Part of 2018 Union of BC Municipalities Annual Convention
The Whistler Public Library and BC Public Library community will be showcasing cutting-edge technology and the potential of the modern library to a select group of delegates on September 12, during the 2018 Union of BC Municipalities annual convention.
Guests at this invite-only event, billed as Future Focused: Public Libraries and British Columbia, will have the opportunity to unplug from the convention and to plug in to virtual reality, robots, and green screens, while meeting with public library leaders and expert staff.
Scott Hargrove, Chair of the Association of BC Public Library Directors (ABCPLD) and Chief Executive Officer of the Fraser Valley Regional Library (FVRL) will be bringing FVRL’s Playground of digital technology and new services to the Whistler Public Library for the event. He expects that it will prompt a fresh look at, and renewed discussions about, province-wide resources and funding for public libraries. “We’re excited to host the convention delegates at Whistler Public Library. They’ll be able to learn what’s possible in some of BC’s public libraries today through first-hand experience with cutting edge technology.”
Bevin Heath Ansley, Whistler Public Library Board of Trustees Chair, said “We are thrilled to be co-sponsoring this event to showcase future directions in library technology and services, which align with the Whistler Public Library’s strategic plan. As one of BC’s busiest libraries we are interested in continuing important conversations about library funding and resources across the province.”
Jerrilyn Schembri, the President of the BC Library Trustees Association and Board Chair of the Tumbler Ridge Public Library, says that the event isn’t just about VR and robots. “Sure, we want everyone to think about public libraries in a future-focused sort of way. But we also want to ensure that we are all making the connections between public libraries and how we are meeting the priorities of this government, such as affordability and building a sustainable economy for everyone across BC.”
Kevin Millsip, the Managing Director of the BC Libraries Cooperative, which provides technological leadership and services to BC public libraries, sees a myriad of ways that public libraries connect communities and bridge the digital divide. “Imagine the impact to the social and economic development of communities, if public libraries across the province are able to provide good online access. This would improve the lives of people in their communities as they learn, connect, access online services and take part in the digital world. As the demands on public libraries increase, so will the need for better online access for those same libraries.”
The event is hosted by the Association of BC Public Library Directors, the BC Library Trustees Association, the BC Library Association, and the BC Libraries Cooperative and is co-sponsored by the Fraser Valley Regional Library System and the Whistler Public Library.
About the Whistler Public Library
Whistler Public Library isn’t just a library – it’s proud to be Whistler’s Living Room. Founded in 1986, the Whistler Public Library is located in the heart of Whistler Village. Housed in an environmentally-efficient, award-winning building, the library boasts a collection of more than 50,000 books, DVDs, audiobooks and video games. Everyone from newborns to adults are welcomed here with weekly programs on offer for every age. Whether you are new to the community, a visitor or local, the library is seen as a first point of contact, a meeting place, a refuge from the storm and a home away from home.
The library is governed by a Board of Trustees and funded primarily by the Resort Municipality of Whistler and the Public Library Services Branch of the provincial Ministry of Education.