Introducing BCLTA’s New Executive Director – Maureen Black

The British Columbia Library Trustees Association (BCLTA) is committed to playing a critical role in the implementation of the provincial strategic plan. Over the last several years, the association has operated without the benefit of an Executive Director. It became clear that in order to carry out our mandate, of timely and important services to library boards and trustees, that a senior staff person needed to be hired, to act as a resource to the BCLTA Board of Directors and to the members of association. An extensive candidate search was initiated in the Spring of 2005.

Effective June 15th, the Board of Directors is pleased to announce Maureen Black as the new Executive Director of the British Columbia Library Trustees Association.

Maureen’s professional experience and personal interests make her an excellent fit for this position. Her background includes an MBA as well as fifteen years of business experience in the private sector, primarily in marketing and as a media spokesperson for Chevron Canada. Further, Maureen has served as a trustee since 2002, including two years as the Board Chair, for the District of North Vancouver Public Library. As a Chair and trustee of the NVDPL, she sat on the Board of Directors of InterLINK; participated in recruitment strategies for board trustees and library directors; attended TOP and several other library workshops and conferences. Maureen continues to be actively engaged in the library community. She currently sits on the District’s Cultural Management team.

As Executive Director, Maureen’s key responsibilities include:

· carrying out the strategic initiatives, goals and plans of the Board
· identifying areas of concern to the library trustee community
· overseeing the development of the BCLTA Board and trustee training programs
· ensuring a proactive presence for trustees amongst stakeholders, such as the Provincial Government’s Library Services Branch, the BC Library Association, the Association of BC Public Library Directors and other organizations

In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations, Maureen will be responsible for strengthening primary trustee communication channels, including the Open Door newsletter, the BCLTA Liaison Network, and the website.