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 GLAM Sector Symposium

Collaborate: A symposium of partnerships, ideas and innovation from BC’s Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums sector


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.

Save the Date!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
9:00am – 3:30pm
Tynehead Room, Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, Surrey BC

GLAM Slam – Call for Proposals! 

GLAM Slam is back by popular demand! Individuals interested in giving a 5-minute lightning presentation related to this year theme of “Here and Now: Practical Ideas, Local Solutions,” are encouraged to submit a proposal. Please note: successful applicants will receive a $25 discount on their registration fee!

We hope a range of organizations from the GLAM groups can share their experience and how they have tackled some of the challenges their institutions are facing. The submission deadline is March 15, 2019. Proposals will be vetted and final selections made through March.

Submit a proposal!


Memorandum of Understanding


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.

Shared Values

As professional associations, BCMA, BCLA and AABC agree to and uphold the following values which are foundational to both our membership and our partnership:

    • Intellectual and ethical integrity
    • Equal rights and dignity of all persons
    • Freedom of speech and freedom of inquiry
    • Respect and recognition of Indigenous peoples and cultures
    • Commitment to using our shared capacity for research and education for the betterment of BC communities.

Protocol Objectives

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:

  • Share professional expertise and knowledge to strengthen the capacity of all parties to advance their respective missions
  • Explore collaborative research projects to expand learning opportunities among the three Associations
  • Explore public outreach opportunities to spark community engagement with knowledge and ideas
  • Identify joint funding ventures for projects of mutual interest and benefit in the areas of knowledge curation and public education
  • Identify opportunities for new membership categories within our Associations to welcome allied professionals
  • Provide member rates at BCMA, BCLA and AABC conferences
  • Consider new awards to acknowledge and celebrate exceptional professionals and projects in our fields of expertise

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 Surrey Public Library. Mr. Alexander was joined by (l-r) BCLA president Daphne Wood, _____, AABC president Cindy McLellan, and Minister Peter Fassbender.

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.

DSC_0031BCLA 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.

DSC_0040The three happy presidents!  From left: Cindy McLellan (AABC), Daphne Wood (BCLA), and David Alexander (BCMA) show off the new BC

GLAM Sector MOU.