Julie McKenna has been the Deputy Library Director at Regina Public Library (Saskatchewan) since 2007, and leads the organization in the design, development, delivery, integration, and assessment of responsive public facing services delivered through the Library, the Dunlop Art Gallery and the Film Theatre, to ensure that all of these services meet the expectations of the citizens of Regina.
Julie is committed to understanding and responding to community needs, and under her leadership, RPL has had significant success in developing and applying methodological approaches to assess opportunities, and to plan and assess services.
Julie has recently overseen the design and construction of two new library branches, with the third new branch design in construction now. Her passionate commitment to library design is grounded in the sole purpose of understanding community needs, expectations, perceptions, and user behaviour through the assessment of the library space. For Julie, the community engagement and consultation, as well as the functional programming and development of responsive and future ready space is the most rewarding aspect of library design.
From 2001 through 2007, Julie was the Associate University Librarian and oversaw emerging services, assessment, and building design projects at the University of Regina Library. Her previous library career was in public and special libraries. Julie is on the Standing Committee on Statistics and Evaluation (IFLA) and will soon begin her service on the Standing Committee on Library Buildings and Equipment (IFLA).
Julie has recently completed her service on the Canadian Library Association's Task Force on Statistics and Value, the Canadian Urban Libraries Council`s Public Library Leadership Fellows program, and her service on the Library Leadership and Management Association (ALA) Competencies Committee.
Julie has an MLIS and a Master of Human Resource Management. Her research interests are focused in all aspects of evidence-based management of the public library.