British Columbia Library Association

Board Nominations & Elections

Please note: Nominations closed at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

The BCLA By-Laws items 6.1(a) through 6.1(d) outline the procedure for the BCLA Nominations Committee to prepare a suggested slate of Directors for consideration by the Association’s membership.

The 2017 Nominations Committee is chaired by past BCLA President Caroline Daniels and includes Lin Brander, Anne Olsen, Daphne Wood, and Annette DeFaveri (ex officio).

In accordance with the BCLA By-Laws, the Nominations Committee has prepared a slate of candidates for soon-to-be vacant Board positions. 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):

Shirley Lew
Shirley Lew is Dean, Library, Teaching & Learning Services at Vancouver Community College. Previously she was Coordinator of Library Systems & Technical Services at VCC, Student Services Coordinator at the iSchool at UBC, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, and Adjunct Faculty at the iSchool at UBC. She has been an active member of BCLA, serving as Co-Chair of the BCLA Conference Program Planning Committee in 2014, Board Director, President’s Appointment in 2015, and as a member of the Program Selection Committee for three years. Shirley is also an active member of the BC Electronic Library Network’s (BC ELN) Steering Committee and the Council of Post-Secondary Library Directors in BC. She is past President of the BC Book Prizes, Director on the Vancouver Writers Fest Board, and is involved in the local literary arts communities.

Two Directors at Large (two-year terms):

Kate Sloan
Kate Sloan is a Public Services Librarian at New Westminster Public Library. She graduated from SLAIS in 2012 with a dual master’s degree in Library and Archival Studies. Kate has worked in public, academic, and special libraries, most recently at NWPL and Courthouse Libraries BC. Kate served on the BCLA Conference Planning Committee from 2013 to 2015 and on the BCLA Sessions Selection Committee in 2014 and 2015. She has also worked as the BCLA Conference Events Coordinator.

Bronwen Sprout
Bronwen Sprout is Head, Digital Programs and Services at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Library, where she oversees the library’s digitization, digital repository, digital preservation, and scholarly communications activities. She received her MLIS from the UBC  in 2001. Bronwen is currently Chair of the UBC Faculty Association Librarians and Archivists committee and has previously served the Faculty Association in a number of roles. Bronwen is interested and engaged in community-driven, open source approaches to digital preservation including through COPPUL (Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries) as co-chair of its Digital Preservation Working Group and through the PKP (Public Knowledge Project) as PKP Private LOCKSS Network Coordinator. Bronwen leads the BC History Digitization Program (2016+) and is an active participant on the BC Provincial Digital Library Steering Committee, of which BCLA is a founding and active member.

Incoming Treasurer/Treasurer (two-year term):

Stephanie Kripps
Stephanie Kripps is the Branch Head of nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona, which is Vancouver Public Library’s newest branch, opening in spring 2017. Stephanie has been a librarian with VPL for many years in a variety of capacities, including Selections Librarian, Project Manager for the pilot year of the First Nations Storyteller in Residence program, Branch head of Carnegie library, and Coordinator of Accessible Services. Stephanie served as BCLA’s Recording Secretary for four years and has a deep knowledge and commitment to BCLA values and direction.

In accordance with BCLA’s By-Laws 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.

Thank you,

Caroline Daniels
Chair, BCLA Nominating Committee