BCLTA Online Workshops

Registration is through the BCLTA website and invoices for the $25 registration fee are sent during the week following the workshop. As the workshops are discussion and activity based they are generally capped at 12 participants.

These workshops use Zoom and participants are asked, where possible, to use the video function and a device that has full screen and keyboard capabilities (not a phone).

To encourage participation and to ensure privacy, BCLTA workshops are not recorded.

Due to the high interest in BCLTA workshops, if you register but don’t show up we will still need to charge you the workshop fee.


BCLTA Core Governance Workshops

As with all BCLTA learning and development resources and services, the Core Governance workshops are evolving with membership feedback and direction. The workshops are intended to be discussion based and an opportunity to connect with others who are committed to exploring and strengthening BC public library governance.

As such, upcoming workshops will have:

  • Even less slide presentation
  • More breakout rooms
  • More activities
  • More time – 2.5 hours, with a longer break that will include individual activity time

 

BC Public Library Governance: The big picture

  • This workshop is a high level overview of public library governance including the provincial context, public library and governance trends and issues, the role of the board in strategic direction and oversight, and demystifying fiduciary responsibility and duty of care.
  • This workshop is not just for new trustees, it is for all trustees and library directors who are interested in new ways of talking about why we have public library governance, the unique role of the public library, their local community context, the importance of role clarity and trust between the board and library director, and why everyone on the governance team should be engaged and excited with fiduciary responsibility and duty of care.

Contact Babs Kelly (the workshop facilitator) at babs.kelly@bclta.ca with any questions about this workshop, to suggest a date for this workshop, or to schedule this workshop for your board.

The Effective Board and Role Clarity

  • Workshop content includes defining and supporting board and library director role clarity, the traits of a highly functioning governance team, and trust as the foundation for effective governance.

Contact Babs Kelly (the workshop facilitator) at babs.kelly@bclta.ca with any questions about this workshop, to suggest a date for this workshop, or to schedule this workshop for your board.

Chairing and Leading: The mechanics

  • This workshop is for board chairs, those who want to be board chairs, and for library directors and trustees who want to better support the work of the board chair.
  • Workshop content includes transparent and accountable board communications, working with the library director, building agendas, rules of order, leading strategic and oversight discussions, and meeting follow-up.

Contact Babs Kelly (the workshop facilitator) at babs.kelly@bclta.ca with any questions about this workshop or to suggest a date for this workshop.

Chairing and Leading: The art

  • This workshop is for board chairs, those who want to be board chairs, and for library directors and trustees who want to better support the work of the board chair.
  • Workshop content includes engaging and being of service to the board, building a trust-based team, leading big discussions, and addressing challenges as opportunities.

Contact Babs Kelly (the workshop facilitator) at babs.kelly@bclta.ca with any questions about this workshop or to suggest a date for this workshop.

Strategic Outcomes and Oversight

  • This workshop is for trustees and library directors.
  • In this workshop we will:
    • explore the difference between operational results and strategic outcomes
    • discuss fiduciary responsibility and duty of care in providing strategic oversight through
      • board meeting agendas, packages, and process
      • board and library director accountability and governance team trust
      • budget planning and financial oversight
    • consider approaches to reporting and assessing strategic outcomes

Contact Babs Kelly(the workshop facilitator) at babs.kelly@bclta.ca with any questions about this workshop, to suggest a date for this workshop, or to schedule this workshop for your board.

Policy Development and Oversight

  • This workshop is for trustees and library directors.
  • In this workshop we will:
    • discuss the difference between policy and procedures and where policy sits in your compliance hierarchy
    • consider the role of the board and the library director in policy development and oversight
    • explore the stages of policy development from identifying need through to oversight and review
    • familiarize ourselves with a variety of public library board policies from across the province
    • discuss identifying the need for new or updated policy
  • Monday, April 4th, 6:30PM to 9PM (Pacific Time)
    • Workshop registration is now open.

Contact Babs Kelly(the workshop facilitator) at babs.kelly@bclta.ca with any questions about this workshop, to suggest a date for this workshop, or to schedule this workshop for your board.

BCLTA Customized Workshops

We also offer online customized governance workshops. Babs Kelly will work with you to develop a workshop that builds on topics in our Governance Workbook and is specific to your governance needs. Online customized workshop fees start at $50 per participant for a 2 hour online workshop.

Please email Babs Kelly with any questions about workshops or to start planning your customized workshop.


Special Guests Workshops

BCLTA is working with experienced facilitators and subject experts to bring more workshops to our members. These workshops are developed and delivered by the facilitators who bring different ideas, practices, and strengths to what BCLTA offers through the BCLTA Core Governance Workshops.


Reading and Understanding Financial Statements and Budgets

BCLTA is very pleased to bring back by popular demand, Susan Koch, professional accountant and past Chair of the Richmond Public Library and past Treasurer of the BCLTA.

In this session, Susan will walk participants (trustees and library directors) through sample BC public library financial statements and budgets and leave everyone feeling more knowledgeable and confident with their fiduciary responsibility and financial oversight.

Past participants in workshops with Susan have said “it was like the fog lifted from the numbers”,  “what a relief to know that I can do this”, and “I recommend her presentation for all trustees”.

If you join us, please consider sending Babs a recent library financial statement and/or budget report by May 5th, for use during the session.  

Session Details

  • Thursday, May 19th, 7PM to 8:30PM (Pacific Time)
  • Via Zoom
  • Fee: $25
  • This workshop is full. Email Babs at babs.kelly@bclta.ca to placed on the waiting list.
  • This workshop is limited to 20 participants

Fund Reserves and Investments

Calvin Fong, Director of Donor Services and Mandy Pui, Manager of Donor Services at the Vancouver Foundation, along with session host Molly Loudon (Squamish Public Library Board Chair and Director of Philanthropy with Big Sisters of BC, Lower Mainland) will discuss the work of the Vancouver Foundation in advising BC not-for-profits and public libraries on investing reserve funds and managing endowment funds. 

This session is for those library directors and trustees who know and understand their charitable (or non charitable) status and their accounting rules, and are confident in their financial oversight and management policies and practices including budget preparation, audits, and transparent and accountable reporting to funders and the community. 

Session Details

  • June 1st, 6PM to 7PM (Pacific Time)
  • Via Zoom
  • Please use the BCLTA online form to register
  • Fee: $15

BCLTA learning and development is more than workshops!

BCLTA Governance Workbook  (October 2021)

Subscribe to the BCLTA monthly Bulletin to stay up to date on BCLTA workshops and resources.

Contact Babs at babs.kelly@bclta.ca with any questions regarding BCLTA learning and development resources.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Municipal Affairs.