Thursday, June 17, 2021
Rina Hadziev (she/her) is the Collections & Technical Services Coordinator at Greater Victoria Public Library, having recently returned to her position there after serving as the interim Executive Director of CELA, the Centre for Equitable Library Access, for one year. Rina has over 15 years of experience in public library leadership with a focus on collections services. Rina reads in multiple formats – digital, paper, and audio CD – and is passionate about advocating for improved access to digital content for libraries and their patrons and leveraging the opportunities for improving accessibility in libraries through combining technological innovation and increased awareness of and commitment to equitable access.
Erin Morice (she/her) is a Collection Development Librarian with Halifax Public Libraries in Nova Scotia. Her experience includes selecting print and digital material for babies, kids, teens, and adults, and she is active in promoting the library’s collection. The year 2020 proved that listing ‘adaptable’ on her resume was no longer an empty descriptor. Erin had to quickly adapt her selection and promotion practices to respond to the close-reopen-close cycle, to the increase in demand for digital material, and to a community rediscovering their public collection. She will share her thoughts on how this renewed relationship with the public has rejuvenated her work, what opportunities have arisen as a result of it, and how she now feels prepared for just about anything.
With a passion for facilitating diverse and accessible collections, programs and partnerships, Lisa Radha Weaver (she/her) has spent the last 23 years working in school and public libraries. The core of her work is creating opportunities for civic and social engagement in the community she serves to build capacity and create meaningful change. A focus on equity of access to resources and spaces drives her current work as the Director of Collections and Program Development at Hamilton Public Library. Lisa believes a resilient recovery lead by community partnerships will help us all build back a more inclusive foundation of services and resources for library members.
Aleks Wrobel (she/her) is the Comics and Graphic Novels Specialist at Penguin Random House Canada. She found her way to publishing via her many years as a professional bookseller and prides herself on finding the perfect book for the perfect person. Outside of comics she also likes to read intergenerational family sagas. An aspiring witch, she loves reading about bold and brave women. When she isn’t reading you can find her in her garden, cuddling a cat, or scrolling through Instagram.
Thursday, June 17