Update from the Co-op’s 2017 AGM

June 16, 2017

Good news from our AGM today. Altogether, 74 delegates cast their votes for the 7th BC Libraries Co-op AGM, and members elected Beth Davies of the Burnaby Public Library as a new Co-op director. The new Chair of the BC Libraries Cooperative is Baharak Yousefi of Simon Fraser University Library, and the new Vice-Chair and… Read more »

The Co-op “Under the Cover” – a look at IT around the Co-op

May 18, 2017

The Co-op had the great pleasure of helping to organize a full-day pre-conference workshop at this year’s BC Library Conference, dedicated to the topic of “IT & Libraries.” It was a great day with lots of connections and learning. One emerging theme was that those of us in IT could help our cause (and the… Read more »

Update from IT in the Library Preconference, April 2017

May 16, 2017

On April 19th, the Co-op was part of a group of libraries that organized a day-long pre-conference meeting to discuss IT and the library. The event brought together about 60 people, including front-line technology service providers, back-of-house IT folks, and people involved with the planning and management of technology. Discussion topics included computer access for children, virtualization,… Read more »

2017 Open Source Contribution Fund Recipients

March 17, 2017

At the Co-op, we use open source software and technologies everywhere we possibly can. As a way to thank the communities that help build and maintain the software we use, we invite Co-op staff to nominate projects as recipients of small grants from our Open Source Contribution Fund. This year, the projects receiving those funds… Read more »

BC Library Conference Pre-Conf Session – IT in the Library: The Power of Networks

March 7, 2017

Next month, the Co-op is helping to organize a full day pre-conference session aiming at bringing together IT and library staff. Created in partnership with organizers from Fraser Valley Regional, Greater Victoria Public and North Van City, the session is aimed at IT professionals (network managers, systems analysts) digital services librarians, public technology services staff,… Read more »

Co-op Announces Departure of Executive Director

January 12, 2017

PDF Press Release The BC Libraries Cooperative (BCLC) today announced that Ben Hyman, Executive Director, will resign his position effective February 13, 2017 for a new opportunity at Vancouver Island University. On behalf of the BCLC Board, Chair Tracey Therrien said, “Not only has Ben led BCLC through tremendous growth, along the way he has… Read more »

Code4Lib BC Invitation for 2017

December 5, 2016

The fourth annual Code4Lib BC unconference took place on December 1st and 2nd, with two days of talks and breakout sessions on tools and projects related to libraries and technology. With topics ranging from digital preservation to SQL, Code4Lib BC is a great opportunity for public library staff to discover new ideas and tools: learn… Read more »

November 2016 Annual Co-op Staff Meeting

November 30, 2016

Co-op staff are distributed across Canada, and connected virtually throughout the day. While smaller staff groups gather regularly in the BC Lower Mainland, the whole team only comes together once a year – this year on November 24 and 25th. We made the most of the opportunity for a group photo!

Disaster Recovery Exercise a Success

October 31, 2016

This October, during the same week as BC’s ShakeOut, the Co-op ran its own disaster preparedness exercise as part of our Privacy & Security Management Plan (PSMP). Technical staff ran through a scenario in which the Co-op’s main hosting facility had been taken offline. The team demonstrated they could restore core services in a timely… Read more »

Report from the 2016 Imagine BC Winner

September 28, 2016

On March 22nd, we announced with our partners the Irving K Barber Learning Centre at UBC and Simon Fraser University Library, that an ImagineBC grant was awarded to LinkVan, a website project designed to connect residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES) with nearby resources. The grant was used to employ residents of the DTES to… Read more »