Advocacy Resources

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 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 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

Resource List

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

Library World

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