BCLTA Bulletin

January 2015

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 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.  Finally, our annual conference takes place in Richmond on May 22 and 23 this year, where you can participate in networking and educational sessions designed by trustees for trustees.

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


January 2015

Conference 2015 

Trustee Orientation Program

Other Training Opportunities

Libraries in the News

To support and represent trustees in advancing
public libraries



Conference 2015

This year's BCLTA conference will be held on Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23 at the Sheraton Airport Hotel in Richmond and at the Richmond Public Library.

The conference will include:

  • Opening reception
  • Annual awards ceremony 
  • Four interactive conference sessions
  • AGM 
  • Trustee Round Table
  • Trustee Orientation Program
  • The Role of the Board Chair

As soon as specifics regarding timing, sessions and registration are available, they will be communicated on our website at http://bclta.ca/annual-conference as well as in regular updates via email and the BCLTA Bulletin.






Trustee Education Program

The Trustee Orientation Program (TOP) is an informative, interactive workshop offering a comprehensive look at the roles and responsibilities of library trustees in British Columbia. The program is driven by experienced trainers who deliver sessions throughout BC. 

Please contact us if you are interested in hosting a TOP session in your community.

The following sessions have been confirmed for 2015 so far, and are open for registration:

  • March 14 (Whistler Public Library)
  • March 28 (Vancouver Public Library)
  • May 22 (Richmond Public Library)

» register for a TOP session
» more information about TOP






More Training Opportunities

Vantage Point

Strategic Planning ABCs Web Series

A strategic plan provides high-level direction and goal alignment for your entire organization. Over three one-hour webinars, learn why having a strategic plan is important to your organization and how this can be achieved.

» Building a Vision for your Organization: Feb. 27
» Connecting Mission to Tangible Long-Term GoalsMar. 27
» Embedding your Long-Term Goals in the Everyday: Apr. 24

Vantage Point
Live Training (Vancouver)

Board Fundamentals: Fund Development
February 6, 2015, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Boards have a critical role to play in fund development, yet many board members don’t feel they have the experience or confidence to be effective in promoting their organization.

» more information and to register

Board Fundamentals: Roles & Responsibilities
February 11, 2015, 9:00am – 12:00pm

A highly effective and engaged board has clarity around roles, responsibilities and aligns their work and performance with organizational values and vision.

» more information and to register

University of Toronto Online  
Library Advocacy Unshushed

February 2 - March 16, 2015

Become a powerful advocate for the values and future of libraries by enrolling in or auditing this online course. Be informed, strategic, passionate, and unshushed!

» More information and to register

Board Source
Elephants in the Nonprofit Boardroom

Thursday, January 29 | 11:00 - 12:00pm PT

Few boards are without an invisible elephant or two sitting around the table, making certain discussions difficult and certain people uncomfortable. In this webinar, we'll discuss common board challenges and solutions you can implement immediately.

Members: Free   Nonmembers $35

» more information and to register 




library news

Public Libraries Reimagined

In the fall of 2014 the Aspen Institute convened an important panel discussion entitled 'Public Libraries Re-Imagined', during which presenters discussed how the role of public libraries has expanded beyond offering books. More than ever, libraries are a space where community members of various age groups learn important skills for personal and professional development.  

A series of YouTube videos covering this event highlight different services that libraries offer to help their community members learn new things and gain new knowledge. They also strive to answer the question of why libraries matter now, as well as how libraries will continue to matter moving forward.

» more on this event
watch the videos






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