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Election of the 2018-2020 LAA Board of Directors

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Voting is open for the 2018-2020 LAA Board of Directors. Current members can login to cast their vote. Voting is open until Monday, March 5th. 2018.

The election of the 2018-2020 Library Association of Alberta (LAA) Board of Directors is now open.

Biographies of the LAA members who have been nominated to run for First Vice President, Second Vice President and Director are listed below. Please click here to vote. You will be required to login with your username (email address) and password. Voting closes Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

Two members have been nominated to stand for the office of First Vice President: Briana Ehnes and Maureen Penn.

Two members have been nominated to stand for the office of Second Vice President: Carla Lewis and Cory Stier.

Four members have been nominated to stand for the office of Director: Sharon Farnel, Celine Gareau-Brennan, Jennifer Quinn and Megan Siu.

The 2018-2020 LAA Board of Directors will be announced during the Alberta Library Conference at the LAA Annual General Meeting on Friday, April 27, 2018 at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.

FIRST VICE PRESIDENT

Briana Ehnes

Briana is currently the Manager of Adult Services at the Red Deer Public Library’s Downtown branch. She is passionate about the power of libraries to connect people, and is an enthusiastic advocate of the profession. 

Briana received her MLIS from the University of Alberta in 2013, and has since held various positions with both Edmonton Public Library and Red Deer Public Library. While at Red Deer Public Library, she was the chair of Red Deer’s city wide book club for the past two years in an effort to build community through a shared reading experience. Briana’s time in Red Deer has also included participating on a local Alberta Culture Days Committee, as well as Red Deer’s first Welcoming & Inclusive Communities Network. She has spent the last two years on the Alberta Library Conference Planning Committee and participated in the Northern Exposure to Leadership Institute in 2017. Briana is excited about the possibility of contributing to the provincial library landscape, and working together with colleagues across Alberta to create a stronger voice for all libraries and library workers.

Beyond her work in public libraries, Briana spent three years instructing a Textile Science course at Edmonton’s Marvel College. As a keen lifelong learner, she periodically helps with textile research in the Department of Human Ecology at the U of A (where she received her undergraduate degree in Clothing & Textiles). Most recently, she co-authored a textbook chapter on Antimicrobial Textiles and Infection Prevention.  

Maureen Penn

Maureen Penn, originally from New Brunswick, has been working in Public and School libraries since graduating from the University of Western Ontario in 1992. She has been the Director of the Lac La Biche County Libraries since 2009.

For over 25 years as a library professional, Maureen has been an active member of the library community. She currently serves as a Director on the LAA Board, is the Alberta PNLA liaison, and has an active role with the NLLS Library Managers’ Advisory Council. Her service with the LAA has provided Maureen with a solid understanding of the LAA Board and practices. She has been the LAA Liaison to the United Voice for Alberta Libraries Working Group, an active and enthusiastic participant in Board affairs. Maureen would like to continue her service to the LAA in the position of 1st Vice President where she hopes to accomplish the following:

  • Assist with the creation of the Library Consortium as outlined by the United Voice for Alberta Libraries Working Group, enabling library associations and organizations to have a voice at the national level, and
  • Ensure that the LAA policies, bylaws, and handbooks are updated to provide a strong foundation for future Board.

Maureen looks forward to a brighter library future in Alberta with the move forward to combine the resources, talents, and abilities of all Alberta library organizations.

SECOND VICE PRESIDENT

Carla Lewis

Carla graduated from the University of Alberta's School of Library and Information Studies in Spring 2017.

She has a BEd in secondary education and a diploma in Library and Information Technology. Currently, she is working at the U of A's Augustana Campus as the Teaching & Learning Librarian.

She was previously employed at the University of Alberta Botanic Garden (Formerly the Devonian Botanic Garden) as the Plant Records Assistant Manager, and as an Environmental Educator.

Carla knows working with the members of LAA would present her with the opportunity to contribute back to the Alberta library and information community.

Cory Stier

Cory is a graduate of the MUS program at the University of Alberta, class of 1996.

A librarian for over 20 years, Cory has worked in both academic libraries (Athabasca  University, Red Deer College, NAIT) and public libraries (Edmonton Public Library and Red Deer Public).

He has worked at Red Deer Public Library as the IT Manager for 5 years, and for the last 10 years as Deputy CEO.

He is a recent graduate of the Canadian Urban Libraries Council's Public Library Leaders program in January 2018.

DIRECTORS

Sharon Farnel

Sharon is Metadata Coordinator with the University of Alberta Libraries, and a sessional instructor at the School of Library and Information Studies, and PhD Candidate researching community conceptualizations of culturally appropriate metadata frameworks for digital libraries. She is currently Co-Chair of the Canadian Linked Data Initiative Digital Projects Working Group, member of the OCLC Research Library Partners Metadata Managers steering group, on the editorial board of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL), and a member of the CFLA-FCAB Indigenous Matters Committee.

Sharon is passionate about all things metadata and is excited about opportunities to work with colleagues across Alberta to harness the power of metadata to serve our user communities.

Céline Gareau-Brennan

Céline Gareau-Brennan is a Public Services Librarian at the University of Alberta and a recent graduate of the same university’s MBA/MLIS program. Céline is a lifelong library dork who fell even deeper in love with libraries while working at the University of Alberta’s Bibliothèque Saint-Jean, as well as at the Edmonton Public Library, first as a Library Assistant and then as a Customer Experience Intern Librarian.

As a Director for LAA, Céline would draw upon knowledge gained throughout her MBA/MLIS, as well as her practical understanding of library communities and information services in Alberta. She also bring various experiences serving on boards and associations, such as being GELA’s Publicity Councillor and having been Chair of the Alberta School of Business’s Net Impact Chapter. For a full list of Céline’s volunteer and professional commitments please see her LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/celinegb/.

Prior to entering the library world, Céline worked in theatre and retail management, experiences similar to herding cats. She is originally from Edmonton and a proud Franco-Albertan.  In her spare time, you will find her reading, going to live theatre and music shows with friends, or baking and cooking.  Céline thanks you for your consideration!

Jennifer Quinn

In 2014, Jennifer decided to change careers. Her passion to help her community was at the heart of her decision to enter the Library and Information Technician Diploma Program at MacEwan University. She began this journey in September 2015, and graduated in May of 2017 with a GPA of 3.9 and was honoured to be a recipient of the LAA Student Award.

While in University, she was given the opportunity to be part of a pilot project at the Ronald McDonald House researching viable resources for the families and forming a valuable database for the future. This position gave me the occasion to attain library skills outside of a traditional institution.

In her second year at MacEwan, she was hired by Neil M Ross Elementary School because she was the forward thinking, technically trained, and extremely motivated candidate they were looking for. Her phenomenal team has transformed their library into a model being used by new schools in the district.

Jenn can engage with students at the start of their career and, after gaining employment with MacEwan University as a Reference Assistant, is able to help them through the final stage of their education journey. Both positions allow her to grow as a library technician and connect with other professionals in the field. Working as a Library Technician has allowed her to be at the heart of her community, engage and help where it can count most. Being on the board of the Library Association of Alberta will provide her with the chance to share her passion and dedication to the Alberta library community at the association level.

Megan Siu

Megan Siu is an early career professional with a strong passion for legal information accessibility and community engagement. She received her Master of Library and Information Science degree from the Western University in 2014 and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Alberta in 2013. As the Community Development & Education Specialist for the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta (CPLEA), she uses her background as a law librarian to maintain and uphold community partnerships, perform user needs assessments, develop resources, manage CPLEA’s social media, evaluate the reception of CPLEA’s resources and services, and act as an internal resource for CPLEA staff.

Megan has previously served as Membership Chair of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Western Canada Chapter, Chair of the Edmonton Law Libraries Association (ELLA), and President of the Youth Restorative Action Project (YRAP). She is currently Co-Chair of the 2019 Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL/ACBD) Annual Conference Planning Committee and contributes to both the CALL/ACBD Membership Development Committee and Webinar Sub Committee. During her MLIS studies, she was involved with Western University’s student branches of the Canadian Library Association (CLA), Special Libraries Association (SLA), Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG), as well as the MLIS Student Council.

Prior to working for CPLEA, Megan worked as the Librarian for Emery Jamieson LLP, Barristers & Solicitors and as the Librarian and Archivist for the Franciscan Friars of Western Canada. Her experiences with both traditional and non-traditional libraries will lend well to the LAA Director task of becoming familiar with issues affecting all types of libraries. Through her work for CPLEA, Megan has been making particular efforts to connect with public libraries in rural Alberta to ensure that their communities’ legal information needs are more sufficiently met. She sees a great importance in working to improve the state of libraries across the province and would love the opportunity to continue her advocacy work through the activities of the LAA Advocacy Committee. Her dedication to the library community, cumulative 4 years of board experience, and proven history of successful community outreach are a testament to her ability to promote LAA’s goals and objectives and help expand the Association’s membership.

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