Our Team

Jorge Cárdenas

Head, Belzberg Library

Jorge joined SFU Library in June 2023 from New Westminster Public Library, where he was Chief Librarian since October 2021. Jorge brings a relationship-centric leadership approach, as well as a strong record of innovation, collaboration, and advancement of equity and social justice. He is also an expert in community-led librarianship, an approach that centres on collaborative relationships with communities, especially through understanding the needs of those who have faced systemic barriers or been excluded from library spaces or services, and through focusing on dismantling such barriers.

Other past positions include Community Development Manager and Branch Manager at Burnaby Public Library, and Branch Head and Skilled Immigrant InfoCentre Coordinator at Vancouver Public Library. Jorge’s research interests include community-led librarianship, equity and inclusion, anti-oppression, and services to immigrants. He is also an adjunct instructor in the graduate School of Information at UBC.