Erica Bennett, Systems Librarian
"When I was in graduate school at UCLA, I was told, "It is not our job to teach you how to Be a librarian. It is our job to teach you how to Think like a librarian. That way, you can walk into any library and figure out what you need to do." Vis-a-vis, it is my job to teach you how to think like a researcher, so you can create a strategy to research any topic."
In the course of a typical work day you might see me working with students at the Reference Desk or in the 827 Classroom, and in my office or in the book stacks developing the Mathematics, Business, Theatre Arts, and Physical Science collections. I also build and maintain the Library websites, and coordinate library technology and software. I also facilitate Library 100: Introduction to Research for honors students.
I received my Master's in Library Science from UCLA in 2005. While working full-time at Cypress College, I worked two mornings a week at the Long Beach City College campuses, and at Cerritos College and UCI Langson Library before achieving my full-time faculty position at Fullerton College in August of 2006. I received tenure in 2010.
Before becoming a librarian, I worked for nearly ten years in dramatic television production on such shows as The Young Riders, Under Suspicion, and The Big Easy. I am also a playwright. My short play for students El Primer Dia de Clases was videotaped in production in March of 2009. The final film Mendez v. Westminster: Families for Equality continues to air on KOCE-TV, the OC Channel.
Check for air dates and times @ http://occhannel.pbssocal.org/schedule/schedule.php#KOCE. A dvd may be purchased from the Fullerton College Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (714) 525-5651 to request copy, in exchange for a donation. Copies of the dvd are on reserve at the Fullerton College Library, and available for check-out with a student ID card.
My historiography, "California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives (CEMA): the first twenty years", is included in ABC-CLIOs print publication PATHWAYS TO PROGRESS: ISSUES AND ADVANCES IN LATINO LIBRARIANSHIP. John L. Ayala and Salvador Guerena, Editors.
My short play, "A Waffle Doesn't Cure Insomnia" was published in the Best American Short Plays 2011-2012. The library's copy is located on the 2nd floor at PN6120.A4 B44 2011-2012. William W. Demastes, Editor.