Debra began her career at the Academy of Art in 2007 as Library Director and has recently returned to the role after a sabbatical in Kyoto, Japan. Her educational background includes a B.A. from Sonoma State University in Literature and a Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. Debra spends her time in the library focusing on outreach and public relations, collection development, and working on campus-wide Information Literacy initiatives. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, cooking, knitting, and hiking, and continues to study Japanese. Debra is happy to consult with you about the library’s resources and services at any time. Please email or phone her to set up an appointment.

Patrick joined the Academy of Art University Library in March 2020. He has a B.A. in History from California State University, Long Beach, a M.A. in History from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Library and Information Science from Queens College, City University of New York. Prior to joining the AAU Library Patrick worked for the New York Public Library and San Francisco Public Library.

Outside of work, he enjoys running, baseball, traveling, and adventures with friends and family.

Emmanuel joined the AAU library in January 2019. He earned his Master in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University in 2017. His educational background also includes a BA in Psychology and a second major in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of San Francisco.

Processing things from an interdisciplinary perspective, he believes that opportunities for learning exist everywhere, both inside and outside the classroom. This was the reason why he pursued his MLIS: to find ways to facilitate learning and discovery for himself and others. He hopes to bring this enthusiasm to all the students and faculty he serves.

Professional interests include information literacy instruction, online education, nontraditional student populations, research methods, academic writing, scholarly communication, and instructional technologies. Personal hobbies include playing video games, watching anime (particularly if it has mecha), and building Gundam model kits.

Dunyau joined the Academy of Art University in January 2019, after working in public libraries for more than eight years. Dunyau has a B.A. in International Relations and a Minor in Art History from Mills College and a Master's in Management in Library and Information Science from the University of Southern California. Outside of work, Dunyau enjoys spending time with her two fur-babies, watching anime classics, and collect books and sometimes not read them.

After many years in the animal care field, Renee decided to pursue her other career interest in library studies. She completed the two-year Library Information Technology program at CCSF in 1997. She started at the Academy that same year working in Circulation then moved to the Serials department. She is responsible for maintaining all aspects of the approximately 300-title collection, which includes acquisitions, bindery, claims, repairs and displaying current magazines.

Amber joined the Academy of Art University Library in April of 2018. She received a BS in Conservation Biology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in 2015. While at SUNY ESF, she also worked in the college library. She decided she might as well work in a library, since she hangs out in them all the time anyway.

Amber is especially interested in running, insects, palindromes, and maps.

Samya recently graduated from Cal State, Long Beach, with a BA in Sociology. During her time there, she became fascinated with how the campus library provided accessibility to resources and a safe space for such a diverse student group. This inspired her to experience working in an academic library and join the AAU in early 2020.

In her spare time, Samya enjoys watching foreign films, finding new artists, and re-reading her favorite books.

Tatyana joined the Academy of Art University Library in June of 2019. Tatyana holds a PhD in Russian Literature from Novosibirsk State University, Russia. She has over 10 years experience teaching both Russian Language and Russian Literature in the United States and Russia. During her student years, Tatyana volunteered at the National Library of Russia in Saint-Petersburg working at the circulation desk and in the archives. This experience gave her a strong appreciation for the value of librarians and a desire to start a new career.

Outside of the library, Tatyana enjoys art, books, music, and quality time with her family.

Emily joined Academy of Art University in October 2018. She graduated from Montana State University with a BA in Writing in May 2017 and moved to San Francisco shortly after. She worked as the Senior Student Assistant at the university library, but her love for books began in infancy. Currently, she is pursuing accreditation from American Grant Writer's Association. Someday, she'd love to help people on a large scale by getting wonderful organizations lots of money. In the meantime, she'd love to help you. Tell her about your projects!

Outside of the library, Emily loves to create little videos, write until her hand hurts, read (obviously) and ogle dogs passing her on the sidewalk.

Mirisen joined the Academy of Art University Library in January 2020. She has a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from Purdue University with a concentration in LGBTQ Children’s Literature. Prior to her time at the Academy of Art University Library, she worked at an after-school library, spreading her love of books to little humans.

Outside of the library, she enjoys sipping tea, reading (well, yes), knitting, befriending very many cats, and practicing ballet.

Christal is a graduate of Mills College, where she worked at the F. W. Olin Library as a student worker. Her experience there inspired her to continue library work, and she joined the AAU Library staff in the summer of 2019. Christal's hobbies include hand embroidery, exploring new recipes, and hanging out around San Francisco with Karl the Fog.

Yumi joined the Academy of Art University Library in September 2016. After moving to the United States from Japan, she attained a BA in Mass Communication from the California State University, East Bay. Most recently she completed her Library Information Technology Certificate at City College of San Francisco in the Spring of 2016. Formerly, she worked as a student assistant at the CCSF library.

Outside of the library, she enjoys baking and walking in the Golden Gate Park with her family and her guide dog, Gingko.