Meet our newest staff member
Stop by the front check-out desk and say hello to our newest staff member, Rachel Gann.
This is Rachel’s first semester as a full-time Library Assistant, but not the first semester we’ve been lucky enough to have her work at the Luria Library. She began working for the library as a computer tutor and later in circulation when she was a student at SBCC. She went on to complete her BA in Public History at Western Michigan University and worked in a public library in Michigan. She missed Santa Barbara, however, and was drawn back to our sunny shores. We are pleased to welcome Rachel back to the Luria Library, where we believe she belongs.
Name: Rachel Gann
Position: Library Assistant
Currently Reading: House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
Favorite book assigned in a college class: Botany of Desire: A Plant’s Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan. She read it for an environmental history class, and it changed her thinking about how humans relate to plants and the impact those relationships have on our choices about food.
Duties at the library: As a vital part of the circulation team, Rachel assists in acquiring and cataloging our reserve textbook collection, helps people find what they need in the library, assists patrons with the use of library equipment, offers a wealth of campus information, and keeps long lines of students supplied with reserve textbooks and library materials. She offers all of this with a welcoming, sunny smile and inexhaustible cheerfulness.
Reason for choosing to work in a library: Rachel is an interdisciplinarian at heart and the library offers the perfect place to indulge her love of learning and wide range of interests. As a former student at SBCC, she feels that she has enormously benefited from the remarkable opportunities our community college has offered her to explore interests and support her passion for discovery. Her position in the library allows her to contribute to SBCC’s unique learning culture as she supports a wide variety of students in their own educational journeys.
Something interesting about Rachel: When pursuing her BA in Michigan, Rachel participated in an archeological dig on a 17th century French Jesuit mission complex that included a trading post and a garrison. She has continued her archeological interests here in Santa Barbara working with artifacts and human remains at the the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History as an Anthropology Department volunteer.
Rachel comes from a very close-knit family and enjoys chatting the night away with her sisters and being an indulgent aunt. She likes to take road trips with her fiance to visit family around the country and loves spending time outdoors hiking, camping, and kayaking. One of her favorite trips was to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula,where she enjoyed fishing, swimming, canoeing, and visiting the beautiful Tahquamenon falls.