UBCM Public Libraries Basket Winner Tofino Councillor Thicke (centre) with Fraser Valley Regional Library CEO Scott Hargrove and BCLTA ED Babs Kelly.
BCLTA Trustee Advocacy and Influence Framework
The BCLTA Trustee Advocacy and Influence Framework is an update to the 2015 BCLTA Advocacy Toolkit. We kept what worked and expanded the information and suggestions to encompass 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, particularly with the upcoming 2018 municipal elections.
At this time, we are working with BCLC for a new website and our updates will be on hiatus until we are up and running, but we are still here in person. Email Babs Kelly at email@example.com to let us know how to best support you with this important work.
BC Public Library Statistics
2017 statistics are available through the Libraries Branch, Ministry of Education, website.
The following are selected provincial statistics, as provided by the Libraries Branch, from the 2017 Survey of BC Public Libraries.
- Over 59 million visits to libraries and their websites
- 10.2 million items available in physical format
- 5.4 million items available in digital format
- 57.6 million total items circulated
- Record high number of 73, 829 programs
- Over 86,500 children registered in the provincial summer reading club
- 3, 609 computers available for public use
- 21% increase in wireless use from 2016
BCLTA Members and Public Library Community
BCLTA 2017 Conference Trustee Roundtable notes: Influencing Today, Shaping Tomorrow
BCLTA 2017 Conference PowerPoint presentation, The Library Board of the future…Being Resourceful When Resources are Limited: A trip to Tumbler Ridge
- This PowerPoint presentation by Jerrilyn Schembri is an example of storytelling the libraries impact on and connection with the community.
There are many advocacy and community engagement resources. The following is just a start as we work on updating the advocacy section of the BCLTA website. Send us your recommendations!
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
- 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.
- Free, archived EDx course.
American Library Association
- Advocacy, Legislation, and Issues
- Advocacy University
- Library Advocates Handbook
- Frontline Advocacy Toolkit
United for Libraries
- An Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (Division of ALA)
- Citizens-Save-Libraries Power Guide
Board & Community Development
- B.C.’s local government information hub
- Social and Planning Research Council of B.C., 2013
- Tools and training for collective impact, community engagement, collaborative leadership, and evaluation.
- Advocacy: An Essential Practice for Mission Impact
- Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits by Leslie R. Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant.