The Bowen Island Library Board is pleased to announce that Jennifer Streckmann has been hired to fill the position of interim library director. She’ll be filling in for chief librarian Tina Nielsen, who will be on leave from September 2021 to September 2022.
Jennifer is currently a librarian at the Vancouver Public Library, where she has been an active participant in developing new programs and initiatives, both as a children’s librarian and as a member of the cultural programming team. She also has extensive experience working with Indigenous partners, most recently as the lead for VPL’s Indigenous Storyteller in residence.
“We’re delighted to welcome Jennifer to the library team. Her solid library experience, her interest in programming, and her leadership through service philosophy made her a natural choice for the position,” said board chair Susan Munro. “And we were so pleased to discover that she had recently moved to Bowen!”
Chief librarian Tina Nielsen is also thrilled to welcome Jen to the Bowen Library team. “Jen’s recent experience at the Vancouver Public Library will serve her well in her new role as library director, and this is a great opportunity for our library’s programs and services to be viewed from a fresh perspective. I’m happy to be handing over the reins to such a capable and motivated individual and grateful to be able to spend more time with my family. I look forward to returning to the Bowen library in 2022.”
Jen will begin work at the Bowen Library on August 16.