British Columbia Library Association

BCLA Professional Development Awards: Applications Open!

BCLA invites applications for their Professional Development Awards. Applications are being accepted until noon on Thursday March 22nd. These awards are a great opportunity for people who need some additional support in order to attend the BC Library Conference.

Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Award

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is providing funding up to a $2,400 to help with the travel and hotel costs for up to six BC Library Conference delegates from rural and northern libraries.

Applicants are asked to provide a short written piece articulating how the Irving K. Barber support will benefit them and their library. For those applicants receiving this support, BCLA will add an Alice Bacon Award to cover the full conference registration.

Nominations for the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Award are now closed.

Alice Bacon Professional Development Award

This award is named in honour of Alice Bacon, who for many years organized and lobbied for improved continuing education opportunities for members of the BC library community. The award is intended to help individuals who would otherwise be unable to attend the BC Library Conference due to limited funds. Awards can vary in amount but generally cover the cost of conference registration.

We look forward to hearing from those of you who may not have had an opportunity to attend many conferences in the past, as well as from people who would like an opportunity to expand their professional education.

Nominations for the Alice Bacon Professional Development Award are now closed.

Ken Haycock Student Conference Award

The Ken Haycock Student Conference Award is intended to encourage leadership and professional activity among students by contributing $300 toward BC Library Conference expenses. BCLA will provide full basic conference registration for the award recipient. This is a valuable opportunity for MLIS students engage with members of the BC library community and network with individuals who may be crucial to future career aspirations.

Applicants need to be a member of BCLA and a BC resident enrolled in an ALA-accredited MLIS program at the time of the application. The application process includes submitting a statement detailing potential benefits of attending the conference and BCLA involvement. To be eligible the applicant agrees to contribute to the conference as a volunteer, as required.

The Ken Haycock Student Conference Award is named in honour of Dr. Ken Haycock, who is a luminary in the provincial and national library sector. Ken is research professor of management and organization with the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California where he develops and directs graduate programs in library and information management. He was previously director at the San Jose School of Library and Information Science, building it into the largest program in the world with four degrees and 2,800 students in the MLIS program in 14 countries, and at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia, introducing with colleagues the joint MAS/MLIS program, First Nations concentration, MA in children’s literature and PhD program. Prior to the academy, he was a member of the senior management team of the Vancouver School Board, responsible for curriculum and program development and implementation, curriculum resources and technologies and staff development for 7,000 employees at 115 sites.

His consultancies, as senior partner with Ken Haycock & Associates Inc., include leadership development and coaching as well as governance, organizational and program reviews. In the broader community Ken has been a public library trustee, elected school board member and chair, elected municipal councillor and served on dozens of government and community boards as diverse as publishing, elimination of sexism, race relations and community services.

Recognized by many associations he was awarded the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal for contributions to society and an honorary Doctor of Letters from Capilano University. Ken holds an Ed.D. (Brigham Young), M.B.A. (Royal Roads), A.M.L.S. (Michigan), and M.Ed. (Ottawa). His research interests focus on management and leadership, role clarification and effectiveness, organizational development, advocacy and influence.

A prolific writer and speaker, Ken Haycock is a committed and passionate advocate for public education, for libraries and for librarians.

Nominations for the Ken Haycock Student Conference Award are now closed.