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.

 Helen: Library Technician

Colour photograph of HelenSince volunteering in school libraries in elementary school, I loved the concept of libraries and their purpose of sharing knowledge. I enjoy learning and helping others. This position enables me to help others overcome difficulties and support their motivation to learn. I received my library technician diploma from Langara College in 2015, and have been part of the CAPER-BC team as a student aide since 2014 and as an on-call library assistant since 2016.

My hobbies include listening to music, reading, playing video games, hiking,  practicing calligraphy and photography.

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 Corrie, 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.

Corrie: Accessibility Librarian

With my colleague Stephen, I oversee alternate format production, advocate for accessibility, and work to improve our service. Before starting at CAPER-BC in October 2017, I worked in a variety of library positions at Langara College, Conestoga College, George Brown College, and the University of Toronto.

I have a BSC and an MSc from from the University of Guelph in Human Nutrition and Nutraceutical Sciences, and I obtained my Masters of Information Studies from the University of Toronto iSchool in 2010. I started my library career creating accessible online learning objects, and I have been a passionate advocate for improving library accessibility in all forms ever since. As a recent transplant from Ontario to the Vancouver area, outside of work I enjoy exploring all that BC has to offer, mainly by hiking ever more difficult trails and taking pictures of interesting looking birds.

Vanessa: Library Technician " "

Vanessa has almost 20 years’ experience working in corporate, school, non-profit and academic libraries after graduating with a Library Technician Diploma in 1999. Since then, Vanessa attained a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from UBC and is currently working on a Master of Library and Information Studies degree at UBC. She has been a member of the CAPER-BC team since 2006.

In addition to work, Vanessa is also a Board member of the non-profit Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House in Vancouver.

Some of the many things Vanessa is passionate about are food, cooking, art & design, social justice issues, music of all kinds. working on community projects, keeping fit, traveling the world and enjoying the company of family and friends.