Learn a little about the people working behind the scenes at CAPER-BC.
Dan: Library Technician
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
Since 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.
Dr. Debbie Schachter is the Director of Library and Learning Commons, which includes being the CAPER-BC Director.
Debbie is an academic library leader, higher education teacher and researcher who represents academic and Canadian libraries in local and international consortia, cooperatives and associations. Before joining Langara in July, 2019, Debbie was the University Librarian at Capilano University, and previously was the Director of Learning Resources and Records Management at Douglas College. Debbie also has experience working as an administrator in social services and charitable organizations.
Debbie is active in Library cooperatives, consortia and associations, including ELN, OCLC and IFLA, and is actively conducting research and publishing with an international team of colleagues. Debbie has a Bachelor of Arts (in English and History) and a Masters of Library Science from the University of British Columbia, a Master of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University, and a Doctor of Education from the University of Edinburgh.
Sandi Ma: 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. .
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.
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.
Vanessa has been a part of the CAPER-BC team since 2006 and has more than 20 years’ experience working in corporate, school, non-profit and academic libraries.
Her educational accomplishments include graduating from Langara College with a Library Technician Diploma in 1999 and attaining both a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies (2012) and a Master of Library and Information Studies degree (2019) at UBC.
In addition to work, Vanessa is the co-chair of the non-profit Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House Board of Directors.
Some of Vanessa’s hobbies and interests are cooking, art & design, social justice issues, music, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.