Fonds F07 - Council of Post Secondary Library Directors fonds

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Council of Post Secondary Library Directors fonds


  • 1969-10-10 (Creation)

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2.06 m textual records
3 photographs
1 contact sheet

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The first meeting of the Council of Post Secondary Library Directors [CPSLD] was held at the request of Dennis Franklin, Executive Secretary of the Academic Advisory Board for Higher Education in British Columbia. The meeting took place at the University of British Columbia [UBC] library on October 10, 1969, and was chaired by Basil Stuart‐Stubbs.
Representatives included;
Basil Stuart‐Stubbs, UBC, Del Affleck, Capilano College, Don Baird, SFU, I. F. Bell, UBC, Doug Bridges, Malsaplina College, J. Cheng, Okanagan College, R. L. Davison, Library Development Commission, Robert Harris, BCIT, Dennis Franklin, Academic Board, Dean Halliwell, University of Victoria, John Mansbridge, Selkirk College, Ron Welwood, Notre Dame University.
Issues addressed included the need for resource sharing and for new, library standards to be developed. It was decided at this meeting that the librarians would offer to act in an advisory capacity of an Advisory Committee to the Academic Board. Meetings were held two or three times a year to discuss items of mutual concern, to provide input to the Ministry on items of importance to the Council and to be a liaison to the Ministry on Library matters. The group was known interchangeably as the College and University Librarians of BC or College Librarians Group until 1976, when the title Post Secondary Library Directors Association (PSLDA) was adopted.
PSLDA's objectives were to

act as an advisory Body to government and other groups concerned with post‐secondary library services, such as the College Principles Group and the BCAC. to help facilitate exchange of information among post‐secondary library directors to promote the development of methods for cooperative endeavours to facilitate research planning and development in identified areas of concern to initiate conjoint response to developments within post‐secondary education.

In April, 1977, the PSLDA Strategies Committee consultation with the Ministry of Education proposed a revised set of objectives that would better meet the changing directions of provincial libraries. The new objectives included "to act as the council of college, vocational and technological institution libraries in relationship to the development of the network of BC Libraries." By 1978 the title Council of Post‐Secondary Library Directors [CPSLD] had been adopted.

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CPSLD records dated between 1969 and 1975 focus on the development of library standards, facilities and resource sharing. Material dated between 1976 and 1983, primarily concerns the Management Indicators Project. In 1976, the Deputy Minister of Education requested CPSLD produce standards that would be acceptable to the Ministry and to the BC college community. A Standards Committee was established with representation from BC post‐secondary libraries, the BC Association of Colleges, college principals, and the Ministry's Academic and Management Advisory Councils. Five areas were taken into account: budget, staff, facilities, services, and Audio‐Visual equipment. An interim report was submitted in 1980.The committee was asked to take into account: multi‐campus operation, proximity to other LRCs and access to other learning resources, proportion of full‐time to part‐time students, types of educational delivery systems in use, program mix, and the effect of outreach programs. A final report [Welwood Report] was submitted 1981. After 1986 the issues of automation in libraries and electronic resource sharing are addressed.

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Further accruals are expected.

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Fonds includes eleven series:

  • Series 1. Minutes. ‐‐ 1968‐2007
  • Series 2. Newsletters. ‐‐ 1983‐2007
  • Series 3. Statistics. ‐‐ 1968‐2006
  • Series 4. Reports. ‐‐ 1971‐1984
  • Series 5. Standards development. ‐‐ 1971‐1991
  • Series 6. Special Projects. ‐‐ 1987‐1991
  • Series 7. Presentations. ‐‐ 1987; 1992
  • Series 8. Photographs. – 1992‐1993
  • Series 9. Correspondence. ‐‐ 1979‐1991
  • Series 10. Strategic Plan. – 1983
  • Series 11. Committees
  • Series 12. Awards. ‐‐ 2008

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D. Brocklehurst, created 2009
C. McLellan, updated 2015-07-21




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  • Box: Bay 21, shelf C, boxes 217-221
  • Box: Bay 22, shelf D, boxes 222-227
  • Box: Bay 21, shelf D, boxes 228-233
  • Box: Bay 22, shelf E, boxes 234-239