NPL Staff

Chief Librarian

Tracey Therrien

Tracey believes that the difference a public library can make in a small community is great; that it can be a real driver for many things. She has seen that kind of impact firsthand. Tracey was the Chief Librarian at Salmo, then at Smithers and Gibsons Public Libraries before making the move to Nelson.

Tracey has a Library and Information Technology Diploma from Langara College, and a MLIS from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland. As a student, she did her practicum at the Nelson Library so returning to it as Chief Librarian is a bit of a homecoming for her.

Tracey looks forward to building on the Nelson Public Library’s track record and the implementation of a brand new five-year strategic plan.



Heather G. – Adult Services 

Heather started as an On-Call Circulation Services Assistant in 2007, was promoted to Administrative/Technical Services Coordinator in 2008, and then moved on to Circulation/Reference Services Coordinator in fall 2012. And now she’s our Adult Services Librarian in 2020. Heather has a B.A. in Linguistics from McGill University and a Diploma in Information and Library Technologies from John Abbott College. She’s worked in several other libraries, and brings with her valuable skills and experience including Reader’s Advisory.

Melodie Rae – Teen & Literacy Services

Melodie Rae comes to us with a Masters degree in history as well as a Library and Information Technology diploma and a professional Certificate in Collections Management with a Masters level course in public programming. Melodie’s previous experience includes almost a decade of working in libraries from UBC to Selkirk College and Nelson of course, as well as teaching assistant at an elementary school and teaching ESL overseas. She received the Young Adult and Children’s Services Section award from the BC Library Association in 2021.

Jackie – Children’s Services 

Jackie’s career in Librarianship started as a volunteer shelver in elementary school. After earning a Master’s in Sanskrit Literature, she realized she truly belonged in libraries and went on to earn a Master of Library & Information Sciences from the University of Toronto’s iSchool. Jackie has worked in a variety of libraries, with roles including the Head Librarian at an international school in Cairo, Egypt, Digital Archivist for a fashion museum in Dubai, and the Director of the Nakusp Public Library. She has strong family ties to Nelson, dating back to the first European settlers in the region, and always dreamed it would one day be her full time home.

Heather D. – Admin/Tech Services

Heather has a Library and Information Technology Diploma with distinction, and a Library Technician Post Diploma Certificate, both from the University of the Fraser Valley. She brings a wide range of skills including over a decade of experience hosting and producing Kootenay Coop Radio radio shows!

Lyndsay – Public & Reference Services 

Lyndsay completed the Library and Information Technology diploma from Langara College in 2013 and has worked in a variety of roles in private and academic libraries. Before moving back to her hometown, Lyndsay worked at the UBC Law Library serving patrons and helping students achieve their academic goals. She is delighted to be back at the library that started her love of books and reading.


Circulation Services

Helen – Library Assistant

Helen’s been with the Library since 1987 and works on our busy service desk. She has a B.A. from The University of Toronto, a M.S.W. from UBC, plus many years of varied experience working to provide services to children.

Shawna – Library Assistant

Shawna came to us in 2011 from the Fort St. James Library bringing with her a range of skills. In the small community library in Fort St. James, staff had to be willing and able to take on any task from the circulation desk, programs for children to helping seniors navigate the internet. Born and raised in the Kootenays, Shawna is overjoyed to be back home in Nelson. In her spare time, Shawna is an amateur historian, storyteller, and textile artist.

Erin – Library Assistant

Erin has a background in storytelling and early literacy through CBAL. Often seen frequenting the library even when she is not working as she passes on her love of reading and libraries to her family.

Catherine – Outreach Assistant & On-Call Library Assistant

Catherine brings tons of experience with her as well as a passion for libraries. She formerly served as Chair of The Friends of the Library, mastering the huge task of putting together all that goes into the popular Friends of the Library booksales.

Eva – On-Call Library Assistant

Eva’s been working at our Library since 1975 (with a few breaks for other endeavors) and even served for several years as our Chief Librarian. Now she works mainly on-call at the service desk. She’s got a Diploma for Community Librarians from the BC Ministry of Education and several years of post-secondary education plus experience in a variety of posts.

Victoria – On-Call Library Assistant

Victoria recently graduated from the University of Alberta’s Master of Library and Information Studies program. She is passionate about the new-found opportunities working in the library field presents. With a background in English Literature, she loves reading and is eager to share that with others.

Veronica – Shelver 

Amelia – Shelver

Lauren – Shelver 

How would we find anything in the Library were it not for the hard work of our great shelving team who keep it all in order?