CAPAL Elections

CAPAL’s election for the board of directors is coming! This will be CAPAL’s first online election, allowing all regular members to participate, whether you are able to attend or not.

Four members are have put their names forward for the board (bios below):

Afra Bolefski (University of Manitoba)
Jeff Lilburn (Mount Allison University)
Maha Kumaran (University of Saskatchewan)
Tracy Zahradnik (University of Toronto)

These members will fill the four vacancies being left by outgoing members of the board:

Harriet Sonne-de-Torrens (University of Toronto Mississauga)
Eva Revitt (MacEwan University)
Doug Fox (Victoria University in the University of Toronto)
Mary Kandiuk (York University)

The Nominating Committee would like to express its sincere thanks to the outgoing board members for their amazing contributions to CAPAL and recognize their unique and amazing contributions to CAPAL’s foundation and early years.

The election will run from March 19–28, 2018. As a member of CAPAL are being asked to approve the slate compiled by the Nominating Committee. Results of the election will be presented at CAPAL18 in Saskatoon (and via social media).

Regular members of CAPAL in good standing will be receive an online election ballot from on or around March 19, 2018. Please use this ballot to cast your vote on the slate of candidates who have put their name forward for election.

Candidate Bios

Afra Bolefski is the Acting Head of the Albert D. Cohen Management Library at the University of Manitoba (U of M). Previously, Ms. Bolefski held the positions of Business Librarian and Business & Economics Librarian at U of M, Wilfrid Laurier University and York University. Afra obtained an M.L.I.S. from Western University and a B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Toronto. She was awarded with the ACRL Mid-career Librarian Scholarship in 2017. As a new member, Afra currently serves on the CAPAL Membership, and Equity and Diversity Committees. Her interest in serving on the board stems from a desire to increase the representation of racialized persons in academic librarianship, especially in leadership roles in Canada. If elected to the board, Afra will actively work with board members to look for avenues where CAPAL can further its role in facilitating change for greater diversity in Canadian academic librarianship.

Jeff Lilburn is Public Services Librarian at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. He has held subject liaison responsibilities for areas including Drama, English and French Literature, Psychology and Sociology. His recent research has explored how neoliberal ideology influences activities of the academic library, the representation of citizenship and civic engagement in the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, and the relationship between the standardized service quality survey LibQUAL+ and the rise of audit culture at institutions of higher education. His work has been presented in Canada at the CAPAL, CAIS and WILU conferences and at the Social Media & Society Conference in London, UK. His publications include articles in portal: Libraries and the Academy, Communications in Information Literacy, and Progressive Librarian, and a chapter in Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis. He is currently President of the Mount Allison Faculty Association and served on the Association’s negotiating team in the last two rounds of collective bargaining. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of New Brunswick Faculty Associations and on the CAUT Librarians’ and Archivists’ Committee.

Maha Kumaran is an Associate Librarian at the University Library, University of Saskatchewan (U of S), Saskatoon. She was an early advocate for CAPAL and is now back looking to contribute her research interests, experiences, and ideas on inclusive diversity in librarianship to the association by serving on the Board of Directors. A graduate of the MLIS from the University of British Columbia, she began at the U of S as the Saskatchewan Health Information Resources Program (SHIRP) Coordinator. She later served as the liaison librarian for the College of Nursing and the Division of Nutrition. Maha is currently on sabbatical (July 2017 – June 2018) and is focusing her efforts on her research program on diversity in Canadian academic librarianship. She also worked at the Saskatoon Public Library and her observations on lack of diversity in the two library sectors and lack of opportunities for minority librarians to connect with each other led her to initiate and found the Visible Minority Librarians of Canada (ViMLoC) Network. ViMLoC was one of the networks within the now extinct Canadian Library Association and Maha continues to co-chair leading this network. She was invited to lead the Diversity Committee for the Access Conference (2017) to select and award conference scholarships to two best-deserving candidates.

Tracy Zahradnik is currently an Engineering Librarian at the Engineering & Computer Science Library at the University of Toronto. I have been at my current position since September of 2018 and have previously worked at both the Dentistry Library and Engineering & Computer Science Library at the University of Toronto for two years as an academic librarian and another two years in student library positions. My educational background includes a Masters of Information focusing on Library and Information Sciences from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor’s of Science in Zoology from the University of Guelph, a Master’s of Science in Zoology from the University of Guelph and a PhD in Biology from Simon Fraser University. I also have experience as a lecturer at a university in Japan. From my employment and schooling I have gained experience in academia and library sciences. In April of 2018, I will take over the position of CAPAL treasurer. I am currently learning from Harriet, the current treasurer, about this role. I am also a member of CAPAL. As someone quite new to the library profession and hearing about the many changes to the profession over the years (and some of the possible threats) I think it is important to have an association like CAPAL to advocate for and help shape the role of the academic librarian in the future.

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