Presentation: Learning & Community Growth with Åsa Kachan, Chief Librarian and CEO Halifax Public Library
Thursday April 20th, 2017, 7pm
Britannia Branch, Vancouver Public Library
“Libraries still continue to provide the books and materials as we always have, but it is by bringing the community together and facilitate the sharing of knowledge and ideas and perspectives that we lift our community up individually and collectively. When that happens, we’ve truly succeeded as a library.” – Åsa Kachan
Åsa Kachan is Chief Librarian & CEO for Halifax Public Libraries. An innovative, strategic and collaborative leader, Åsa has a passion for libraries and a demonstrated understanding of what it takes to serve diverse communities. “It’s such an exciting time to be working in libraries,” says Åsa Kachan, “Our role is evolving beyond the distribution of materials. We are increasingly becoming a hub for creativity and the heart of our community.”
Halifax’s new Central Library which opened in 2014 to rave reviews and draws large crowds on a daily basis has been dubbed “One of the 10 most beautiful libraries in the world.” by Wired Magazine.
Åsa has a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario. Over her career she has held leadership positions in public libraries and universities. Åsa became the Chief Librarian & CEO for Halifax Public Libraries in 2014