The Pollak Library and the CSUF Irvine Center Library are among the largest employers of student assistants at Cal State Fullerton. We have a long history of recruiting and mentoring talented students from across all majors, and are now actively engaged in the campus-wide strategic goal of developing High Impact Practices (HIPs) for these students to help them better succeed in their educational and professional goals. The work they do for us is invaluable, and our libraries could not deliver the high level of services we provide to our campus community and the public without their efforts and expertise.
Meet Graduate Student Assistant, Marco Moreno!
What is your name and student job title?
My name is Marco Moreno and I am a Graduate Student Assistant.
In what section or unit of the Pollak Library do you work?
I work for Barbara Miller, CSUF’s Chicana/o Resource Center Librarian.
What is your student job in a nutshell?
My student job at the Pollak Library has been based around projects. My first project involved a collaboration with Metadata Librarian, Samuel Barber in transcribing and inserting closed-captioning to three archival films. There is also a close link between my job and the collections of the cultural resource centers. For example, the other major project I have worked on has been processing the collections of the Asian Pacific American (APARC), African American (AARC) and Chicana/o (CRC) Resource Centers. The goal of this project has been to process and introduce some of these items to the general collection of the library, while redirecting others to what we are calling a Diversity Initiatives and Resource Center collection. Imagine a book shelve of curated and relevant items that we think students or staff can browse and enjoy. My supervisor and I- in conjunction with other librarians- are also working on what we are calling a Reading Collection, cultural and relevant books that the resource centers can gift to students at campus events.
What are you working on right now?
I am designing a set of individual bookplates for the books of four resource centers: APARC, AARC, CRC, and the Titan Dreamers Recourse Center (TDRC). Bookplates are small printed labels that in this case include a drawing and the name of the each center and are pasted onto the inside of a book. I have truly enjoyed working on this one.
How long have you been at the Pollak Library?
I started working at the Pollak Library in August of 2018, so one year. This however, is my last month at the Pollak Library.
Have you held any other jobs with Cal State Fullerton?
Yes. I worked the first two years of my graduate program as a Student Assistant with the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (H&SS) Student Success Center. I learned valuable skills in design and collaboration there, skills that I have tried to implement to the projects I have worked on here at the Pollak Library.
Do you have a favorite accomplishment at the Pollak Library?
I would say the display of the first two archival films – Angela Davis and Cesar Chavez speaking at CSUF in the early 1970s- on the first floor of the North Side of the Pollak Library, in front of the DIRC centers.
What are your major/degree and/or graduate field, and intended date of completion for your current degree?
I graduated this past May 2019 with a Masters in Cultural Anthropology. Before that, I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2015, also from CSUF.
What career/s are you interested in?
Currently I am interested in international development work. In September 2019, I head to Senegal, West Africa for a two-year Forestry and Community Development volunteer position with the Peace Corps. Apart from this international service position, I am passionate about art, government, and cultural careers. The arts, design, humanities, technology and the social sciences really interest me and I hope to work on these.
Has your student work at the Pollak Library helped prepare you for your future career field?
The lessons I learned working at the Pollak Library are ones that I will carry with me to my future careers. First, understanding the broad mission of the Pollak Library- and libraries in general- as vitally important spaces to a university and their respective communities has been extremely valuable. More tangibly, having worked closely with cultural and special collection items of the Chicana/o, African American, Asian Pacific American, and Titan Dreamers Resource Centers, prepared me in conceptualizing and understanding the role of cultural collections and displays that are inclusive of people of color, their culture and histories in a seamless collection.
What are your passions or interests outside of work and school?
Outside of work and school, I love playing and watching fútbol (soccer) with my brothers and friends. Listening to music, drawing, writing, and traveling.
Do you have a favorite book, periodical, website, blog, etc. that you want to share with other students?
If you have the chance, read Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson (2011), The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (1988), The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (1984). Also watch “Interstellar” (directed by Christopher Nolan), and check out the art of the Mexican Renaissance.
Here is a list of the campus resources under the Diversity Initiatives & Resources Center: