The Blue Mountains Public Library has three governance bodies responsible for different functions of our GLAM (Gallery, Library, Archive, Museum).
The Blue Mountains Public Library Board (“Library Board” or “Board”) is appointed by the TBM Council and is the primary governance body of the organization, and the BMPL employer. The Board has a mandate to the organization and the library, and is defined in the Public Libraries Act and Board By-Laws.
The Museum Advisory Council (“MAC”) is a governance body appointed by the Library Board for the governance of the museum. All employees report to the CEO and are Library Board employees, regardless of which positions they hold. MAC has a mandate, as approved by the board within their Terms of Reference, for the museum and archives, and fills a role as defined by the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport’s Standards for Community Museums in Ontario.
The Arts & Culture Council (“ACC”) is an administrative council which reports to the CEO and has a primary function of jurying art and making recommendations on The Gallery at L.E. Shore exhibits and standards. The ACC has a mandate for The Gallery, as approved by the CEO within their Terms of Reference.
Together, these three groups provide the governance of the BMPL as a GLAM.
What is a GLAM?
The BMPL is comprised of a Gallery, Library, Archive and Museum (GLAM). At the time of the establishment of BMPL in 1994 and the opening of L.E. Shore in 1995, the organization was an early trail blazer of the GLAM by including a gallery within the building. For this, and the design of the facility, BMPL won awards. In 2016 the Board and TBM further established the organization as a GLAM when the Craigleith Heritage Depot community museum became a part of the BMPL. GLAMs across the province are now understood to be the culture hubs of communities, and more regularly have a single operational body, such as in the BMPL model.
As part of the development of clear governance and operational roles, the Library Board with the Museum Advisory Council and the Arts & Culture Council developed the GLAM Mandates—the purpose and directive of each entity within our system.
The Gallery at L.E. Shore acts as a centre for arts and culture in The Town of the Blue Mountains. The Gallery has a focus on artists and art forms of The Blue Mountains and our local area, as well as providing education to the community in the area of arts and culture.
The Blue Mountains Public Library supports 21st Century literacies by ensuring equitable access to information in all its forms to grow an informed and connected citizenry. As a community hub we offer programs and spaces which enable people to gather, socialize, learn, and play.
The archive acquires and preserves local documentary objects at the Craigleith Heritage Depot in support of the community museum mandate. The wide range of archival material is a key resource that assists museum exhibition, education and programming as well as individual and community interests in the area of history, heritage and culture.
The Craigleith Heritage Depot community museum provides tangible links to the community, via artifacts, and intangible associations via memory, stories, and folklore. Through conservation and collection management the museum is a steward of local culture and natural heritage. As a designated heritage building, the Depot is not only the community museum facility, but a significant part of the collection.