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BC Library Conference 2017

April 19–21, 2017

Vancouver, BC

F10 - Museums, Libraries & Archives: Cross-Sector Partnerships

Friday, April 21, 2017 at 10:30 AM–11:45 AM PDT
Salon E
Session Description

This session will focus on cross-sector partnerships highlighting practical museum, archives and library collaborations including initiatives between the Royal BC Museum and Greater Victoria Public Library and exploring other ways that the three sectors can work together and why this is crucial.
Museums, archives and libraries often share a common audience, compete for the same public and private dollars and increasingly struggle for relevancy. This session will present case studies and marketing trends that illustrate the rising competition for discretionary time. The “learning commons” sector is getting very crowded—almost all formal learning institutions including museums and libraries are branching out in this area.
But fear not! Ingenious institutions like museums, archives and libraries have unique value propositions — they have earned the trust that comes with a century of service in North America, their mandate is to serve the public good, and they share the core values of discovery and accessibility. They not only have a rich treasure trove of material — they have physical and virtual spaces to support it, with increasingly ingenious ways to engage users.
Explore ways that the three sectors can work together and bring your own examples of collaboration to share.


Daphne Wood, Greater Victoria Public Library

Daphne Wood is the Director of Communications and Development at the Greater Victoria Public Library. Her career spans magazine reporting in Toronto, corporate philanthropy at FedEx Canada, and city-wide consultation projects in Vancouver. She brings extensive experience in marketing and is recognized as an accomplished facilitator. Daphne has a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Carleton University, an MBA from Royal Roads University, and an Executive Masters of Library Information Science from San Jose State University. She is a member of the Leadership and Management Professional Advisory Committee at San Jose State University and is president of the BC Library Association.

David Alexander, Royal BC Museum

As Head of Archives, Access and Digital, David oversees an integrated department that includes the BC Archives, physical and digital access to collections, and preservation and digital services and initiatives. David is responsible for the care of the archive’s collection, growth and maintenance of the archive’s and museum’s collections management databases, the development of strategic partnerships and an array of related services. David has an MA from Royal Roads University focussing on digital communications and a BA from the University of Victoria. He is President of the BC Museums Associations and Development Chair at the Greater Victoria Public Library.