Session Presenters

Ken Allan is a library consultant at Public Library Services Branch, where he is responsible for reviewing local library policies, administering the Board Basics workshop program, and consulting with local library boards on various legislative and management issues.  Prior to this position, Ken was a public library manager in rural Alberta for over seven years.

Danielle Allard is an Assistant Professor at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta.

Kerry Anderson is the Manager, Public Library Network Technology with the Public Library Services Branch, Alberta Municipal Affairs.  She is responsible for overseeing the development and operation of the Provincial Public Library Network to facilitate equitable access to library resources for Albertans. 

Carley Angelstad has been a volunteer, a board member, and programmer at the Camrose Public Library. She believes that libraries have great potential to be transformative community spaces. She is currently a MLIS candidate at the U of A's School of Library and Information Studies.

Jonathan Anuik is an associate professor in the Educational Policy Studies department at the University of Alberta. He researches currently his memories of reading the comic book Archie to demonstrate how it verifies for readers their experiences with their teachers, and to show how it provides for them a forecast of secondary school life.

Kieren Bailey is the college librarian at Grande Prairie Regional College. Kieren’s research interests include: the community of inquiry theoretical framework, design-based research, embedded librarianship, information literacy instruction, student engagement and the value of the academic library.

Nicole Bannick has been working in libraries for more than 11 years, and has been the Program Coordinator at Camrose Public Library for the last 7.5 years. She's the mum of 3 wonderful humans, and a firm believer in tea, sci-fi, the power of book themed t-shirts, and libraries' responsibility to affect positive change in their communities.

Veronica Bergsten is in her final year of her Masters of Information Studies at McGill University. She has had opportunities to mentor in both her professional and educational careers. This is her first time presenting at the Alberta Library Conference.

Danielle Betteridge is a MLIS graduate of Western University. She has an undergraduate degree in English Literature. Her favourite books to read are those written for children, because she believes that we never really grow up.

Sarah Birch is an Information Specialist at the Taylor Family Digital Library with expertise in instructional design, education, outreach, and library social media.

Leah Brochu is a librarian and an independent researcher. With the National Network for Equitable Library Service, she works to help make the world of books and publishing a more accessible place. She also works as a Senior Managing Editor for the International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion, a journal that highlights and values the advancement of diversity and inclusivity in the library world and beyond.

Megan Clark relocated to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories to work as the Public Service Librarian at the small but mighty Yellowknife Public Library. In her previous lives she worked for rural libraries in Southern Alberta, was an arts reporter at the CKUA Radio Network, and drove a bookmobile.

Susan E. Cleyle is University Librarian at Memorial University, Newfoundland and Labrador and chair of The Partnership, the network of provincial, regional and territorial library associations of Canada.  Her current research interests explore the value of library associations and their impact on the careers of academic library leaders throughout Canada. Her pursuit of leadership excellence extends beyond the library world. Ms. Cleyle is also a certified Executive Coach.

Adam Cohen is a soon-to-be graduate of the School of Library and Information Studies program at the University of Alberta. His primary focus is on metadata and cataloguing, and he is very interested in how niche and non-traditional library materials can be incorporated into the library catalogue record.

Andrea Colquhoun is the District Sales Manager, School and Library Specialist for Penguin Random House Canada. She started as a manager in a bookstore in 1984 and moved to publishing in 1995 with a small family distrubuter, and then Penguin Canada where she has been with the library market since 2006. Andrea is an avid reader and is passionate about young adult books and all genres of fiction.

Sharon Day is Director, Branch Services and Collections at Edmonton Public Library. She works in collaboration with leadership in public services to provide direction and support for the provision of services to branches. She also provides direction for the selection, delivery and circulation of all EPL’s physical and digital collections. Prior to her current position, Sharon held the position of Manager, Collection Management and Access where she was responsible for planning and leading the provision and delivery of system-wide, centralized collections.

Kristine den Boon is a Library Services Consultant with Marigold Library System. Prior to working at Marigold Library System she worked at Edmonton Public Library as a Library Assistant, where she got to play with many coding toys to present coding programs.

Jordan DeSousa is a Library Consultant with Public Library Services Branch, Alberta Municipal Affairs, where he supports library boards in their Plan of Service development.  Jordan has been working with public libraries in Alberta since 2013 and enjoys learning about what makes every community unique.

Alissa Droog is a MLIS Candidate at Western University. She has a master’s degree in religious studies and undergraduate degrees in education and religious studies. She enjoys all children’s literature, from 19th century children’s Bible stories, to LGBTQ+ picture books

Sarah E. Fisher works as Project Manager at the Robertson Library, University of Prince Edward Island. She has a Master of Arts degree in Early Medieval Studies from the University of York, in England, with a focus on Pictish stone carvings and the art and paleography within illuminated manuscripts. Her personal interest in genealogy and her love for old books has lead her to spearhead the project, which links the artifact of the book to the lives of its previous owners.

Marina Fernandes is a Communications Coordinator at the Edmonton Public Library where she leads their social media strategy and contributes to various marketing and communications efforts. Previous to EPL, Marina led the social strategy for major food and beverage brands including Ruffles Canada, Tostitos Canada, Tetley Canada Revlon Canada, Almay Canada, and Juicy Couture Perfumes. 

Roxy Garstad is the Collections Librarian at MacEwan University. She holds a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Alberta (2005) and a Master of Arts with a specialization in Cultural Studies, from Athabasca University (2014).

Céline Gareau-Brennan is a Public Services Librarian at the University of Alberta & a certified Carpentries Instructor. Her prior experience in both academic & public libraries has piqued her curiosity & passion for digital humanities & data literacy. Céline has recently completed a dual MBA/MLIS degree at the University of Alberta. Prior to working in libraries, Céline worked professionally in theatre and sustainable retail management.

Elisabeth Hegerat is the Manager: Community and Economic Development at the Lethbridge Public Library, and has worked in public, school, and corporate libraries. She is the festival director for Lethbridge Public Library’s The Word on the Street, and a board member for Lethbridge Pride Fest.

Ben Henderson has been the Ward 8 Councillor for City of Edmonton for four terms and serves on the Edmonton Public Library Board.

Kelly Higgins is a Library Technician and the Technology Programmer at the Camrose Public Library. Despite never having produced a zine as a teen, she somehow made it out of the teen years alive.

Quincy Hiscott is a recent graduate from the University of Alberta’s MLIS program and is currently working as a Collections Assessment and Trends Intern Librarian with the Edmonton Public Library. Prior to EPL, she attained a Bachelor of Music (Performance) from Dalhousie University while working in various libraries across three provinces.

Robert Hudson is the Associate University Librarian, Learning & Research Services at Athabasca University. Rob is responsible for the Library's work on digital literacy, reference services, copyright, the Library Information Desk, and interlibrary loans. Rob holds an M.L.I.S. from UBC, an Ed.S from Nova Southeastern University, a Juris Doctor from Valparaiso University School of Law, and an M.A. and B.A. in history from Cal Poly Pomona/University of California.

Janet Hutchinson is chair of the Calgary library board and was invovled in the site selection and the design competition that resulted in the selection of internationally recognized architects Snohetta, in partnership with local Calgary firm Dialog.

Carla Iacchelli is a member of the Adult Services Team and an associate manager at Edmonton Public Library.

Michele Jacobsen is a Professor and Vice Dean, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. Michele’s current research projects include the design and evaluation of participatory learning environments that sponsor knowledge building and intellectual engagement, interdisciplinary approaches to peer mentoring for strong transitions to graduate school, and complex adaptive learning systems in high schools.

Jonathan Jarvie graduated with his MLIS from the University of Alberta. He has worked at Lethbridge Public Library for the past 4 years in a variety of roles including Online Services Librarian. His current role is that of Resource Sharing Librarian where he serves the patrons of both LPL and the Chinook Arch Library System.

Andrea Johnston graduated from the University of Alberta in 2016 with a Masters of Library and Information Studies and a Master of Arts in Humanities Computing. Her current position as Community Outreach and Program Librarian at the Cochrane Public Library usually finds her in costume, yelling BUNNIES!!! as she reads her favourite picture book to children, and coming up with new and ridiculous programs to offer to her community. 

Mary Kapusta has worked in marketing and communications within the cultural sector for over a decade. She is the Director of Communications for the Calgary Public Library and in 2018, she helped to open Calgary’s new Central Library. Before joining the Library, Mary was the Director of Marketing and Communications for the National Music Centre. She loves to talk about brand development, risk/crisis communications, media and messaging training, and large-scale event marketing and management.

Larry Laliberté is a librarian with over fifteen years’ experience working with GIS and spatial data. Currently he is the GIS Librarian at the University of Alberta where much of his work revolves around analyzing and synthesizing spatial information at many scales, across many disciplines, in various formats.

Kayla Lar-Son is the University of Alberta Indigenous Academic Resident, working in Digital Initiatives and as an embedded Indigenous outreach librarian.

Kyla Lee is a recent graduate from the Library of School and Information Studies at the University of Alberta. Throughout her MLIS, she working in a frontline public library position. She also worked as a Research Assistant, and a practicum student in an academic library. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hot yoga, and baking.

David Lewkowich is an assistant professor in Secondary Education at the University of Alberta. His research interests include reading experience, comics and graphic novels, visual response, autobiographical inquiry, theories of memory and forgetting, teacher education, and psychoanalytic theories of teaching and learning.

Kristen Lemay is a Digital Services Librarian with the Richmond Public Library (Richmond, BC). She has worked with teens and young adults in academic and public libraries, and enjoys combining instruction with popular culture.

Angela Lieu is a recent graduate from the University of Alberta’s MLIS program and is currently working as a Collections Assessment and Trends Intern Librarian with the Edmonton Public Library.

Margaret Mackey is Professor Emerita at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta.  Her most recent book is One Child Reading:  My Autobibliography (University of Alberta Press, 2016).

Lorisia MacLeod is an Instruction Librarian at NorQuest College and a past Association of Research Libraries Diversity Scholar and an American Library Association Spectrum Scholar. As an Indigenous librarian, Lorisia has been involved in projects focusing on the diversification/development of library  collections and improving how Indigenous knowledge and people are represented in libraries.

Miranda Maguire is a Library Consultant with Public Library Services Branch, Alberta Municipal Affairs. Miranda’s work with PLSB includes developing tools and resources to support boards and libraries in the areas of evaluation and assessment. She holds a special interest in library advocacy, especially the role and relevance of public libraries in the community.

Alyssa Martin is a MLIS graduate of Western University, and has a BFA in Illustration from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Inclusive picture books have always been an area of interest to her, as she can imagine no act more radical than teaching kids to love one another.

Pilar Martinez is the Chief Executive Officer of the Edmonton Public Library, where she is responsible for strategic leadership, supporting the Board of Trustees, financial and budget management, and stakeholder relations. She holds a MLIS from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in English from Acadia University.

Rachelle McComb has spent most of her 24-year career working in public and elementary school libraries in Prince George, B.C. and Red Deer, AB. She has worked with all ages but her passion lies with her youngest patrons. Currently she is at Red Deer Public Library, focusing on baby and toddler programs, and is always exploring new ideas to promote early literacy.  She enjoys reading and cosplay, and has been known to show up at the library as Miss Frizzle or Dolores Umbridge, depending on her mood!

Ian McCormack is the President of Strategic Steps, a consulting firm that specializes in working with local organizations to add value to their communities. He has also been a long-time public library trustee and chair with the Strathcona County Library Board. He has considerable experience working with libraries, local governments and community organizations, both as an advisor and a volunteer board member.

Jennifer McDevitt is an MLIS/MA in Digital Humanities candidate at the University of Alberta. Her research focuses on the intersection of literature and digital media, especially as it relates to young adult science fiction, information privacy, and social justice.

Cindy McKenna works as a Library Technician in the Instruction and Reference Services Unit at Robertson Library, University of Prince Edward Island.  She is also involved in the creation and administration of student engagement events at the Library.

Avnish Mehta is a Calgary library board member who participated as the library’s representative on the innovative public art jury, resulting in two fantastic pieces of art, entitled TRIO and FISH.

Sarah Meilleur is the Director of Service Delivery. She led the efforts to open Calgary’s new Central Library, and is responsible for ensuring that the patron experience exceeds the transformative design of the building.

Caroline Moynihan graduated from Western University with her MLIS in 2016. Prior to her role as Online Services Librarian at Lethbridge Public Library, Caroline was the Children’s Librarian at the Burlington Public Library in Ontario, and worked for 8 years at Calgary Public Library in various roles.

James Murphy is a Research and Learning Librarian at the Taylor Family Digital Library, liaison to the departments of Art and Architecture, and manages outreach and open access initiatives.

Tami Oliphant is an Associate Professor at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta.

Rhonda O’Neill joined the team at the Stettler Public Library as Manager in late August of 2018. Prior to that, she worked with numerous rural libraries as a consultant with Parkland Regional Library system. She is passionate about building connections and community through public libraries.

Rachel Osolen is a librarian, writer, and independent researcher. Inspired by her work with the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS), she has dedicated herself to Accessibility in Publishing and Libraries. She currently works for NNELS as a Publisher Accessibility Assistant, and is finishing up her graduate thesis on representations of Grief on the online community for the Hart Island burial grounds.

Susan Parkinson, while seeking ways to enhance her leadership skills, discovered The Virtues Project. Now a facilitator she is excited about sharing The Virtues Project with others and how it can be used everywhere.

Emily Paulsen is the Public Services Manager of the Fort Saskatchewan Public Library. She is an alumna of the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta.

Katrina Peachey has been a Public Library Network Consultant with the Public Library Services Branch since 2014. She obtained her MLIS from Western Ontario in 2008. Previously, she worked for Federal Government libraries in Ottawa focusing on electronic resources and licensing.

Larissa Petrillo is a faculty member at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Anthropology Department. She is KPU Teaching Fellow of Experiential Learning and Program Coordinator of Non-profit Studies, organizing community service learning projects with her students at not-for-profit organizations. Her PhD was in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of British Columbia. She has worked with indigenous communities across Canada and the USA. Dr. Petrillo has published Being Lakota: Identity and Tradition on Pine Ridge Reservation, with the University of Nebraska Press.

Colette Poitras is the Manager, Indigenous Public Library Outreach with Public Library Services Branch (PLSB).  Prior to joining PLSB, she worked at the Northern Lights Library System for 16 years. She received a Library Journal “Movers and Shakers” award in 2017 for her work with library services to Indigenous communities. She sits as the Vice-Chair for the Canadian Federation of Library Associations Indigenous Matters Committee and is a proud member of the Métis Nation of Alberta.

Tanya Pollard is the President of the Alberta Library Trustees’ Association and the chair of her local library board in Westlock, Alberta. As one of the key members of the ALTA Education and Resources team, Dr. Pollard is passionate about developing educational tools to build strong, effective library boards.

Caitlin Ratcliffe completed her MLIS degree at the University of Alberta in December 2018. Her research areas are the history of intellectual freedom and censorship during the decline of the British Empire. This will be her first presentation at ALC!

Leigha Rind is a first year SLIS student at the U of A, and is currently working as an Indigenous Intern for U of A Libraries.

Joanne Rodger is a teacher and librarian based in Edmonton. She currently works at the University of Alberta in the MD Program as a Curriculum Specialist, but has previous work experience in school, public, and regional libraries, as well as the nonprofit world. When she isn't working, Joanne is a mom to two teenagers and can be found walking her dog, reading, and drinking coffee.

Brandi Roper is the Outreach Program Coordinator for the Stettler Public Library.  A valued member of the Stettler Public Library team since 2012, Brandi has a passion for outreach and is instrumental in getting previously underserved communities excited about literacy.

Shannyn Rus’ lived experience of being affected by a privacy breach offers workshop participants a unique vantage point on how to “Find a Way” through these typically difficult situations. Shannyn, a former local library board member and system trustee, is passionate about environments which are privacy conscious, and works to assist members of boards and committees (trustees), staff and volunteers to create a ‘culture of privacy’ which also respects access to information legislation.

Megan Siu is the Community Development & Education Specialist at the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta (CPLEA). She holds a MLIS degree from the University of Western Ontario. Megan utilizes her background as a former law firm librarian when conducting behind-the-scenes research for CPLEA's publications, performing community outreach, and evaluating the reception of CPLEA's content.

Allison Sivak is a Public Services Librarian at the University of Alberta.

Jane Skocdopole has served on the Stettler Public Library Board for over twelve years. Growing up in Northern Alberta, where her mum was a Library Manager, Jane developed a deep appreciation of the value of rural libraries, and an understanding of their unique challenges.  She is also a library technician and has worked in three school libraries in Stettler and area. Jane currently sits on Alberta Library Trustees Association board as an alternate for the Parkland region. 

Heather Smith is currently studying Library Information Technology at the SAIT Polytechnic. She is also employed by Calgary Reads, and works at the Children’s Reading Place. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, travelling, gaming, and volunteering with the Loose Moose Theatre

Abigail Sparling is the Serials Metadata Librarian at the University of Alberta Libraries & co-chair of ALA’s Electronic Resources Interest Group. Her explorations in the world of Linked Data and her experience as a certified Carpentries instructor have furthered her interest in providing digital humanities & data literacy training for library staff. Before working at UAL, Abigail held a variety of positions in academic and special libraries.

Rosalyn Steele is the Director of Library and Academic Sales at HarperCollins Canada. A passionate reader, Rosalyn loves discovering new authors and talking about them to whoever will listen.

Grant Stewart is a University of Lethbridge graduate with a Management degree in Marketing. He has worked as a Summer Student for Marigold Library System for the past three summers, doing both Minecraft and coding programs for communities across the system.

Marc Stoeckle is the Research and Learning Librarian for the School of Creative & Performing Arts and the School of Languages, Literatures, Linguistics & Cultures at the University of Calgary. He graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Master’s in Library & Information Studies in 2016 and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Musicology from the Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany.

Shannon Stolee is a Library Technician and Adult Programmer at the Camrose Public Library. As a mum of pre-teens she is bracing herself for an outpouring of teen angst in zine format.

Lisa Stormer is the Digital Services Librarian at the St. Albert Public Library. In addition to the makerspace, Lisa oversees all digital programming and digital collection development. She holds an MLIS and an MA in Ethnomusicology from the University of Alberta, and a BMus from Queen’s University.

Melanie St.-Onge is a branch manager and the current lead of the Adult Services Team at Edmonton Public Library.

Camille Thorsteinson is a Human Resource Consultant with Edmonton Public Library. She works as a generalist with a focus on providing HR advisory services to management in the areas of performance management, employee relations, recruitment, and job evaluation. She holds an MBA from York University, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario, and a Certified Human Resources Professional designation.

Robert Tiessen is a Content Development Librarian within the University of Calgary Libraries and Cultural Resources.  He has worked at the University of Calgary Library in various roles since 1999 after moving back to Canada from working as a librarian in Montana and Ohio.  His interest was sparked in copyright after wondering why the copyright rules were so different between Canada and the US.  He is a member of the CFLA Copyright Committee.

Stephanie Thero has been the Client Services Manager at Yellowhead Regional Library for nine years, where she is committed to supporting member libraries achieve excellence in public service and technology.

Rena Traxel is a future-ready writer-librarian and communication specialists with an entrepreneurial spirit. With one foot in the public library sphere and another in the school library, she brings a host of knowledge from both sides of the pond. She sees a future where public and school libraries unite to create memorable services to their communities. Rena can be found online at / [email protected] / Facebook @renatraxel /Instagram @writer-librarian

Lahring Tribe is a book industry lifer, having worked in bookstores and for a book wholesaler before spending the last 27 years at Penguin Random House Canada where she is the Director of the School, Library and Academic Department. Frequently heard to moan “so many books, so little time”, she enjoys reading anything for kids, adult fiction that makes her laugh, mysteries and history, and delights in sharing her finds with other readers.

Salvy Trojman has been with Gale since 2000 and is the Country Manager for Canada.  Salvy has been a guest speaker at Library and Archives Canada and many industry conferences.  He has been in the reference and scholarly publishing industry for 29 years.  Salvy received his Bachelor of Arts from York University in 1989.  He lives in Toronto with his wife Shirley and their 3 children.  In his spare time he enjoys Golf, Hockey and Hiking.

Kerri Twigge is the Operations Manager at the Fort Saskatchewan Public Library. She has her Library Technician Diploma from GMCC in Edmonton, Alberta. Kerri has over 20 years of public library experience and is excited by the diversity of resources, services, and programs available in public libraries.

Tanya Ulmer has contributed to the Partnership Journal’s editorial team as proofreader for four years, the only Albertan on its cross-Canada team. With a background in educational publishing and teaching, she has also worked in public, academic, and legal libraries before finding her current home at the Internet Archive, one of the world’s largest open access digital libraries.

Allan Wilson is now retired and was formerly University Librarian at University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC); Chief Librarian at Prince George Public Library and Prince Rupert Public Library, and 2010 winner of the Ken Haycock Award from Canadian Library Association.

Elisa Wilson is a Human Resource Consultant with the Edmonton Public Library (EPL) and works as a generalist with a focus on providing HR advisory services to EPL leadership. She is passionate about library services and has a breadth of experience working with EPL in various roles over the last 14 years. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta and is currently working on obtaining her CPHR designation.

Anna Wolkowski is originally from Russia and came to Canada in 1999. She worked as a teacher in Tilley, Alberta until she and her husband moved to Red Deer in 2003. Teaching children is her passion. She became a Library Assistant at Red Deer Public Library in 2012 and now uses her passion to create programs to help children learn and develop different skills. She incorporates puppets and physical literacy to bring the programs to a new level.

Evan Woolley is a second term City of Calgary Councillor. He provides a unique perspective on the significant investment the City of Calgary made in this project, and the impact it will have on the lives of Calgary’s citizens.

Ashleigh Yates-MacKay is a MLIS graduate of Western University.  She has an undergraduate degree in Women’s Studies and Feminist Research from Western University. Her background in this subject area has influenced her to actively engage with everything she encounters - including children's picture books.


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