Debbie Schachter

Debbie Schachter

Why did you become a librarian/info pro?
I originally decided to go into Library studies when I was still at university and was looking for a further education opportunity after my BA. During library school I worked in a number of different library types and upon graduation I began my professional career as a special librarian – in a newspaper library. I worked in different special libraries for the first 15 years of my career.

What is your current role?
I am the University Librarian at Capilano University, in North Vancouver, British Columbia, where I am also the University’s Copyright Officer. I have been with the University since August 2017. I am also working on my Doctorate in Education through the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland, with the plan to complete my thesis in 2018.

 What inspired you to become involved with LMD?  I have been a member of LMD for many years and as a leader and manager, so naturally this is one of the divisions that I have participated in.

Tell us about your history and current role with LMD
In previous years, I have been heavily involved in chapter leadership, specifically the Western Canada Chapter, then as Chapter Cabinet Chair, a member of the SLA Transition Committee, and most recently a member of the Finance committees for SLA. I have not participated in division governance before, so I am looking forward to this opportunity in the role of LMD Chair.

Are there any upcoming events or initiatives you’d like to tell us about?
This year I will be involving myself in the professional development opportunities provided by LMD and, most importantly, attending the leadership events provided by SLA both virtually and at the annual SLA conference.

 What do you think is a key challenge for SLA (or for our profession) at present?
SLA continues to evolve and this needs to be communicated to existing and long term members. In addition, SLA needs to convey how association members benefits our new professionals, as it has benefited those of us who are later in our careers.

 How can LMD members get more involved with the division or with SLA?
The first step for members is to familiarize themselves with the opportunities that do exist – including attending our LMD Professional Development Webinar series, and sessions at the conference. There are always opportunities to participate in leadership of the division which also provide career benefits, so looking at the LMD website and connecting with members at the annual meeting during the conference is a good way to get started.

And, finally, a little-known fact about you – this could be a hobby, favorite book, or just whatever you’d like to share.  I decided to take up violin about 3 years ago when my brother-in-law gave me his grandfather’s violin (and told me to play!). I’ve been taking lessons ever since and really enjoying this new hobby.