Recent changes within the Ministry of Education have resulted in an expanded role for the Public Library Services Branch. One of the most visible changes will be in our name. To better reflect its new responsibilities, PLSB will become Libraries and Literacy.
We will be responsible for provincial literacy objectives, and we will have a renewed emphasis on developing and enhancing complementary and seamless library services for our diverse community of users. We will have greater involvement with school libraries and the role they play in the Ministry’s personalized learning agenda. These personalized learning objectives were significant factors in the recent restructuring of the Ministry and are part of the Ministry’s vision for public institutions that support lifelong learning.
Libraries and Literacy will continue to place a strong emphasis on supporting public libraries. We will continue to support the evolution of public libraries so they remain relevant and responsive to community needs. Further strategic planning that consolidates new responsibilities is underway. Our goal is to enhance and build on previous PLSB initiatives.
With a new name and expanded role comes a renewed commitment to deepen ongoing partnerships and relationships, including those with BCLTA, BCLA, the BC Libraries Cooperative and library federations. New partnerships and relationships will also emerge as Libraries and Literacy takes on a broader mandate, but our emphasis on collaborative and collective work will remain the same.
For more information, contact: Jacqueline van Dyk
Director | Libraries and Literacy | Ministry of Education