British Columbia Library Association

Board Nominations & Elections

Board Nominations update and Election information 2016

On behalf of the current BCLA Board it is my pleasure to introduce the following acclaimed positions to the BCLA Board, and to introduce the candidates for election to the Director-at-Large (Communications) position.

BCLA members in good standing received an email on Wednesday, April 20th, with a link to the voting page for the Director-at-Large (Communications) position. The candidates for the positions are listed after the acclaimed positions below.

Voting was open from receipt of the ballot until end of day, 4 pm, on Tuesday, April 26, 2016.

Voting has now closed. The results of the election will be announced to the membership at the AGM or before.

Thank you to all who called and emailed about participating on the BCLA Board of Directors.

The following positions are acclaimed:

Incoming President/President/Outgoing President: Anne Olsen
Anne Olsen is Head of the Koerner Library, the humanities and social sciences library at the University of British Columbia. She started in this position in June 2015. She is an adjunct faculty member at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, the iSchool at UBC, and her professional interests include leadership and the evolving role of librarians and libraries in their communities. In her 27 year library career, Anne has worked in the public, academic and special library sectors, including 14 years as a librarian and manager at the Vancouver Public Library, and six years as a library technician at Capilano College and the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design.

Anne has previously served on the BCLA Board, chaired the BCLA continuing education committee, and was the co-chair of the 2015 BC Library Conference

Assistant Treasurer/Treasurer: Lin Brander

Lin Brander is Collections Coordinator and liaison librarian at BC Institute of Technology.  She is currently a BCLA Board Director serving as the President’s appointment,  a member of the BCOER Librarians group, co-chair of the BCIT OER working group, a member of the BCIT Learning & Teaching Framework group and member-at-large on the AskAway Advisory Committee. Previous to working at BCIT, Lin was a Librarian at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and at Vancouver Public Library, where she started her career as a children’s librarian. Lin has an MLIS from UBC, a Provincial Instructor Diploma, and has participated in PNLA Leads, the Chair Academy, and BCIT Advanced Leadership Training programs. She is looking forward to continuing as a BCLA Board member and crunching some numbers.

Director at Large (Professional Development): Chris Middlemass

Chris Middlemass is the Manager, Collections & Technical Services at the Vancouver Public Library. Chris began at VPL in 1978 and has managed a wide range of services, collections and departments, including neighbourhood branches and Central library divisions. She has also been responsible for collection management for the overall Library system. Chris has developed and delivered occupational health training for VPL and other libraries and also teaches human resources management for the University of BC School of Library, Archival and Information Studies. She is an active member of the BC Library Association, including past Conference Chair and Treasurer, this year’s Conference Co-Chair, and also a member of the Public Library Association, a division of the American Library Association. Chris received a Master of Library Science from the University of BC in 1979.


 For election: Director at Large (Communications):

There are four Directors at Large positions on the BCLA Board. To ensure appropriate representation two of the four positions alternate every year for  two year terms. The positions serve in one of four portfolios: Professional Development, Funding, Membership, and Communication, depending on what portfolios are vacant.

Candidates (in alphabetical order):

The electronic ballot showed the candidates in random order.

A link to the voting page was sent to each current BCLA member.  Voting closed at 4 pm on Tuesday, April 26, 2016.  Results will be announced soon.

Jane Curry:

UBC, SLAIS graduate, Librarian at the Vancouver Public Library with over 20 years of varied public library experience including full time positions as: Children’s Librarian, Joe Fortes Branch; Reference Librarian, History and Government Division; and Branch Head for over 10 years at Marpole, Outreach, Fraserview, West Point Grey, and currently Kerrisdale. Front-line librarian, passionate about providing excellent reference, reader’s advisory and literacy services to all users. Works closely with patrons, staff, City of Vancouver departments, local businesses and organizations of all backgrounds and cultures. Committed to continuing education and instruction, recently completed the Provincial Instructor Diploma Program (PIDP) in adult education at VCC; an Associate Certificate in Leadership and Collaborative Conflict Resolution from the JIBC; and a Certificate of Business and Technical Writing at VCC.  Long standing BCLA member and the Public Librarian’s Interest Group Co-Convener 2012-15. Served as CUPE 391 Member-at-Large 2010-15, currently 1st Vice President, Occupational Health and Safety Committee Member Representative and Communications Committee chair.

Impeccable integrity and library ethics, strong people skills, extensive community outreach experience, and good communication, writing/editing skills.

Thom Knutson:
Thom Knutson is a Library Manager at Vancouver Island Regional Library, where he oversees six branches in the Campbell River area.  He has worked both in urban (Vancouver; Victoria; Saskatoon) and regional (Okanagan) library systems, developing an in-depth perspective on library issues, leadership, team development and advocacy.  With this experience, Thom is pleased to let his name stand for Director Responsible for Communications in the 2016 BCLA elections.  He is especially keen to strengthen regional representation and the voice of rural communities on the Board of Directors. Thom completed his MLIS at UBC, and since that time has continued his professional development through such opportunities as the Northern Exposure to Leadership Institute and the Post-Master’s Certificate in Library Leadership (San José).  He is currently enrolled in the Post-Graduate Certificate in Delivery and Strategy for Public Services program at the University of York in the United Kingdom. Thom has served on a variety of boards, executives, and committees, including the BCLA executive (YAACS chair), the BC Young Readers Choice Awards (Red Cedar), and CUPE (member, National Library Workers Committee; library rep, Saskatchewan provincial executive).  He has planned and presented at such conferences as BCLA, SLA, and Breaking the Silence at the University of Saskatchewan.

Thom is particularly excited about BCLA’s future within a new national structure, and would welcome the opportunity to contribute his experience and insight toward making BCLA a leader within the federation of library associations.

Thank you,

BCLA Nominations Committee
Heather Buzzell (Chair)
Stephanie Kripps
Sarah Felkar
Margo Schiller
Caroline Daniels (ex officio)