New Connectivity Planning Guides Available

November 16, 2020

As part of the Ministry-funded Digital Initiatives Projects to improve public library connectivity, the BC Libraries Cooperative is releasing two guides today to help libraries in their planning processes. The first is a new planning guide to Lendable Connectivity projects. Increasingly we are seeing libraries expand their efforts to enable public internet access within their… Read more »

Connectivity Consulting Now Available

August 27, 2020

The BC Libraries Cooperative is pleased to announce that starting today it is accepting applications from BC public libraries to work with our Connectivity Consultant. This consultation is free of charge to libraries thanks to funds from the Ministry of Education, and is aimed at identifying current barriers to library connectivity and helping to develop… Read more »

Two New Connectivity Funds Open for First Round of Intake Applications

July 14, 2020

In March 2020 the BC Libraries Branch announced a one-time funding injection for public libraries, a portion of which has been directed to the Co-op for sector-wide work. Of this, some was earmarked to continue the work the Co-op has historically performed “to work with libraries on improving connectivity and bandwidth options locally and regionally,… Read more »

Remote Phone and Comms During the Pandemic – How the Co-op Does it and How Your Library Might Do It

March 25, 2020

While libraries are having to shut their physical doors during the pandemic, they are still offering many services online and need to be reachable by phone and to be able to communicate among library staff in a real-time way. The Co-op, as a primarily work-from-home organization, has developed a number of methods of addressing similar… Read more »

A call for funding applications!

October 29, 2019

We are inviting public libraries across British Columbia to apply for funding to support programming exploring the role of libraries in democratic engagement in three thematic areas: climate change, social isolation, and local solutions. The grants will support costs related to designing programming or making programming more accessible for under-served communities. The grants will also… Read more »

Report from UBCM 2019

October 21, 2019

The 2019 UBCM Convention and Trade Show was a resounding success for BC Public Libraries. Read the Full Report.

2019 Open Source Contribution Fund Recipients

June 5, 2019

As we have done for several years, we asked Co-op staff to nominate the projects from the wider open source community that they use and benefit from so that we can acknowledge and support those projects in our small way. This year we are pleased to announce the following recipients: rClone – a small but… Read more »

Update from the Co-op’s 2018 AGM

June 22, 2018

The new Chair of the BC Libraries Cooperative is Dana McFarland of Vancouver Island University, and the new Vice-Chair and Chair-Elect is Beth Davies of Burnaby Public Library. Thank you to Tracey Therrien of Nelson Public Library for standing as our new Treasurer, and to Dr. Stan Gardner of University College of the North for… Read more »

BC Library Association Conference: IT in Libraries: Sharing Solutions

April 17, 2018

After last year’s successful event on libraries and information technology (IT), we are partnering with the Fraser Valley Regional Library to sponsor a full-day pre-conference to dive deeper into topics and issues that interest you. The day will include a morning keynote and then many opportunities to collaborate and learn from colleagues through a number… Read more »

2018 Open Source Contribution Fund Recipients

April 16, 2018

It has become an annual tradition at the Co-op: as we approach the end of the fiscal year, we ask our staff to nominate the projects from the wider open source community that they use and benefit from so that we can acknowledge and support those projects in our small way. We are proud to… Read more »