Rina Hadziev, new BCLA Executive Director

The British Columbia Library Association (BCLA) is pleased to announce the selection of Rina Hadziev as its next Executive Director. Rina steps into the role following current Executive Director Annette DeFaveri, who has been an incredible advocate for the interests of libraries and successfully representing individual and institutional members. The hire was made after a comprehensive search process, in collaboration with the Search Committee and Harbour West Consulting, and with the approval of the Board of Directors.

“The Board of Directors of the British Columbia Library Association is very excited to announce Rina as our new Executive Director. We look forward to collaborating with Rina in continuing to provide universal access to information and meaningful resources to our membership and broader community.” – Todd Mundle, Incoming President, BCLA.

Rina comes to the BCLA as an experienced librarian, drawing from public library leadership roles and a passion for accessible library services, collaboration, inclusion, and collections. Rina brings experience from her previous roles with the Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL) and the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA). In her role with the GVPL, Rina led the indigenization of the library catalogue and integration of new technologies, e-resources, and digital collections. Recently with CELA she advanced partnerships and programming integral to facilitating equitable access for patrons with print disabilities. Rina holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria and a Master of Library and Information Studies from the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia. Rina will begin her new role as Executive Director for the BCLA on July 19, 2021.

“I’m excited to join the British Columbia Library Association as Executive Director. I look forward to working with the Board, staff, and members of the Association to advocate for libraries and provide professional opportunities and services for our membership during this time of change and opportunity.” – Rina Hadziev, Incoming Executive Director, BCLA.

About the British Columbia Library Association

The BC Library Association (BCLA) is a non-profit, cross-sectorial member association with over 800 members, furthering the interests of libraries and representing individual and institutional members. BCLA offers opportunities for discussion, debate, and activities pertinent to libraries and the Association. In addition, BCLA offers professional development opportunities for members and advocates for issues that support members, libraries, and the community. BCLA coordinates and leads opportunities for membership to expand knowledge and skills, and participates in formal liaisons with provincial, national, and international organizations to benefit the library sector.

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