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RIP Brian Campbell

December 29, 2016

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Dear friends and colleagues,

Brian Campbell’s memorial will be held on March 11. There will be music and snacks, as well as a chance to talk together about Brian and with the people who shared some of the same interests.

Here are the details:

Solidarity Celebration for Brian Campbell @ the WISE Hall
1882 Adanac St, Vancouver, BC
Saturday, March 11, 2017, 1:00 p.m.

Looking forward to seeing many of you there as we celebrate the life of this extraordinary person.

Kind regards,


Jacqueline van Dyk
Director of Library Services
North Vancouver District Public Library

Jacqueline van Dyk shared this news on on the BCLA listserv today:

With great sadness, I must share the news that Brian Campbell died on December 27, 2016.

Brian was a library leader, activist and mentor. A strong champion of the Intellectual Freedom Committee from the beginning of his career as a librarian, he later founded and led the BCLA’s Information Policy Committee and the BC Community Network (originally the Vancouver FreeNet). He was also active nationally and internationally in the library world.

After Brian retired from Vancouver Public Library as its Director of Systems and Planning in 2006, he turned his activist attention to other global causes. And yet, he never lost his passion for the important democratic role that libraries can play in shaping communities and protecting the public interest. Certainly, the library world is richer for his significant contributions. He helped shape my career, just as he has helped hundreds of others, directly or indirectly.

This barely begins to capture the impact Brian has had in this world. More will be said, but for now, please think of the impact that Brian had on your lives, and think of what his family is going through in what should be the most festive season. I know our hearts are with Gillian and the rest of his family.

As information on a memorial becomes available, I will share it with everyone.

Jacqueline van Dyk
Director of Library Services
North Vancouver District Public Library


3 responses to RIP Brian Campbell

  1. Joylene Campbell says:

    Thank you for this. Such sad news. A card and note goes to Gillian and her children today. Please let me know about any memorial.

  2. Julie Ourom says:

    Very sad news, Brian was one of the good guys

  3. Sandy Iverson says:

    I believe the memorial is being planned for March 11.

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