Charissa Jefferson CV

Charissa Odelia Jefferson


Work Experience

California State University, Northridge 2013- Present

Business and Data Librarian

  • Provide reference, research instruction, and outreach services to the College of Business and Economics and the CSUN campus community, including business subject collection development

Milken Institute Santa Monica, CA 2012- 2013

Research Librarian

  • Data driven research
  • Reference for business, economics, finance, and data researchers
  • Retrieve statistical data and reports using various forms of technology and software
  • Collection development and information resources management for business, economics, and finance.

Milken Archive of American Jewish Music Santa Monica, CA 2011- 2013

Special Collections and Archives Processor/ Rare Book and Manuscript Cataloger

  • Reference and Instruction for methodological use of special collection materials
  • Create metadata for indexing primary sources and database design

The Imagine Center Tarzana, CA 2009- 2011

User-Oriented Reader Services, Reference, Instruction, and Outreach

  • Reference and reader services for unique client needs
  • Orientation and Liaison services to community
  • Exhibit preparation/ curatorial work, collection management, access and retrieval.

RTI International (Research Triangle Institute) 2007- 2008

Field Interviewer/ Researcher for Social Sciences/ public policy

  • Time management on UCLA and RAND Corporation research project sponsored by National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Outreach to participants and assessment of project data


RAND Corporation Santa Monica, CA 2006- 2007

Researcher and Interviewer for public health and social sciences/ public policy

  • Effective communication with participants and donors on project sponsored by the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences a branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Westside Chronicle Santa Monica, CA. 2006

Researcher and Reference provider for staff researchers including outreach

Santa Monica Public Library Santa Monica, CA 2001-2004

Library Page

  • Support circulation department and subject librarians
  • Information organization, collection management, access and retrieval of resources

Sylvan Learning Center Santa Monica, CA 1995-1997

Teaching and User-oriented reader services

  • Support circulation access and retrieval for colleagues and students
  • Bookkeeping and clerical office duties
  • Outreach, Liaison duties, and Customer service



University of North Texas/ California State University, Northridge

Master of Library Science – August 2011

Specialization: Academic Librarianship and Information Literacy Instruction

Claremont Graduate University

Master of Arts: Cultural Studies- 2009

California State University, Long Beach

Bachelor of Arts: Women’s Studies- 2004



California State University, Northridge 2011

Collection Development, Outreach, Assessment, Instructional Design

  • Experience with in-person and remote Reference and Instructional services
  • Subject research to create bibliographies and fill collection gaps
  • Utilize course management systems such as Moodle, Camtasia
  • Coordinate and curate library wide exhibit, collaborating with Special Collections

California State University, Dominguez Hills 2010- 2011

University Archives and Special Collections

  • Cataloging and preservation, EAD, finding aids, CONTENTdm, metadata schema
  • Experience with digital learning objects, UC3’s DMPTool, and institutional repository
  • Processing University Archives, manuscript, photographs, and rare books
  • Curatorial experience with Special Collection exhibits

Reference and Instruction:

  • Information literacy/ multi-literacy instruction presentations
    • Instructional technologies implementation and assessment
  • Knowledge of print and electronic reference materials for the social sciences
  • Demonstrate database searching and media applications

University of California at Los Angeles 2004

REU: Urban Ethnographer Sociologist Program, Sponsored by the National Science Foundation

California State University, Long Beach Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program 2003



[Article approved] Elmore, J. and Jefferson, C. “Business librarians donning the data hat:   Perspectives on this new challenge”. Public Services Quarterly, Forthcoming Vol. 10,      no. 3, Fall 2014.

[Chapter approved] Jefferson, C. “Academic Libraries in the Digital Age” Encyclopedia of   Information Science and Technology, IGI Global, Forthcoming July 2015.

[Lesson Plan Submission approved]:  Jefferson, C. “Research as a Discussion” Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts: Lesson Plans for Librarians, Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Forthcoming book October 2014.

Article Published, Jefferson, C. “The Riot Grrrl Movement: Feminism for a New Generation”

Published in: Discourse: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy Volume XI, Spring 2005

Published in: Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program Research Journal Volume 8, Spring 2004



American Library Association Annual Conference Business Librarian Panel – Speaker Applicant 2014

Baruch College, CUNY, Reinventing Libraries, Reinventing Assessment Conference – Poster Presentation Applicant 2014

UNT/CSUN MLS Degree 3rd Cohort Speaker in Ferman Presentation Room, August 2013


Poster Presentation - Special Libraries Association - Business and Finance Division

"Collaborating and Strategizing to Promote Business Information Research Services" 2013


Graduate Student Panel presenter, sponsored by the McNair Scholars

Program and Career Center at California State University, Dominguez Hills 2011


 “The Riot Grrrl Movement: Feminism for a New Generation”

  • Pacific Sociologist Association annual conference- San Francisco
  • National Association of Ethnic Studies annual conference- Philadelphia
  • California State University, Long Beach Student Research Competition


Cultural Studies Field Research Methods Conference 2004

“Community Rhythms: Inside Drum Circle Culture” at Claremont Graduate University


Women in Political Action Conference Coordinator, Facilitator and M.C. 2003

California State University, Long Beach

  • Established leadership, organizational skills, ability to multi-task, and delegate.


Active Professional Associations

Special Libraries Association member since 2009

  • Business and Finance Division member since 2012
  • Solo Division member – Public Relations Chair, Advisory Board 2012-Present
  • Founding member of UNT/CSUN Cohort Student Chapter, President 2011

American Library Association – member since 2010

  • Reference and User Services Association-Business References Association Service Section (BRASS) –member since 2012
  • BRASS – Service: Discussion Group 2013-Present

University and Community Service

Peer-reviewer for IGI Global select chapters – February 2014

Judge for CSUN 18th Annual Student Research and Creative Works Symposium – Poster Presentations - February 14, 2014.

Judge for Oviatt Library Scholarship Committee for the 14th annual Student Employee Appreciation and Awards Luncheon held April 22, 2014.

Campus Representative for Wharton WRDS database account user access 2014.

Oviatt Library Assessment Team – appointed by Library Dean, Mark Stover, December 2013.

COLD Assessment Team – nominated by Library Dean, Mark Stover, March 2014.

Oviatt Library Tour Guide to campus community and off campus students, Fall 2013

CSUN  - Scholarship Committee 2013 – Judge for Alan Campos Dream Big Scholarship

Volunteer UNT/CSUN 2nd Cohort Graduation – USU Grand Salon, August 2013


Professional Development

New Business Librarians monthly virtual discussion group, member since August 2013

New Faculty Orientation Programs, 2013-2014 Academic Year

Faculty Development workshops, October 17, 2013 and November 19, 2013

Research Data Access and Preservation Summit – Attendee, March 2014

Milken Institute Global Conference – Attendee, May 2014


Honors, Grants and Awards

BRASS – Emerald Research Award – Applicant December 2013

Beta Phi Mu Honor Society 2011

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society 2010

Minority Fellowship – Claremont Graduate University 2004- 2006

Winner of Student Research Competition: Humanities – CSU Long Beach 2004

McNair Scholar 2003 


Language Abilities

Italian - Conversant.

Reading knowledge of: Spanish, French, Latin, and Hebrew.


Additional Skills

American Red Cross Certified Adult and Pediatric First Aid, CPR and AED, March 2014