ELLA Executive 2020-2021

Members of the executive serve 1- or 2-year terms, beginning on September 1 following their election/appointment.


Chair, Sara Tokay
Sept 2020-June 2022

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Sara is a librarian with Alberta Law Libraries in the Edmonton Courthouse. Her area of specialty is legislation tracing both Provincially and Federally, with a heavy focus on Alberta. Her non work passions include all things vintage and her adorable orange cat, Arthur.


Chair Elect, Twyla Erickson
Oct 2021-June 2022

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Twyla Erickson has worked for The City of Edmonton as the Library Administrator and Legal Records Management subject matter expert for Legal Services for over 6 years. Her main specialties are legal records management, information access and privacy. As a self professed life long learner she enjoys reading legal resources and scientific research papers. Her favourite author is Gregory Tardi. 


Secretary, Michael McNichol
Sept 2020-June 2022

Michael is a Compliance Consultant at NOrQuest College, heading up their records management program and their policies and procedures development initiative. Prior to earning his MLIS and making a career change, Michael practiced law. Outside of work, Michael is passionate about reading, cooking, handicrafts (he keeps trying but hasn’t gotten any better at them), and social justice. Obviously, this list is not in order of diminishing importance.  


Treasurer, Christine Brown
Sept 2019-June 2022

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Dr. Christine Brown has spent most of her career working in academic libraries but has also worked as public library director (Leduc Public Library) and an assistant professor of library and information studies (University of Alabama). She is currently the Head of Faculty Engagement for the Social Sciences, Humanities & Law at the University of Alberta Library. Her professional and research interests involve information services, information-seeking behaviour and the adoption/use of new technologies. Her many contributions to the work of professional organizations include the American Library Association, the International Federation of Library Associations & Institutions, and the Greater Edmonton Library Association. 


Webmaster, Laura Gerlitz
Sept 2021-June 2022

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Laura is the Research Data Management Project Officer for the Digital Research Alliance of Canada, having graduated from the dual MLIS and MA in Digital Humanities program at the University of Alberta. Upon graduation she interned at Research Data Canada and was a Metadata Librarian at the Bank of Canada. She supports researchers and the research community across Canada in data management and curation.