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!

By Evelyn Lord, Laney College


Librarian Francis Howard

By Lorilie Pitts, Folsom Lake College

The Folsom Lake College Library is pleased to welcome Megan Ozeran as our new Technology and Electronic Resources Librarian. She comes to us from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she most recently worked on a project involving data visualization in the library setting. She will begin her duties here in January. Our current Technology and Electronic Resources Librarian, Amy Brinkley, has taken on the role of Technical Services Librarian which was left vacant at the retirement of Stacia Thiessen in May of this year.

Phillippa Caldeira

By Evelyn Lord, Laney College

By Karen Tercho, Sacramento City College

By Daniel Kiely, Diablo Valley College Lynda Letona

Public Services Librarian Reginald Constant was granted tenure at the Peralta Community College District Board Meeting on March 12, 2019. Prior to joining Laney, Reginald worked in a variety of library settings, including school, public and community college libraries.

Heather Dodge, Head Librarian at Berkeley City College, received a Fulbright award to teach in Norway for next academic year. Heather will serve as one of three Roving Scholars in American Studies. In this role she will travel to upper secondary schools throughout Norway giving workshops on a variety of aspects of American culture to Norwegian students—from zines to fake news and the Black Panthers—along with workshops for teachers on critical information literacy and teaching, OER, and primary sources.

By Irene Truong, Rio Hondo College

By Dan Kiely and Florence Espiritu, Diablo Valley College

By Tina Inzerilla, Las Positas College

We welcome Collin Thormoto as the new Librarian at Las Positas College.

By Irene Truong, Rio Hondo College

New Librarians

Rio Hondo College welcomes two new full-time tenure-track librarians, Claudia Rivas and Brian Young. Both officially joined our team on August 17, 2018.

Claudia earned her MLIS degree and Teacher Librarian Services Credential from San Jose State University. She was a Teacher Librarian for 5 years during which she also served as an adjunct librarian at University of La Verne, Rio Hondo College, and Cypress College.

By Evelyn Lord, Laney College

Michael Wright began graduate studies this semester at San Francisco State University. He is pursuing a Master of Science in Counseling (MSC). Michael is the Principal Library Technician for Technical Services.

By Peter Hepburn

College of the Canyons hired two new full-time librarians this past summer. Jennifer Thompson and Sara Breshears started on July 2.

By Romelia Sainas, Associate Dean Libray & Learning Resources