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.
Olga joined the Academy of Art Library in 2016. She earned Master’s Degree in History and Education from the St. Petersburg State University in Russia, and received her MLIS from San Jose State University. For 6 years she worked as a Lead Instructor of Russian Language for NASA astronaut members of the International Space Station. Prior to joining the AAU Library, she was working as a Library Training Consultant with Innovative Interfaces – a company that provides software for libraries all over the world. She had the opportunity to work with libraries in Chile, Botswana, Turkey, Azerbaijan, and Dubai.
She loves to travel, read, garden, play tennis, ski, bike, and go to opera and ballet performances.
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.
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.
Erica joined Academy of Art University in June of 2018. She received a BA from Virginia Commonwealth University, majoring in Art History and minoring in German language. While finishing her degree, Erica worked as a library associate at a public library in Virginia. After living in Richmond for 6 years, she moved back to the Bay Area in search of new opportunities.
Her hobbies include going to concerts, studying Northern Renaissance printmaking, speaking German, and painting/drawing. She also enjoys TV shows about vampires and classic sci-fi novels.
Shaoting joined the AAU family in Sept. 2019. Shaoting received her B.A. in Economics from UC Berkeley, and is currently pursuing a MLIS degree. She wants to transform her love for reading and teaching into a career of librarianship. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, visiting museums, reading, and listening to music.
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.
Samantha joined the Academy of Art University Library in June 2018. She received her B.A. in English and Gender Studies with a minor in LGBTQ Studies from Michigan State University, where she also worked as a student library assistant. Samantha is interested in pursuing an MLIS degree and hopes to turn her love of libraries and literature into a lifelong career.
Outside of the library, Samantha enjoys reading, playing volleyball, traveling, and spending time with her niece. She is a self-described coffee enthusiast, intersectional feminist, and musical theatre nerd.