UBC iSchool alum Christina de Castell (MLIS ’01) has been appointed as the new Chief Librarian at Vancouver Public Library (VPL).
De Castell joined VPL in 2006, and has served as Acting Chief Librarian since March 2018. De Castell succeeds fellow iSchool alum Sandra Singh (MLIS ’97), who was appointed General Manager of Arts, Culture, and Community Services at the City of Vancouver earlier this year.
De Castell is internationally recognized for her expertise in copyright and digital technologies and has held various roles with the B.C. Library Association, Special Libraries Association Western Canada Chapter and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).
“I’m honoured to take on this role and to work with our staff, stakeholders and Vancouver’s communities to reach our vision of an informed, engaged, and connected city,” says de Castell, who is also a frequent speaker on ebooks, reading, digital technologies and libraries. “As VPL continues to share the world’s ideas and stories through lending books, supporting literacy and providing great programs, I’m excited to explore together the possibilities that technology enables and the new ways that we can learn, create and collaborate.”
Read the full press release on the VPL website.