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BC Library Conference 2017

April 19–21, 2017

Vancouver, BC

F20 - Libraries, Archives, and Museums: New Models of Collaboration

Friday, April 21, 2017 at 2:00 PM–2:45 PM PDT
Cordova Ballroom
Session Description

Generously Sponsored By: Vancouver Public Library

Libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs) each play a unique but complimentary role in building an understanding of and providing access to local, regional, and national heritage resources. Despite the differences in their professional practices, these institutions are now leveraging their strengths and furthering their reach into the community by collaborating with one another, forming innovative partnerships, and engaging with their communities in new ways. This session will explore LAM collaborations, provide an overview of some developing partnerships, and discuss community engagement strategies. Panelists will invite the audience to engage in a discussion on how LAMs might best work together and learn from one another. Panelists include representatives from each of the three sectors.


Dawn Ibey, Vancouver Public Library

Dawn Ibey is the Director (Acting), Library Experience for the Vancouver Public Library. Dawn joined Vancouver Public Library in 1993 as a children's librarian and held various positions before joining the management team in 2007. She has served as Area Manager, Manager, Information Services and Manager, Circulation Services. She accepted the position as Acting Director in 2016.

Dawn is an adjunct faculty member at the iSchool at UBC and currently sits on Langara College’s Library & Information Technology Program Advisory Committee. She serves as the treasurer for BCLA. Dawn is currently working on the development of the Central Library’s renovation of levels 8 and 9, the operating agreement between VPL and Library and Archives Canada, and is on the planning committee for the relocation of the City of Vancouver Archives to the Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch.

Marnie Burnham, Library and Archives Canada

Marnie Burnham is the Manager of Regional Services at Library and Archives Canada (LAC). She holds a B.A. in Anthropology, a Master’s degree in Archival Studies, and a certificate in Public Sector Management from the University of Victoria. Marnie began her career as an archivist at LAC in 1998 and has held numerous positions within the organization, including Manager of the Pacific Regional Service Centre and Strategic Advisor to the Director-General of the Public Services.

In her current role, Marnie manages LAC’s team of archivists and technicians providing services to government clients and the public via LAC’s offices in Halifax, Winnipeg, and Burnaby. In addition, she coordinates Public Service Branch initiatives pertaining to Indigenous-related research including serving as LAC’s representative on the Steering Committee on Canada’s Archives’ Response to the Report on the Truth and Reconciliation Task Force. Marnie has been actively involved in planning for the LACs transition out of its current regional warehouse facilities to more publicly accessible venues within the Vancouver Public Library and the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax.

Heather Gordon, City of Vancouver Archives

Heather Gordon is the City Archivist for the City of Vancouver. She holds a master's degree in archival studies from UBC and a BA (honours) in history from the University of Calgary. In 2005, she joined the City of Vancouver, where she managed the city’s corporate records standards project, an initiative aimed at standardizing records classification and records retention scheduling across the city. In 2006 she became the manager of the City of Vancouver Archives and then in 2013 was appointed City Archivist.

Her previous experience includes eight years working as an archivist for the Religious Hospitallers of Saint Joseph in Kingston, Ontario, and six years as corporate records manager for the City of Coquitlam, BC. Heather serves on the board of and is the co-chair of the Steering Committee on Canada's Archives' Awareness Strategy Task Force. She is currently working on the planning committee for the relocation of the City of Vancouver Archives to the Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch.

Gregory Dreicer, Museum of Vancouver

Gregory K. Dreicer is Director of Curatorial and Engagement at the Museum of Vancouver, one of Vancouver’s oldest and most innovative cultural institutions. He is an engagement strategist, curator, and historian known for explorations of cities, technology, and society. Gregory’s responsibilities include interpretive planning and the development of exhibitions, programs, and public access to collections.

He has worked and lectured internationally and has developed more than 20 exhibition projects, including, most recently, Your Future Home: Creating the New Vancouver (2016), which presented some of Vancouver’s most creative minds grappling with the city’s thorniest issues. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University's Department of Science and Technology Studies. Gregory is currently developing a public engagement/social connection project that revolves around trust.