Library Board

The Halifax Regional Library Board is composed of eleven appointed members. Eight members are appointed by Halifax Regional Municipality, the Mayor of HRM is a member ex officio, and two members are appointed by the Province of Nova Scotia for a term specified by Cabinet.

To contact any member of the Library Board:   Halifax Public Libraries
Administration Office

60 Alderney Drive,
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4P8

(902) 490-5744

Alternatively, to contact the Chair of the Library Board: libraryboardchair@halifax.ca

2018 Meeting Schedule

  • Thursday, January 25                                 
  • Thursday, March 1
  • Thursday, April 12
  • Thursday, May 24
  • Tuesday, June 26 (Annual General Meeting, time TBD)
  • Thursday, September 20
  • Thursday, November 1
  • Friday, December 7

All meetings take place at the Halifax Central Library from 4:30 - 7:00 pm unless otherwise noted.

Meeting Minutes

Terms of Reference

Board Members


Mayor Mike Savage   His Worship Mayor Mike Savage (ex officio)
Tara Gault, Chair, was delighted to join the Halifax Regional Library Board in 2013. She is a graduate of Dalhousie’s Schulich School of Law and is currently articling in Halifax. Tara enjoys being active in her community and is a proud supporter of local arts and culture.  In addition to her role with the Library Board, Tara is also a board member of Nocturne Halifax and a volunteer with the Nova Scotia Community Justice Society. She is a past executive of the Dalhousie Student Union and former chair of the Student Section of the Canadian Bar Association-Nova Scotia.
Appointed to the Library Board in January 2015,Vice-Chair Lorraine Glendenning is Irish and Canadian, and has been living and working in Halifax since 2005. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BA and completed post-graduate studies in Arts Administration in University College Dublin. In addition, she has post-graduate qualifications in Business Studies and Human Resource Management. She is a strategic thinker with two decades of progressive experience in public service, and is currently employed by the Province of Nova Scotia.  Libraries have always been an important part of her life.  The day she found a place to live in Halifax, Lorraine persuaded her new landlady to help her get a library card. During her first Canadian winter, she often popped into the library on the walk home, to warm up and acquaint herself with Canadian literature. She taught English to other immigrants at the former Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library and made friends there.  Now she lives in East Lawrencetown and works downtown, so she visits Woodlawn and Musquodoboit Harbour Public Libraries as well as the Halifax Central Library.  Lorraine is very proud to have an opportunity to build community and serve her fellow citizens on the Library Board.
Councillor Sam Austin, appointed to the board in November 2016, is a longtime resident of Downtown Dartmouth and was elected to Regional Council in October 2016. He is passionate about investing in a safe and mobile community, fostering smart growth, protecting Dartmouth’s natural assets and recreation opportunities and supporting arts and culture.  He has a Masters degree in Urban Planning from Dalhousie University and a Masters degree in Political Science from the University of Calgary. Before being elected, Councillor Austin had a successful career in Planning at Public Works and Government Services Canada and was a leader in the community, founding the Tulips on Tulip Street initiative and organizing Jane’s Walk Halifax. He has also served as a board member with the Planning and Design Centre and The Dartmouth Heritage Museum Society.  Councillor Austin and his wife Michelle are proud parents to two young daughters Jana and Marilla. They enjoy getting out and exploring Dartmouth and are regulars at community events such as Switch and Mother Goose and at the market, library and Sportsplex
Councillor Lisa Blackburn is a lifelong resident of District 14, graduating from Sackville High School in 1986 and earning an honours degree in journalism from the University of Kings College in Halifax.  Lisa feels blessed to have been able to grow her career in the city where she was raised, working as a broadcast journalist in radio and television with Q-104, LITE 92.9, ATV and Global. Lisa has also worked in print as a newspaper columnist with The Daily News and most recently as a web reporter with CBC.  Giving back to the city that has given her so much has always been a priority for Lisa. Her community service work includes leadership roles with the Cobequid Community Health Centre, Crime Stoppers, The MS Society, The Metro United Way, Muscular Dystrophy, the Beaver Bank Kinsac Community Centre and local schools.   In 2015, Lisa was presented with the HRM Volunteer Award and sees serving a municipal councillor as a natural extension of her community service.   Married a decade, Councillor Blackburn lives in Beaver Bank with her husband Jamie Paterson and daughter, Bronwyn who graduates from high school this year. She also has a 22-year-old step-daughter who lives in London, Ontario.
  With over 22 years of management experience leading organizations from the food and beverage industry, distributorship sales, the beauty industry, national and international business consulting to her current role as Vice President of the Maritimes’ largest radio broadcaster, Maritime Broadcasting System, Stephanie Clark brings extensive expertise in the development of corporate cultures that generate growth, employee retention and customer service in organizations.  With years of experience in coaching and mentoring business professionals, Stephanie has a focus on building organizations that are people-centered and make a difference in their communities.  Her passion for the community development extends through the years out of the corporate boardroom into many volunteering initiatives including work with provincial justice department, Dreams Take Flight, Bluenose Marathon, Mental Health Foundation among other regional charities, international home building trips with Habitat for Humanity as well as currently serving on the board of the Maskwa Aquatic club.  Now in her role as board member for the Halifax Regional Library Association, she looks forward to contributing to this dynamic multi-disciplined team to help continue to grow and evolve the library system in HRM.
Leah Hamilton is an Arts Consultant specializing in management, planning and facilitation. Leah combines financial management skills tailored to the non-profit arts and culture sector with a deep appreciation for the value of art, culture and creativity in society. Clients have included dance, theatre and music organizations, First Nations bodies, craft sector organizations, public sector bodies, advocacy groups, and heritage organizations. Leah has conducted numerous research and planning studies, has provided hands-on mentoring and support, and has delivered workshops on governance and financial management.
    Bradley Munro
Janet Newton was appointed by Halifax Regional Council in 2015. She recently moved from Kings County to Clayton Park. She earned degrees at Acadia and Dalhousie Universities, the Library Science diploma from Kingstec Community College and the Certificate in Municipal Governing from Henson College. She has worked as a teacher and an elementary school library technician. From 1988-1997, she served as an elected school board member, including four as Board Chair. From 2000- 2012, she was elected three times to Kings County Council where she served one term as Deputy Warden. She represented council for 11 years on the Annapolis Valley Regional Library Board. She volunteered with numerous organizations, especially Girl Guides, and Canadian Parents for French. She is the mother of three adult children and four grandchildren.
  Cynthia O’Driscoll was pleased to be appointed to the Board in early 2017.  She works in the federal public sector and takes pride in advising and educating small and medium enterprises in Atlantic Canada about government procurement initiatives.  Cynthia’s lifelong appreciation for learning has led to her multidisciplinary background that includes an Executive MBA from Saint Mary’s University, a Master of Science in Coastal Zone Management from Bournemouth University, U.K., and a Master of Arts in Archaeology from Memorial University of Newfoundland. As a resident of downtown Dartmouth, Cynthia visits Alderney Gate library as well as the Central Library and appreciates all the services offered by the library system within HRM.  She welcomes this opportunity to serve on the Halifax Library Board and to contribute to the successful implementation of library policies and programs as a representative of the community.