Diane Thompson Chair and Instructor

Office: L311a | 604.323.5862 | dianethompson@langara.ca

Chair and Instructor: Diane ThompsonMLIS, BFA

Diane has a Masters of Library and Information Studies from the University of British Columbia and has over 30 years working in a variety of different roles in libraries. She also holds a Lib Tech Dipl. from Langara College. The main focus of her work over the last decade has been in library management and administration, information literacy and instruction. Prior to working at Langara College, Diane was the regional coordinator and library manager at Natural Resources Canada. She has also been an adjunct professor at UBC’s SLAIS. Currently, she teaches information literacy, online search and library systems as part of the curriculum. Diane has been the Chair of the Library & Information Technology Program since 2013.

Dean Giustini Instructor


Biomedical Branch Librarian
Liaison librarian: UBC Faculty of Medicine, St. Paul's and Vancouver hospitals

Dean is an academic health librarian working at a UBC Library at Vancouver Hospital in Vancouver Canada. He manages the UBC Biomedical Branch Library at the Diamond Centre and teaches library and information skills in the UBC Faculty of Medicine undergraduate and graduate programs. He teaches full courses at the UBC School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS), and at the UBC School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) and at Langara College in the Library and Information program. In 2017, he won the Margaret Ridley Charlton Award for Outstanding Achievement in Medical Librarianship and the Mary Sue Stephenson Award for Excellence in Teaching at the UBC Library school. Dean maintains one of the largest librarian wikis in the world called HLWIKI International, http://hlwiki.slais.ubc.ca.

Fiona Hunt Instructor

Office: L311b | fhunt@langara.ca

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Debbie Millward Instructor


Instructor: Debbie Millward


Debbie holds a Masters of Library Science from the University of British Columbia, and is an experienced librarian and library administrator. As an instructor in Langara’s Library Technician program since 2013, she teaches subject analysis and classification, supervisory skills, and special topics, and has been an adjunct professor at UBC’s iSchool@SLAIS for over a decade. Prior to joining Lawson Lundell LLP in 2014 in her current role as Manager of Information Resources, she worked at a national law firm as its Vancouver library manager, and for over twenty years worked in Vancouver as a research librarian and library manager for one of Canada’s major news organizations. Debbie is an active member of the Vancouver Association of Law Libraries, the Special Libraries Association, and the BC Legal Management Association.

Linda Morrison Instructor

Office: L311b | lmorrison@langara.ca

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Kathleen Peters Instructor

Office: L311b | kpeters@langara.ca

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Tess Prendergast Instructor


Instructor: Tess Prendergast


Tess has an Master of Library and Information Studies and has spent over two decades working as a children's librarian in public libraries. Between 2007 and 2011 she led an innovative team of professional librarians in community early literacy work with vulnerable and underserved families. After noticing several gaps in what is known about how families interact with libraries, she returned to university to pursue a doctorate in literacy education which she completed in 2018. Her doctoral work focused on early literacy in the lives of children with disabilities and their families. Some of her other accomplishments include developing professional training programs for library staff and early childhood educators, publishing articles in peer-reviewed journals and presenting at library conferences. In her teaching, Tess stresses the important role that libraries play in diverse communities.

Guy Robertson Instructor

Office: L312 | grobertson@langara.ca

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Debbie Schachter Instructor


Instructor: Debbie SchachterMLS, MBA, Candidate for EdD

Debbie is the University Librarian and Copyright Officer with Capilano University, located in North Vancouver, B.C. Prior to the move to Capilano, Debbie was the Director, Learning Resources & Records Management at Douglas College in New Westminster, B.C. Previously, Debbie was a member of the Senior Management Team at Vancouver Public Library, where she held the position of Director, Technology & Collection Management.

Debbie is active in the Special Libraries Association and has been an OCLC Global Council delegate representing the Americas, since 2011.

Debbie holds a BA in History and English, an MLS from UBC, and an MBA in the Management of Technology from SFU. Debbie is currently conducting research into critical information literacy as a candidate for Doctor of Education with the University of Edinburgh (intended completion 2018).

Serenia Tam Instructional Assistant

Office: L314 | 604.323.5364 | libtech@langara.ca

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Dale West Instructor

Office: L313 | 604.323.5418 | dwest@langara.ca

Chair and Instructor: Diane ThompsonMLIS, BA

Dale West has followed her curiosity and innate need to organize things to reach her position here at Langara. Her education began with a BA from Simon Fraser University in Archaeology, with a focus on using historic ethnographic research as an archaeological tool. She next spent time working in the video game industry, before completing a Certificate in Genealogical Studies from the University of Toronto, and then branching into libraries with a Library Technician Diploma from the University of the Fraser Valley. She worked as a library technician at several academic and school libraries before she received her MLIS from San Jose State University in 2011, with a focus on cataloging. She has cataloged at academic, school and special libraries. Dale sees cataloging not just as a set of rules to be followed but as an act of customer service, allowing everyone to find the information they need.