British Columbia Library Association

The Technology Issue: A letter from the Editors

By Editors

After a few technical issues of our own (seriously, why is uploading an image so hard?), welcome to the BCLA Perspectives Techology issue!

This issue is divided into two sections: the results of the second annual Perspectives survey and articles generously written by contributors around the theme of technology.

The survey subsection showcases the results of the survey, in which 144 respondents took the time to help us better understand the technological issues, interests, and frustrations facing libraries and library workers.

Our contributors this issue share a wealth of tech-focused insights, from experiences and lessons learned while developing digital collections and sustaining lending programs to fun and productive tech tools to enhance your work. Plus, they cover resources like events, important guidelines for accessibility, and digital repositories.

We enjoy hearing from you, so if you have any feedback or additional perspectives to contribute, comment at the bottom of an article to keep the conversation going.

Perspectives is also pleased to welcome a new editor to our team, Tammie Mercado (MAS/MLIS). Tammie joined the library profession after graduating from UBC in 2012. Before that, she spent several years in social services work. She is passionate about public librarianship and reducing barriers to library service.  Professional interests include: collections, readers’ advisory, digital services, and staff training.  She also loves statistics, and is always on the lookout for numbers to crunch. Born and raised in BC, Tammie has also lived in Edmonton and New Mexico. She is a film buff and tries to watch one movie a day. Other interests include cooking (not baking!), tea, gardens, and travel.

Tammie currently works at New Westminster Public Library in Adult Services.

Thanks for reading,

– Kristina McGuirk, Tammie Mercado, Nolan Kelly

P.S. The next issue of BCLA Perspectives is on Outreach. How do you market your space, services and programming? What tips can you share for reaching out to new audiences? How are you using digital collections and resources to expand the reach of your services? Look out for our call for submissions, or send your ideas to perspectives@bcla.bc.ca.

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