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Advocacy

Advocacy is fundamental to BCLA’s role in the library community and in society. Through advocacy the Association strives to speak for a cause or recommend a course of action. Advocacy includes media campaigns, public speaking, sharing or conducting research, creating position papers, and writing letters. BCLA is committed to initiating and and supporting dialogue with the library and broader community to discuss emerging issues and to advance the values and core principles of libraries; as part of this commitment, BCLA engages with both federal and provincial governments on issues that are relevant to libraries.

BC Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services Recommends Increased Annual Funding for Public Libraries

Part of BCLA’s mission is to advocate for libraries and library workers, and your membership makes it possible for us to do this work. The BC Public Library Partners (made up of representatives from BCLA, BC Libraries Coop, BCLTA, and ABCPLD) presented to the BC Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services on June 7, asking the province to permanently increase annual funding for public libraries to $23 million in 2023, and commit to inflationary adjustments every year.

Find out about the recommendation made by the the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services

BCLA Letters to Government Advocating for Effective Solutions to Hate and Discrimination

At the 2020 AGM, BCLA passed a resolution titled Campaign for political action to combat discrimination and hate directed at equity-seeking groups.

As proposed in the resolution, BCLA has sent letters to federal and provincial politicians making it clear that library staff and users from equity-seeking groups encounter hate and discrimination in libraries and requesting both levels of government to undertake further research and consultation to identify effective measures to build a more inclusive society, both online and in our public spaces.

Find out more about the letters sent to provincial and federal government officials

$8 Million in One-Time Provincial Funding for BC Public Libraries

One of BCLA’s priorities is to advocate for public libraries with the BC Government, and we do that by working with ABCPLD, BCLTA, and the BC Libraries Coop as the BC Public Library Partners. On behalf of the BCLA Board and the BCPLP, I’m so pleased to share the following announcement…

In response to BC Public Library Partners’ (BCPLP) continued advocacy efforts, the BC Provincial Government, through the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, has provided an investment of $8 million to public libraries in order to support Covid recovery and relief efforts.

Find out more about the $8 million in one-time public library funding

British Columbia Library Association Submission to the Government of British Columbia Consultation on the Draft Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy

BCLA put forward a Submission to the Government of British Columbia Consultation on the provincial draft Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy.

BCLA would like to thank Helen Brown and Lisa Nathan, Co-Chairs of the newly formed BCLA Climate Action Committee,  for their work on this submission. 

Read the BCLA Submission to the BC Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy Consultation

British Columbia Library Association Submission to the Government of Canada Consultation on a Modern Copyright Framework for Online Intermediaries

BCLA put forward a Submission to the Government of Canada Consultation on a Modern Copyright Framework for Online Intermediaries.

BCLA would like to thank Donald Taylor for his work on this submission and further acknowledge the unparalleled work done by the CFLA Copyright Committee on this matter.

Read the BCLA Submission-Framework for Online Intermediaries

$20M in 2020: Public Library Funding

Provincial funding for public libraries in British Columbia has not increased for the past decade. In preparation for the BC Government’s Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services Consultations for the Budget 2020, the BC Public Library Partners have prepared information to support any of you who are  interested in sending a letter to the Select Standing Committee asking that the government increase funding for public libraries in the next budget.

Find out more about the campaign to increase library funding in 2020

Letter to Newfoundland Government about Public Library Cuts

The BCLA Board met this morning and had an opportunity to discuss the cuts to public libraries in Newfoundland and Labrador. The decision was made to send a letter to the Newfoundland and Labrador government, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Read more about advocacy to combat cuts to public libraries in Newfoundland and Labrador

BCLA’s Submission to the Select Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security

BCLA put forward a response to the National Security Green Paper “Our Security, Our Rights – 2016” expressing concerns and objecting in the strongest possible way to the erosion of the rights and freedoms of all Canadians.

Read the BCLA Submission to the Select Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security

BCLA Letter to Prime Minister Regarding Resignation of Chief Statistician of Canada

BCLA wrote a letter to Prime Minster Justin Trudeau to express concerns regarding the resignation of the Chief Statistician of Canada, Wayne R. Smith, and the reasons he articulated for his resignation.

Read BCLA’s letter to the Prime Minister