Work at BCLTA
BCLTA engages at a provincial level on behalf of library boards across BC. Our ongoing advocacy work includes:
BCLTA Advocacy Goals 2004-2005
- Regular meetings with the Director of Public Library Services Branch to discuss library issues from a trustee perspective, and to advocate for positive changes in provincial support for libraries;
- An annual meeting with the Minister of Community, Aboriginal and Women’s Services (the provincial Ministry responsible for libraries);
- Participation at the annual Union of BC Municipalities convention. BCLTA organizes a libraries reception, which is co-hosted by other library organizations such as BCLA, and ensures libraries are “top of mind” with delegates;
- Regular meetings with other provincial library organizations, such as the BC Library Association (BCLA) and the Association of BC Public Library Directors (ABCPLD);
- Monitoring legislative government legislation that directly or indirectly affects libraries;
- A standing committee, chaired by the Vice-President, that organizes and oversees our advocacy work.
- To continue to enhance the advocacy profile of the Association
- To continue to build on relationships with provincial and local governments, partner organizations and various institutions
- To enhance the involvement of library boards in advocacy issues
- To research the idea of a library legacy program for B.C. similar to the Lois Hole Legacy Program in Alberta
Action Statements to Support Advocacy Goals 2004-2005
- Further development of website
- Expand election strategies
- Work with PLSB to determine the BCLTA role in the implementation of the Strategic Plan
- Meet with the Minister of Community, Aboriginal and Women's Services to develop policy and advocate for a Library Legacy Program
- Support the Beyond Words library stories initiative www.beyondwords.ca
Submitted Briefs and Meetings
BCLTA’s Advocacy Committee (from bylaws)
ADVOCACY COMMITTEE MANDATE STATEMENT
Committee Description: Standing Committee
5.1 Area of Authority (Motion 94-41)
The Advocacy Committee will:
- work within the current policies of the Association;
- direct development of the profile of the Association to the membership, all levels of government, and other organizations;
- report to the board through the Chair or their designate
5.2 Summary of Responsibilities (Motion 94-41)
The Advocacy Committee will develop policies for:
- monitoring government legislation and developing policies for response;
- updating membership on advocacy programs and legislation
- review of all informational and marketing material, including the logo, and methods of keeping the material updated;
- directing the development of the advocacy program.
5.3 Committee Membership (Motion 94-41)
The Advocacy Committee will be chaired by the Vice President -Advocacy and may be comprised of up to three members.
5.4 Meetings (Motion 94-41)
The Advocacy Committee will meet as the Chair calls meetings.
5.5 Authority of the President to speak on behalf of BCLTA (Motion 92-13)
The Board empowers the President to formulate and make public a position, on behalf of the BCLTA, in response to time-critical issues which arise between meetings of the full board. All board members will be notified as soon as can be reasonable expected, preferably by fax.