Librarians Who Have Worked For Southeast Regional Library

I saw the following in the latest CLA e-newsletter…

“Retirement: The Sault Ste. Marie Public Library Board announces that Wilhelm Eisenbichler, Director of Public Libraries since 1993, will retire at the end of 2008. An effective administrator, Eisenbichler brought sound business principles and strong fiscal management into library operations.  He is also credited for developing new revenue streams for the library, such as the Friends of the Library Bookstore and the library’s Bestsellers Café. Wilhelm Eisenbichler started his library career in 1978 with the Southeast Regional Library System in Weyburn Saskatchewan.  In 1980 he accepted the position of Assistant Adult Services Librarian with the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library and quickly rose through the ranks, becoming Director of Public Libraries in 1993. For more information contact: Christopher Rous, Chairperson, Sault Ste. Marie Public Library Board (705) 942-3000.”

…and it inspired me to put together the following list:


Brett Balon
Jeff Barber
Alison Black
Barbara Blythe

Innes Campbell
Shelley Carlson
Mary Cavanagh
Julie Currie
Peter Curti
Kate-Lee Donohoe

Wilhelm Eisenbichler
Michelle Fedyk
Janet Geddes
Janie Gentry
Jason Hammond
Allan Johnson
Michael Keaschuk 
Werner Mueller
Murray Munn
Christine Murphy
Marilyn Nikiforuk
James Richards

Marian Ridge

Greg Rubin
Greg Salmers
Monindar Sohol
Georgina Souter
Laura Taylor
Kam Teo 

Jannay Thiessen
Ken Vaughn
Anne Warriner

I'll try to add to this list as other names come back to me or as I come across them.  [Edit – many thanks to Greg Salmers and Ken Vaughn for filling in many of the names I didn't have.]

Why do I care?  I don't know – it's just interesting to think of the people who've come before you and where they've ended up (two people on that list are now my co-workers at Regina Public Library for instance) as well as it being a way to think about how your own career path may develop. 

Comments 6

  1. Anonymous wrote:

    Didn't you say that my current branch manager used to be in your job? If so, you can add Jannay Thiessen to your list.
    I'm learning that the library world is actually quite small and there is really a lot of connections and cross-overs from job to job. It'll be interesting to look back on our careers and see where each decision takes us. Frustrating perhaps in the present, when you can't look ahead to see how it'll all turn out, but interesting at the end of the career.

    Posted 18 Oct 2008 at 9:43 pm
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    Thanks for the reminder – as I brainstormed the list, I knew I was forgetting someone obvious. Duh.
    And I hear you on the “small world” thing – when I was in Ottawa, I was swapping war stories about our jobs with Michelle, Iona and Graham and after telling a couple SRL ones, Graham goes “is that the system that Estevan is a part of? Because I know someone applying there.” Oh, uhm, don't tell her anything I just told you! (Just kidding – I think we should probably do *more* to let each other know the benefits AND downfalls of various workplaces. Might be a way to prevent some workplaces with getting away with some pretty shitty things in terms of how they treat employees. Hmm, instead of

    Posted 19 Oct 2008 at 9:24 pm
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    I made that last comment jokingly then thought, “Hey, I think I've seen a site like that.” Our respective employees aren't listed but TPL and VPL are!

    Posted 19 Oct 2008 at 9:28 pm
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    *employers* not “employees”

    Posted 24 Oct 2008 at 6:57 pm
  5. Anonymous wrote:

    I stumbled across your list and have only two that I see missing:
    Kate-Lee Donohoe (currently at Estevan)
    Anne Warriner (now in Moose Jaw/Palliser)
    It is very true – the connectedness of the library community. Once you get to know a few people across the country, it soon seems like you know, or have heard of, everyone.
    Jeff B.

    Posted 08 Nov 2009 at 5:07 pm
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    Thanks for the additions Jeff! With the mention of Kate Lee, I realise I may have committed myself to keeping this list up-to-date now that I've compiled it this far! 😉

    Posted 10 Nov 2009 at 3:07 pm

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