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!

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