Kimberly Embleton
English and Humanities Librarian

California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge CA 91330 • 818 677-5336


California State University, Northridge
Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, May 1991

University of California, Los Angeles
Master of Library and Information Science, June 1993
Specialization in Special Collections

Western Archives Institute
Society of American Archivists, Summer 1995


Senior Assistant Librarian

English & Humanities Librarian
University Library, California State University, Northridge

Special subject responsibilities as bibliographer for English, Humanities, Italian, Modern and Classical Languages (2003-2007), Journalism(2003-2006), and Communication Studies (2003-2004).  Bibliographer for the Friends of the Library Bestseller Collection and Reading Room Collection. Responsibilities include library instruction, development of instructional materials, collection development, participation in faculty governance and department management through strategic planning, committee work and development of policies and procedures.  Team leader of the Library’s  Arts and Humanities team, coordinating approximately 120 English and Humanities lectures each semester. Provide general reference service and instruction at the University Library Reference Desk.

07/99 – 03/03

  DeVry University  West Hills, CA

Created a new college library and built collection to 18,000 items. Managed all furniture and shelving purchases and installation. Supervised paraprofessional staff and student workers. Created and maintained departmental budget. Provide reference work and bibliographic instruction. Supervised collection development and acquisitions. Implemented library circulation, cataloging, and OPAC systems. Trained library assistant on copy and original cataloging using OCLC. Responsible for interlibrary loan with other DeVry campuses

01//98 – 07/99

Daily News of Los Angeles Woodland Hills, CA

Performed ready reference and in-depth research for reporters and editors.  Indexed all Daily News articles for in-house use and transmission to online databases. Cataloged and managed a small book collection.  Responsible for checking in serials and maintaining periodicals collection.

04/93 – 12/97

Librarian for Acquisitions and Public Services
Autry Museum of Western Heritage Los Angeles, CA

Performed original and complex adaptive cataloging of new acquisitions, including book and non-book materials, into RLIN and Innopac using AACR2r, USMARC and LCSH.  Cataloged all non-book materials, such as photographs, sound recordings, films, posters and video recordings.  Performed all reference work and bibliographic instruction. Assisted staff, volunteers and outside patrons with library and museum archives research. Supervised paraprofessional staff and volunteers. Worked with vendors and donors and attended auctions to acquire new materials.


Lead Author with Heinrich, H., "Searching to Find: Opening up the World with Open WorldCat", Searcher: The Magazine for the Database Professional. February 2008, vol. 16 no. 2. pgs. 22-25, 42-46. Cover article.

Co-Author with Helfer, D., "The Plague of Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty ", Searcher: The Magazine for the Database Professional. June 2007, vol. 15 no. 6. pgs. 23-26.

Bibliographer. Resources for College Libraries. Chicago : American Library Association : New Providence, N.J. : R.R. Bowker, 2006

Co-Creator and editor, Library Staff Picks blog


Invited speaker, Banned Books week workshop sponsored jointly by the English Department and Northridge Academy High School, October 1, 2008.

“Well, I’ll Be Banned: A Celebration of the Freedom to Read” Curator of Library lobby exhibit, August 28-October 1, 2004, Oviatt Library, California State University Northridge

“Well, I’ll Be Banned: A Celebration of the Freedom to Read”   Readings of Banned and Challenged Children’s Books.  Organizer and host of event held on September 21, 2004 in the Presentation Room of the Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge


Technical Services Faculty Hearing Panel, member, September 2007-September 2009

Library Search and Screen Committee for Science and Engineering Librarian , Spring 2008

Chair, Library Search and Screen Committee for Psychology/Educational Psychology Librarian, 2007

Library Search and Screen Committee for Music and Media Librarian, Winter 2006-Spring 2007

Chair, Library Search and Screen Committee for Electronic Resources Librarian, Fall 2005-Fall 2006

Electronic Resource Management Committee, member, 2006-present

Library Instruction Committee, member, 2003-present

Library Research and Grants Committee, member, 2005-2007

Friends of the Library book sale volunteer


Provost's Professional Development Series (PPDS), Nominated Faculty Future Leader, 2007

Electronic Access to Information Resources (EAR) California Statewide committee member, May 2006-Jume 2008

Academic Technology Committee (ATC), April 2004-present


American Library Association (ALA), 1993-present

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), 1999-present

California Academic & Research Libraries (CARL), 2003-present

Southern California Instruction Librarians (SCIL), a CARL interest group, 2003-present,

Special Libraries Association (SLA), 1992-2005

            Southern California Chapter, Committee Chair, Karen Sternheim Memorial Scholarship, 2004


American Libraries Association (ALA) Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA, June 28-30, 2008

California Academic & Research Librarians (CARL), Biennial conference, Irvine, CA, April 2-5, 2008

Special Libraries Association (SLA) Southern California Chapter, CSUN, August 17, 2007 lunch and tour leader

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), VOLUNTEER. Biennial Conference, Baltimore, MD, March 29-April 1, 2007

California Academic & Research Libraries (CARL), member Breakout Session Review Panel, for Biennal Conference April 20-23, 2006

Beyond the Ivory Tower: Creative Strategies for Learning & Leading, Asilomar, CA

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Biennnal Conference, Minneapolis, MN, April 7-10, 2005

Special Libraries Association, Annual Conference, Nashville, TN, June 6-9, 2004

California Academic & Research Librarians, Biennial Conference, Pasadena, CA, April 22-25, 2004 


Special Libraries Association (SLA) southern California chapter, Edwards Air Force base tour, May 11, 2007

California Academic & Research Libraries (CARL) Mini-conference, Fullerton, December 9, 2005

"Hot off the Presses: Insider Tips for Successful Publishing" Science and Engineering Academic Librarians (SEAL), CSUN, November 4, 2005

“It’s Not About Time: Making the Most of One-Shots” Southern California Instruction Librarians (SCIL) Spring workshop, CSUN, May 6, 2005

“Booting the Sage off the Stage: Student Centered Approaches to One Shot Instruction”, CSUN inservice, February 11, 2005

“Setting the Stage for Effective Library Instruction” Southern California Instruction Librarians (SCIL) open house, Fullerton, CA , January 30, 2004

“Moving from Traditional Bibliographic Instruction to an Integrated Information Literacy Program,” California Academic and Research Libraries—Southern California Instruction Librarians (CARL-SCIL), Long Beach, CA, Friday, May 16, 2003.

“Integrating information literacy into the disciplines: is science different?” April 25, 2003
California State Polytechnic University

 “Promoting Information Literacy to Diverse Populations: CARL-sCIL Open House,” California Academic and Research Libraries—Southern California Instruction Librarians (CARL-sCIL), Fullerton, CA, Friday, January 17, 2003.

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