Christina de Castell

Christina de Castell


CFE Working Group on Intellectual Freedom

Chief Librarian
Vancouver Public Library

Christina de Castell is chief librarian at Vancouver Public Library. She is passionate about the role of libraries in building communities and exploring ideas, and fascinated by the way that technology is changing the way we learn and communicate. Christina's prior roles at VPL include director of collections & technology, manager of online information & news and manager, InfoAction. Prior to joining VPL in 2006, Christina worked at the BC Securities Commission as a website manager, usability specialist and legal research librarian. In 2015, Christina represented libraries at UN forums as manager, policy and advocacy for the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), including the World Intellectual Property Organization and the Internet Governance Forum.

Christina is vice-chair of the copyright committee for the Canadian Federation of Library Associations, and a member of the IFLA Copyright & Other Legal Matters Advisory Committee. She is the co-author, with Paul Whitney, of eBooks in Public Libraries: An Evolving Landscape, and is a frequent speaker on issues related to libraries. Christina holds a Master of Library and Information Studies and a BA from the University of British Columbia.