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BC Library Conference 2020

Coaching Sessions - Friday (Sign up is at the Registration desk. It’s first come, first served)

Friday, April 17, 2020 at 8:45 AM–2:00 PM EDT
Richmond B
Session Description

You know that library work can be inspiring and deeply satisfying - and it can also be frustrating and exhausting. In the midst of the day-to-day struggles that inevitably happen, we can become disconnected from what brought us to this work in the first place. This impacts our ability to show up fully, for ourselves and for our communities.

But there’s a reason you work in a library. Maybe it’s because you want to make a difference in your community. Or maybe you believe in the core principle of intellectual freedom. Both of these are values - words and phrases that uniquely represent who you are and what you believe in.

If you’re wrestling with a specific problem, or a feeling of disconnection, coaching can be a powerful way to reconnect with your values, explore how they’re being met (or not), and chart a course forward that feels both meaningful and satisfying.

We are offering 12 free coaching sessions for individuals. Each session is 30 minutes. Sign up is on Thursday and Friday morning at the Registration desk. It’s first come, first served.


Cara Pryor

Cara uses curiosity, compassion, and a non-judgemental presence to help
clients connect with their deepest aspirations for themselves and their communities. A certified conflict coach, Cara is also a former librarian. She held various leadership positions at the North Vancouver City Library and served on the BCLA Board. She is currently completing her training in spiritual care, where she helps people connect with their own sources of strength and wisdom during the crisis of illness and at the end of life.

Andrea Freeman, Association of BC Public Library Directors

Andrea is a certified executive coach and leadership consultant working with individuals and companies. For over 13 years, she has been creating meaningful human experiences in the library sector - currently as the Executive Director for the Association of BC Public Library Directors. In addition to her private practice, Andrea also works as a lead facilitator and coach for the leadership program ELIA: Embodied Leadership, Innovation and Artistry, based in San Francisco.