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Library SACS Accreditation 2015: FINAL DRAFT 3.8.3

Data and resources for our upcoming SACS review.


The institution provides a sufficient number of qualified staff - with appropriate education or experiences in library and/or other learning/information resources - to accomplish the mission of the institution.


How San Antonio College determines the qualifications of its library/learning resource/library information staff


All librarians are required to hold as a minimum a master's degree in library and information science from graduate schools accredited by the American Library Association. Many of SAC’s librarians have also earned additional graduate degrees in related fields. The faculty roster below shows the qualifications of our full-time faculty librarians. Part-time staff librarians are included in the staff chart. (Librarian Job DescriptionLead Librarian Job Description).


Faculty Roster Form

Qualifications of Full-Time Faculty


Name of Institution: San Antonio College


Name of Primary Department, Academic Program, or Discipline: Learning Resource Center (Library)


Academic Term(s) Included: Fall 2014, Spring 2015      Date Form Completed: Jan, 2015




Relevant to Courses Taught, Including Institution & Major

List specific graduate coursework, if needed

Thomas Bahlinger - Assistant Professor


M.L.I.S.: University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas (1998)

B. A.: Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (1989) Major: History

Celita DeArmond – Instructor


M.L.I.S.: University of North Texas, Denton, Texas (1996)

B.M.: Baylor University, Waco, Texas (1994)  Major: Music History and Literature


Stephen Dingman - Assistant Professor


M.L.S.: State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York (1989)

B.S.: Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts (1980) Major: Public Relations

Eileen Oliver - Associate Professor



M.L.S.: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin (1995)

M.A.: Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania (1991) Major: Modern European History

M.S.: Florida International University, Miami, Florida (1988) Major: Foreign Language Education

B.A.: Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania (1986)  Major: Spanish

Christina Petimezas – Professor


M.L.S.: Columbia University, New York, New York (1969)

B.A.: Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas (1967)   Majors: Library Science & English Literature

Lee LeBlanc -not Faculty

Library Technology Services & Systems


M.L.S.: Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida and experience with Integrative Library Systems (2009)

B.A.: Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Florida (2002)   Majors: Multidisciplinary


Library Staff Job Title

Alvarado, Leticia


Library Assistant I

Arispe, Samantha


Library Assistant I

Cadena, Sylvia A.


Library Assistant I

Gonzalez, Yolanda


Administrative Service Specialist

Irby, Amory


Library Assistant II

Jaramillo, Rachel


Library Assistant I

Lewis, Juanita


Library Assistant II

Norenbergs, Aivars


Library Assistant III

Robles, Jessica


LIbrary Assistant I

Sandoval, Ray


Library Assistant I

Satterthwait, Joseph


Library Assistant II

To Be Hired


Librarian (Staff)



F, P:  Full-time or Part-time; UN, UT, G:  Undergraduate Nontransferable, Undergraduate Transferable, Graduate


Sufficient staff to accomplish the mission


The San Antonio College (SAC) Library has experienced a significant reduction in faculty librarians and paraprofessional staff over the past three years due to retirement incentive programs adopted in the spring 2011 and Spring 2014 semesters. Due to more retirements in December 2014, the number of librarians decreased to 5 FTEs. Recently the library hired 2 part-time temporary librarians to assist with reference desk service and basic library system functions, and is in the process of hiring a full-time librarian.


While the impact from staff reduction on students and classroom faculty has been noticed, librarians have strived to maintain essential public service functions such as reference and library instruction. Online subscription products from Springshare (LibCal, LibAnswers and LibAnswers) have greatly assisted librarians in delivering high quality, timely and focused assistance to patrons. Classroom faculty request and schedule their own library instruction sessions online via LibCal. Librarians quickly assist patrons in person, online, by email and SMS texting by creating re-usable reference questions and answers via the LibAnswers knowledgebase. Our extensive LibGuides collection focuses on specific research assignments and quickly get students onto the right research path. The library has also expanded access to ebooks throughEbook Library (EBL) which allows patrons to browse, read and download on the go.


Currently the library has 6.5 paraprofessional staff of which 6 are full-time employees (4 in technical services and 2 in public services).Paraprofessional staff are responsible for Discoverying new materials, reclassifying old materials, government documents, purchasing, interlibrary loan, circulation and reserves. The library has engaged in extensive cross-training for paraprofessionals in order to continue the library's service mission.The library also has 7 work-study student assistants who work 18 hours per week or an additional 3.15 FTE staff. The college’s Office of Technology Services supports the library’s server, public computers, staff computers, printers and networks. 


Library staff to student ratios


Comparison of Library Staff-to-Student ratios at Alamo Colleges Libraries &

Selected Peer Institutions

 Peer Institution

FTE Librarians

FTE Staff

Headcount Fall 2014


FTE Students

Fall 2014

Total Staff per 1000 Students

Total Librarians per 1000 Students

Librarians per 1000 FTE Students

San Antonio College








Northwest Vista College








Palo Alto College








Richland College, Dallas, Tx








St. Philips College








San Jacinto College, Victoria, TX








Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX








Northeast Lakeview College








 Source: SAC IRES data, Alamo Colleges ACES registration counts (Fall 2014) and Phone Survey of Peer Institution Libraries



Faculty and Staff Professional Development Activities


San Antonio College librarians and staff continually participate in professional development activities ranging from classes taught on campus to national conferences. Within the last five years, library faculty have attended conferences and meetings sponsored by the Texas Library Association, American Library Association, Bexar Library Association, the GPO's Federal Depository Library, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and the Council of Research and Academic Libraries among others. Presentations by library faculty were made at recent TLA (Texas Library Association) and LOEX (Library Orientation Exchange) conferences. A SAC librarian helped organize the 2010 TLA Conference by serving on the conference planning committee and organizing contributed paper presentations.


Library faculty members attend numerous workshops, and take graduate level classes throughout the year. A sampling of the topics covered in these workshops and classes include copyright issues, student learning outcomes and assessment, distance learning, plagiarism, teambuilding and leadership, government intrusion and individual liberty, electronic reserves, RDA (Resource Description and Access), instructional design and FranklinCovey leadership training. The automation librarian is trained by Innovative in: creating pages for Millennium (the online Discovery); use of statistics for the library system; best practices in loading new records into Millennium; and use of tools to enhance user experiences such as sending information from the library Discovery to users' cellphone.


Library staff members also take classes and participate in workshops and teleconferences to improve their skills and services. Employee Development Day, SAC’s Customer Service classes, web master certification, and online courses in Discoverying and technical services provided by AMIGOS are examples of the professional development activities attended by Library staff in recent years. 


Research and Other Scholarly Projects


Although research is not a part of SAC’s community college mission, SAC Library faculty members participate in research and scholarly projects. Examples include indexing for the Hispanic American Periodical Index writing book reviews for the referred journal Reference Services Review Quarterly. SAC Library faculty also digitized most of the SAC’s student newspaper, The Ranger, and began digitizing and indexing photographs from the San Antonio Light Newspaper Collection.


Faculty also hold memberships in the following professional organizations, which help them remain abreast of the latest improvements and challenges in the rapidly-changing field of Information Science:


Professional Organization Memberships

  • Alamo Community College District Faculty Legal Action Association
  • American Association of University Professors
  • American Association of University Women
  • American Library Association
  • Association of College and Research Libraries
  • Beta Phi Mu
  • Bexar Library Association
  • Special Libraries Association
  • Council of Research and Academic Libraries
  • Texas Community College Teachers Association
  • Texas Council of Academic Libraries
  • Texas Junior and Community College Association
  • Texas Library Association
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