BCLTA 2020 Forum and AGM

Join trustees, library directors and invited guests from across the province on April 18, 2020 for the BCLTA AGM and Forum.

The theme for the Forum is Governance and Intellectual Freedom.

This BCLTA members event for trustees and library directors will take place at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond which is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəyəm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səlílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Members attending only the AGM portion of the day do not pay the Forum registration fee. See BCLTA 2020 AGM for AGM registration information and other AGM details.

Forum registration is through Eventbrite. Tickets are non-refundable but they are transferable to another trustee or library director. Contact Babs with any questions about your ticket purchase.

To register click HERE

BCLTA thanks the BC Library Association for welcoming our event at the BC Libraries Conference venue. Their support allows BCLTA to keep the Forum registration fee at a reasonable cost of $150 for each participant.


2020 BCLTA Social

On April 17th, beginning at 6pm, BCLTA will be hosting a social for library trustees, library directors, and their friends and colleagues to connect with each other without meeting agendas, but with lots of library and community talk!

More details here.


Forum Keynote Speaker: Dr. Alvin M. Schrader

BCLTA is very pleased to announce Dr. Alvin M. Schrader as the keynote speaker for the 2020 Forum. Alvin is a well known and respected library leader and is currently professor emeritus with the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta where he taught for 27 years and an Adjunct Professor with the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services in the University’s Faculty of Education. Alvin has long been at the forefront of intellectual freedom research and discussions and recently wrote for the Centre for Free Expression at Ryerson University, “Can Public Libraries Maintain their Commitment to Intellectual Freedom in the Face of Outrage Over Unpopular Speakers?”  Please read more about Dr. Alvin M. Schrader here.


Forum Outline

8:30 – Check in and Coffee

Grab your name tag and a coffee, meet with library directors and trustees from across the province, and be ready to take your seat for a prompt 9am start.

9:00 – Territorial Acknowledgements and Welcome

9:30 – Key Note with Dr. Alvin Schrader

10:15 – Break

10:30 – Trustee Reflections on Media and Letters to the Board: Okanagan Regional Library and Drag Queen Story Time with Erin Carlson (ORL Trustee and BCLTA Director)

10:45 – Roundtable Discussions

11:45 – AGM Call to Order

noon – Lunch and AGM (please notify Babs of any dietary needs by March 31st)

1:15 – Forum Reconvenes (promptly!)

1:20 – BC Human Rights Commission

1:50 – Trustee Reflections on Facilitating an Emerging Conversation: Greater Victoria Public Library Board Retreat and Freedom of Expression with Elysia Glover (GVPL Trustee and BCLTA Director)

2:00 – Break

2:10 – Room Rental Policies: Reviewing, updating and applying

Powell River Public Library (PRPL) and Vancouver Public Library (VPL) have each updated their meeting room policies in the past two years after identifying a need to address policy gaps to guide this activity that is often secondary to a library’s core services. PRPL policy was approved in 2017 and their Chief Librarian and Vice Board Chair will share what has been learned from implementation and where they will go next. The Chief Librarian and Board Chair from VPL will talk about the policy development process that led to approving their new policy in September 2019 and what they learned along the way.

Presented by Jennifer Chan, VPL Board Chair, Christina de Castell VPL Chief Librarian, Chloe Smith PRPL Vice Board Chair, and Rebecca Burbank PRPL Chief Librarian

2:30 – Roundtable Discussions

3:00 – Refreshments

3:15 – Roundtable Discussions Reports

3:45 – Closing Remarks


Additional Information

As in 2019, the reports from the roundtable discussions will be compiled and summarized into a Forum report. See the 2019 Forum report, BC Public Libraries Summit Value and Investment Report

Forum registration is through Eventbrite. Tickets are non-refundable but they are transferable. Contact Babs with any questions about your ticket purchase.

To register click HERE

Members attending only the AGM portion of the day do not pay the Forum registration fee. See BCLTA 2020 AGM for AGM registration information and other AGM details.

Check back as we add information as it becomes available. Updates will be included in the monthly Bulletin.

Let Babs know of any comfort or personal needs that would make a difference to your enjoyment and participation in the BCLTA 2020 Forum and AGM.

Remember to nominate outstanding trustees for the 2020 BCLTA Awards! 

BCLTA acknowledges the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Education for the BCLTA 2020 Forum.