Engagement & Inclusion Librarian


Toni Olivas’ responsibilities include providing leadership and vision for the Library’s co-curricular outreach and engagement programming: including Context: Library Exhibit Series, the Common Read, and the CSUSM Library Award for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity  She also actively engages with students, faculty, staff, and community organizations on initiatives related to diversity and inclusiveness.

Research Interests:

Motivation to lead among underrepresented academic librarians

Validation theory in information literacy courses

Teacher/librarian relationship


Olivas, A.P. (2014). Understanding underrepresented minority academic librarians’ motivation to lead in higher education. (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/121485

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 10, 2015 — Discussion Cafe: Supporting Cultural Intelligence in Your Classroom. Co-presenter with Fredi Avalos, Laurie Schmelzer, Ingrid Flores, and Terri Metzger. Faculty Learning Center. CSUSM, San Marcos, CA.

March 27, 2015 — Understanding the Motivation to Lead of African American and Latin@ Academic Librarians in Higher Education. Poster Session. ACRL Biannual Conference in Portland, OR.

January 15, 2015 — Cal State, San Marcos Faculty Learning Community in Diversity and Multiculturalism: Teaching and Learning Cultural Intelligence. Co-presenter with Fredi Avalos and Ingrid Flores. 2015 Teaching Diversity Conference. UCSD, La Jolla, CA.

March 8, 2014 — Promising Practices: Faculty Learning Community in Diversity and Cultural Competency. Co-presenter with Fredi Avalos, Ranjeeta Basu, and Members of the Diversity FLC. CSU Regional Symposium on University Teaching. CSU, San Marcos, CA.

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.