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BC Library Conference 2020: Libraries, Democracy, and Action

Coaching sessions at the BC Library Conference

With thanks to Andrea Freeman and Cara Pryor, the BC Library Association is pleased to include individual coaching sessions as part of the BC Library Conference offerings.

There are 12 free sessions over Thursday and Friday.  Sessions are 30 minutes long.  Registration for coaching sessions is done the day of the session at the conference Registration Desk at the hotel. First come, first served.

You know that library work can be inspiring and deeply satisfying – and it can also be frustrating and exhausting.  In the midst of the day-to-day struggles that inevitably happen, we can become disconnected from what brought us to library work in the first place.  This impacts our ability to show up fully, for ourselves and for our communities.

But there’s a reason you work in a library.  Maybe it’s because you want to make a difference in your community.  Or maybe you believe in the core principle of intellectual freedom.  Both of these are values – words and phrases that uniquely represent who you are and what you believe in.

If you’re wrestling with a specific problem, or a feeling of disconnection, coaching can be a powerful way to reconnect with your values, explore how they’re being met (or not), and chart a course forward that feels both meaningful and satisfying.

Photo Cara PryorCoach: Cara Pryor
Cara uses curiosity, compassion, and a non-judgmental presence to help clients connect with their deepest aspirations for themselves and their communities. A certified conflict coach, Cara is also a former librarian.  She held various leadership positions at the North Vancouver City Library and served on the BCLA Board.  She is currently completing her training in spiritual care, where she helps people connect with their own sources of strength and wisdom during the crisis of illness and at the end of life.


Andrea Profile Pic (1)Coach: Andrea Freeman
Andrea is a certified executive coach and leadership consultant working with individuals and companies.  For over 13 years, she has been creating meaningful human experiences in the library sector – currently as the Executive Director for the Association of BC Public Library Directors.  In addition to her private practice, Andrea also works as a lead facilitator and coach for the leadership program ELIA: Embodied Leadership, Innovation and Artistry, based in San Francisco.