CELA announces new Executive Director

I am pleased to share the announcement of CELA’s new Executive Director with you. Rina is looking forward to working with you and your organization to continue advancing equitable public library services for Canadians with print disabilities.


Lindsay Tyler

Senior Manager, CELA / Gestionnaire principal, CAÉB



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On behalf of the Board of Directors I am delighted to announce that Rina Hadziev has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA).

Rina brings over 15 years of experience in public library leadership, most recently as Collections & Technical Services Coordinator at Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL) in Victoria, British Columbia to her new role as CELA’s Executive Director. Rina was a member of the CELA board from 2016-2019, and played a key role advocating for improved access to ebooks and digital audiobooks for libraries and their patrons through her participation with the Canadian Urban Libraries Council Digital Content Working Group. In her role with Greater Victoria Public Library, Rina spearheaded the integration of new technologies, e-resources and digital collections to better serve library patrons.

Rina will join CELA effective October 7, 2019, succeeding Michael Ciccone who left CELA in late August to become CEO of London Public Library. Like Michael, Rina is passionate about the vital role of public libraries in ensuring and facilitating equitable access for their patrons with print disabilities. Under Rina’s leadership, CELA will continue to build on its existing relationships, and her collaborative style will help CELA develop new partnerships which are essential for the continued improvement of accessible library services and collections.

The CELA board and staff are excited to welcome Rina and we look forward to the new opportunities her leadership will create for CELA.


Catherine Biss
Chair, CELA Board of Directors

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