Items of Interest

Welcome to the first installment of Items of Interest — a column that
highlights important local resources for BC library technicians and assistants.

Today’s installment features information on the recent provincial budget cuts, LTAIG’s new presence on Facebook, and Vancouver’s Word on the Street festival, taking place this Sunday, September 27.

Budget Cuts

LTAIG encourages you to join in the effort to speak out against the recent funding cuts to BC’s provincial library grants.

Stop BC Library Cuts

The Stop BC Library Cuts website offers information on how members of the public, the media, library staff, library board members and friends of the library can get involved in this province-wide campaign.

Individuals are encouraged to write letters to the appropriate government representatives and their local media outlets, and to pick up an official campaign postcard at their local library — postcards are pre-addressed to the Hon. Premier Gordon Campbell.

The website also points to a wealth of media coverage on the cuts, and offers guidance on writing advocacy letters, a list of talking points for library board meetings and tools for marketing the campaign.

Think City: Stop the Cuts to Our Libraries

Think City Petition

Think City, a Vancouver-based non-profit organization has started an online petition, calling for the premier to reassess the cuts put forth in the recent provincial budget.

Promoted by award-winning author Yann Martel, the petition only takes a minute to complete, and as of 1 p.m. today, the number of signatures collected has reached 50% of the goal.

LTAIG on Facebook

Official LTAIG Facebook Page

Recently re-launched and already 89 member strong, the BCLA Library Technicians and Assistants Interest Group Facebook page is a great place to meet other LTAIG members and share your war stories.

The latest updates include information on our upcoming General meeting (October 26, 2009 at 7 p.m.) and our general membership survey — get your responses in before October 9, 2009.

Word on the Street

The Word on the Street Vancouver

This Sunday, September 27, the 15th annual Word on the Street National Book and Magazine Festival takes place in Vancouver.

Make your way down to the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library between 11 am and 5 p.m. to experience the “all-around literary mayhem.”1

Take in an author reading, participate in the Book Bag Treasure Huntor simply browse the hundreds of tables and tents in the exhibitor marketplace — all for free.


Well that’s it for this installment of Items of Interest. If you have an item you would like to see included in this column, please send an email to with the subject: Item of Interest.


1.Vancouver: The Word on the Street. 2009. The Word on the Street. 25 Sept. 2009 <;.

One thought on “Items of Interest

  1. Word on the Street was great! It was my first time going this year and I have to say I was impressed with the variety and number of booths representing various aspects of the publishing industry and writers..but was that the intent of it? Publishers? I wasn’t able to listen to the readings so unfortunately can’t comment upon that. I think the reading areas looked a little bare and uninviting but there seemed to be good crowds for the most part. The one thing I thought was funny was the information booth was kind of way off from the main area, almost like it didn’t want to be found. Oh, well.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s