BCLTA 2020 Forum Cancelled

May 13, 2020

The 2020 BCLTA Forum is cancelled and the 2020 BCLTA AGM is postponed. 

Yesterday Adrian Dix, BC’s Minister of Health, and Dr. Henry, BC’s provincial health officer, released a joint statement* calling for the cancellation of large events. We agree with and support this direction for taking precautions that will keep our communities calm and healthy and the numbers of COVID-19 cases low. 

Our annual event with members, colleagues, and friends is important to us for building community and for supporting and acknowledging the incredible work of BC public library trustees. We thank the BC Library Association for welcoming our event at their BC Libraries Conference venue and we acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Education.

We thank Dr. Alvin M. Schrader who so quickly and enthusiastically agreed to be our keynote speaker. We are also grateful to Erin Carlson (Okanagan Regional Library Trustee and BCLTA Director), Elysia Glover (Greater Victoria Public Library Trustee and BCLTA Director), Jennifer Chan (Vancouver Public Library Board Chair),  Christina de Castell (Vancouver Public Library Chief Librarian), Chloe Smith (Powell River Public Library Vice Board Chair), Rebecca Burbank (Powell River Public Library Chief Librarian) and the BC Human Rights Commission for generously agreeing to share their expertise and experiences at the Forum. 

The Forum is important, but it is just one of the many ways that we at BCLTA support governance excellence and connect with members and colleagues across the province. If you haven’t already, we invite you to subscribe to the Bulletin to keep up to date with our workshops, resources, initiatives, and library and governance trends and news. 

Next Steps

1. Over the upcoming week the BCLTA will be refunding those who have registered and paid for the Forum.

2. The BCLTA Board of Directors will meet in April to discuss options for the 2020 AGM and for proclaiming the 2020 BCLTA Award winners. 

Please direct any questions regarding the cancellation of the Forum and the postponement of the AGM to Babs Kelly at execdir@bclta.ca.

*Joint statement on update on new and existing COVID-19 cases in B.C.

  • Ministry of Health and Dr. Henry, BC’s provincial health officer
  • March 12, 2020, 6:58 PM