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-Aug 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, Lakshmi Balaraman
Sept 2020-Aug 202
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Lakshmi is a first-year University of Alberta MLIS student. Prior to commencing the MLIS degree, she earned a doctoral degree from Cleveland State University, USA. Lakshmi is passionate about law and law libraries and aspires to be an academic librarian!

Past Chair, Anke Eastwood
Sept 2019-Aug 2022

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Anke has been a librarian at the Edmonton courthouse since 2000, and has seen many changes there over the years, including the name – now Alberta Law Libraries. She and her husband, Paul, have two daughters and  recently became empty-nesters. Anke enjoys a wide variety of music and is passionate about social justice issues and the family’s mutt, Mylo.


Secretary, Michael McNichol
Sept 2020-Aug 2022

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Michael is a candidate in the Masters of Library and Information Studies program at the University of Alberta. Prior to joining the program, Michael was called to the Bar in 2013, alternatively focusing on a civil litigation and on a solicitor’s practice before going on the “non-practicing list.” Outside of work, Michael is passionate about reading, cooking, handicrafts (none of which he is any good at), and social justice. Obviously, this list is not in order of diminishing importance. 


Treasurer, Christine Brown
Sept 2019-Aug 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-Aug 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.