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Michael Burris

Program Champion and Support


Throughout my career I have been very fortunate to be involved in initiatives that developed very successful programs which moved the library community forward. I have worked in a variety of leadership positions both in public libraries and in organizations that serve libraries. In 2009, I was the recipient of BCLA’s President’s Award and in 2016 received the Association’s Award for Achievement n Library Service.


As Executive Director of the BC Library Association from 1998-2008, I was one of the developers of The Partnership, Canada's national network of provincial and territorial library associations. The Partnership's focus is on services to the 7000 people across Canada that work in or with the library and information management profession, and include the Job Board, the Education Institute (and the accompanying continuing education certification program), and Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library & Information Practice & Research. 


As Executive Director of Public Library InterLINK since 2008, I have focused on the development of collaborative programs and services that build the capacity of member libraries to better serve their communities.  In addition to InterLINK's traditional role of facilitating resource sharing, InterLINK sponsors staff development programs focused on customer service, coaching and leadership...all in keeping with the strategic goal of building capacity. 


It is with capacity building in mind that the LLEAD program was developed. The program grew out of concerns expressed by library directors focussed on developing candidates for senior management positions.  While the program has become national and cross-sectoral in its membership, I have been fortunate to be able to remain involved in LLEAD and witness it growth and development.


It has been a sincere pleasure to provide my leadership, management, and logistics skills to the LLEAD program since its inception, it truly has been a highlight of my career. 

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Meet the Principles


LLEAD is directly responsible for helping me achieve a place at the Leadership table that I had until then found every excuse to avoid! Throughout the year there wasn’t a topic, presenter or speaker that didn’t elevate my understanding of key concepts and principles needed to be effective in my role as a manager. The net result was that I not only benefited from an engaged and resourceful network of colleagues and mentors, but it paved the way for me to move into a managerial position that I had never felt confident enough to pursue, previously.


LLEAD 2016 Grad

Paul Burry

Library Director,

Prince George Public Library

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