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Saskatoon Public Library Appoints New Director


Library Appoints New Director

The Saskatoon Public Library Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Carol Cooley as the new Director of Libraries & CEO, effective June 1.

Cooley will replace Zenon Zuzak, who has been with Saskatoon Public Library (SPL) for the past 35 years, 20 of them as Director, and nine as Assistant Chief Librarian. Zuzak retired December 31, 2014, but remains with the Library on contract until the end of May.

Cooley is Manager of Adult & Information Services at SPL and before that, was Branch Head of Cliff Wright Branch. Prior to joining SPL, Carol was CEO of The Blue Mountains Public Library in Ontario, and Director of the Fort McMurray Public Library in Alberta.

“We’re excited to work with Carol as we set out together to write this new chapter of SPL’s history. We have many projects to tackle, including the updating of our strategic plan,” said Chris Shauf, Library Board Chair. The Board’s capital priority remains the development of a new central library. The opening of a new library branch in Stonebridge in 2016 is also another priority.

“We are very grateful to Zenon for his years of service, his commitment, his leadership, and for continuing on during this transition period. We wish him all the very best in his retirement,” he said.

To find a new director, the Board engaged the services of a national recruiting firm. An updated position profile was prepared, in part, using feedback from SPL staff. The position was advertised nationally and in select communities in the United States. Interviews were held with potential candidates and a final decision was made following a presentation to a panel of Board members and an interview.

Membership of the 2015 Library Board of Trustees includes:

  • Chair Chris Shauf
  • Vice Chair Yann Martel
  • Lisa Erickson
  • Candice Grant
  • Karen Harilstad
  • Councillor Mairin Loewen
  • Robyn Robertson
  • Director of Libraries & CEO
  • (Ex Officio) Mayor Don Atchison

As outlined in The Public Libraries Act, 1996, membership appointments to the volunteer library board are made by City Council. Vacancies are filled throughout the year whenever necessary. For complete biographical information on Saskatoon Public Library Board members, as well as board agendas and meeting dates, visit or call 306.975.7528.

For more information:
Chris Shauf, Chair, SPL Library Board


New CEO at Kitchener Public Library Announced


April 20, 2015

It is with great pleasure that the Kitchener Public Library Board announces the appointment of Mary Chevreau as Chief Executive Officer of Kitchener Public Library, effective May 11, 2015. Ms. Chevreau is a library consultant and founder of MEC Consulting, with a long history of leadership and business experience, and a demonstrated commitment to Kitchener Public Library.

As the founder of MEC Consulting, Ms. Chevreau offered services to public library directors and their teams, improving customer experience, programs and collections, and integrating e-content.

She also served as Vice President of North American Sales for a total of eight years at Innovative Interfaces and Innovative Enterprises, which create and support library systems. In these roles, she recruited, hired and trained effective teams, created new product and service options, and was a key player in the creation of the Public Library Directors’ Symposium. As chair and vice-chair of the planning and building committee and the finance committee, Ms. Chevreau took on many key roles during her term of service on the Kitchener Public Library Board from 1991 – 1996. She also served as vice-chair of the Kitchener Public Library Foundation from 1994 – 1997. She has a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario and is a member of four library associations.

“She’s a dynamic professional with the business experience and technological knowledge that will allow her to lead Kitchener Public Library through its continuing evolution,” said Wayne Buchholtz, chair of the library board.

“She also has deep roots in this community and a passion for community engagement. We’re looking forward to working with Mary Chevreau to ensure we deliver cost-effective library services while creating opportunities for our customers to discover, learn, and connect.”

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the Kitchener Public library – to build on the foundations established by the Board and residents of this great community, and to work with a top-notch team of library professionals," Mary Chevreau said.

"This is an exciting time for the library, as we forge new partnerships, employ new technologies, and develop creative services to better serve our customers; I’m looking forward to getting started!"

The Kitchener Public Library Board engaged in an international search and worked closely with the executive search firm Ken Haycock & Associates Inc.

For further information, contact Wayne Buchholtz, Chair, Kitchener Public Library Board


CARL FORUM. Open to PL Staff

Leviathan North: Long-term Access to Government Information in the Digital Era

As you well know, libraries, archives, and other memory institutions ensure that government information – vital for historical research and informed policy-making – remains accessible for current and future generations of researchers. Yet, the vast scale of the information that governments produce and collect today, together with the inherent fragility of digital media and the complexities and costs of digital stewardship, threaten the survival of key information resources. The long-term preservation of digital government information was recently raised as a concern in reports from a Royal Society of Canada expert panel, the Auditor General of Canada, and a Canadian Council of Academies expert panel.

Leviathan North: Long-term Access to Government Information in the Digital Era, to be held in Toronto May 14th-15th, will convene a range of stakeholders in the long-term preservation and use of government information, providing a forum to explore the dimensions of the challenge, and collaborative opportunities for the future.

Attached is more information on the event. I very much hope that a number of representatives of large public libraries, which truly play such a vital role in public dissemination of federal and provincial government information, will be able to attend. Please feel free to share information about this event with your CULC/CBUC members.

The event begins with an opening keynote address by Dr. Janice Stein on Thursday, May 14th at 4:00 p.m., followed by a reception. A full day of presentations and discussions will follow on Friday, May 15th.