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Nominations & Elections

A strong Board of Directors, committed to the goals of the Association’s Strategic Plan, is essential for the growth and stability of the Association. In considering potential candidates, the Committee looks closely at Board work for the coming year as well as at people’s previous engagement with and contributions to the Association. We look specifically for potential Board members who are excited to contribute to the Association and who prioritize both the BCLA’s Strategic Plan and core values.

Nominations Committee Members 2023-24

(Terms of Reference)

Tracey Therrien, President (Chair)
Suzanne Rackover, Incoming President
Sarah Felkar, Treasurer
Sajni Lacey, Incoming Treasurer
Shideh Taleban
Jorge Cárdenas
Rina Hadziev (ex officio)

Nominations Committee Slate

The BCLA Nominations Committee has prepared a slate of candidates for Board positions with terms beginning June 19, 2024.  A strong Board of Directors, committed to the goals of the Association’s Strategic Plan and core values, is essential to the growth and stability of the Association. In considering potential candidates the Nominations Committee considered Board work for the coming year, as well as previous engagement with, and demonstrated commitment to, the Association.

Incoming Treasurer/Treasurer (two year term)

Ann Johannes (she/her)

Ann Johannes is the Community Development Liaison at the Coquitlam Public Library (CPL). In that role, she oversees all the outreach for CPL, including the mobile library bus and home delivery service. In addition, Ann sits on a number of community tables as well as three internal working groups within CPL – Calls to Action, Wellness and DEI. Her strong community development focus has increased CPL’s presence at community events and strengthened relationships with community partners. In her “past” life, Ann was a Chartered Accountant and an implementation consultant for a large software company. She was also Treasurer for a non-profit for 4 years as well as Treasurer at her children’s high school, which she also did for 4 years. Ann loves accounting almost as much as she loves reading.

Two Director-at-Large positions (each a two year term)

Mar González Palacios (no pronouns: Mar/Mar’s)

Mar González Palacios is the Associate Dean of Libraries, Collections & Content Strategy at Simon Fraser University. Mar is a member of the Library’s senior management team and is responsible for providing leadership in collections management. Before coming to SFU, Mar was Associate Director, Special Collections at the Robert B. Haas Arts Library, Yale University and, previously, was Head of Collection Access at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. Earlier positions include work at SFU, Burnaby Public Library and Vancouver Public Library. Mar holds an MLIS from the University of British Columbia, a BFA in studio art from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and BArch from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. Mar has been an active member of several professional organizations, Mar’s service includes BCLA’s Information Policy Committee and the Boards of the Art Libraries Society of North America and the Association of Architecture School Librarians.

Sarah Tarcea (she/her)

I am a member of the Métis Nation BC and grew up on the shared territories of the Kwantlen, Wsanec, Sto-lo, Katzie, and Semiahmoo people (Langley). My ancestors hail from Aotearoa (New Zealand) and the Métis homeland in Treaty 1 territory (Winnipeg). I received my Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of British Columbia in 2012 and I currently work at the North Vancouver City Library as the Manager of Public Services. I have a strong professional interest in inclusive library services, spaces and workplaces, as well as in decolonization. I would greatly value the opportunity to serve our professional community as part of the BCLA Board of Directors.

Call for Additional Nominations

In accordance with BCLA practice, this announcement is an opportunity to call for additional nominations for these positions on the BCLA Board.

Nominations can be submitted via the online nomination form. A nominee must be a member of BCLA, and their nomination must be supported by three other BCLA Members. In the event of multiple candidates for open Board positions BCLA will mount an election. Nominations for Board positions must be completed and submitted by May 27, 2024.

If you are interested in applying for a BCLA Board position and would like more information, please contact Rina Hadziev, Executive Director using the subject line: BCLA Board Position.

Thank you on behalf of the 2024 BCLA Nominations Committee.