David Christensen is Technology Consultant, Manitoba Public Library Services Branch where he has been helping public libraries understand the technology that was coming into their libraries and how to use it to meet the needs of their public. His role has been evolving as library staff and administration have become more comfortable with technology; he now spends much of his time working on co-operation and collaboration between libraries. David was instrumental in the development and growth of the Manitoba Spruce Libraries Co-operative and in building the strong, mutually beneficial relationship between BCLC and Spruce. He has served as chair of the Sitka Business Function Group and as a Co-op representative on the MassLNC Evergreen Development Initiative.
Dr. Diana Davidson is the Director of the Public Library Services Branch, Municipal Affairs, with the Government of Alberta. She served as chair of the Provincial Territorial Public Library Council during the development on NNELS and represented PTPLC at national consultations on how to better serve public library patrons with print disabilities. She also sits on the Executive for The Alberta Library (TAL) consortium. She has a Ph.D. in literature and has been in the library sector in Alberta since 2002.
Beth Davies is Chief Librarian of Burnaby Public Library. Previous to taking on this role in October 2016, she was in leadership roles at Vancouver Public Library, including Neighbourhood Services Manager and Head of the Carnegie Branch. She has worked in public libraries since 1999. Beth has been a Board member of PovNet, an online resource for the anti-poverty community, since 2009, serving as Board Chair since 2011. She is passionate about the critical role that public libraries play in connecting with communities, in making our library spaces accessible to all community members, and in meaningfully engaging with communities outside our walls to provide relevant and responsive service.
Deb Hutchson Koep is the Chief Librarian at North Vancouver City Library. She has worked in leadership roles at West Vancouver Memorial Library, including seven years as deputy director with a portfolio that included finance, technology and communications. Deb enjoys problem-solving, project work, and process analysis and improvement. Working with committed, motivated, curious people keeps her on her toes. She believes in leading through others, and is passionate about working in service to the community. Deb welcomes this opportunity to contribute her skills and learning, challenge her thinking and expand her knowledge.
Shirley Lew is Dean, Learning Services at Vancouver Community College. She has a background in library technology and has taught library systems and automation at the iSchool at UBC. She has served on several Boards, most recently as President of BC Libraries Association, Secretary for Vancouver Writers Festival, and past-President of BC Book Prizes. Shirley is interested in the potential of technology to improve the quality of lives and communities, while also critically considering the ethical, political, and economic factors that drive and shape the digital landscape. Shirley is currently a doctoral student at UBC where her dissertation research will focus on cooperatives in the information sector.
Dana McFarland is Librarian & Coordinator for eResources & Scholarly Communication at Vancouver Island University Library. Her background includes professional and leadership roles in BC academic libraries and also in collaborative library organizations (Council of Post Secondary Library Directors BC, BC Electronic Library Network, Libraries2020) where she has helped to envision and advocate for cross sector initiatives. She says, “Surfacing the value and expertise that is held among Co-op members, and collaborating with peer organizations to anticipate and meet emerging needs of diverse members will position us well to serve our users effectively into the future.”
Tracey Therrien is the Director of Nelson Public Library. She was previously director at Gibsons & District Public Library, Smithers Public Library and Salmo Public Library. Her history with the Cooperative began in 2009 with a migration to Sitka and subsequent participation in the Cataloguing Working Group until 2011. As BC Libraries Cooperative chair, Tracey believes in the value of building partnerships and collaborating to create opportunities to share expertise and resources. She says, “I look forward to using my knowledge and experience in serving smaller libraries, and to assist the directors and staff of the Cooperative to maintain services and accomplish future goals.
Ben Hyman, Founding Executive Director and Senior Adviser, BC Libraries Cooperative. A leader, technologist, cooperator, policy strategist and advocate for the use of open tools, Ben has held knowledge-sector, government and private sector leadership positions relating to education transformation, technology, policy, legislation and funding.