British Columbia Library Association

Make a Resolution

About BCLA Resolutions

The BCLA Resolutions Committee accepts proposals, formulated as resolutions, from individual BCLA members and groups, which are intended to direct the Association to take action or make comments on topical issues.

Resolutions are an important formal mechanism through which BCLA members can make their concerns heard and understood. When a broad range of concerns are shared, it fosters dialogue, promotes awareness, and ultimately enables the BCLA membership to speak with a united voice on issues affecting libraries, library services, library services, and the profession.

The BCLA Resolutions Committee was established as a Standing Committee of the Association on June 15, 2007. The Committee is chaired by the past President of BCLA. For more information on the resolutions process, please contact BCLA Executive Director Annette DeFaveri at execdir@bcla.bc.ca or 604-683-5354.


Resolutions Committee Members 2018: TBA

Chair: Daphne Wood


Submitting a Resolution

The Resolutions Committee receives and reviews the resolutions and, if necessary, advises the creator(s) on how to bring resolutions in compliance with BCLA guidelines and policies. If more than one resolution is received on the same issue, the Committee will confer with all parties and recommend a joint resolution.


Sections of the form:

#1-3 Provide BCLA members the necessary background and context for the resolution

1. Title of Resolution

2. Rationale / Purpose for Resolution

3. Prior History of this Resolution (IF ANY)

#4  Insert the body of the proposal (the Whereas and the Therefore, Be it Resolved section)

4. Body of the Resolution (Action Proposed)

#5-9 Provide the Committee/Board with information on the mover/seconder and group(s) endorsing the resolution

5. Initiating Individual, Committee or Interest Group

6. Mover’s Name, Telephone and Email

7. Seconder’s Name, Telephone and Email

8. BCLA Committees / Interest Groups Consulted (IF ANY) (Please include a description of the consultation with the Section, Committee, or Interest Group.)

9. Endorsement by BCLA Committees / Interest Groups (IF ANY) (Please include details about the endorsement process.)

#10-13 describe any fiscal or policy implications of the resolution

10. Fiscal Implications (IF ANY)

11. If this resolution necessitates a change in an existing bylaw, state the bylaw and the change. If this resolution proposes a new bylaw, please state the new bylaw. See BCLA constitution and by-laws for updated Constitution and Bylaws.*

12. If this resolution conflicts with an existing bylaw, state provisions for resolving the conflict.

13. If this resolution proposes a BCLA position statement, indicate the position’s relation to libraries and library service.


Procedures for Submitting Resolutions: What to Expect

    1. The Resolutions Committee will prepare, for publication and as appropriate for other general communication (e.g. listserv and BCLA website), a notice of the dates and guidelines for submitting resolutions, together with the name and address of the Chair, to whom resolutions should be sent. This notice will be circulated to the membership at least three weeks prior to the annual conference.
    2. BCLA members in good standing may submit to the Chair of the Resolutions Committee draft resolutions on behalf of a BCLA Committee or as independents. The Resolutions Committee will provide an online form in which submitters are to provide the following information in addition to the main body of the resolution:

a.  Title of the resolution
b.  Rationale
c. Prior history
d.  Text of the proposed resolution
e.  Initiating Individual, Committee or Interest Group
f.  Mover’s Name, Telephone and Email
g.  Seconder’s Name, Telephone and Email
h.  BCLA Committees / Interest Groups Consulted (IF ANY)
i.  Endorsement by BCLA Committees / Interest Groups (IF ANY)
j.  Information on the fiscal or policy implications of the resolution. We encourage submitters to seek endorsement from relevant BCLA committees or interest groups.

a.  failure to clarify a resolution’s language or intent,
b.  unresolved conflict with BCLA Constitution and Bylaws,
c.  considered operational and should be presented in a different format to either the Board Chair of Executive Director.