One of the initiatives in the provincial government's strategic plan "Libraries Without Walls: The World Within Your Reach" is a goal to enhance public libraries' ability to provide government information.
On October 16 and 17, 2006 a symposium was held in Victoria called "Libraries in Dialogue with Government". The Symposium was organized by the Public Library Services Branch (PLSB), Ministry of Education and the BC Library Trustees' Association (BCLTA), with support from the BC Library Association (BCLA).
The event brought BC public library staff and trustees together with provincial and local government representatives to build mutual understanding and working relationships.
Two Symposium reports are now available:
- The Libraries in Dialogue with Government report - a summary of the symposium, including selected speaking notes and presentations, and;
- Government 101: Mastering the Maze - a primer for those attempting to navigate government
You can access both reports here: http://www.bcpl.gov.bc.ca/dialogue/report.php
A Dialogue steering committee was established to carry the momentum achieved at the Symposium. Its members are Lawrence Lavender and Maureen Black (BCLTA), Greg Buss (Richmond Public Library), Penny Grant (Vancouver Island Regional Library), Michael Shoop (Consultant), Jacqueline van Dyk, Ben Hyman and Anne Morgan (PLSB).