BCLTA Bulletin

September 2013

Fall is upon us and the BCLTA is off and running with a number of advocacy efforts on behalf of BC library boards this month.

We have met with the new Minister of Education, the Honourable Peter Fassbender, and report on our conversation with him in this issue.  We are looking forward to our next meeting with the minister during the Union of BC Municipalities convention (UBCM) later this month, where we will again discuss library issues joined by colleagues representing the BC Library Association, the Association of Public Library Directors and the BC Libraries Cooperative.

Engaging with municipal and regional representatives will be our focus at the BC Libraries trade show booth at the UBCM convention. Full coverage of our efforts will be highlighted in the next issue of the Bulletin. If you are an elected official attending UBCM, please stop by and tell us about your library!

Paul Tutsch


In this issue:

Meeting with the

Changes at the LLB 

Councillor Trustees and
Conflict of Interest

Kootenay Library
Federation Conference

Provincial Budget 
Public Hearings

Partnering With Libraries




BCLTA Meets With New Minister of Education

BCLTA president Paul Tutsch, Treasurer Erfan Kazemi, and Executive Director Lauren Wolf met on August 26 with the new Minister of Education Peter Fassbender, Assistant Deputy Minister Paige MacFarlane, and LLB Director Jacqueline van Dyk for a discussion about BC libraries, provincial government support, and the role of the BCLTA.

» see the meeting notes




Changes at the Libraries and Literacy Branch

Two longtime, dedicated senior staff have announced their departure from the Libraries and Literacy Branch.

Susan Laidlaw, former Manager, Libraries and Literacy, is now Manager of Information Services at BC Assessment. And Jacqueline van Dyk, Director, Libraries and Literacy, will be leaving her position at the end of the month to become North Vancouver District Library's new Library Director.

» read Jacqueline's message to the library community




No Conflict for Councillors on Library Boards

A recent British Columbia Court of Appeal (BCCA) decision on conflict of interest in Schlenker v. Torgrimson has caused confusion regarding the ability of council members on library boards to participate as a full voting member of the board.

The Local Government Management Association (LGMA) and the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) collaborated with the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development to review the BCCA decision in order to assist local government elected officials in understanding the implications of this case.

According to their analysis, the BCCA decision does not apply to bodies on which local governments are required by law to have members, such as a library board.  Council representatives appointed as BC library trustees are and should act as full voting members of their library board.

» see the full report 




Kootenay Library Federation Conference

The Kootenay Library Federation is holding a training conference at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort on October 3, 4 and 5, 2013 entitled Beyond Books: The Library as Community Hub. The conference will provide a wide variety of workshops and presentations for everyone who works for and with libraries and an occasion to come together to learn from experts and colleagues. 

» conference information

» conference registration



Your Opportunity to Participate

The all-party Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia will be undertaking its annual budget consultation process in the weeks ahead and the BCLTA will be presenting once again this year.

If your library board would like to make a presentation to the Committee, contact the Parliamentary Committees Office at FinanceCommittee@leg.bc.ca or phone 1.877.428.8337 to schedule a speaking time. Written or electronic submissions are also accepted. 

BCLTA's 2013 speaking notes will be available on our website later this week at http://www.bclta.ca/whats-new

» schedule of public hearings

» last year's Committee report

» BCLTA's 2012 presentation





Local Government: Partnering With Libraries

Building stronger relationships between libraries and local governments is a key responsibility of trustees.  A recent article published in the Local Government Management Association (LGMA) magazine may be a way to start a fresh conversation with your elected representatives about the the potential of the library in your community.

» read the article





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