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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 »

BC Libraries Cooperative Announces New Managing Director

February 16, 2018

Today, the BC Libraries Cooperative Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Kevin Millsip will become the Co-op’s new Managing Director. Kevin’s career has focused on building capacity for social change. In 2007, he co-founded Next UP, a national leadership program for young people committed to social and environmental justice. Over the next 11… Read more »

$1M in Federal funding expands the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS)

February 15, 2018

Link to PDF version of this announcement Today, the BC Libraries Cooperative is very pleased to announce the receipt of $1Million to dramatically expand the impact of NNELS for readers with print disabilities! This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Social Development Partnerships Program – Disability Component, and will deliver the… Read more »

Advisory Regarding Wifi Vulnerability (aka WPA2 KRACK or Key Reinstallation Attack)

October 20, 2017

By now you may have seen online or on other media that security researchers announced on Monday that a serious vulnerability has been found in the WPA2 encryption protocol that secures the vast majority of modern wifi communications. While this is a critical flaw, it is important to note that it needs to be actively… Read more »