Advocacy Resources

This page is under review and will be updated in August of 2022 and moved to the Learning and Development section. If you have any questions or comments about this page please email Babs Kelly, Director of Learning and Development at babs.kelly at

Councillor Thicke with Fraser Valley Regional Library CEO Scott Hargrove and BCLTA ED Babs Kelly

UBCM Public Libraries Basket Winner Tofino Councillor Thicke (centre) with Fraser Valley Regional Library CEO Scott Hargrove and BCLTA Babs Kelly. 

BCLTA Trustee Advocacy and Influence Framework

The BCLTA Trustee Advocacy and Influence Framework encompasses the idea that some of the most important work you do as trustees is influencing and supporting other community leaders to champion the value of the public library.

Why a framework?

We have chosen to call this a framework because we know at BCLTA that each of you are working within a unique set of circumstances (geo-political, social, economic, library size, budget, library type and so on). A framework suggests ideas, approaches, and wise practices, that along with your knowledge of your community, your board, and your library, you can use for successful advocacy and influence.

As a trustee you have a responsibility to advocate and influence for your public library. BCLTA is committed to supporting you with this work.

BC Public Libraries Summit, May 11, 2019

BC Public Libraries Summit Value and Investment Report

Summary of posters and responses

Resource List

This list is just a start and will be better with your recommendations. Send recommendations to

Library World

B.C.’s Strategic Plan for Public Library Services (Ministry of Education, 2020)

Canadian Federation of Library Associations / Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques 

We are the national voice of Canada’s library associations. Our purpose is to:

  • advance library excellence in Canada;
  • champion library values and the value of libraries; and
  • influence national and international public policy impacting libraries and their communities.

Alberta Library Trustees Association

Saskatchewan Library Trustees Association

Ontario Library Association

  • Advocacy
  • OLA has a VIP approach to advocacy: help members demonstrate the Value of libraries, Influence decision making, and positively Position libraries, and the people who work for them.
  • The Ontario Library Board Association is a division of OLA.

Library Advocacy Unshushed 

Become a powerful advocate for the values and future of libraries and librarianship. Be informed, strategic, passionate, and unshushed.

American Library Association

United for Libraries

Board & Community Development

Board Source

CivicInfo BC

  • B.C.’s local government information hub

Community Engagement Toolkit

  • Social and Planning Research Council of B.C., 2013

Tamarack Institute

  • Tools and training for collective impact, community engagement, collaborative leadership, and evaluation.

Vantage Point