BCLTA Governance Workshops

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

Online Workshops

BCLTA online workshops are a membership service for trustees and library directors.

Registration is through the BCLTA website and invoices for the $25 registration fee are sent 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).

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

Overview of BC Public Library Governance

  • 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.
  • Facilitated by Babs Kelly
  • Next session will be scheduled in the spring of 2022, unless otherwise requested

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.
  • Facilitated by Babs Kelly
  • Next session will be scheduled in the spring of 2022, unless otherwise requested

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.
  • Facilitated by Babs Kelly
  • Saturday, November 13th, 10am to noon (Pacific Time)
  • Next session will be scheduled in the spring of 2022, unless otherwise requested

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.
  • Facilitated by Babs Kelly
  • Next session, Saturday, November 27th, 10am to noon (Pacific Time)
  • This workshop is full
  • Next session will be scheduled in the spring of 2022, unless otherwise requested

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 
  • Facilitated by Babs Kelly
  • Next session will be scheduled in the spring of 2022, unless otherwise requested.

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
  • Facilitated by Babs Kelly
  • Next session will be scheduled in the spring of 2022, unless otherwise requested

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. We hope to return to in-person workshops in the spring of 2022.

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


We acknowledge the financial support of the Public Libraries Branch, Province of British Columbia


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.

Coming Early in 2022!

Hiring a New Library Director 

Guest workshop host: Andy Ackerman

Hiring a Library Director can be a daunting task for any Board and success is finding the right person for your library. There can be many challenges to accomplish this including short deadlines, advertising, interviewing and the actual hire including wages, benefits and working conditions. This session will focus on how to get to success including preparation, the interviews and completion of the process with an employment agreement.

Bonus guest!!

Melanie Reaveley, the Director of the Kootenay Library Federation, will be joining us to talk about how the BC Public Library Federations support boards with their responsibility in appointing a library director.  


FYI!

BCLTA Governance Workbook  (July 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 workshops.