Our Leadership Team

Jacqueline van Dyk, Director of Library Services


Jacqueline is proud to lead a strong community-focused library with an inspired and talented staff who inspire learning, creativity, collaboration in the District of North Vancouver. She brings passion, energy and fresh perspectives to the transformative work of public libraries.

A champion for equitable access to resources, technology, and spaces, Jacqueline is passionate about how libraries support the creation of vibrant, connected, and engaged communities. Her vision is that the library needs to meet the diverse needs of community members at all stages and phases of life.

Jacqueline has worked to modernize NVDPL spaces and services, championed projects including the creation of a digital creation studio, StoryLab, and supported the growth of programs and collections that support lifelong learning.

This is Jacqueline’s second stint at NVDPL. She worked here in the 1990s before leaving to lead the Library Systems department at Vancouver Community College. After that she led the provincial government's Libraries and Literacy branch, formerly known as the Public Library Services Branch. She was responsible for provincial investments in libraries and literacy, including shared systems, infrastructure projects, policy and legislation.

She lives in North Burnaby, and is passionate about the creative arts, learning and reading.

604-990-3740 / JvanDyk@nvdpl.ca
Executive Assistant: Suzanne Hendriks hendrikss@nvdpl.ca

Sandi Burgess, Manager of Welcoming Initiatives

Sandi brings a passion and enthusiasm for public libraries that date back to the turn of the millennium when she first realized the impact that these amazing institutions can have on the lives of the people we serve.   From saving library visitors thousands on potential costs related to education and leisure to being the place the whole community can gather to discuss ideas, Sandi has witnessed the lifeline that libraries provides to many and the support we offer to job seekers, individuals with special needs, lifelong learners, newcomers, families, seniors, youth and more.
Sandi has worked in library management since 2003 in both urban and rural systems – Burlington Public Library in Ontario, Elgin County Library and Fraser Valley Regional Library where she managed three libraries in Delta.  She has experience working in every functional area of libraries from leading storytime to migrating library database systems and redesigning spaces.  In 2015, Sandi served as the President of the Ontario Public Library Association.
She currently lives in Horseshoe Bay with her better half and their two dogs, Wilson and Norris.  She loves hiking, kayaking, traveling, theatre and new opportunities to learn.
604-990-5800, ext. 8113  | sburgess@nvdpl.ca

Alex Etesami, Manager, Innovation & Learning

As Manager of Innovation & Learning at the Library, Alex oversees all of the Library’s technology operations as well provides strategic planning and execution of the Library’s infrastructure and IT Support operations.
Alex is a collaborative leader who has a strong track record of delivering strategic advice and practical, value-add solutions to his clients. He continuously innovates to deliver on strategic objectives and is passionate about helping his organization accelerate their strategic outcomes and optimize operations. Alex is known for his commitment to ensuring his communities are receiving a great experience and achieving their goals.
Prior to joining the Library, Alex spent 17 years at UBC across a variety of roles, most recently as Senior Client Services Manager for UBC Information Technology. He was instrumental in leading the delivery, implementation and operation of campus-wide technology services. Alex is a champion for defining winning strategies while leading high-performing, collaborative teams. And when he’s not working, you’ll find him on his motorcycle
604-990-5800, ext. 8119 / etesamia@nvdpl.ca

Alison Campbell, Manager, Community Connections

Alison connects, consults and collaborates with community members in order to understand community needs and to inform the direction of library services and policies. She provides leadership in the provision of community‐centred service and the promotion and delivery of library services in the community.
Alison has spent her career at NVDPL, starting as a book shelver when she was in high school.  She has been a Children’s Librarian and Assistant Branch Manager at Parkgate and Lynn Valley, and the Outreach Coordinator for Children and Teens for the system.
She enjoys building community partnerships, sharing her love of children’s literature and not-overly-energetic outdoor activities.
604-990-5800, ext. 8118 / alicam@nvdpl.ca

Deborah Hudson, Business Manager

Deborah provides leadership for the Library’s business functions, contributing to the development and implementation of organizational strategies, policies and practices, and supporting strategic projects and corporate services. Working with our District of North Vancouver partner, her role includes the coordination of capital projects, budgets, financial controls and compliance systems. 
Deborah brings two decades of management and leadership experience in cultural sector government and not-for-profit organizations, including facility and project management for municipal and community museums, galleries, and historic sites. She has extensive experience developing and supporting partnerships with businesses, volunteer groups, and cultural organizations, including arts councils and libraries. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies, and a certificate in Executive General Management.
Deborah’s passions include travel, photography, reading, drawing, and gallery hopping. She is interested in the history of art, architecture, and children’s book illustration, and enjoys kayaking, beach walking, and exploring B.C.’s great waterscapes. 
604-990-5800, ext. 8130 | hudsond@nvdpl.ca

Krista Scanlon, Manager of Collection Services

Krista provides leadership in the development and maintenance of the Library’s print, digital and audiovisual collections. She oversees the employees responsible for selection, implementation, preparation and coordination of collections, acquisitions, digital and technical services, and interlibrary loans.

 Krista has worked exclusively for NVDPL, starting as a page shelving books in 1985. She has worked in Circulation, Technical Services, Reference, and as a Lynn Valley Branch Librarian. In 2013 she became the Collection Services & Evaluation Librarian for adult print and AV collections.

 A lifelong North Vancouver resident, she enjoys spending time with her family and cat Teddy, listening to and playing music, antiquing, watching a great TV series or documentary, and appreciating the natural beauty of the North Shore and Lower Mainland.

604-990-5800, ext. 8148 / krista@nvdpl.ca