Toni Olivas’ responsibilities include research help, collection development and information literacy instruction for the students and faculty of the School of Education. She also provides information literacy instruction to students in first year programs such as GEL and GEO. As the Education Librarian for CSUSM Kellogg Library, Toni Olivas also oversees the Virginia Hansen Curriculum Room.
Mentoring programs and how to establish healthy mentoring relationships in a professional environment
Diversity in libraries, most specifically recruitment and retention of minority faculty in higher education
Teacher/librarian relationship: How and why teachers gravitate to positions of librarianship
Motivation to lead among underrepresented academic librarians
Olivas, A.P. (2013). Natural transitions: From K-12 to U.S. academic library instructors. New Library World, 114(7/8), 1-19. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldinsight.com/
Olivas, A. P. & Chan, I. (2013). Beyond the reference desk: A study of the effectiveness of low-cost distance library services at California State University San Marcos. Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning, 7(1-2), 40-52. doi: 10.1080/1533290x.2012.705177
Olivas, A. & Ma, R. (Winter 2009). Increasing retention rates in minority librarians through mentoring. Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship, 10(3), Retrieved from http://southernlibrarianship.icaap.org/content/v10n03/olivas_a01.html
Olivas, A.P. (2008). Mentoring new librarians. In G. Donovan & M. Figueroa (Eds.), Staff Development Strategies that Work: Developing New Library Leaders and Managers. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc.
Olivas, A., & McCurley, H. (2006). Working across divisional lines. Library Administration & Management, 20(2), 81-84.
Olivas, T. (2006, January/February). Breaking out of the box. Versed: Bulletin for the Office for Diversity American Library Association. Retrieved from: http://www.ala.org/ala/diversity/versed/versedbackissues/january2006abc/breakingout.htm
April 11, 2013 — What’s Your Motivation? Why Underrepresented Minority Academic Librarians Choose to Stay and Grow. Poster Session. ACRL Biannual Conference in Indianapolis, ID.
June 23, 2012 — Natural Transitions: Recruiting from K-12 for Future Academic Library Instructors. Poster Session. ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA.
April 18, 2012 — Face to Face or On the Couch in Pajamas: Research Help from Anywhere!. Presentation. Distance Library Services Conference in Memphis, TN.
April 2008 — LMS: How librarians can help. Co-presenter, with Allison Carr and Yvonne Meulemans. CSU Regional Symposium on University Teaching. CSU, Cal Poly Pomona, CA.
June 28, 2005 – Don’t Just Talk About It, Be About It: New and Veteran Librarians on Connecting LIS Pedagogy and Readiness to Social Justice and Societal Change. Panel Discussion. National Dialogue on the Curriculum of Readiness for the 21st Century Librarian. Office for Diversity. ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL.
June 27, 2004 – The Road of a Library Resident. Bridges to a Better You. Presentation. Spectrum Scholars Interest Group Program, ALA National Conference in Orlando, FL.