BCLTA Bulletin

October 2013

In this issue, we provide information on the Directors' and Officers' liability insurance now available at a BCLTA member rate to all libraries in BC.  For many of our member boards, the BCLTA offering may be less expensive than purchasing coverage on your own. Read the article to see if this coverage will benefit your library system.

We'd also like to draw your attention to a new feature on our website, thanks to a suggestion from one of our member trustees. A search box is now available on every page of our site: use it to find relevant content on a specific topic instantly.

As always, we welcome your feedback on our membership offerings and activities. Please call or write with your suggestions!

Paul Tutsch


In this issue:

UBCM 2013

Member Spotlight 

Training Opportunities

Library Board Insurance

Libraries in the News




UBCM 2013

BCLTA co-sponsored a booth at the Union of BC Municipalities convention trade show this year so that we could connect in a more direct and personal way with the locally-elected representatives who contribute the lion's share of library funding in BC.

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member spotlight

Powell River Library Wins National Award

The nation’s highest honour for efforts to improve literacy has been awarded to the Powell River Public Library.

The Council of the Federation Literacy Award recognizes outstanding achievement, innovative practice and excellence in literacy. The Powell River Public Library won the 2013 award for British Columbia -- the first time in its 9-year history that the award has been won by a public library.

» read more




Upcoming Training Opportunities for Trustees

BCLTA Trustee Orientation Program

North Peace Cultural Centre, Fort St. John
Saturday, October 19, 2013
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

» more information and registration

Education Institute WEBINARS

Factors influencing funding decisions by elected politicians at the state/provincial level: a case study of public libraries in Canada: Part 1
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
» more information and registration

Library Advocacy:  The Lion's Story with Stephen Abram
Friday, October 11, 2013
12 noon ET; 9 a.m. Pacific
» more information and registration

Factors influencing funding decisions by elected politicians at the state/provincial level: a case study of public libraries in Canada: Part 2
Friday, October 25, 2013
» more information and registration



member services

New Insurance Offering for Library Boards

Library trustees may be held personally liable for any wrongdoing or negligence as the Library Act does not prevent suits from being pursued or cover defense costs. Directors’ and officers’ liability insurance is recommended by the Libraries and Literacy Branch and the BCLTA to protect you or your entire board against potential personal financial losses arising from wrongful acts.

» learn more about the BCLTA board liability insurance 


libraries in the news

A Roundup of Items From Around the Globe

The Walls Come Down in the Modern Library

Public libraries are being transformed from book repositories to community hubs in a digital age. (The Irish Times)

» read the article

E-book vs. P-book

The printed book isn’t obsolete, and is still an exceptionally good piece of technology. (The New Yorker)

» read the article

Why Public Libraries are Glamming it Up

Politicians have realised that they get more bang for their buck if they spend money on libraries rather than museum and gallery projects. (The Guardian)

» read the article




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