British Columbia Library Association

Board Nominations & Elections

The Call for Nominations is now closed.

The BCLA Board of Directors and Nominations Committee are pleased to announce an election slate of candidates for 2019. In past years the composition and work of the Nominations Committee were outlined in the BCLA Bylaws. Changes to BCLA Bylaws, determined by the new Societies Act in November 2018, mean that the process and procedure for providing members with a slate of candidates for Boards positions is now being reviewed by the Board to determine a BCLA policy. Until the Board drafts and approves a new policy, the Association will use past practices to guide the work of determining and publishing a BCLA slate of Candidate for open Board positions.

Nominations Committee Members 2019

Anne Olsen, Chair (Past BCLA President)
Kate Sloan (BCLA Director)
Stephanie Kripps (BCLA Treasurer)
Shirley Lew, ex officio (BCLA President)
Annette DeFaveri, ex officio (Executive Director)

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 looked closely at Board work for the coming year as well as at people’s previous engagement with and contributions to the Association. We looked 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.


Incoming President/President/Past President (3 year term)

Todd Mundle

Todd Mundle is the University Librarian at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He’s a career academic librarian with a keen interest in open access, technology, copyright, scholarly communication and collection development. He’s interested in how they intersect and how they can be leveraged to provide wider access to information. Additionally, Todd has served as the BCLA Parliamentarian for many years, giving him a unique understanding of BCLA governance and the processes for Board and AGM operations. As a past BCLA board member, Todd is well aware of the importance of BCLA’s programming, professional development and advocacy work for BCLA members, and for everyone who uses libraries throughout British Columbia.

As a past BCLA board member Todd is well aware of the importance of BCLA’s programming, professional development and advocacy work for BCLA members, and for everyone who uses libraries throughout British Columbia.

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

Pia Russell

Pia Russell has worked in libraries since 1997.  She is currently UVic’s librarian for Education, Children’s Literature, Indigenous Studies, and Gender Studies.  Pia has published in scholarly and professional journals such as The Journal of Mixed Methods Research, provided research consultation on large-scale library assessment projects, including phases one and two of the British Columbia Library Association’s Professional Learning Assessment survey.  Additionally, Pia has presented on the topics of reconciliation in libraries, Indigenous research methodologies, library assessment, historic education publications, information literacy, mixed methods research, and school libraries at multiple conferences. She is a regular contributor to the BC Library Conference. Pia identifies her professional values as patron-centredness, collegial collaboration, and servant leadership.

Allison Sullivan

Alli Sullivan is the Teaching and Learning Librarian at Langara College and has been active in BCLA since she started library school. Alli served as a member-at-large on the Intellectual Freedom Committee and on the BC Academic Libraries Section Executive (formerly ALPS). As a member of BCALS, Alli served on the naming committee that changed the name and bylaws of the section to be more inclusive of all library personnel. In 2017, Alli was selected as the incoming chair of the BCALS and served as chair during the 2018-2019 terms.  Alli has just completed a one year term on the BCLA Board as Chair of BCALS, Alli has also served on the 2019 Awards Committee. She hopes to contribute to the good work of the Association over the next two years as a Director on the BCLA Board, promoting equity and meaningful professional development for all.

Incoming Treasurer/Treasurer (two Year Term)

Adam Farrell

Adam Farrell has enjoyed a varied career in special, academic, and public libraries. He is an active adjunct faculty member at UBC’s iSchool. Adam was actively involved in the BCLA Board, the Continuing Education Committee (2014-2015), and BCALS (2015-2017) as Chair Elect and Chair. During this time Adam helped the Section navigate the broadening and inclusion of Library Technicians, which included a name change. He is currently an active member of the Public Libraries Interest Group. He regularly volunteers at the BCLA Conferences as a session convener. Adam enjoys connecting information through technology to find solutions to the information needs of the community.

In accordance with past practice, this update is an opportunity to call for additional nominations for the BCLA Board.

A nominee must be a member of BCLA and be nominated by three other members of the Association. Should there be additional candidates, BCLA will quickly mount an election.

If you are interested in BCLA Board Positions, the Nominations Committee suggests that you contact BCLA Executive Director, Annette DeFaveri (, for additional information.