Welcome to the BCMA’s GLAM Sector Partnership page! The GLAM Sector partnership is based on a first-of-its-kind Memorandum of Understanding (click the Memorandum of Understanding header below to read more) signed between the BC Museums Association, BC Library Association, and Archives Association of BC on March 24, 2017.
This agreement marks the historic convergence of three important organizations and signals their joint commitment to build a vibrant, collaborative and innovative future for sector. The GLAM partnership introduces distinct memberships to each other, and offers the opportunity to explore and mount joint initiatives, programming and advocacy. Working collaboratively means we are stronger advocates and educators for the communities we serve.
BC’s GLAM sector partners – BC Museums Association, BC Library Association and Archives Association of BC – proudly present a symposium that will showcase the power of collaboration in the gallery, library, archives and museum (GLAM) sector and set the agenda for future innovation and partnership.
Join us for a day of learning and discovery as presenters share their achievements and aspirations for the GLAM sector and ask symposium participants to do the same. Come ready to think, listen and engage in the collective future of BC’s dynamic GLAM sector.
Will you join us?
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
10:00am – 3:30pm
Sheraton Vancouver Airport, Richmond BC
$75 for members of BC’s GLAM sector associations (BC Museums Association, BC Library Association and the Archives Association of BC)
$125 for non-members (future members!)
If cost is a barrier to your participation, please contact us.
Prem Gill is Chief Executive Officer of Creative BC. The agency is designated by the Province of British Columbia to focus on uniting, sustaining, and growing British Columbia’s dynamic and diverse creative sector including motion picture, music and sound recording, interactive and digital media, and magazine and book publishing.
Prem has been named one of Canada’s 100 most powerful women, Vancouver Magazine’s “Power 50,” Community Catalyst by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, and listed as one of The Globe and Mail’s 10 Women Who Matter in Film and TV. She brings more than 20 years of experience from the digital media and entertainment industries to her current role as CEO, where she is responsible for delivering a wide range of programs and services that will expand BC’s creative economy to reach its economic and creative potential both at home and globally.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Sheraton Vancouver Airport, Richmond BC
Download this agenda as a PDF
10:00am – Welcome & Review of Day
10:10am – Keynote Address
10:30am – Interactive Q & A with Prem Gill, followed by short break
11:15am – Strategic Policy for the GLAM sector: A conversation with ministry leaders from the Province of BC
12:30pm – Lunch and networking
1:15pm – GLAM SLAM!
A series of lightning-fast, Pecha Kucha-style talks from GLAM sector organizations engaged in inspiring, innovative work.
Moderator: Daphne Wood, Past President, BC Library Association and Director of Communications and Development for the Greater Victoria Public Library
2:30pm – Coffee Break
3:00pm – Strengthening the GLAM sector and next steps. Remarks from BC’s GLAM sector organizations.
3:30pm – Event concludes
Join the conversation!
Join us online by using #bcglam and stay connected to what’s happening during the symposium.
Founded in 1957, the British Columbia Museums Association (BCMA) creates a bright future for British Columbia’s museum, gallery, and related heritage communities through networking, advocacy, innovation, and professional development. It delivers programs and services to the benefit of its members and the sector at large, acting as the cultural and heritage information hub for British Columbia while providing a unified voice for the institutions, trustees, professional staff and volunteers.
The British Columbia Library Association (BCLA) leads the library community in advocacy, professional development, and support of intellectual freedom. It ensures that all British Columbians have equitable access to information, ideas and works of the imagination. BCLA builds partnerships and relationships between libraries, governments, and community organizations. Its goal is to advance the values of the Association and to promote a widespread understanding of the benefits of library and information services.
The Archives Association of British Columbia (AABC) was established in 1990. Its mission is to foster the development of the provincial archival community to better preserve and promote access to British Columbia’s documentary heritage. Its goals include providing services to increase the capacity of archives throughout the province to preserve and provide access to B.C.’s documentary heritage; building and maintaining the provincial catalogue, MemoryBC, in support of the national catalogue; and providing the infrastructure to support networking opportunities for members.
As professional associations, BCMA, BCLA and AABC agree to and uphold the following values which are foundational to both our membership and our partnership:
BCMA, BCLA and AABC will encourage member participation in activities that will enhance learning opportunities and knowledge transfer among professionals and institutions. All Partners will work towards the following objectives:
Terms of renewal
This MOU will remain in place for a period of three years, effective January 1, 2017. Annually, each organization that is party to the agreement will convene to discuss shared accomplishments, opportunities for further exploration and mutual professional interests. The outcomes of these discussions will be shared with each respective Board that is party to the MOU. At the end of the three years, each board will meet to consider continuing with the MOU.
Signed this day, March 24, 2017 in Surrey, British Columbia:
David Alexander, President, BCMA
Daphne Wood, President, BCLA
Cindy McLellan, President, AABC
Read the media release from this event here.
BCMA president David Alexander, addresses the crowd gathered at the GLAM Sector MOU announcement at the City Centre Library in Surrey, BC. Mr. Alexander was joined by (l-r) BCLA president Daphne Wood, Surrey Library Board Councillor Dave Woods (emcee), AABC president Cindy McLellan, and the Honourable Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.
BCLA president Daphne Wood, BCMA president David Alexander, and AABC president Cindy McLellan hold the signed MOU document. They are flanked by the event emcee Councillor Dave Woods, Surrey Library Board (left) and the Honourable Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.
The three happy presidents! From left: Cindy McLellan (AABC), Daphne Wood (BCLA), and David Alexander (BCMA) show off the new BC
GLAM Sector MOU.