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.

Adult Services

Adult Services Coordinator
Anne DeGrace

We claim Anne as our Writer-in-Residence, as she’s authored several books about Nelson plus four very fine novels (so far). We’ve been proud to have her on staff since 1987.  Anne is our publicity and fundraiser events organizer extraordinaire.  Anne is responsible for ordering new adult materials for and maintaining the adult collections.

Children’s Services

Children’s Services Coordinator
Avi Silberstein

Avi joined our staff in 2016. He has a MLIS and a varied background in libraries, from the outreach librarian at Greater Victoria who started the Bikemobile outreach project to Director at the Grand Forks Public Library.

Teen Services

Teen/Literacy Services Coordinator
Melodie Rae Storey

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.

Technical Services

Administrative/Technical Services Coordinator
Heather Dahlgrin

Heather joined our team in 2016. She has a Library and Information Technology Diploma from University of the Fraser Valley. Heather brings  a wide range of skills including experience hosting Kootenay Coop Radio radio shows!

Administrative/Technical Services Coordinator
Christine Wallace

Christine has her MLIS from UBC and Library Technician Diploma from Langara, with academic studies focusing on art history, communications and design. She has worked as a librarian in a variety of special, public and academic libraries, and also as an information analyst building metadata for content management systems. She found her way to Nelson to pursue textile arts.

Circulation Services

Circulation and Reference Services Coordinator
Heather Goldik

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. 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.

Circulation Services Assistant
Helen Blum

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.

Circulation Services Assistant
Shawna Cummings

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.

On-call Circulation Services Assistant
Catherine Brochhagen

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.

On-call Circulation Services Assistant
Erin Maconachie

Erin joined our staff in 2011.  She has a background in storytelling and early literacy through CBAL.  Erin is often seen frequenting the library even when she is not working as she passes on her love of reading and  libraries to her family.

On-Call Circulation Services Assistant
Eva Walters

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.

On-Call Circulation Services Assistant
Lyndsay Forsythe

Lyndsay joined the library in 2019. She 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.

On-Call Library Clerk
Veronica Hartwell

Shelver II
Catherine Brochhagen
Erin Maconachie

Veronica Hartwell
Harlan Hofmann-Miller

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?