BCLTA Bulletin

January 2014

Happy New Year to all, and a warm welcome to new public library trustees.  We hope that the BC Library Trustees Association will become your "go to" source of information and support as you assume your new role.

This e-newsletter will arrive for you monthly, forwarded by your board chair or library director.  Many of the articles link to our website (www.bclta.ca) where you will find comprehensive resources to assist you as a board member.  The website also hosts a members tab with many useful publications -- and later this year, webinars -- you can access for free with your library's password.

The BCLTA also offers orientation training to both new trustees and new chairs, and we urge you to take advantage of them.  Our annual conference takes place in Victoria this May, where we will join the Canadian Library Association to offer programming for trustees.

Please let us know of any questions you may have -- we are here to help!

Paul Tutsch



In this issue:

Call for Awards Nominations

2014 TOP Training

More Training

Member News

In the News




Awards 2014

Call for Nominations

Is there a trustee on your Board or someone associated with your library whose service and commitment is truly "above and beyond"? Do you know a trustee who has made a real difference to library services in your region or at the provincial level? BCLTA is currently accepting applications in three awards categories for outstanding library trustees and library supporters. Deadline for annual nominations is April 15.  Awards will be presented at a reception and ceremony at the conference on Friday, May 30.

» BCLTA awards information
» 2014 awards nomination form





2014 Trustee Training Sessions

Two Trustee Orientation Program (TOP) sessions are currently scheduled for 2014: March 15, at the Vancouver Public Library, and May 30, at the annual conference in Victoria.  The course has been expertly redesigned in partnership with Vantage Point, a not-for-profit BC organization dedicated to delivering innovative learning opportunities for not-for-profit boards of directors throughout North America. If your library would like to host a TOP session in your community, please let us know!  

Also scheduled for the Victoria conference is The Critical Role of the Board Chair, adapted and delivered for us by our partners at Vantage Point.  If you are a new or aspiring chair, this course is for you!

» BCLTA trustee training information and registration



More Trustee Training Opportunities

MOOC: Library Advocacy Unshushed
University of TorontoX
6 weeks beginning February 24, 2014

Learn how to be a powerful advocate for the values and future of libraries in this online course. Be informed, strategic, courageous, passionate, and unshushed!  Knowledge of librarianship and library services is recommended, but not required.

» watch the course intro video
 more information and registration

Webinar:  The Iron is HOT: Libraries as Innovative & Creative Community Catalysts
February 11, 2014, 11 a.m. - noon

This webinar helps to define the successful library as one that serves as a vibrant and active community center. Learn how to take a leadership role as a creative catalyst – exploring new ways to build partnerships, strengthen community and contribute to local development.

» information and registration

Workshop:  Strategic Planning 101
Vantage Point (Vancouver)
February 6, 2014, 8:30am - 12pm
Members $95  Non-members $110

A strategic plan provides high-level direction and ensures effective board governance for an organization. Learn why having a strategic plan is important to your organization and how this can be achieved.

» more information and registration 



member news

Richmond Public Library Receives Infrastructure Grant 

Thanks to $73,409 funding from the federal government’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF) and matching funds from the City of Richmond, access to the Richmond Public Library’s wireless digital services has been significantly improved. The funding improved the wireless broadband service within all four library branches, and expanded it to include four other community centres.

$150 million in federal funding was committed over two years for the CIIF, which supports projects that improve existing community infrastructure accessible for use by the public.

» more



libraries in the news

Texas Builds First Bookless Library

"This is the future.  If you're going to be building new library facilities, this is what you need to be doing." 

» read more

Do you agree or disagree? Let us know at bulletin@bclta.ca!

VPL Named One of World's Best City Libraries

Scholars from Germany’s Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf surveyed libraries in 31 cities around the world and tied the VPL and Bibliothèques Montréal for No. 1.

» read more

New ROI Report: Torontonians Receive $5.63 of Value for Every Dollar Invested in Public Library

Toronto Public Library recently commissioned the Martin Prosperity Institute, part of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, to conduct the first Canadian study to measure the library’s economic impact on Toronto.

» read more




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