Gabriella Lopez joined the Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) Library in February 2016 and was elected department chair effective July 1, 2016 for a three-year term. She is replacing outgoing library chair, Judith Samuel. Gabriella obtained her Master’s of Library and Information Science degree from San Jose State University in 2002. Prior to working at LATTC, she was a full time, tenured faculty member at East Los Angeles College. She oversaw the library operations at East Los Angeles College, South Gate Educational Center as the South Gate librarian. As a solo librarian at the satellite campus, Gabriella was involved handling a variety of library functions including cataloging, collection development, reference and instruction. She taught orientations and presented workshops on a regular basis. She also taught the Library Science 101 course at the ELAC main campus, at South Gate and online. Gabriella brings a wide range of experience as an instruction and reference librarian to her new administrative role. You can reach her via e-mail at

The Department of Architectural Technology has organized the groundbreaking exhibition, “Why Architecture Matters?”  A variety of student projects with models, including prize-winners are on display.  It is an amazing presentation of some of the work LA Trade Tech students do in this discipline. There are exhibits of neighborhood transformations, there are lattice models and a student’s winning entry in MWD’s sustainable project competition. The exhibit complements the contemporary architectural style of Mariposa Hall and is already attracting the attention of students. “Why Architecture Matters?” will continue through the fall semester.  Related events will be announced.