Session Presenters

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference has been cancelled. Please see the announcement in the News section.

Ken Allan (H2) 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.

Jen Anderson (G2) is the Manager of the Public Library Grants Program with the Public Library Services Branch, Alberta Municipal Affairs. Jen has over 20 years of experience working in and with public libraries large and small, in Alberta and Manitoba (where she is originally from).

Kerry Anderson (B5, H1) is with the Public Library Services Branch, Alberta Municipal Affairs. Kerry is responsible for overseeing province-wide delivery of public library services as well as the development and operation of the provincewide Public Library Network, facilitating equitable access to library resources for Albertans.

Carley Angelstad (D10) is a recent MLIS graduate from the University of Alberta. She is passionate about the library as a space for social change and justice. Carley has previously worked at the Camrose Public Library as the Community Development Coordinator; the Edmonton Public Library as a summer programmer; and at the University of Alberta Library as a Public Service Assistant and as a research assistant.

Sarah Bean (D2) has been proudly working in library services for a quarter of her life and is a newly minted graduate of MacEwan University’s Library and Information Technology program. Sarah is passionate about connecting with the community, working with teens, and sharing stories. This is her third time at ALC but her first time presenting, and she is simply happy to be here!

Susan Beatty (C5) is a Librarian at the Taylor Family Digital Library, University of Calgary. Her research is on the relationship between student learning behaviours and learning space design. Susan has presented on various aspects of library leadership in learning.

Ian Bigelow (D5) is the Cataloguing Coordinator at the University of Alberta Library. He completed his MLIS at Western University and has undergraduate degrees in mathematics and classical studies. Ian is currently a member of the Canadian Committee on Cataloguing, Canadian BIBFRAME Readiness Task Force, Share VDE Transformation Council, Share VDE Work ID Working Group, Linked Data for Production (LD4P) Profiles Working/Affinity Group, and PCC Linked Data Advisory Committee.

Cynthia Bottomley (G9) has been working at the Ponoka Jubilee Library since August 2017. Cynthia’s library program work includes the library’s Family Lego Club, Tea Time for Seniors, and the Ponoka Jubilee Library Anime and Manga Club. A highlight so far has been the successful implementation of Fanfest, a local anime and manga forum in June 2019.

Tanya Boudreau (D10, H4) graduated from Dalhousie University with her MLIS, worked as a children's librarian in Saskatoon, and is now the assistant director at the Cold Lake Public Library. She is a Cold Lake Clogger, and sits on two boards in Cold Lake: the Cold Lake John Howard Society and the Cold Lake Healthy Choices Count Coalition. Tanya has read every day since she can remember, because stories and books mean so much to her.

Emily Brady (C6, D8) spent 9 years working as a Children’s Librarian at the Innisfail Public Library. Emily is now the Community Outreach Librarian with the St. Albert Public Library, running all kinds of programs, in all corners of the city, in all kinds of weather.

Jolene Brisbois (B7) is a Digital Initiatives Librarian at Edmonton Public Library. When she is not wrangling the largest robot army in a Canadian library, Jolene can be found facilitating staff digital literacy training and coming up with future Maker shenanigans. She holds an MLIS from the University of Alberta.

Leah Brochu (G1) is the Accessible Publishing Coordinator at the National Network for Equitable Library Service. Leah makes accessibility central to her professional activities and looks forward to a future where everyone can easily and quickly access the resources they need.

Brin Bugo (D9) started as a student at Calgary Public Library over 15 years ago; she is now a librarian specializing in teen services. Brin is passionate about supporting vulnerable youth, critical hours programming, and mental health advocacy in libraries.

Anne Carr-Wiggin (B2) coordinates Indigenous initiatives at the University of Alberta Libraries and is a team co-lead on the CFLA-FCAB Indigenous Matters Committee. Anne thanks her Indigenous friends and colleagues who have generously enabled her to learn more about their communities.

Dianna Chellaturai-Wright (C3) is the former lead of Grande Prairie's Centerpoint Facilitation's Just Enough Supports Program which encourages adults with disabilities to be independent, reach their goals, and be included and active participants in the community. The skills in her presentation can be applied to any population.

Shirley Cire (F3) has worked in libraries for over 10 years. She is working with Parkland Regional Library building relationships and providing library service to the surrounding Indigenous communities. Shirley is especially excited about library service to Maskwacîs.

Susan E. Cleyle (P1) is University Librarian at Memorial University. She is currently the chair of The Partnership, Chair of CAUL/CBUA (Canadian Atlantic University Libraries) and Treasurer of CARL (Canadian Association of Research Libraries). Su has completed the Royal Roads Post Graduate Executive Coaching program, is a certified Executive Coach, and holds a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) designation from the International Coaching Federation.

Andrea Colquhoun (B1, C1) is the District Sales Manager, School and Library Specialist, for Penguin Random House Canada. Andrea is passionate about young adult books and all genres of fiction.

Lisa Cumming (H5) is a former library employee, educator, and current travelling library attendee.

Diana Davidson (F3, G1, H1) has been the Director of the Public Library Services Branch, Municipal Affairs since 2010. Diana has a PhD in literature and is dedicated to improving library services for and with Indigenous communities.

Sharon Day (B3) is Director, Branch Services and Collections, at Edmonton Public Library. She provides direction for the selection, delivery and circulation of all EPL’s physical and digital collections. Sharon also sits as Chair of the CULC's eContent Working Group, which works to increase awareness of digital content issues and advocate for sustainable solutions.

Anthea Dacruz-Smith (C6) comes to library outreach programming from a unique background of veterinary medicine and science. Anthea has programming experience from both the Telus World of Science and the St. Albert Public Library’s community outreach program. She enjoys working outdoors, loves children and critters of all kinds.

Danny De Castro (Poster) – 

Jordan DeSousa (F2) - 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 finding out what makes every community unique.

Jennifer Duguid (C2) is the Manager of Customer Service at Strathcona County Library. She has worked in customer service for over 25 years, including the past 11 in public and post-secondary libraries in Alberta. Her love of libraries began at an early age when she visited the public library every week in her hometown of Eston, Saskatchewan. She has a Library Technician Diploma from MacEwan University, and shares her home with another library technician and two cats named Dewey and Elsie (LC).

Norene Erickson (G4) is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Library and Information Technology Program at MacEwan University. Norene has worked in public and academic libraries and is currently a sessional instructor at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta.

Mark Evans (H3) has been on the Grande Prairie Public Library board since 2014. Mark serves as chair of the board and was previously the chair of the board's planning committee.

Peggy Sue Ewanyshyn (G8) is a Librarian at the Humanities & Social Sciences Library of the University of Alberta, has a background in digital collections, and is interested in all aspects of space, including space planning and literary spaces.

Luc Fagnan (Poster) is a recent graduate of the MLIS program at the University of Alberta and has worked in both public service and cataloguing roles with the University of Alberta Library. He recently contributed to the U of A’s Opening Up Copyright Project as a research assistant, and worked on moving French archival holdings to the U of A Archives as a practicum student. Luc looks forward to pursuing future work and research in academic libraries.

Debbie Feisst (B2) is a Librarian at the HT Coutts Library at the University of Alberta, and Chair of the Library’s Indigenous Initiatives Working Group. Originally from Manitoba, Debbie is a proud member of the Métis Nation.

Nancy Goebel (Poster) is Head Librarian of the University of Alberta Library’s Augustana Library in Camrose. Nancy’s strong interest in information literacy has led her to spearhead many information literacy initiatives. Building upon the Augustana human library, Nancy's 2019 research leave investigated empathy and what libraries can do to foster the development and demonstration of empathy to library staff and patrons.

Kim Groome (F9) is Information Specialist at the Learning Commons, Taylor Family Digital Library, helping others find answers using library resources, data visualization, and information design.

Elliot Harder’s (D2) career is not in libraries, but in performing opera. From this work he brings an understanding of the importance of interconnected communities to the success of everyone. Elliot works continuously with his own community of experienced humans from all fields, including libraries, to try to improve the world around him.

Alix Hayden (C5) is a senior research librarian and works with the faculties of Nursing and Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. Her doctoral work explored the lived experiences of students seeking information. Alix’s current research delves deeper into understanding the lived experiences of Indigenous students’ learning in informal spaces, and how librarians can best support this learning.

Kelly Higgins (G3) is the Technology Services Programmer at the Camrose Public Library. She is a library technician who has spent many years working in public libraries. She believes in the power of diverse voices, bringing people together, and that a good cup of tea can fix anything

Erin Hoar (F1) is a settler of Polish, British and Norwegian ancestry. She is in her second year of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta, where she is President of the Library and Information Studies Students’ Association, Volunteer Coordinator for the Forum for Information Professionals and student representative for the U of A Graduate Affairs Academic Council. Erin has a BA in history from MacEwan University, a Business Management Diploma from NAIT, and is completing a Diploma in Cultural Resource Management through the University of Victoria. Her professional background is in archives, museums and heritage, and she works at the U of A Archives and the Internet Archive Canada. 

Emily Hollingshead (H6, Poster) has been the Director of the Drumheller Public Library since 2014. Emily is passionate about inclusivity, creative partnerships, and children’s books.

Christian Isbister (D10, Poster) is a recent MLIS graduate from the University of Alberta. Christian is Métis, with family sprinkled around Saskatchewan, and he is especially interested in the intersections of Indigeneity and librarianship. In the past Christian has worked as a Public Services Assistant at Bibliothèque Saint-Jean and as a research assistant with the Métis Kinscapes Project. Christian is an especially proud Hufflepuff.

Cheryl Jeffs, (C5) EdD, is an educational developer at the Taylor Institute, University of Calgary. Cheryl has collaborated with the library on several Scholarship of Teaching and Learning projects to help better understand and enhance student learning.

Kim Johnson (B5, G1) is a consultant for the Public Library Services Branch with the Government of Alberta.

Tracy Johnson (F6) is the CEO of the Calgary Public Library Foundation. She has held a number of diverse roles with the Foundation over the past 6 years, forming a strong base upon which she fosters growth and innovation at the Library Foundation. Tracy has spearheaded some of the Foundation’s most successful projects, such as the Windows of Opportunity campaign, the Lit Gala, and the Library After Dark initiative.

Laina Kelly (G6) is a Client Services Librarian with Yellowhead Regional Library. Laina’s professional interests include rural and school librarianship and diversity in library collections.

Jill Kergan (C3) is the Outreach and Learning Librarian at the Grande Prairie Public Library. She develops and facilitates programs for underserved populations in collaboration with partnering organizations.

Emily Kroeker (F1) is a settler of Mennonite, German, Ukrainian, and British ancestry. She is a second-year MLIS student of the University of Alberta. Having come to Edmonton from Manitoba, Emily graduated from Brandon University with a B.A. (Hons) in English. Emily has worked in academic libraries and is a Public Services Assistant at the University of Alberta Archives.

Larry Laliberté (G8) is a librarian with over fifteen years’ experience working with GIS and spatial data. Larry is the GIS Librarian at the University of Alberta where his work revolves around analyzing and synthesizing spatial information at many scales, across many disciplines, in various formats.

Gabrielle Lamontagne (B2) is the Indigenous Initiatives Librarian at the Coutts Education library at the University of Alberta. She is Metis and her family comes from Manitoba. Gabrielle is currently working to implement Indigenous spaces, resources, and programs in campus libraries, such as having an Elder-in-Residence and providing staff training for usage of Metis data. Gabrielle also provides outreach to Indigenous students and works to build relationships between academic libraries and local communities.

Kayla Lar-Son (B2, F1) is an Indigenous Academic Library Resident in Digital Initiatives at the University of Alberta Library. She serves as the outreach librarian for the Transition Year Program, and helps to facilitate library sessions for incarcerated women. Kayla is also a sessional instructor with the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta where she co-instructs LIS 598 Indigenous LIS in a Canadian Context.

Margaret Law (D3, F4) has worked in public, regional and academic libraries in Alberta, and is an instructor in both the School of Library and Information Science program at the University of Alberta, and in the Library and Information Technology Program at MacEwan University. Margaret provides a variety of services for libraries, both in Alberta and internationally.

Kyla Lee (F7) is the Community Librarian at the Castle Downs branch of Edmonton Public Library, and a recent graduate from the University of Alberta's MLIS program.

Bart Lenart (Poster) is the Education and Philosophy Research and Learning Librarian at the University of Calgary. Bart was involved in the creation of Eurekamp!, a children’s program designed to foster critical thinking through activity-based discovery. He has many years’ experience teaching Philosophy at the University of Alberta (as well as experience teaching both at the elementary and secondary levels). In addition to his MLIS, Bart has a PhD in Philosophy and a BEd in Secondary Education.

Carla Lewis (Poster) is the Learning Support Librarian at the University of Calgary. Along with her MLIS, Carla holds a BEd in Secondary Education, and a Library and Information Technology diploma. She has previously worked at the University of Alberta Botanic Garden as the Plants Records Assistant Manager and as a Naturalist, teaching K to 12 natural science curriculum through inquiry-based programming.

Margaret Mackey (B4) is Professor Emerita in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta. Margaret’s most recent book is One Child Reading: My Auto-Bibliography (University of Alberta Press, 2016).

Kaia MacLeod, (B2) a member of the James Smith Cree Nation, is an Indigenous Intern at the University of Alberta Library. Kaia has just started her first year of the MLIS program and is a student representative on GELA executive. She is engaging with the on-campus Indigenous community as part of the academic support at First Peoples House. Kaia is working at both the Rutherford and Law Library front desks welcoming new and returning students, staff, and members of the public to the library. She is involved with an outreach project doing library sessions for incarcerated women.

Lorisia MacLeod (F8) is the Online Reference Centre (ORC) Coordinator for The Alberta Library and a proud member of the James Smith Cree Nation. Her areas of interest include instruction, comics, open access, and 3D printing.

Miranda Maguire (B5, G2) is a Library Consultant with Public Library Services Branch, Alberta Municipal Affairs. Since earning her MLIS from Western University in 2009, Miranda has worked in libraries in both Alberta and Ontario, including the public, academic, and school library sectors.

Katie Mahon (D9) is a provincial projects coordinator with Ever Active Schools. Ever Active Schools is a provincial initiative designed to create and support healthy school communities, engaging with a Comprehensive School Health approach, addressing health and wellness education goals to improve the social outcomes of children and youth in Alberta. Katie’s portfolio of work centres around Equity, Access, and Inclusion. When she isn’t visiting school communities across the province, Katie can often be found cozied up among the books with an excellent cup of coffee at the Central Library in YYC.

Jeri Maitland (D10) has over 20 years of management experience and 12 years in libraries, with the latest quest to transform and expand the Cochrane Public Library. The Alberta Public Library Administrators’ Council has been a wonderful source of wisdom and support for Jeri.

Kyle Marshall (D1) is the Chair of Edmonton Public Library’s YRCA Team and the Associate Manager at Lois Hole Library (Callingwood) and eplGO West Henday Promenade (Lewis Estates).

Leah Martinoski (F5) is a Youth Services Assistant at Red Deer Public Library. New to the library field, Leah started her career at the library as a Summer Reading Club Coordinator in 2019, helping launch Red Deer’s Book Bike outreach initiative. Prior to that, she gained her Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Genetics from the University of Alberta. Her science knowledge and passion for books and children have made the Children’s department, where she now works, the perfect fit for her.

Ian McCormack (D4) has been a long time public library trustee and chair. For the past seven years he has run a company that advises organizations about governance, strategy, and ethics throughout western Canada, into the North and the US. Ian specializes in working in the space between boards of trustees or municipal councils and senior management.

Jennifer McDevitt (D7) is an MLIS/MA Digital Humanities candidate at the University of Alberta, where she is a part of Future Librarians for Intellectual Freedom and provides peer support for gender and sexual diversity at The Landing. Jennifer is passionate about inclusive young adult services and the capacity for libraries to be spaces for social justice.

Christena McKillop (B6, C4) is a librarian who is passionate about learning. She is the Engagement, Learning and Outreach Librarian at the University of Calgary's Taylor Family Digital Library's Archives and Special Collections. Previously at the University of Western Ontario, Christina was the Director of the Education Library and was a librarian team member of the Student2Scholar project. She holds a MLIS from University of Western Ontario and a BA from the University of Toronto.

Avnish Mehta (C9) is the Chair of the Calgary Public Library Board, a member of the fundraising committee for the Calgary Folk Music Festival, and a member of the Community Relations governance committee at Bow Valley College.  His parents instilled the importance of volunteering at a very young age.  Whether it was providing support at community events, cultural events or just being an extra set of hands, Avnish learned to appreciate the power of being able to give one’s time and talent.

Sarah Meilleur (C9) is the Director of Service Delivery at Calgary Public Library. Sarah led the efforts to open Calgary’s new Central Library, where volunteers play a large part in creating a fantastic visitor experience.

Leeanne Morrow (F9) is Director of Learner Support and Engagement Services at University of Calgary Libraries and Cultural Resources, where she leads the innovative staff in the Learning Commons, Fulfillment Services and the Arts and Humanities Librarian team.

James Murphy (B6, F9) is a Research and Learning Librarian at the Taylor Family Digital Library, University of Calgary, liaison to the departments of Art and Architecture, and manages outreach and open access initiatives.

Kathleen Oliver (Poster) is in her third year of the MLIS/MA in Digital Humanities program at the University of Alberta. Kathleen’s research interests include sustainability, Wikipedia, the free software movement, digital privacy, and critical theory.

Deniz Ozgan (F1) is a second-year MLIS candidate at the University of Alberta. She received a BA in History and Classics from the University of Alberta. Deniz is currently a voting member of the Library and Information Studies Students’ Association, a public service assistant at Bruce Peel Special Collections, and a Research Assistant for the School of Library and Information Studies.

Christina Palech (H4) is the Strategies and Partnerships Manager at the Lifesaving Society Alberta and Northwest Territories Branch. Completing her Master of Library and Information Studies in 2016, Christina has leveraged the learnings from her Master’s degree and previous employment to provide an interdisciplinary approach to community engagement and management.

Karla Palichuk (D3) is the Director of Yellowhead Regional Library and Vice-Chair of The Alberta Library Board. Karla’s previous professional experience includes Edmonton Public Library, The Alberta Library, and rural school and public library positions.

Susan Parkinson (C7, D10) has worn many hats; from a professional clown to preschool teacher. When the recession hit, she was devastated to find herself out of a job. Not one to take things lying down, she took the opportunity to reinvent herself and returned to school. Although new to the library world, she jumped in with both feet taking on the position of Library Manager at Calmar Public Library shortly after graduation. Susan can’t wait to share what she has learned being a manager in a small library.

Lisa Patton’s (G5, H4) love of literature and decidedly bossy nature first brought her into the library world in 2011, and she has been Manager at Brooks Public Library since 2015. Equally importantly, Lisa enjoys an immense amount of satisfaction in the fulfillment of her many other roles: mother, wife, Sunday School teacher, hapless gardener, enthusiastic concert attender, talentless Rubik’s cube fan, and record collector with proudly mediocre musical taste.

Beatrice Pitocco (Poster) is no stranger to the library world. Having worked with EBSCO, Proquest (Serials Solutions) and more recently, Innovative Interfaces, as their Canadian Sales Manager, she is excited by her new role with Koios as their National Sales Manager. Beatrice has consulted several ecommerce companies on the value of digital marketing, as well as the customer journey, and is pleased to be merging her love of libraries and marketing with the product offerings of Koios.

Colette Poitras (B5, F3) is the Manager, Public Library Outreach for Public Library Services Branch, Municipal Affairs. Colette worked at a regional library system providing public services for almost 17 years prior to her current position.

Tanya Pollard (B10, C10, F10, G10) is the President of the Alberta Library Trustees' Association (ALTA) and the Chair of the Westlock Intermunicipal Library Board. She has close to ten years experience working with trustees and library boards. When she is not working on ALTA Projects or speaking at conferences, you can find her reading books off the YA shelf or hiding from her ginormous, incredibly crazy, but totally amazing family. 

Azmin Poonja (C9) is the Manager of Volunteer Resources and Program Support at Calgary Public Library. She has been working in volunteer engagement field for over 29 years and is passionate about engaging volunteers to support library programs.

Candice Putnam (F5) has been working at Red Deer Public Library since 2009, and is currently the Youth Services Manager at the library, a role she stepped into in January 2019. Prior to that, she worked as the Timberlands Branch Manager since it opened in 2014, which was her first managerial role after completing her MLIS degree through San Jose State University. Candice has two young daughters, ages 3 and 6, and the oldest claims she wants to be a “book nerd” when she grows up, just like her mom.

Leigha Rind (B2) is an Indigenous Intern at the University of Alberta Library, and is currently completing her 2nd year of the MLIS program. Leigha is currently working on community engagement and outreach projects for the library, including library sessions for incarcerated women and assisting the University of Alberta Faculty of Native Studies with an assessment of their reading room collection.

Joanne Rodger (G4) is a teacher and librarian who has worked in school, public, and regional libraries, as well as the non-profit sector. Joanne currently works in the MD Program at the University of Alberta and has taught in the Faculty of Education for almost 20 years.

Gayle Sacuta (H4) lives in Devon and has gathered a range of librarian experiences as manager, children's librarian, adult services librarian and school librarian in libraries of different sizes. Gayle is a writer, maker, and change agent.

Greg Scerbak (H3) is vice-chair of the Grande Prairie Public Library Board and is chair of the board's planning committee. Now retired, Greg was the former City Manager for the City of Grande Prairie.

Kate Schutz (B9) brings a non-Librarian perspective as an educator and artist to projects as part of the Service Design team at Calgary Public Library. She has a BFA and a MEd.

Lauren Seal (C8) is a health librarian working in Alberta. Lauren is interested in health literacy, consumer health information, and graphic medicine.

Sharon Siga (C2) is the CEO of Strathcona County Library. Strathcona County is a specialized municipality of just under 100,000 rural and urban residents. Besides the Central Library in Sherwood Park, a bookmobile brings programs, services, and collections to rural residents. Before moving to Strathcona County, Sharon was the Director of Peace Library System, which is based in Grande Prairie and serves northwestern Alberta.

Hank Smit (F4) has been Chair of the Yellowhead Regional Library Board and Chair of the Hinton Library Board for the past six years.

Deb Smith (F4) has been on the Parkland Library Board for 21 years and has been the Chair since 2011. Previously, Deb worked as a library manager for 9 years. She is active in many library advocacy activities.

Heather Smith (D10) is a recent grad of the SAIT Library Information Technology Program, having officially finished the program in April 2020. Heather was an Executive on the SAIT LIT club, as the Club Secretary. In her spare time, she enjoys reading to children and volunteering at the Children’s Reading Place by Calgary Reads.

Rosalyn Steele (B1, C1) is the Director of Library & Academic Sales at HarperCollins Canada. A passionate reader, Rosalyn loves discovering new authors and tries to follow the advice of Dr. Seuss, who once said: “Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.”

Allison Stewart (D10) has worked in school and public libraries for about 17 years. She became Director in 2013. Allison is passionate about libraries and believes information professionals will eventually rule the world because they know how to control the flow of information.

Shannon Stolee (G3) is the Adult Services Programmer at the Camrose Public Library. She has a library tech. diploma from SAIT and has previously worked in academic libraries, and not-for-profit community organizations. She is passionate about community engagement and building bridges.

Lisa Stormer (B7) is the Digital Services Librarian at the St. Albert Public Library. Lisa managed SAPL's recent website redevelopment project, assists with staff training, leads the robotics squad, and oversees digital collection development, Makerspace, and all digital programming. She holds an MLIS, an MA in Ethnomusicology from the University of Alberta, and a BMus from Queen’s University.

Tiffany Toma (G9) is a programmer at the Ponoka Jubilee Library and has been working in this industry since 2018. She has a BA in Theatre and enjoyed studying history and fine arts. Tiffany runs a mini zoo out of her home with two children, two dogs and two cats. Her library program work includes Yoga Story Time and Crafty Saturdays.

Lahring Tribe (B1, C1) is the Director of the School, Library and Academic Department at Penguin Random House Canada. Frequently heard to moan “so many books, so little time,” Lahring enjoys reading anything for kids, adult fiction that makes her laugh, mysteries, and history.

Salvy Trojman (D1) is the Canadian Country Manager for Gale. He is Toronto-based and has been in the Library industry for 30 years.

Mario Trono (D6) teaches film and literature studies at Mount Royal University. Mario’s CBC film review column aired provincially and nationally over the last 10 years, and his research examines how various professions are presented in the media.

Tamara Van Biert (F7) is the Manager of Shelley Milner Children’s Library and epl2go (Literacy Vans), Edmonton Public Library. She has over 10 years of experience managing libraries in Alberta, including Whitecourt & District Public Library, Stony Plain Public Library, and the Castle Downs branch of EPL. Tamara’s dedication to building strong communities through relationship has grown throughout her career, most recently through piloting the implementation of restorative justice concepts with youth.

Kerry Vandenhengel (C2) has worked in a variety of library settings over the past 13 years, from post-secondary, high schools, to government, with the past nine years in public libraries. Currently, she is the Manager of Youth Services at Strathcona County Library. Kerry received her Library Technician Diploma from SAIT (2007) and completed her MLIS from San Jose State University (2015). Outside of work, she stays active with her family and two young children.

Ngina wa Kaai (F8) is the Student Engagement Librarian at NorQuest College. Her role focuses on working with non-academic groups on campus to support them in student-focused events and initiatives. Additionally, Ngina liaises with two program areas within the College.

Kim Wagner (B9) is a play enthusiast and librarian with 12 years of experience. Her specialty is convincing grownups that play is very serious business.

Ian Williams (D1)  Ian Williams is the author of the novel Reproduction, winner of the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize. His poetry collection, Personals, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize. His short story collection, Not Anyone’s Anything, won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best first collection of short fiction in Canada. His first book, You Know Who You Are, was a finalist for the ReLit Poetry Prize. CBC named him as one of ten Canadian writers to watch. He is a trustee for the Griffin Poetry Prize. Williams holds a Ph.D. in English at the University of Toronto and is currently a professor of poetry in the Creative Writing program at the University of British Columbia. He was the 2014-2015 Canadian Writer-in-Residence for the University of Calgary’s Distinguished Writers Program. He has held fellowships or residencies from the Banff Centre, Vermont Studio Center, Cave Canem, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Palazzo Rinaldi in Italy.

Jocie Wilson (D1) has been involved with the Young Reader’s Choice Award (YRCA) for over twenty years. Jocie is currently the chair of YRCA with the Pacific Northwest Library Association.

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