotlight

Trustee Education 

The Future of Libraries

BCLTA Research

Advocacy Resource  



Member spotlight

Surrey Public Libraries Releases New Strategic Plan

Surrey Libraries has just released its 2013-2015 strategic plan, an excellent example of insight into a community's values an the roles of the library in reflecting them.

» find the SPL strategic plan

West Vancouver Memorial Library Wins Advocacy Award

The West Vancouver Memorial Library's 2011 Story Book has received an Advocacy (Print) Best of Show Award in the annual PR Xchange competition. The Best of Show Awards are sponsored by the Public Relations and Marketing Section (PRMS) of the Library Leadership and Management Association, a division of the American Library Association.

» read more about the award and see The Story Book




Mission Movers: Crafting and Communicating Your Message
Tuesday, July 23 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST

As the ambassadors and advocates of your mission, board members must be able to strategically communicate your organization’s story and contribute to a healthy and accurate public image for your organization. Join this BoardSource discussion of the elements of clear and effective board member communication.

$75 for non-members
» information and registration

Navigating Fundraising Strategies
Wednesday, July 24 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST

Join Anne Wallestad, BoardSource’s CEO and an experienced fundraiser, for an overview of fundraising strategy basics and guidance on how to determine which opportunities might be best for your organization and most suitable for board involvement.

$35 for non-members
» information and registration

Marketing Libraries:  What the not-for-profits can learn from the lot-of-profits
Wednesday, July 24 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PST

A WebJunction webinar providing library marketing strategies that build awareness, grow your audience, and establish your library as an authoritative source and a definitive provider of services for the community.

» information and registration




The Role of the Future Library

Last fall, the Global Libraries Initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation distributed an online survey as part of their exploration of a variety of strategies to accelerate change in US public libraries. 

» see the survey results 

The Future of Libraries

"Short on books, long on tech" is the conclusion of this TIME Tech article.

» read the article




Planning and Governance Survey Results

One of the roles of the BCLTA, as identified in our Strategic Plan, is to “Provide Support for Library Trustees.” As part of this goal, we conducted a survey of what types of plans BC public library boards have developed or are developing and what impediments are in the way of developing better planning and plans. The completed results are now available.

» read the results of the survey
read more about BCLTA's ongoing research for public libraries



Library Advocate's Handbook

Trustees have a crucial role to play in educating local government and our communities about why libraries are essential in an information society. The Library Advocate’s Handbook covers basic avocacy techniques, whether you are seeking an increase in funding,campaigning for a new building, or dealing with controversy.

» find the handbook
» see BCLTA's other helpful advocacy resources



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