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BC Library Conference 2017

April 19–21, 2017

Vancouver, BC

F07 - The Fork in the Road: Navigating Job Transitions

Friday, April 21, 2017 at 10:30 AM–11:45 AM PDT
Salon C
Session Description

Generously Sponsored By: Simon Fraser University Library

Life is full of endings and beginnings, and Library Land is no different; chances are you will at some point change positions or libraries. This session is about the process of transitioning roles and/or libraries, from the very first moment one awakens to the possibility, through those first several weeks in a new role and/or library. Panel members Andrea Freeman, Chelsea Jordan-Makely, and Maryn Ashdown get real about their experiences and lessons learned in navigating the uncertain terrain of library transitions.


Chelsea Jordan-Makely, Whistler Public Library

Chelsea Jordan-Makely recently stepped into a new role as Technology and Support Services Librarian at the Whister Public Library, roughly her twelfth library job in just seven years. In 2016, Chelsea was a member of InterLINK's Project LLEAD. She is passionate about critical librarianship, service excellence, advocacy, and outcomes measurement, and applies lessons learned from yoga, mountain biking, and life with a sociologist also to her career. She has lived in Squamish since 2013.

Andrea Freeman, Vancouver Public Library

Andrea Freeman recently joined Vancouver Public Library as the Manager, Circulation Services. In addition to making the transition between public libraries, she has also moved between sectors—switching to public libraries after years in health and special libraries. She is committed to developing high-performing teams, believes relationships are the foundation to success, and is obsessed with learning about coaching and emotional intelligence and how to apply these in the library. Andrea was a member of the inaugural year of InterLINK's Project LLEAD.

Maryn Ashdown, Coquitlam Public Library

Director of Customer Experiences at Coquitlam Public Library is a new role for Maryn Ashdown, who spent nine fun years at Port Moody Public Library prior. Like the other speakers on this panel, Maryn took part in InterLINK's Project LLEAD in 2016.