BCLTA In-Person Workshops

BCLTA in-person workshops are being planned for 2022 and the spring schedule is filling up!

Below you will find information regarding the:

  • BCLTA Core Governance Workshop
  • (Re)Connecting: Sharing and Celebrating Effective Public Library Governance
  • Chairing and Leading: The mechanics and the art
  • Customized Workshops

Email Babs Kelly, BCLTA Director of Learning and Development (babs.kelly@bclta.ca) with any workshop requests or questions.


BCLTA Core Governance Workshop

Workshop discussions are informed by and rooted in local needs and situations and participants can expect to discuss the following (and more) topics:

  • The context in which public libraries are governed
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Building trust-based relationships through accountability and transparency
  • Effective meetings
  • Strategic outcomes and oversight
  • Policy development and oversight
  • Financial oversight
  • Relationship building and advocacy
  • Board development and succession planning

Participants have told us that BCLTA workshops leave them feeling more confident in their governance work due to a strengthened understanding of:

  • the unique value and impact that public libraries have in and on their communities
  • the role of BC public library boards
  • the importance of a trust-based governance team (trustees and the library director)
  • the ways in which trustees and boards can make a difference to public libraries and the communities they serve

This is a full-day workshop, developed and delivered by BCLTA staff for trustees and library directors

  • The workshops are available as is possible to schedule and to deliver by BCLTA staff
  • The fee is $125 per participant
  • A minimum of 12 participants is expected

Re(Connecting): Sharing and Celebrating Effective Public Library Governance

The BCLTA is grateful to the Kootenay Library Federation and to the Burns Lake Public Library for supporting and hosting the workshop.

This workshop is for public library trustees and library directors and will be facilitated by Babs Kelly (BCLTA Director of Learning and Development).

Public library governance, like public libraries, is evolving to meet the needs of the organizations and communities that are being served. This workshop is an opportunity to connect (or reconnect) with each other as we share our stories, goals, and plans for sustaining, strengthening, and celebrating effective governance.

In this workshop we will:

  • review and expand on what is meant by “effective governance” 
  • explore what it means to firmly root governance work in the community
  • share what is next for your communities, your organizations, and for your governance practices
  • examine board cultures and practices and share our inspirations and aspirations
  • celebrate where we have been and where we are going (afternoon focus on trustee and board development plans)

Expect to discuss board roles and responsibilities; library director roles and responsibilities; development and oversight of strategic plans, policy, and budgets; meeting process; board assessment and development; and advocacy and influence. 

Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided. Please let Babs know 2 weeks in advance of the workshop of any comfort or accessibility needs and dietary restrictions or requirements.

Dates and Locations

May 1st, 9AM to 3PM, Best Western, Nelson, BC

  • Registration is open.

October 1, Burns Lake Public Library

  • Details coming in late summer.

For BCLTA in-person workshops participants are expected to adhere to public health restrictions and to the health protocols of the venue provider. As well, we ask that participants be responsible and considerate in being aware of their health and well-being and the health and well-being of others when attending.


BCLTA Customized Governance Workshops

BCLTA offers customized Governance Workshops that are based on the BCLTA Governance Workshop, but dive in deeper or differently to suit the needs of your board.

  • The workshops are available as is possible to schedule and deliver by BCLTA staff
  • The fee for these workshops is $150 per participant with a minimum charge for 10 participants
  • On demand and customized workshops registration is managed via email, not through the website

Chairing and Leading: the mechanics and the art
  • This is a four-hour workshop, developed and delivered by BCLTA staff for chairs, those interested in being chairs, and for trustees and library directors interested in better supporting the chair
  • The fee is $75 and a minimum of 10 participants is ideal

Request a BCLTA Workshop
  • If you are interested in hosting a Core Governance Workshop or in requesting a customized workshop, please contact Babs at babs.kelly@bclta.ca.
  • For all workshops the workshop sponsor or host library is responsible for the venue and catering and BCLTA is responsible for the development and delivery of the workshop.
  • For Core Governance Workshops that are open to all trustees and library directors, the workshop sponsor or host library may want to consider sharing the costs of catering with other participating libraries or asking Babs about complimentary workshop registrations.
  • BCLTA workshops are a membership service. If you wish to register and are not a trustee or a library director, please contact Babs at babs.kelly@bclta.ca

Have questions about any of our workshops or learning and development resources? Contact Babs Kelly, BCLTA Director for Learning and Development at babs.kelly@bclta.ca


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.