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

In addition to the presentations, graphical representations of the discussions held during the symposium have been made available at 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 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.