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PLARC Project Contributors

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Geoffrey Allen

Director, Collections

Regina Public Library

Geoffrey Allen (he/they) is Director, Collections at Regina Public Library. He is passionate about systems and knowledge sharing but especially for making these services accessible and inclusive for all people.

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Lora Baiocco

Online services and archives librarian / Bibliothécaire, services en ligne et archives

Bibliothèque publique de Westmount / Westmount Public Library

Lora Baiocco (she/her/elle) is the Online services and archives librarian at the Westmount Public Library. She manages and develops a bilingual library website, implements and evaluates online services, and manages the Library's archives.

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Laurie Davidson

Executive Director

Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA)

Laurie (she/her) is passionate about building an accessible and equitable reading landscape for all. She has more than 25 years of experience working as a librarian and technologist in a variety of settings.

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Rina Hadziev

Executive Director

BC Library Association

Rina (she/her) has over 20 years of experience in library leadership, with a focus on collections and technical services, including serving as the temporary Executive Director of CELA for one year in 2019/20.

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Riane Lapaire

Braille & Accessibility Testing Coordinator

National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS)

With over a decade of working in alternate format materials and accessibility, Riane's (she/her) current passion is finding ways to increase timely access to quality braille and tactile graphics for readers. Riane's hobbies include music and gardening.

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Daniella Levy-Pinto

NNELS Manager

National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS)

Daniella’s (she/her) work informs a shift towards accessible-by-design products and services. She is totally blind and has used assistive technologies for over 25 years in academic and professional settings. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science.

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Colette Poitras

Indigenous Public Library Services Advisor

Public Library Services Branch, Municipal Affairs, Government of Alberta

With deep roots in the Red River, Edmonton and St. Paul des Métis, Colette Poitras (she/her) is a Métis librarian who is interested in breaking down barriers and increasing access to library services.

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Joan Ransom

Stonewall Branch Librarian

South Interlake Regional Library

As a rural public librarian, Joan (she/her) is committed to providing library service to patrons who live in the small communities within the South Interlake Region. She is excited to share PLARC's work to help all rural libraries be more accessible.

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John Giovanni Romano

Digital Technologies Manager

Toronto Public Library

With over 25 years of experience in IT across diverse roles in project strategy and delivery, as well as management, I (he/him) am a seasoned professional who has become a trusted and strategic business partner.

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Megan Sellmer

Web and Usability Assistant

National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS)

Megan (she/her) received her graduate degree in Humanities Computing and Library and Information Studies from the University of Alberta, focusing on digital access to information. She’s passionate about access for all to information, cooking and golf!

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Lindsay Tyler

Senior Manager

Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA)

Lindsay (she/her) holds and MLIS from McGill University and has over 15 years experience working in accessible library services for people with print disabilities. Her areas of expertise include accessible technology, outreach and reader advisory.

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Wendy Wayling

Children’s Librarian

Bibliothèque Publique De Westmount Public Library

I (she/her) received my MLIS from McGill University in 1994. Since then, I have always worked in public libraries. I have been head of the children's library at the Westmount Public Library in Montreal, QC since 1998.

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Corey Wintermute

Audiobook Coordinator

National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS)

Corey Wintemute (he/him) is a graduate of Langara College's Library and Information Technology program. In his free time he likes to write and record music, and has been able to combine these passions in the role of Audiobook Coordinator for NNELS.

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Pikiora Wylie

Public Services Librarian

National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS)

Hello everyone, My name is Pikiora and I work with for NNELS as the Public Services Librarian. My role is mainly about working with libraries and NNELS patrons to connect people with the books they want from the NNELS collection.

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Rachel Young

Library Supervisor

Mississauga Library

Rachel (she/her) is a library worker, activist, musician and artist in Toronto. She lives with a print disability. She enjoys games, languages and circumpolar places and is passionate about access for all and fostering creativity and the arts with programs.