New Hires at Diablo Valley College Library

By Daniel Kiely, Diablo Valley College

Lynda Letona

Lynda was born in Guatemala, raised in LA, and schooled in the Midwest. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame (Indiana), MA in English from the University of South Dakota, and BA in English with a minor in Spanish from Mount Marty College (South Dakota). Lynda has worked in education as a college and university English instructor, as Archives Assistant at UCSF, and held a hybrid position as a Reference Librarian and Archives Assistant at the California Historical Society. She has collaborated with librarians across the nation to conduct research workshops for students to inform their writing and her own; by doing so, she gained an appreciation for the research method, leading her to pursue her Master’s in Library Information Science at the University of North Texas, North California Cohort.

Lynda is enthusiastic about working for DVC, hoping to learn from and collaborate with new library mentors and students. One of the many things that interest her about DVC is the diversity of the student body and the chance to collaborate with staff. Working as a Librarian at DVC will be a great opportunity to show students how information can empower and heal.   

In her spare time, Lynda likes to watch films and discuss ideas with friends. Some of her favorite auteurs include Alejandro Jodorowsky, Terrence Malick, and Carl Sagan. She also likes to write creatively, particularly poetry and prose. One of her long-term goals is to complete a magical realist novel set in Guatemala and California. Currently, she is interested in reading about the history of life and mermaid folklore.

Lindsey Shively

Lindsey is the new Public Services Librarian. She comes to DVC from Mills College in Oakland, CA where she focused on developing critical pedagogy curriculum for library instruction. She is passionate about anti-racist librarianship and Dolly Parton. She received her MLIS from San Jose State University.