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.

Suzanne: Director

Suzanne Rackover is the Director of Library and Learning Commons, which includes being the CAPER-BC Director.

Suzanne brings with her over 10 years of experience in the library field. After obtaining her Master of Library and Information Studies from McGill University, Suzanne began her career as an Art Librarian at The Banff Centre in Alberta. Three years into the role, she was promoted to Manager, Library and Archives.

In 2016, she made the move to BC where she took on the role of University Librarian at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. In this capacity, Suzanne navigated a team of 15 through a series of challenges including a campus move, water incursion in the archives, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Suzanne graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art History, and a Master of Art, Art History.

Sandi: Library Technician

Before receiving her Library and Information Technology diploma from Langara College, Sandi worked in communication design. She is passionate about equal access for all, grateful for the opportunity to be part of CAPER-BC and honoured to assist students with accessibility needs in following their dreams. .

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 Jennifer, 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 children.

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

Jennifer: 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 May 2021, I was the science librarian at the Langara College Library.

I have a BSc from the University of Victoria and I earned MREM and MLIS degrees from Dalhousie University in Halifax. While at the Langara Library, I worked to enhance the web accessibility of the assignment guides used in the instruction program. Prior to pursuing a career in librarianship, I spent a decade working in wildlife population genetics. Outside of work, I enjoy cooking, and running in road and trail races around BC.

Jen: Library Technician

Jen originally joined the CAPER team from 2013-2015, and then returned to CAPER in 2022 after working in the Langara Library borrowers services department. She is a graduate of the Langara College Library Technician Program, and is passionate about helping students.

Outside of work Jen enjoys painting, drawing, and spending time with her family.