Library Management

Senior Management

Sandra Singh, Chief Librarian

Sandra joined Vancouver Public Library as its Chief Librarian in December 2010. She joined VPL after serving as the Director of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia. Prior to that, she worked at the Vancouver Public Library, first as the Director of Branches East/South and Outreach Services, followed by Director of Systems and Special Projects.

While at VPL as a Senior Director, Sandra served as the National Director of the HRSDC-funded national demonstration project Working Together, which sought to evolve new ways of working with socially-excluded community members, led the VPL website redesign process, and initiated and ran the province-wide Beyond Words program which captured the social impacts of public library service in BC.

Prior to VPL, Sandra served as Port Moody Public Library's Manager of Library Services, as a Cybrarian at Vancouver's online learning community Suite101.com, as a reference librarian and cataloguer in Abilene (TX), and as a cataloguer at Calgary Public Library.

In the past, Sandra served as the President of the Canadian Library Association, on the British Columbia Library Association Board, and as co-editor of the PNLA Quarterly. She also led the establishment of and was a founding Board member of the national not-for-profit Centre for Equitable Library Access. Sandra is currently a Commissioner on Canada Council for the Arts’ Public Lending Right Commission and is the Chair of Library and Archives Canada’s National Heritage Digitization Strategy Steering Committee.

604-331-4003 / Sandra.Singh@vpl.ca
Executive Assistant: Chrysalyn Tolentino, Chrysalyn.Tolentino@vpl.ca

Christina de Castell, Director, Collections & Technology

Christina joined Vancouver Public Library in 2006 as manager of InfoAction, the Library’s fee-based research service. She became Manager, Online Information & News in 2010, responsible for managing the Library’s online services, including the website, electronic resources and related training, email and telephone information services and in-person services at the Central Library. Prior to joining VPL, Christina worked at the BC Securities Commission as a website manager, usability specialist and research librarian.

Christina is a member of the Canadian Urban Libraries Council Task Force on eContent. She was Treasurer of the BC Library Association in 2009-10 and received the President’s Award for service to the association in 2011. Christina is a Fellow of the Special Libraries Association and a past-president of its Western Canada Chapter.

Christina received a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of BC in 2001.

604-331-4070 / Christina.de Castell@vpl.ca

Diana Guinn, Director, Neighbourhood and Youth Services

Diana joined Vancouver Public Library in February 2007. She leads a team of five managers and oversees service delivery in 21 Library branch locations as well as children’s and youth services. Diana has twenty-five years experience in libraries throughout British Columbia and Manitoba.

Before joining VPL, Diana was chief librarian at Port Moody Public Library and led the library through significant growth including: implementation of year-round Sunday openings, fund development planning and creating a building expansion committee. Prior to her time at Port Moody, Diana was director, systems and technical services at Fraser Valley Regional Library. Diana has been involved with the BC Library Association Executive, serving as President and Treasurer. Diana has a Masters of Library Science and completed a Certificate in Leadership in the Public Sector from Royal Roads University in 2008.

604-331-4005 / Diana.Guinn@vpl.ca

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Dawn Ibey, Acting Director, Library Experience

Dawn joined Vancouver Public Library in 1993 as a children's librarian and has held various positions including multicultural coordinator, branch head and area manager. She joined the management team in 2007. In 2012 she was the project manager for the Information Services Review. She successfully transformed the Central Library’s information services from a multi-department subject based model to a fully integrated, centralized service.

Dawn is an adjunct faculty member at the iSchool at UBC, teaching human resource management, and is an active member of the school’s Alumni Executive. Dawn currently sits on Langara College’s Library & Information Technology Program Advisory Committee and is a former member of the iSchool Admissions Committee. Dawn is a member of the Canadian and BC Library Associations and the Public Library Association, a division of the American Library Association.

Dawn received a Master of Library Science from the University of BC in 1993.

604-331-4004 / Dawn.Ibey@vpl.ca

Samantha Pillay, Director, Human Resources

Samantha joined Vancouver Public Library in February 2016. She leads the Human Resources team that supports recruitment; performance management; human resource policy development and administration; staff training and development; employee relations; occupational health and safety and all matters involving labour relation issues. Samantha is co-chair of the OH&S committee.

Prior to joining VPL, Samantha worked in Human Resources at the City of Vancouver for a decade and prior to that worked in HR in the health sector. Samantha moved to Canada from South Africa where she earned her degree in Industrial Relations, and since then has achieved post-bachelor education from Simon Fraser University, as well as specialized labour relations training.

604-331-4051 / Samantha.Pillay@vpl.ca

Amanda Pitre-Hayes, Director, Planning & Projects

Amanda joined Vancouver Public Library in 2015. As director of Planning & Projects, she is accountable for leading the development of the strategic plan for VPL, overseeing board and administrative policy, and for major projects such as VPL’s branch location strategy.

Prior to VPL, Amanda served for five years as director of Sustainability at the City of Vancouver. There, she oversaw the development and implementation of the Greenest City Action Plan, Renewable City Plan, and Climate Adaptation Plan. Her work won multiple awards including the C40 Cities Award at the 2015 UN COP21 Conference in Paris.

Previously, as a manager at Vancity, she led the organization’s successful effort to be the first carbon neutral financial institution in North America. As a manager at Accenture, she managed major projects for North American government, energy, telecom and financial services organizations.

An avid athlete, Amanda cycled across North America, completed a dozen marathons and the 2010 Ironman. Amanda is a committee member with the National Academy of Science Policy and Global Affairs Unit, an alumnus of Harvard University’s Global Change Agent program, and holds an M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

604-331-4006 / Amanda Pitre-Hayes@vpl.ca

Eric Smith, Director, Corporate Services & Facilities

Eric joined Vancouver Public Library in December 1985. He obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1979 and prior to taking up his position at the Library worked at Thorne Riddell Chartered Accountants (now KPMG).

604-331-4018 / Eric.Smith@vpl.ca

Management

image Stephen Barrington, Manager, Marketing & Communications

Stephen joined Vancouver Public Library in 2012, and has extensive expertise and experience leading marketing and communications in large, diverse organizations; he has worked with agencies, non-profits and public-sector organizations. A journalist by training, his earliest communications work was in community and national media as a reporter, editor and photographer, and he was a Vancouver-based Western Canada correspondent for several U.S. and international news organizations.

He moved into marketing roles at the B.C. Institute of Technology and then Vancouver Community College, where for nearly 10 years he led the college's marketing and communications department, which during his tenure won several national excellence awards for its work. He has been a faculty member in part-time studies at BCIT, and is an e-communications contributor supporting one of B.C.'s largest non-profit development agencies.

604-331-3895 / Stephen.Barrington@vpl.ca

Kay Cahill, Manager, Digital Services

Kay joined Vancouver Public Library in 2005 as an auxiliary librarian following a ten year career in public libraries in the UK. She was part of the project management team for the 2008 VPL website redesign, managed the library's online reference service, and was subsequently the Coordinator for British Columbia’s provincial virtual reference service. More recently she was responsible for leading VPL’s first community digital initiatives projects and overseeing digital collection development. 

Kay is a member of BCLA and serves on the Editorial Board of The Reference Librarian. She is the author of numerous articles on the role of technology in libraries and its impact on library services, and has taught continuing education courses on topics including web design, user experience, and project management.

Kay graduated from the Information & Library Studies program at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 2004.

604-331-4058 / Kay.Cahill@vpl.ca

Katherine Chan, Manager, Accounting & Finance

Katherine joined the Accounting office of Vancouver Public Library in December 2001. She obtained her professional accountant designation in 1989 with Deloitte Haskins & Sells (now Deloitte). She was appointed Manager, Accounting & Finance in 2013.

She graduated from the University of Lancaster, UK, with a BA in Accounting and Finance.

Katherine immigrated to Vancouver from Hong Kong with her family in 1996. Before joining VPL, Katherine worked as Manager, Financial Control of a Hong Kong listed bank and thereafter as Chief Accountant of a Canadian music retailer.

604-331-4017 / Katherine.Chan@vpl.ca

image Kirsty Elmslie, Manager, Neighbourhood Services

Kirsty Joined Vancouver Public Library in 1994 as an auxiliary Reference Librarian and has assumed increasingly senior positions leading up to her appointment as Manager, South Area Branches in 2011. Kirsty has been an assistant manager at the Central library as well as Head of the Hastings, Collingwood and Champlain Heights branches. Kirsty is currently Manager, Neighbourhood Services.

Kirsty is an active member of the BC Library Association and a number of VPL committees.

Kirsty received a Master of Library Science from the University of Western Ontario in 1993.

604-331-4029 / Kirsty.Elmslie@vpl.ca

image Daniela Esparo, Manager, Neighbourhood Services

Daniela joined Vancouver Public Library in 1979 as a library assistant and became a librarian in 1989, working at both neighbourhood branches and the Central library. Daniela became Head of the Mount Pleasant branch in 2000 and was appointed Manager, North Area Branches in 2007. Daniela has been the Manager of Programming & Learning Services and is currently Manager, Neighbourhood Services.

Daniela is a member of the BC Library Association and the Canadian Library Association as well as a member of the Public Library Association, a division of the American Library Association, and an executive member of the University of BC's School of Library Archival and Information Studies Alumni.

Daniela is bilingual in French and English and has a good working knowledge of Spanish.

Daniela received a Master of Library and Information Services from the University of BC in 1989.

604-331-3755 / Daniela.Esparo@vpl.ca

Andrea Freeman, Acting Manager, Circulation Services

Andrea joined Vancouver Public Library in 2016, and is responsible for system-wide planning, development, implementation and evaluation of circulation services. Prior to VPL, Andrea served in leadership roles in both public and health libraries in Metro Vancouver.

Andrea received a Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) from the University of B.C. in 2006, and has been collecting certificates in leadership and coaching ever since. She is a current member of the inaugural Library Leaders Excellence and Development (LLEAD) program.

604-331-3636 / Andrea.Freeman@vpl.ca

Janet Horne, Manager, Library Systems

Janet joined Vancouver Public Library in 1980 as a library assistant, became a systems support technician in 1981 and supervisor of the systems group in 1985. Janet returned to University and earned a Master of Information Science in 1995 and became the library's systems librarian upon graduation. She was appointed Manager, Systems & IT in 2009.

Janet received a Master of Information Science from the University of Western Ontario in 1995.

604-331-4075 / Janet.Horne@vpl.ca

Julie Iannacone, Senior Manager, Services for Children & Teens

Julie started as a children's librarian at Vancouver Public Library in 1985 and has acted as a branch head and manager of diverse portfolios in library branches and at the Central Library. She became Manager of Services for Children & Teens in February 2011.

Julie is a regular guest speaker at the iSchool at UBC. She currently serves on the City of Vancouver’s Joint Childcare Council, the Vancouver Board of Education’s School Library Resource Centre Consultative Committee, and the University of the Fraser Valley’s Library & Information Technology Department Program Advisory Committee. She is the library liaison to the City of Vancouver’s Children and Youth Advisory Committee. Julie is a member of the BC Library Association and the Public Library Association, a division of the American Library Association.

Julie received a Master of Library Science from the University of BC in 1985.

604-331-3666 / Julie.Iannacone@vpl.ca

Megan Langley, Manager, Neighbourhood Services

Megan joined VPL in 1994 as a Children’s Librarian and has been a Branch Head in numerous branches since 2007. She joined the management team in 2014 and is currently Manager, Neighbourhood Services.

Megan is a member of BCLA and is VPL’s representative on the City of Vancouver’s City of Reconciliation Team.

Megan received a Master of Library Science from the University of B.C. in 1992.

604-331-3686 / Megan.Langley@vpl.ca

image Chris Middlemass, Manager, Collections & Technical Services

Chris joined Vancouver Public Library in 1978 and has managed a wide range of services, collections and departments, including neighbourhood branches and Central library divisions. She has also been responsible for collection management for the overall Library system and has supervised the collection selections teams and interlibrary loan services.

Chris has developed and delivered occupational health training for VPL and other libraries and also teaches human resources management for the University of BC School of Library, Archival and Information Studies.

She is an active member of the BC Library Association, including past Conference Chair and Treasurer, and also a member of the Public Library Association, a division of the American Library Association.

Chris received a Master of Library Science from the University of BC in 1979.

604-331-3721 / Chris.Middlemass@vpl.ca

Sophie Middleton, Acting Manager, Information Services

Sophie joined Vancouver Public Library in 2007 as an Auxiliary Librarian and in 2008 became the Community Relations Librarian at the Central Library. She was the Assistant Manager, Service Delivery and Training for Information Services and most recently has been the Branch Head for the Collingwood and Champlain Heights branches.

Sophie received a Master of Information Studies from the University of Toronto in 2007.

604-331-3895 / Sophie Middleton@vpl.ca

Anne O'Shea, Manager, Programming & Learning

Anne joined Vancouver Public Library in 2008 as the assistant manager, collections & electronic resources. She spent two years as the project manager for VPL’s RFID project, then joined the management team in 2012 as the manager of digital services. Now as the manager, programming & learning, her team is responsible for all public classes, workshops, events and tours and she leads the Inspiration Lab, the Writer in Residence and Aboriginal Storyteller in Residence programs, and associated library services.

Anne holds a B.A. (English Literature and History) from Simon Fraser University, an M.L.I.S. from the University of British Columbia and a Diploma in Women’s Studies from Langara College. She is a graduate of the Northern Exposure to Leadership Summit and is a fellow in the Canadian Urban Public Libraries’ Public Library Leaders 2016-2018 cohort.

604-331-4030 / Anne.OShea@vpl.ca

Liz Simon, Manager, Facilities and Purchasing

Liz joined Vancouver Public Library in March 2014. Her experience in the private and non-profit sectors includes facilities and project management, space planning and purchasing. Since joining VPL she has been involved with the Central Collections Reorganization, construction of the Inspiration Lab and is a member of the OH&S Committee.

604-331-4011 / Liz.Simon@vpl.ca

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