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Faculty Resources: Meet Your Librarians

Information, forms, and library resources for PAC faculty.

Tina Mesa, Dean for Student Success

Tina Mesa

Academic Background: Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Personnel Management; Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS)

Mad Library Skills: I can run the place!

Favorite Hobby: Dancing, visiting wineries

Fun Fact: I can dance salsa, merengue, and other Latin dancing

Susan Puccio, Reference Librarian

Susan Puccio

Academic Background: Bachelor of Science (BS) in Early Education and Mathematics; Master of Arts (MA) in Special Education; Master of Science in Library Science (MLS)

Subject Specialties: Mathematics, Engineering, and Accounting

Recent Continuing Education: Creative Commons Certification for Academic Librarians (2022); Achieving the Dream: Designing Courses Using OER (2022)

What I'm Reading Right Now: Digital Barbarism: A Writer's Manifesto by Helprin

Hobbies: Counted Cross-Stich, Playing the Viola, Gardening, and Road Trips

Fun Fact: I adopted a dog from PAC Vet Tech in 2019.

Sara Schmidt, Archivist

Photo of Sara Schmidt at sunrise at Uluru, Austraila

Sara Schmidt

Academic Background: Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History and German, Master of Library Science (MLS)

Subject Specialties: History, Archiving, Special Collections, Using Primary Sources in the Classroom

Recent Continuing Education: "Primary Source Pedagogy" (2021); Currently enrolled in Master of Arts in History program at Texas State University

What I'm Reading Right Now: "The Sign for Home: A Novel" by Blair Fell; "The Complete Maus" by Art Spiegelman.

Fun Fact: I have a goal to spend as many birthdays in foreign countries as possible. I've spent it in Australia, Canada, Germany, and Scotland just to name a few!

Cynthia Sanchez, Lead Reference Librarian

Cynthia Sanchez

Academic Background: Bachelor of Arts (BA) in American Studies with an Emphasis in Borderland Studies; Master of Library Science (MLS)

Subject Liaison for: Mexican American Studies; Social Sciences; Behavioral Sciences; Fine and Performing Arts; Communication and Speech

Recent Continuing Education: "Build a Library Tour"

What I'm Reading:  The Portable Henry Rollins 

Fun Fact: I love concerts and have attended over 50 of them.

Judy Gallien, Reference Librarian

Judy Gallien

Academic Background: Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English and Library Science; Master of Library Science (MLS)

Subject Specialties: Literature and Grammar

Recent Continuing Education: "Post-pandemic Libraries: Writing the Next Chapter" (2021); "The Virtual Learning Environment" (2021) 

What I Just Finished Reading: "Caleb's Crossing" by Geraldine Brooks

Fun Fact: My favorite hobby is reading, and always has been since I learned to read.  Favorite authors are Larry McMurtry,  Stephen King, John Grisham, Gregg Olsen, JoHo Moyes, Paulette Jiles, and others.  

Diana Guthrie, Reference Librarian

Diana Guthrie

Academic Background: Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English & History; Master in Library & Information Science (MLIS)

Subject Specialties: Literature, LGBTQ+, history, and dogs!

Recent Continuing Education: "Digital Accessibility for the Modern Workplace" (2021)

Hobbies: Collecting Mid-Century swung vases and fairy lamps

Fun Fact: I hate the Oxford comma and refuse to use it!

(note: creator of page is an adamant user of Oxford comma and has inserted it into above subject list much to Diana's chagrin)

Tosca Gonsalves, E-Resources Librarian

Tosca dressed as "Super Librarian" for Halloween

Tosca Gonsalves

Academic Background: Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Journalism; Master of Arts (MA) in Spanish; Master of Library and Information Sciences (MLIS)

Subject Specialties: English and Foreign Languages; Professional and Technical Education

Recent Continuing Education: Annual Conferences of Texas Library Association and Electronic Resources and Libraries

What I'm Reading: Slaves and Highlanders:Silenced Histories of Scotland and the Caribbean by David Alston 

Favorite hobby: Love to cook and travel. In recent years genealogy has become a passion!

Fun Fact: I'm from Suriname, South America.

BJ Schanzer, Reference Librarian

BJ Schanzer

Academic Background: Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Drama, Master of Library and Information Sciences (MLIS)

Subject Specialties: Leisure reading, Young Adult Literature

Recent Continuing Education: "Noodle Tools: Creating a Citation, How to Use, and Creating Note Cards" (2021); "Unlock Your LibGuide's Potential" (2021)

Favorite Hobby: Road trips, especially to natural areas

Fun Fact: I love looking at rocks!