Creative Communities - BC Library Conference 2015
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Thursday, May 21 • 1:30pm - 2:42pm
T12 - Both Sides Now: a Podcast and Panel Discussion About the Intersection of Librarians and Library Technicians LIMITED

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Despite working alongside one another, librarians and library technicians often lack a fulsome knowledge of one another's skills and qualifications. Our collegial, though sometimes tense, relationships demonstrate that there is a need to foster mutual respect and encourage collaboration between different library staff. By unpacking our respective education and sharing some common experiences, we hope to bring a greater depth of understanding to who library technicians and librarians are, and foster a more open professional environment for further discussion and collaboration.  Our key goal is to facilitate a discussion which encourages clearer understanding among colleagues. By better knowing one another’s skills, strengths, and experiences, we can better leverage our services and planning. It is important for all of us to understand that library technician isn’t a “lesser” profession, but simply a different one. We anticipate an illuminating discussion about the places where we intersect, overlap, and diverge.  This panel brings together an array of job titles and experience levels -- from new professional to manager, educator and student -- and will be of interest to new and experienced professionals alike. This session will be hosted and live-taped by the SS Librarianship Podcast.


Ashley Van Dijk

Ashley graduated in 2009 with her Library and Information Technology diploma, and is currently working at SFU Burnaby in the Information and Instruction division. Ashley is the Chair of the Library Technicians Assistants Section of BCLA.

Sam Mills

Sam graduated from UBC with an MLIS in 2014, and is currently a librarian with the Programming & Learning Department at the Vancouver Public Library as well as the Information & Instruction Division at the Simon Fraser University Library.

Christina Neigel, Panelist

Christina Neigel is Associate Professor in the Library and Information Technology Department at the University of the Fraser Valley. She is currently completing a Doctorate in Education at Simon Fraser University with a research focus on the role of gender in LIS leadership.

Pat Cumming, Panelist

Pat Cumming is the Head of Information Services at West Vancouver Memorial Library. She holds a Library Technician Diploma from Algonquin College in Ottawa and an MLIS from the University of Western Ontario. Her career in libraries spans more than 30 years and includes work as a... Read More →

Tamarack Hockin, Panelist

Tamarack is a Library Technician with Surrey Libraries. Holding a LIT Diploma and Bachelor's degree from UFV, Tamarack is also an MLIS candidate at San Jose State University. Find her @tamahoc or http://about.me/tamahoc

Alli Sullivan

Alli Sullivan holds an MLIS from UBC’s iSchool, graduating in May 2014. She is currently the Instructional Services Librarian at Langara College and an Auxiliary Librarian at the Vancouver Public Library.


Thursday May 21, 2015 1:30pm - 2:42pm PDT
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Cedarbridge Room 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC
  • Sponsored by: Simon Fraser University Library