SCIL: Change(d) Agents: Library Leaders who Love Instruction

IG Showcase
STEM Librarian
California State University San Marcos
Lua Gregory
First Year Experience and Humanities Librarian
University of Redlands
Shana Higgins
Interdisciplinary & Area Studies Librarian / Instruction Coordinator
University of Redlands


Librarians need to know how to effectively communicate with deans and other administrators to make the case not only for their facilities but for the importance of their instruction programs. This skill is even more important when your library is suddenly under the direction of someone who may be unfamiliar with how libraries (and librarians) work. Learn the best strategies for communication from current administrators who have either worked as instruction librarians or who have come in to the library from “outside” and have been converted to our cause.


In this panel discussion moderated by SCIL members, participants will hear from four library administrators (see bios below) working at California universities and community colleges. Some panelists will discuss how they successfully made the transition from librarian to administrator and which of their experiences as instruction librarians best prepared them for their new role. Other panelists will describe how their thoughts about the library changed once they were responsible for its administration. All panelists will provide participants with effective strategies for communicating with administrators and will discuss some of the misconceptions administrators can have about how libraries run and how to work with librarians. SCIL will also set up a twitter feed to be used during the discussion so participants can contribute additional questions and rank those developed by the moderators.

Please submit questions for our panelists ahead of time through Google Forms.

Tweet your questions during the session! #SCILCARL14


About our panelists:

PEARL LY is currently the Interim Assistant Dean of Library/LRC at Pasadena City College (PCC) and oversees all library operations and programs, including two career and technical education certificates for Library Technology and Digitization Skills. Prior to this assignment, Pearl was the Access Services & Emerging Technologies Librarian and led a ILS migration to OCLC WorldShare, while also managing the circulation desk and teaching information literacy skills at the reference desk and in the library instruction program.

Pearl received a dual MLIS/Master's in Latin American Studies from UCLA and completed the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Teacher-Track Program. She has been mentored by many instruction librarians at the UCLA Biomedical Library, MiraCosta College, and CSU San Marcos. Pearl has trained faculty in information literacy instruction for the award-winning Pathways/First-Year Experience programs at PCC. She is completing a joint doctorate in Educational Leadership from UCSD/CSU San Marcos in June 2014.

MARSHA SCHNIRRING is the Associate Vice-President / Scholarship Technology Officer at Occidental College. In this role, Schnirring is responsible for ensuring the appropriate mix of information resources, technologies, and services to support faculty and students in achieving their teaching, learning, and research goals. Previously, she held positions at Oxy as Director, Center for Digital Learning & Research ('09-'10) and Instructional Services Librarian ('06-'09).

A graduate of the 2009 Frye Leadership Institute and the 2007 ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program, Schnirring received her MLIS in 2005 from San Jose State University. A member of the EDUCAUSE Advisory Committee on Teaching and Learning (ACTL), she has served as a NITLE Advisory Board member (2012-2013), ISIS Programming Committee Member (2011-2012), ELI Advisory Board member (2009-2012) and Chair of CARL SCIL (2010-2011).

WAYNE VERES is currently serving in dual dean roles at California State University San Marcos. He has been Dean of the Library for the past 18 months and also the Dean of Instructional and Information Technology Services/Chief Information Officer for the past 9 years. Wayne has been at CSUSM since 1992 in positions of increasing responsibility.  Additionally, he has worked in the aerospace industry and has been an independent consultant on various software development projects. He is active on statewide IT committees and sits on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Futures Foundation. His graduate and undergraduate degrees are in Computer Science and he has published papers on emerging interoperability specifications for learning management systems. Wayne has been an adjunct professor at CSUSM teaching database management systems for the Computer Science department and for the College of Business.

AMY WALLACE is currently the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs – Continuous Improvement at California State University, Channel Islands, where she serves as the university’s accreditation liaison officer, oversees academic program review, and assists with building capacity in the areas of the assessment of student learning and success.  Prior to this assignment she was Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs – Library & Continuous Improvement, and is looking forward to returning to the library after the successful completion of the WASC re-accreditation process.  To stay sane she teaches library sessions as well as an interdisciplinary credit course on libraries with her colleagues in Business, Economics, and Education.  To stay informed she remains active in CARL, ALA, ASIS&T, WASC, and AAC&U.

Amy received a BA and MA in History from San Diego State University and a MLIS from San Jose State University.


The Southern California Instruction Librarians (SCIL -- pronounced "skill") interest group is dedicated to providing professional development and discussion opportunities focused on information literacy and instruction-related activities for library professionals from all types of institutions.


Date and time: 
Sat, 04/05/2014 - 1:00pm - 2:15pm


Morgan Hill [LL]