This is a time of new beginnings for the BCLTA. We have a new Executive Director, Nancy Boyce, and several new board members. And a new BCLTA President – me!
Provincially we have a new Director of the Libraries Branch, Mari Martin. We’re pleased to see that position filled, and happy to see Mari filling it. She’s a long-time friend of BCLTA and libraries across the province. We look forward to working with her.
Of course, the future only happens because of work that’s happened in the past. So I want to say thank you to a few people. To Lauren Wolf, our previous executive director, for her years of dedicated work for BCLTA. To Jan Thomas, our administrative assistant, and Lisa Cameron, former BCLTA director, for stepping up so professionally to ensure we had a successful BCLTA conference and AGM in May. To former directors Peter Kafka, Lisa Cameron, Donovan Unruh and William Casey for their valued contributions to the work of the BCLTA. And to Paul Tutsch, past president, for his leadership of the board over the past year.
I’m really pleased to be BCLTA president for the coming year. The organization has built a solid foundation over the past few years, and I look forward to strengthening our ability to support our members.
The BCLTA is here to serve our members, public libraries and their trustees, across the province. If you have questions, suggestions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
And please ensure if you are the board chair or librarian receiving this Bulletin that you circulate it to your trustees. Apparently this doesn’t always happen, but we hope to make the Bulletin a must-read!
Executive Director's Message
Hello to everyone! I am so happy to be joining you here in the world of public libraries and the trustees who make them happen. Along with my love of public libraries and belief in the important role they play in civil society, I bring over 20 years of executive management experience in non-profit organizations to my position with the BCLTA. I have also served on the boards of two provincial associations in BC, participated in a number of advisory groups and committees over the years and met many dedicated people doing great things with very little. In short, the non-profit sector has always been my home.
I look forward to learning about the issues shared by library trustees throughout the province and connecting with you in the coming months, hearing what’s on your mind and finding out how the BCLTA can best continue to support you and your public libraries as we continue to build on the great work that has already been accomplished.
Nelson Public Library
Past President 2015-2016
Whistler Public Library
Vancouver Public Library
Tumbler Ridge Public Library
Greater Victoria Public Library
Penticton Public Library
Gibsons & District Public Library
Richmond Public Library
Squamish Public Library
Okanagan Regional Library
Super Trustee Awards 2014-Be inspired by these amazing trustees!
Kay Hohn, Salmo Valley Public Library
Kay’s nominators, library trustees Patricia Goulden and Lorraine Kreuzer, shared the following reasons about why they believed Kay to be a truly Super Trustee:
The Salmo Valley Public Library expansion is finally underway, in large part thanks to retiring chair Kay Hohn, whose extensive board experience and knowledge of our community has guided the library for eight years. Kay has successfully led our fundraising efforts both major and minor, updated and implemented policy, and overseen strategic planning for a future that is certain to be financially challenging. A strong library advocate, Kay looked beyond Salmo itself to also serve the Kootenay Library Federation as treasurer. Her leadership has helped to make the SVPL one of the most beloved community resources in the West Kootenays.
Linda Stromberg, Surrey Public Library
Linda Stromberg has served on the Surrey Public Library Board of Trustees for 2012 – 2015 and is currently in her third term as the Board Chair. Under Linda’s direction, the Board completed the Strategic Plan for the Library for the period 2013 – 2015, including a revision of the Vision, Mission and Values statement. She is a strong advocate for public libraries, assisted in developing the Board's Advocacy Plan and works in the community to raise awareness of Surrey Libraries' programs and services, pursuing speaking opportunities and attending numerous community events. She prepared a presentation for the Provincial Finance Committee, in partnership with the BC Library Trustees Association. She planned and hosted Surrey Libraries' first all candidates meeting which was received positive feedback from both candidates and attendees. She has been asked to speak about this successful event at the Canadian Library Association Conference.
Most recently she helped launch Surrey Libraries new Read to Baby program aimed at improving literacy outcomes beginning with our most vulnerable families and also spoke on behalf of the Library Board at a Public Library Fellows program, organized through the iSchool at the University of Toronto, to speak about Surrey Libraries advocacy efforts.
Kay Hohn (on the left) was presented with her Super Trustee Award by BCLTA President Donna Macdonald at the Annual Volunteer Dinner for the Salmo Valley Public Library in June 2015.
Linda Stromberg received her Super Trustee Award from BCLTA President Donna Macdonald at the BCLTA Annual Conference in May 2015.
Missed the BCLTA Conference?
No worries. Presentations from this year’s conference are now available on our website. So, if you missed the conference or you’d just like to see one of the great presentations again, you can do so at your convenience.
To view 2015 conference presentations, click here.
UBCM Trade Show in September
Come see us! BCLTA will be sharing a booth with other provincial library organizations at the Union of BC Municipalities Trade Show. This event, taking place in conjunction with the UBCM 2015 Convention, will be at the Vancouver Convention Centre September 23-24, 2015. There will be people to meet and prizes to be won, so please drop by if you’re in town. We would love to see you!
The Surrey Soirée is happening on Saturday, July 11th. This fundraiser for the Surrey Libraries Literacy for Life Campaign features outdoor dining and fabulous music on the Plaza at City Centre in Surrey. For more information, visit www.surreysoiree.ca or call the box office directly at 604.501.5566.
The Greater Victoria Public Library is doing outreach work to enhance services to inmates at the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre, creating the first formalized library service at the correctional centre in 100 years. See the complete Times Colonist article for more information.
Congratulations to the Vernon Library branch of the Okanagan Regional Library, which received the Community Sustainability Award for 2015 from the City of Vernon in June! Staff organize ongoing community workshops and events related to sustainability issues such as Food Action, Vernon Permaculture, seed-saving demonstrations, Seedy Saturday, Earth Day events and more.
The UBC Innovation Library at Kelowna Library main branch is expected to open by September 2015. This new space will provide access to materials located within UBC’s electronic collections. To find out more, you can read this article from the Kelowna Capital News.