BCLTA Bulletin

November 2013

Bundle up and read!  BC public library board trustees have a new source for learning on the BCLTA website: a MEMBERS ONLY tab located at the top of every page (read more in the article below). We launch the feature with a series of six free publications (a $152 value) from BoardSource, a new BCLTA partner.  

We would also like to thank you for your response to our member survey.  Overall, the participation rate was excellent, at 30% of our membership.  However, since we have had inquiries from several late responders, it's not too late!  We have left the survey open at http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/bclta/bclta-member-survey/ -- the new deadline is November 12.

Paul Tutsch


In this issue:

For Members Only

Free Publications

Training Opportunities

  BC Library News

Protect Your Board



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For BCLTA Members Only

The members section for BC library trustees at www.bclta.ca is ready to launch.  You will find material available under the purple "MEMBERS" tab at the top of every page of our website.  In this section, we will post online resources for access by BCLTA members, including free publications and webinars from BCLTA partners.  

The password for your library will be emailed to your board chair and library director by November 6.  If you have not received your password, please contact us at admin@bclta.ca.



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Free Publications For BCLTA Members

BCLTA has partnered with BoardSource, an international organization dedicated to strengthening not-for-profit boards through education.  We are very pleased to offer our members their Governance Series -- a set of six publications on the basics of board governance -- free of charge to any BCLTA member (a $152 value).  The publications are available under the purple MEMBERS tab at the top of every page of our website.

As a BC library trustee, you are also eligible for a reduced rate on individual membership with BoardSource, allowing you access to the hundreds of publications and webinars available through this exceptional organization.

» read more in What's New




Upcoming Training Opportunities for Trustees

The Surrey Libraries Board of Trustees is offering a series of workshops presented by Vantage Point (formerly Volunteer Vancouver) to support the development of excellence in leadership in the not-for-profit sector.  

strategic recruiting: building your board

Move beyond recruiting the usual suspects by creating a strategic framework to identify, recruit, and engage the “right” board members. Suggested participants: executive directors/CEOs and board members

Date: November 13, 2013
Time:  5:30 – 8:30pm
Facilitator: Lynda Gerty, Director of Engagement, Vantage Point
Location:  Surrey City Centre Library, Room 120, 10350 University Drive, Surrey, BC V3T 4B8
Cost: Vantage Point Member $95.00; Non-member $110.00

» more information and registration in Events

The Abundant Not-for-Profit: An Introduction

This session will challenge scarcity thinking and equip you to recognize the unique opportunity you have to engage an abundance of talented people.

Date: January 15, 2014
Time:  5:30 – 8:30pm
Facilitator: Lynda Gerty, co-author
Location:  Surrey City Centre Library, Room 120
Cost: Member $110.00; Non-member $125.00.

Includes a hard cover copy of the book The Abundant Not-For-Profit

» more information and registration in Events



 library board news

Surrey City Centre Library Wins Award in Architecture 

On October 25, 2013, Surrey City Centre Library and Bing Thom Architects were awarded the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Award in Architecture in the Merit Category.

The award was presented at the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) President's dinner and award gala on Ocober 25, 2013.  

» read more in What's New

Has your library recently achieved a milestone?  Won an award? Opened a new library?  Let us know so we can share your news with library boards across the province.


member services

Board Liability Insurance for Libraries

The Library Act specifies that library boards may sue and be sued.   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 financial losses arising from wrongful acts.

A reduced-rate policy for BC library boards is now available through the BCLTA.

» learn more in Member Services



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