PRESENTERS

Andrew Plait
Andrew is a library assistant at Medicine Hat Public Library. A graduate of the Library and Information Technology program at MacEwan University, he regularly hosts programs for patrons of all ages. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Professional Arts in Communication Studies degree through Athabasca University.
Angela Lieu
Angela is a new librarian who is now working on a Master of Arts in Gender and Social Justice Studies at the University of Alberta.
Brandy Lindsay
Brandy is an unapologetic library fangirl and book nerd who loves everything libraries stand for and is passionate about inclusive safe spaces. She works in an Elk Island Public School learning commons sharing her knowledge and love of reading with K-6 students and the staff. Brandy has a Library Information Technology diploma from SAIT, a Graphic Communications certificate from NAIT, and is enrolled in the Bachelor of Professional Arts in Communication Studies program at Athabasca University.
Camille Thorsteinson
Camille is a human resource consultant with Edmonton Public Library where she focuses on providing HR advisory services to management in the areas of performance management, employee relations, recruitment, and job evaluations. She holds an MBA from York University, a BA from the University of Western Ontario and a Certified Human Resources Professional designation.
Danielle Allard
Danielle is a University of Alberta School of Library and Information Studies assistant professor and her research examines how community archives might intervene in gender-based violence by producing and preserving representations of vulnerable communities that humanize and challenge violent, colonizing, and stigmatizing representations of them.
Dr. Margaret Law
Margaret has worked in many roles in public, academic and special libraries as well as at the NEOS Library Consortium and The Alberta Library. Currently, she is an instructor at MacEwan University’s Library and Information Technician program and the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta and also sits on the Alberta Law Libraries Board. She has done a great deal of research and writing in the areas of overwork and burnout among library staff.
Elisa Wilson
Elisa is a human resource consultant with Edmonton Public Library (EPL) where she focuses on providing HR advisory services to EPL leadership. She is passionate about library services and has a breadth of experience working various roles over the last 14 years. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta and is currently working on obtaining her Certified Human Resources Professional designation.
Jill Scheyk
Jill is an advertising enthusiast and career marketer. She has run ad and marketing campaigns from the hyper local to a national stage at DDB Canada and ZGM Modern Marketing Partners. She’s also a board member at Edmonton Public Library and has a passion for the rich role libraries play in the communities they serve.
Jocie Wilson
Jocie has worked at YRL for over nine years and in libraries for more than 20 years. She has always valued the connection with people and community that libraries facilitate. She is a lifelong learner and is passionate about sharing learning opportunities with people inside and outside of the library field.
Jordan DeSousa
Jordan is a library consultant with Alberta Municipal Affairs Public Library Services Branch where he supports library boards in their plan of service development. Jordan has been working with public libraries in Alberta since 2013 and enjoys learning about what makes every community unique.
Joycelyn Pelkey
Joycelyn has served on the Yellowhead County Library Board for nine years, with three years as the chair. Joycelyn is passionate about bringing quality library service to rural Albertans and strengthening relationships between rural community groups. Away from the library board, she enjoys attending concerts and spending time with her family.
Kathleen DeSousa
Kathleen is a registered social worker practicing in Edmonton and one of her passions is working with seniors in a social work capacity. Kathleen enjoys building relationships and learning the best ways possible to assist clients through her work, volunteering and various practicum experiences.
Ken Allan
Ken is a library consultant at Alberta Municipal Affairs Public Library Services Branch where he is responsible for reviewing local library policies, administering the Library Board Basics Workshop program and consulting with local library boards on various legislative and management issues. Prior to this position, Ken was a public library manager in rural Alberta for more than seven years.
Laina Kelly
Laina is a librarian at YRL working for and with member libraries. She has a passion for school and public library service along with diversity and inclusion work.
Leanne Myggland-Carter
Leanne is the senior marketing and fund development manager at Spruce Grove Public Library (SGPL) where she has worked for more than 12 years. An Oxford-educated scholar, she specializes in the business side of non-profits, and is a published author/poet who also speaks about mental health awareness. In the last decade, she has acquired more than $720,000 in grant funding—almost $350,000 for SGPL. Leanne lives in Spruce Grove with her husband, three children and their pet turtle, Franklyn.
Miranda Maguire
Miranda is a library consultant with the PLSB where she develops tools and resources to support boards and libraries with evaluation and assessment. Since earning her MLIS from Western University in 2009, she has worked in several Alberta and Ontario libraries in the public, academic and school sectors.
Rena Traxel
Rena is a future-ready children’s programmer and consultant, communication specialist and STEAM enthusiast with an entrepreneurial spirit. She has worked for both public and school libraries with a host of knowledge from both sides of the pond. She sees a future where public and school libraries unite to create memorable services for their communities. Find Rena online at renatraxel.com.
Robert McClure
Robert loves his HIV-positive cat, his perioperative nurse partner, playing music with his friends, and cookies. Professionally, he’s celebrating the 11th anniversary of accepting his first library job, thrives when working in collaboration with other library professionals and is exploring ways in which libraries can steal back from Starbucks the third most preferred place title.
Stacey Buga
Stacey has been working in the library industry for more than 10 years as a supplier, trustee, at the circulation desk, and currently as the program coordinator at Morinville Community Library. She received the 2018 Minister's Award for Excellence in Public Library Service for presenting the Indigenous Canada Learning Circle and actively pursues and incorporates inclusive ideas in the library.
Tami Oliphant
Tami is University of Alberta School of Library and Information Studies associate professor and her research examines human information interaction, publishing and knowledge production.
Twyla Lesko
Twyla is a learning commons facilitator with Northern Gateway Public Schools for children in grades K-7. She is a bibliophile and lifelong learner.
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Twyla Lesko

Twyla is a learning commons facilitator with Northern Gateway Public Schools for children in grades K-7. She is a bibliophile and lifelong learner.