By Coastline Community College Librarian Elizabeth Horan was granted tenure in Spring 2020 at Coastline Community College.

By Evelyn Lord, Laney College

Megdi Abebe has joined Laney Library for spring 2022 as a Librarian Intern.

Megdi will complete her Master of Science, Library and Information Science (MS/LIS) from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in May. She is interested in a career in community college libraries. Megdi currently works as a library assistant at the Golden Gate Branch of the Oakland Public Library. 

Public Services Librarian,
Nnekay FitzClarke.

Cabrillo College Library welcomes Joanna Messer Kimmitt, Director of Library Programs & Services, and Kelsey Shapiro, Lead Library Technician. Also joining their adjunct faculty are Jolene Kemos and Shannon Greene.

Jolene Kemos started at the Library in August 2020. Jolene is also a local Teacher Librarian for Santa Cruz City Schools at the Branciforte Small Schools Campus Library. Her K-12 library serves public alternative school populations of The Ark, AFE, Costanoa and Monarch Community School.

The Crafton Hills College Library welcomes Natalie Lopez as our new Technical Services
Librarian. Natalie joined the library in August and is responsible for overseeing cataloging, the
Library’s LSP, and electronic resources. She received her MLIS from San Jose State University.
Natalie brings numerous years of academic and specialized library experience to the Crafton
Hills College Library. Most recently she was the Outreach Librarian at Palomar College. She

We welcome Ben Wingard as the new librarian at our Nevada County Campus library in Grass Valley. Ben previously worked at Cosumnes River College where he provided reference and instruction services and participated in various campus committees and workgroups.  The NCC library is currently undergoing a renovation, so Ben will have the opportunity to provide input on the design of this exciting new learning commons space.  Ben, it’s great to have you on board!

By Kacey Bullock, Sierra College

The Rocklin Campus library at Sierra College is excited to welcome Helen Alexander as Library Technical and Technology Specialist. Helen has extensive cataloging experience in higher education and truly loves to catalog new materials. We are excited to welcome her to our team in this full time role.

Dr. Romelia Salinas (Associate Dean of Library & Learning Resources, Mount San Antonio College) introduced First Lady Dr. Jill Biden at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Conference in January. Dr. Biden joined ALA President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr. in conversation for a live streaming event. As a lifelong educator, Dr. Biden discussed why literacy -- and the librarians who support it -- are critical to the success of our students, our communities, and our democracy.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Horan for earning tenure at Coastline College.

By Evelyn Lord, Laney College

A recent ExLibris pictorial blog celebrating the company’s milestone of 2,000 Alma customers featured the smiling, masked faces of Laney Library staff. Library staff collaboratively created the entry, including the quote attributed to the Head Librarian, over the course of several daily staff meetings on Zoom. The pictures illustrate how library staff have rallied together to serve students during the pandemic.

The Ohlone College Library is very pleased to announce our new full-time Public Services Librarian, Simeon (Sim) Castro. Sim has worked at Santa Clara City Library and San Jose Public Library in a number of roles: Library Assistant, Digital Literacy Internship/Library Consultant, and Library Page. Sim earned a Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University, a Bachelor of Arts in English from San Francisco State University and an AA degree in Liberal Arts from Ohlone. 

Riverside City College is pleased to announce the appointment of a new full-time Instructional Design Librarian, Sally Ellis. The Instructional Design Librarian is responsible for to lead the development, maintenance, and assessment of curriculum-aligned library learning objects such as videos, tutorials, and Springshare LibGuides for use in multiple instructional delivery modes, and serves as the library liaison for college-wide OER initiatives.

Deirdre Campbell retired from Sierra College at the end of the spring semester. Deirdre started as a part-time librarian at Sierra and was hired full time in 1999 as a Cataloging Librarian. In 2016, she became the librarian at our Nevada County Campus. Deirdre is an avid quilter and many of her quilts have decorated library walls over the years.

By Tina Boghozian, Mission College Santa Clara

It is my pleasure to introduce our new Technical Services Librarian, Melissa Destefano. Melissa joins us from the New York State Library where she served as the head of the Government Documents Unit and coordinator of the Federal Library Depository Program for New York State.

By Evelyn Lord, Laney College

Laney Library Technician Dominque Dozier has taken on a new role at the college: hourly reference librarian. Dominique is finishing her last year in the MLIS program at San José State University. Last spring she was accepted into the Faculty Diversity Internship Program (Peralta Community College District), allowing her to work as a librarian. As a librarian, Dominique is providing online reference assistance to students and assisting with special projects.

By Florence Espiritu, Diablo Valley College

Amanda Choi
San Ramon Campus Librarian

The Diablo Valley College Library is pleased to announce the "founding librarian" for its San Ramon Campus Library, Amanda Choi.

By Maggie Frankel and Katrina Rahn, City College of San Francisco

A group of library staff sit at a blue-paper-covered table folding origami stars and talking, sharing a bowl of kimchi-flavored chips and Girl Scout Cookies. Everyone is relaxed. Drop-ins are welcomed with a chair and no one has been assigned to take notes. A sign on the table asks us, “Have you taken your break today?” This isn’t your average committee meeting or workshop and it isn’t a party.

Laney College Media & Instruction Librarian YiPing Wang was granted tenure on March 10, 2020. YiPing is known for her thoughtful, engaging orientations that creatively integrate media, activities and discussion. YiPing has played a pivotal role in the college’s development of online educational tools and resources, serving as a faculty trainer and adviser in the use of Canvas and OER. She co-chairs the Distance Education Committee and the Student Success & Equity Committee. Congratulations, YiPing!