Series GR-3471 - Reading centre case files

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Reading centre case files

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  • textual record

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GR-3471

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  • 1985-1999 (Creation)
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    British Columbia. Library Services Branch

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40 cm textual records

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(1978-)

Biographical history

The Library Services branch is the successor to the Library Development Commission, and was established in 1978 in accordance with the Public Libraries (Amendment) Act (SBC 1978, c. 35). The mandate of the branch is to “foster the vision of efficient, effective and connected library programs and services” by “overseeing the legislative and governance framework for public libraries, serving as a liaison between libraries and provincial or federal governments and offering funding, advice, and leadership to libraries and province-wide library programs and initiatives.”

Although the Library Services branch initially operated several field offices, a 1987 report recommended the closure of several of these offices. Dawson Creek was the first office to be closed following a merger with the Prince George office, which was itself closed in 1995. The 1987 report also recommended that several programs be phased out, including the Open Shelf books-by-mail program which eventually ceased all service in 1995 after 73 years.

The Branch has changed ministries on several occasions. Between 1990 and 2001, it was located within the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Recreation and Housing, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs. In 2001, the Branch was moved to the Ministry of Community, Aboriginal, and Women’s Services where it remained until a 2006 move to the Ministry of Education.

The branch has changed names several times, and has been known as the Library Services branch and the Public Library Services branch. As of June 2016, the body is known as the Libraries branch and is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education.

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The series consists of constitutions, bylaws, financial statements, budgets, agendas and minutes for reading centres across the province. The series also includes a variety of annual and statistical reports. Although many of the reading centres operated in a similar fashion to municipal libraries, they were staffed by volunteers and had limited hours of operation. They served remote BC communities and were often the only library service to which community members had access. The series is arranged by reading centre and is covered by ORCS 21900-40.

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Records transferred from the Library Services branch in May 2016.

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Accession number(s) : 91-1747, 96-1146

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