"To develop and support library trustees to advance public library service in British Columbia"



BCLTA invites all trustees to attend this informative and interactive workshop.  BCLTA’s TOP is a comprehensive look at the roles and responsibilities of a library trustee in British Columbia. This workshop introduces trustees to the provincial context for public library leadership, including legislation and services, community advocacy, current issues and strategies for success. The program is driven by a team of regional trainers who deliver sessions in all areas of the province. 

Recently, BCLTA has made this program more accessible than ever to trustees around the province in two important ways. First of all, working with Ken, we have trained our own team of regional trainers who will be available to deliver the TOP program in your area of the province. Secondly, through the generous support of Public Library Services Branch, Ministry of Education, and their commitment to promoting education programs for trustees, we are able to offer TOP with no registration fee for 2006, 2007 and 2008. (The previous registration fee was $150/participant.)

The broad content of this workshop makes it ideally suited to new trustees. However, we have had a number of long-serving trustees take this course as a refresher and they have found it a great energizer. It can be a great group activity if the entire board participates.

To view the list of TOP sessions scheduled for 2008 or to register for one of these sessions,  REGISTER > 

To arrange a local session - send an email to or call Mandy Davies at 604-913-1424.

BCLTA makes all the arrangements for this full day session and we’ll even include a continental breakfast and lunch. The format works best with a group of at least eight participants however we’ll do our best to suit your needs. And, if your board is small you might consider teaming up with another nearby board as it creates a great opportunity to share ideas and network.

Our Training Team

We have a very strong training team with a wealth of experience as library board members. The team includes:

- Colleen Chambers, Richmond
- Don Hamilton, Victoria
- Andy Ackerman, Fort St. John
- Lois Taylor, North Vancouver
- Philip Mantler, Prince George
- Roberta Rodgers, Cranbrook

Past TOP Sessions/Photos

Nov 01 2008 Chetwynd Andy Ackerman
Sep 27 2008 Nelson Roberta Rodgers
Jun 14 2008 Cranbrook Colleen Chambers, Roberta Rodgers
June 13 2008 Stewart Phil Mantler
May 31 2008 Bowen Island Lois Taylor
May 02 2008 Prince George Don Hamilton, Phil Mantler
Apr 17 2008 Richmond Don Hamilton
Mar 29 2008 Squamish Colleen Chambers
Mar 08 2008 Smithers Andy Ackerman
Feb 16 2008 West Vancouver <more...> Colleen Chambers
Nov 10 2007 Pouce Coupe Andy Ackerman
Nov 03 2007 Kimberley Christine Rinaldi
Jun 16 2007 Grand Forks Colleen Chambers
Jun 09 2007 Granisle Dave Sherwood
Jun 09 2007 Squamish Colleen Chambers
May 10 2007 Kelowna Colleen Chambers
Mar 17 2007 Sechelt Lois Taylor
Mar 17 2007 Taylor Andy Ackerman
Feb 24 2007 Burnaby <more...> Colleen Chambers
Feb 03 2007 Prince George Dave Sherwood
Nov 19 2006 Prince Rupert Dave Sherwood
Nov 18 2006 Salt Spring Island Don Hamilton
Nov 04 2006 Rossland Christine Rinaldi
Nov 04 2006 Fort Nelson Andy Ackerman
Oct 21 2006 Houston Lois Taylor
Oct 21 2006 Cranbrook Christine Rinaldi
Oct 14 2006 Pemberton Colleen Chambers and Lois Taylor
Sep 23 2006 Chetwynd Andy Ackerman
Sep 09 2006 Kitimat <more...> Dave Sherwood
Jun 17 2006 Fort St John Andy Ackerman
Jun 10 2006 Castlegar Christine Rinaldi
May 27 2006 Vanderhoof Dave Sherwood
May 27 2006 Grand Forks Christine Rinaldi
May 13 2006 Hudson Hope Andy Ackerman
Apr 20 2006 Burnaby Don Hamilton/ Andy Ackerman
Feb 25 2006 Richmond Ken Haycock
Apr 25 2005 Prince George Ken Haycock
Apr 21 2005 Burnaby Ken Haycock
Mar 26 2005 North Vancouver Ken Haycock
Feb 26 2005 Powell River Ken Haycock
Jun 20 2004 Victoria <more...> Ken Haycock
May 15 2004 Fernie Ken Haycock
May 8 2004 Pouce Coupe Ken Haycock
Feb 28 2004 North Vancouver <more...> Ken Haycock
Oct 18 2003 Prince George Ken Haycock
May 29 2003 Harrison Ken Haycock
Feb 22 2003 Vancouver <more...>
Evaluation results available in Spring 2003 Open Door Newsletter
Ken Haycock
May 31 2002 Nelson <more...> Marianne Hall, Joan Jarman
Feb 23 2002 Vancouver <more...> Sally Gibson and Ernest Neumann


Chetwynd Nov 01, 2008