Celebrating the Library's 2020 Graduates

Please join the UCLA Library in congratulating the UCLA Class of 2020, and especially our graduating Library employees! As one of the largest student employers on campus, we are indebted to the talented Bruins working in many roles across our library system. Some of our graduates - including full-timeCelebrating the UCLA Library's 2020 Graduates staff members completing advanced degrees this year - have shared their favorite memory of working for the Library. Congrats, #UCLA2020 grads!

Sahfa Aboudkhil
B.A., Comparative Literature and Arabic
Arts Library
"There was a supervisor at Arts when I first started. The first shift we were scheduled to work together I came in and said 'good morning' and she said nothing back. I thought 'oh okay it's gonna be like that!' Fast-forward six months of shifts together - and one realization that she had earphones in - and now I've made a best friend for life. The Arts Library brought me something so beautiful by accident, or maybe by design.”

Nicole Alvarado 
M.A., C.A.S., Art Conservation, SUNY Buffalo
Conservation Center
“Collaborations with colleagues whether it was with Special Collections, circulating, or AV. Each collaboration has taught me so much.“

Briana Barr
B.S., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Charles E. Young Research Library
“Icebreakers! My co-workers and I became much closer through these which made the work environment enjoyable to be in--my co-workers became my friends and YRL became a place that I loved going to.”

Mikka Blasquez 
B.S., Environmental Scientist
Charles E. Young Research Library
“As a freshman in 2016, I didn't realize that YRL would be my first Bruin family. My UCLA experience was undeniably shaped by the incredible people I met here and worked with. It truly is a space designed for individuals with passion and determination to pursue their ambitions, and it was an honor to be a part of that.”

Hannah Boone 
B.A., Sociology
Ethnomusicology Archive

Aileen Carey 
B.A., English
Southern Regional Library Facility
“Getting to bond with my co-workers while shelving (and sometimes guessing what is in the special collections boxes!)“

Janice Chang 
B.S., Psychobiology, Gender Studies
Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library

Cheston Cheung 
B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Urban and Regional Studies
CLICC
“Having the opportunity to build a community with one of the most diverse groups on campus - with student and full-time staff alike - where the working environment is always fun and comfortable and no one day is ever the same!”

Tyler Chiu 
B.S., Statistics
Music Library
“Getting to perform at Powell and the Music Library.“

Gabriel Cortina 
B.A., Labor Studies, Anthropology
Library Special Collections

Chantel S. Diaz 
M.L.I.S., Information Studies
Music Library
My favorite memory of working at the Music Library was having the chance to work with the audio materials.“

Grace A. Diliberto 
M.L.I.S., Information Studies
Arts Library
“I have really loved getting to know the Arts Library librarians, staff, fellow student workers, and other UCLA Library folks over the past two years!”

Sarah El Massry 
B.A., Art History, Education Studies
Arts Library
“Becoming friends with regular patrons!“

Alana Enriquez 
B.A., History, Labor Studies
Powell Library
“Playing Apples to Apples with my fellow Embedded Inquiry Specialists (and helping students of course)!!”

Carney Flinn
B.S., Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics
Campus Library Instructional Computing Commons (CLICC) 

Mario Anthony Gallardo 
M.L.I.S., Information Studies
Digital Library Program
“Working as a student in the Digital Library Program has brought with it many memorable moments. I am fond of the moments collaborating and working with other students and staff. One of the projects I enjoyed was working on the Vintage Cuban Radio Program. I particularly enjoyed transcribing audio and documents and getting the chance to transcribe in Spanish for the project. The DLP unit's collaboration and cooperation felt as though student workers played a substantial part in how projects were run.”

Matthew Gilbert
B.A., Musicology
Music Library
“I have so many favorite memories, how could I possibly choose! I think what I remember most is working on a puzzle with my supervisor Bridget and all the library staff. I also just really enjoyed talking with my coworkers in the morning before any patrons came in.”

Sarah Heysel
M.L.I.S., Information Studies
Film & Television Archive

Sebastian Owen Jones
B.A., Ethnomusicology
Music Library
“The Music Library was my home away from home on campus, and I would have a very hard time picking just one memory to represent the three years I got to work there. I loved the community there, the genuine concern for student needs, and the atmosphere of compassion that we all worked to create. My coworkers were some of my best friends at UCLA, and I will miss you all dearly.”

Cindy Lee Kimmick
M.A., Biology, Miami University
Digital Initiatives and Information Technology

Ariana Mamnoon
B.A, Geography, English, Environmental Systems & Society
Music Library
“The UCLA Music Library will always be my favorite place at UCLA and my fondest memory. I met some of my best friends by working at the Music Library and always walked into the library feeling at home, even when I wasn't working. This space, the people, and everything about the UCLA Music Library is so special to me and always will be. I'm not sure if I can choose one memory from working here that is my favorite, but anytime we had staff picnics, or things like Secret Santa made me even more grateful for my staff/workplace.”

Miles Mateus
B.M., Music Performance
Music Library

Max G. McNally
B.A., History, Communications
Powell Library

Vivian Nguyen
B.S., Psychobiology
CLICC
“Becoming friends with Garrett and everyone else on the team!“

Alexander Joseph Papandrea
M.M., Music
Music Library
The Music Library received a donation that included programs from the 1960 La Scala performance season. In a burst of excitement, I asked Matthew Vest if there was a program of I Puritani. Eugene Conley, the mentor of my undergraduate voice teacher, performed I Puritani at La Scala during the 1960s. Although I didn't know the specific year, I figured we would give it a look. Low and behold, a part of the program collection was a 1960 performance of I Puritani, and Eugene Conley was Arturo! It was a great day to be a Research Assistant!“

Selina Portera
M.L.I.S., Information Studies
Library Special Collections
“Putting together exhibits from Library Special Collections with the support of LSC staff!”

Julianne Marie Ortega
B.A., English
Law Library
“My favorite memory of working in the Library would be getting to see what the office-wide Halloween costume would be, and also catching up with Victoria and Marta!”

Jazlyn Raymond
B.A., Sociology
CLICC
“I have made some of my best friends at UCLA through my job at CLICC. I really enjoyed working alongside my coworkers and getting to meet so many UCLA students every day!”

Kevin Sanchez-Morales
B.A., Political Science
Charles E. Young Research Library
“Playing Heads-Up! with ILL during the potlucks :)”

Anthony Santiago
M.L.I.S., Information Studies
Cataloging and Metadata Center
“Martha telling me to watch out for nails in parking lot 2.”

Ratna Shukla
M.B.A., Management
Film & Television Archive
“I have been very fortunate to land a role on a team that I very much enjoy working with. Coincidentally, I joined the team when the pandemic hit the world, and communication moved to an online format very soon. My favorite memory is a cross-team Zoom session, where attendees from different divisions were learning a new software together, because it really brought to life the collaborative spirit of UCLA, and it was also heartening to see everyone trying their best even in uncertain times as these. It gave me immense pride to belong to a hard-working, yet fun-loving team such as this.”

Alexandra Solodkaya
M.L.I.S., Information Studies
Arts Library
“One of my favorite things about working at the UCLA Library is all of the smart, caring, knowledgeable, and collaborative people I get to encounter every day.“

Brandon Soun
B.A., Asian American Studies
Southern Regional Library Facility
“My favorite memory of working at SRLF was when they were filming Captain Marvel in the library about 2 years ago and we got to get food from their catering trucks every day.“

Morgan Taylor
M.L.I.S., Information Studies
Conservation Center
“I've had so many wonderful experiences working in the Preservation Department, so it's really hard to choose! I know I will miss the collections, but I will miss the amazing people I work with the most. Some of my favorite memories are from watching bi-monthly screenings of digitized films from the collections with the whole department staff. A second favorite was the time I found human fingernail clippings in a box of open-reel tape. Yes, it was gross, but I'm laughing about it now!“

Azisa Michele Todd
B.A., Gender Studies
Library Special Collections
“I really enjoyed showing new hires the ropes of Special Collections and what we did as student assistants. There was always something new to learn and we all had different methods of making pam binds or other materials.”

Sarah Rose Truax
B.S., Statistics, History
Charles E. Young Research Library
“Meeting so many wonderful people!“

Dianne Weinthal
M.L.I.S., Information Studies
Arts Library
“My favorite memory of working at the UCLA Library was celebrating with my ILL [Interlibrary Loan] co-workers during our monthly potlucks.”

Hannah Wells
B.A., Applied Linguistics
Charles E. Young Research Library

Casey Winkleman
M.L.I.S., Information Studies
Conservation Center
“It's hard to pick one favorite memory from my time working in the Preservation Studio. That time we played croquet out on the lawn was so fun, and I always looked forward to Chloe's weekly film screenings from Synanon PSAs to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks home movies. Working on the Horace Tapscott Collection and Professor Matsumoto's Cortez audio cassettes were memorable projects. Big thanks to Yasmin, Allie, Chloe, Morgan, Chela, Wil, and everyone in the Preservation Lab for all of the good memories!”

Kyla Makoto Worrell
B.A., Asian American Studies
Library Special Collections
“I loved learning about and working hands-on with our collections and helping set up classes so students, guests, and researchers could learn about them as well. Working with Japanese Studies Librarian Tomoko Bialock to look through our Edo and Meiji period medical prints and seeing how Japanese artists depicted diseases and health was also a highlight!”

Xinyi Yan
B.S., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Mathematics
Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library
“Working with other WI+RE team designers to make a video using our phone and to set up our own tripod with our notebooks and a trashcan -- the video actually came out pretty well!“

Tingshuo Yi 
B.A., Sociology, Business Economics
Charles E. Young Research Library
“Routine refreshing icebreakers & going out for KBBQ on a weekend.”