Trustee Meet-ups

Trustee Meet-ups are casual, fee-free, and just for trustees. Babs Kelly, BCLTA Director for Learning and Development hosts and moderates these sessions which are done through the BCLTA Zoom account. Each session begins with a brief presentation that is then followed by Q&As and open discussion.

The details:

  • Fee free and just for BC public library trustees
  • We use Zoom, but you do not need a Zoom account to join the session
  • Sessions run from 45 to 60 minutes
  • At this time there is no cap on the number that may attend
  • All trustees are invited to send their suggestions for topics and their offers to lead a BCLTA Trustee Meet-up discussion to Babs Kelly at babs.kelly@bclta.ca
  • Meet-ups take place every 4 to 6 weeks and are hosted and moderated by Babs at BCLTA
  • To register email Babs at babs.kelly@bclta.ca

Upcoming Trustee Meet-ups

Wednesday, September 23rd at 6:30pm (Pacific Time) Susan Koch, former Richmond Public Library trustee and BCLTA Director, and currently the COO & VP Accounting at Carbon Engineering Ltd. will be returning to BCLTA to offer her very popular overview of how to read public library financial reports.

Monday, September 28th at 7pm (Pacific Time) join Andy Ackerman, Fort St. John Public Library Board Chair as he leads a discussion on chairing Public Library Association (PLA) AGMs which will include:

  • Knowing the legal requirements for scheduling and announcing the AGM
  • Building the AGM agenda (tips for meeting length and content)
  • AGM elections and voting
  • And more… Having a successful AGM benefits both the Board and the Library.

Saturday, October 17th, 10am (Pacific Time). In response to membership requests for this session, Babs will be addressing trustee inquiries about their governance role regarding library director evaluations and compensation. Babs will open the session with some observations and thoughts on how boards can best support library directors.

  • This session is oriented to, but not exclusive to, those boards that identify their library as small or medium

Saturday, October 24th, 10am (Pacific Time). In response to membership requests for this session, Babs will be addressing trustee inquiries about their governance role regarding library director evaluations and compensation. Babs will open the session with some observations and thoughts on how boards can best support library directors.

  • This session is oriented to, but not exclusive to, those boards that identify their library as medium or large.

Coming this Fall

Jerrilyn Schembri, BCLTA Executive Director will talk about BCLTA’s advocacy work with the BC Public Library Partners.

To register in a Trustee Meet-up email Babs at babs.kelly@bclta.ca

Past Trustee Meet-ups

August 2020

  • Babs Kelly in explored the questions commonly brought to BCLTA where the answer tends to begins with “It all depends”. Due to popular demand this theme will be repeated every now and then.

July 2020

  • Mari Martin, the Director of the Libraries Branch at the BC Ministry of Education provided an overview of the provincial strategic plan for public library service, the mandate and work of the Libraries Branch, and how one-time funding (see the April news release) in 2020 will help British Columbians gain access to technology and digital resources through libraries.

May 2020

  • Andrea Freeman, the Executive Director of ABCPLD, provided an overview of ABCPLD and outlined the services that are available to library directors.

April 2020

  • The first Trustee Meet-up was with Kyla Epstein, BCLTA Governance Workshop facilitator and former Chair of Vancouver Public Library, who led a discussion on governance and power.