Charissa Jefferson CV

Charissa Odelia Jefferson

Work Experience

California State University, Northridge 2013- Present

Business and Data Librarian

Reference, Instruction, and Outreach Services to College of Business and Economics



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 – 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


Publications and Presentations

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


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

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

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

“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

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

American Library Association – RUSA-BRASS member



Honors, Grants and Awards

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.