About the Team

Learn a little about the people working behind the scenes at CAPER-BC.

Dan: Library Technician

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I have worked at CAPER-BC since November 2010 as a library assistant. I’m originally from Eastern Ontario and moved to Vancouver in the fall of 2009. I have a Library Technician diploma from Algonquin College in Ottawa and I am also currently working part-time on an undergraduate degree in History at Simon Fraser University. I also did two years as a visiting student at UBC to pursue their now-defunct Indonesian language program.

I worked for several years as a circulation assistant in the Ottawa Public Library, and I take particular pride in trying my best to serve members of the public with particular needs.

 Laura: Library Technician

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A self-proclaimed geek, Laura loves working with computers, and she delights in finding new and innovative ways to help people get what they need. Her main interests include writing (fiction), reading (science fiction, fantasy, and almost anything else), comics (primarily webcomics), and spending time with her cats (2) and her husband (1). She also enjoys (copious) use of parentheses, unnecessarily long sentences, and writing about herself in the third person.

Patricia: Director


Patricia Cia is the Director, Academic Innovation which includes being the CAPER-BC Director.

After working for several years in specialized libraries, Patricia came to Langara where she took on increasingly complex roles in the Library. During her tenure as interim Head of Library Services, Patricia became the Director for CAPER-BC, helping guide the service through the renaming process. In 2014, Patricia became Director, Academic Innovation, a new role at Langara which includes CAPER-BC, Library and Learning Commons, Teaching and Curriculum Development Centre and Educational Technology. Patricia has a Bachelor of Arts (double major in French and German) from the University of Victoria, a Certificate of Business Administration from Okanagan College and a Masters of Library Science from the University of British Columbia.

Shuyan: Library Technician

Shuyan1998 was a year that brought big changes in my life–I moved to Canada from China. Because of this I switched my university teaching position at a Chinese University for a student aide position working with CAPER-BC. Though the changes were dramatic, I’ve never felt regretful, especially about working for CAPER-BC. Currently I’m a library technician and have been working with CAPER-BC for more than a decade. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to provide service to students with special needs and to help them get through their post-secondary education. I have Masters in Linguistics and Education as well as Library Technician Diploma. I like reading, listening to music and writing poems in Chinese.

Stephen: Librarian

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I have been with CAPER-BC since 2004. Previous to CAPER-BC I worked at the University of British Columbia as a systems administrator full time while also completing my Masters of Library Science and Masters of Archival Studies. I also have an undergraduate degree in Russian Language and Literature and a diploma in Network Administration. With my colleague Tara, I oversee alternate format production, undertake special projects and research, and advocate for accessibility. However, I especially enjoy looking for ways to improve our service while accommodating the changes in technology that seem to take place on a daily basis. When not at work, I enjoy various activities which mainly involve channeling the energy of 2 young children.

Stephen is a recipient of the BCLA ALPS Award for Outstanding Service.

Tara: Accessibility Librarian and Coordinator" "

With my colleague Stephen, I oversee alternate format production, advocate for accessibility and work to improve our service. Before starting at CAPER-BC in July 2012 I worked in a variety of library systems related positions at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, National Library of New Zealand, BC Libraries Cooperative, and the Great Northern Way Campus.

I have a BA from from UNBC in International Studies and Women’s Studies. I graduated with an MLIS from UBC in 2007. I’m passionate about accessibility, universal design for learning, libraries, access to information and open source software. Outside of work I like biking, swimming and yoga. I help run the Langara Community Garden Society and love being able to garden at lunchtime.

Vanessa: Library Technician " "

Vanessa started her academic career at Langara in the mid-1990s and finished her Library Technician Diploma in 1999. Since then she has worked in special, school, corporate and academic libraries, coming full-circle to work at CAPER-BC in 2006.

Always seeking another challenge, Vanessa went back to school and graduated in 2012 with an undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from UBC. In the fulfillment of the degree she took courses in art history, women’s studies, political science, philosophy, English and history. Some of the many things Vanessa is passionate about are food, cooking, art & design, social justice issues, working to improve community, keeping fit, travelling the world and enjoying the company of friends and family.