Friday, February 29, 2008

Library 2020

On October 22, 2007 (National School Library Day), a symposium was held in Burnaby, BC. Nearly 150 representatives from the school, public, academic, and special library sectors came together to begin dialogue about what a BC library might look like in the year 2020. The keynote speaker for the day was Dr. Ray Doiron, a well-known teacher-librarian and school library educator from Prince Edward Island. His presentation can be found at http://library2020.bclibrary.ca/speakers.

In addition to the presentations, graphical representations of the discussions held during the symposium have been made available at http://library2020.bclibrary.ca/graphical-representations. Like the presentations, the graphical representations were generated live during the symposium. A final report was compiled during Winter 2007, and was just last week posted to http://library2020.bclibrary.ca/next-steps. In addition to the final report, an executive summary and responses to the case studies presented during the symposium have been made available.

Future steps: BCTLA continues to be involved in the conversation. Bonnie McComb will be presenting as the school library sector representative at a Library 2020 panel discussion at the BCLA conference in April. BCTLA is also involved with the Library 2020 interim steering committee, which meets again in March to continue the dialogue.