For release on Monday, July 6, 2015
Friday, July 3, 2015, West Vancouver, B.C. – West Vancouver Memorial Library’s 2014 Annual Report was presented to Council and the public today, highlighting the Library’s many accomplishments.
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: ours is one of the best libraries in Canada,” says Councillor and Library Board Trustee Michael Lewis. “The connection our community has to this space continues to grow over time as our library adapts and flourishes in a quickly changing world. The accomplishments of 2014 demonstrate that our library responds to and anticipates West Van’s voracious appetite for knowledge and new technologies.”
2014 was a big year for expanding digital access in the community. “It was an exciting year of growth and success,” says 2014 West Vancouver Memorial Library Board Chair Kirsty Farquharson. “In response to the rapid adoption of e-readers, smartphones and tablets in our community, the Library ensured that everyone could experience online borrowing from the 30,000 titles in our digital collections. Our new services make trying out devices, as well as finding and downloading content, faster and easier.”
Thanks to the generous contributions from the District of West Vancouver, the WVML Foundation and the Friends of the Library, the Library launched a number of new initiatives in 2014. The Library offered an e-reader Load and Go program, developed “class sets” of tablets for group learning and individual practice, launched Ebook Download Stations where visitors can download ebooks and e-audiobooks, deployed a mobile device management system to help us manage our growing collection of tablets and personal devices, and introduced our “Pop-Up Library” offering full Library service and connection at outdoor events.
In May, the Library piloted its Easy as Pi program with UBC’s iSchool to teach young people the basics of computational programming. The Raspberry Pi is an ideal platform for teaching the skills and attitudes that software engineers need to design many of the digital tools we use every day. No coding experience was necessary, and the program taught skills outlined in the Framework for 21st Century Learning developed by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.
Our community heritage was another focus of last year. To commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War, the Library offered a webpage, recommended readings, movies, music and online resources, a four-part lecture series and screenings of First World War themed films. A historical photography exhibition in our gallery from October – January featured images of trains, ferries, cars and other Things That Go. The exhibition also appeared in our digital historical collection, digital.westvanlibrary.ca, which recently migrated to a new platform called Vita Toolkit — new features allow the community to comment on places and people in the photographs, and add new images to the collection.
The 2014 Annual Report can be viewed online or picked up at the service desks in the Library.
West Vancouver Memorial Library connects people with ideas, information and the world of imagination. The Library’s Vision is to be recognized as the leader in navigating information, and as a dynamic space that inspires discovery and connection.
David Carson, Communications and Event Coordinator