Trustee Orientation Program (TOP)

Register for a TOP session

TOP is a comprehensive look at the roles and responsibilities of library trustees in British Columbia. Participants are introduced to the provincial context for public library leadership, including legislation and services, community advocacy, current issues and strategies for success. The program is delivered wherever and whenever requested, as long as a minimum of 10 registrations are confirmed.

The redesign of this program was completed in 2014 with the assistance of the course developers at Vantage Point, a not-for-profit BC company delivering innovative learning opportunities for not-for-profit boards of directors throughout North America.  The broad content of the workshop makes it ideally suited to new trustees. However, we have had a number of long-serving trustees take this course as a refresher and they have found it to be a great energizer. We also encourage the participation of library directors.

Request a Local TOP Session

BCLTA works with the sponsoring library to make the arrangements for full day TOP sessions. If your board is small, we suggest teaming up with another nearby board to arrange a joint session – this creates a great opportunity to share ideas and network.

TOP is offered on a cost-recovery basis for groups of at least ten people...and we’ll even include a continental breakfast and lunch. To arrange a local session, please contact BCLTA.

We have a very strong training team with a wealth of experience as library board members and adult educators. The team includes:
- Andy Ackerman, Principal, Myriad Consulting; former President, BCLTA
- Denise Baker, Executive Director, Vantage Point
- Colleen Chambers, former Chair, Richmond Public Library; former President, BCLTA
- Joanne Richards, Director, Kootenay Library Federation

We are grateful for the financial support from the Libraries Branch of the Ministry of Education, which allows us to offer TOP workshops for $125 per person.