Welcome Jimmy Zavala, LSC Teaching & Learning Librarian

Please join us in welcoming Jimmy Zavala to the UCLA Library. As our Library Special Collections inaugural Teaching & Learning Librarian, he will be in the Charles E. Young Research Library's A-level once it is safe to return to campus. We asked Jimmy a few questions about himself and his professional aspirations.

What goals/hopes do you have for this year as our new LSC Teaching & Learning Librarian?Jimmy Zavala headshot

I am looking forward to working with my colleagues in Special Collections to design and implement a robust instruction program that integrates material from Special Collections into undergraduate and graduate curriculum with a focus on critical inquiry and active learning. The goal is to develop a framework that facilitates students' critical engagement with original research using primary source materials. In addition, I would like to expand the instruction program by proactively reaching out to and collaborating with faculty across multiple departments on campus.

How has your prior experience prepared you for this role at the UCLA Library?

Prior to joining UCLA, I was the project coordinator librarian for Transforming Knowledge, Transforming Libraries at UC Irvine. In this role, I was in charge of carrying out primary source instruction to undergraduate students in the ethnic studies departments. I also helped in establishing collaborations between Special Collections and ethnic studies faculty. I believe the experience and skills I acquired at UC Irvine have prepared me for this role at UCLA.

What projects will you be tackling first?

I would like first to work towards developing an instruction framework that centers critical thinking and active learning. Next, I would like to focus on connecting with faculty to expand the instruction program.

What are you currently reading/watching/listening to? What do you like to do outside work?

Currently, I am reading Set the Night on Fire: L.A. in the Sixties by Mike Davis and Jon Wiener. Outside of work, I enjoy going on bicycle rides all over Los Angeles and trying new foods.


We are delighted to have Jimmy at the UCLA Library. You can contact him at zavalaj@library.ucla.edu.