Pauline D. Manaka

Pauline Manaka serves as research librarian for Anthropology, DASA, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Sociology. Her responsibilities include supporting the disciplines’ educational, research and public services missions – obtaining and provide access to scholarly information resources. She began working at UC Irvine in July 1989, after some experience in Cal State Hayward and ten years working at Georgia State University Library.  She is a native of South Africa, studied a Bachelor of Bibliography at Fort Hare University and a product of the June 1976 Soweto Riots. After receiving a full bright scholarship, she came to study the Master of Science in Library Science degree at Atlanta University 1977-1978. After completion she selected to become a United States refugee, worked in the South and completed an M.A. in Political Science (1984) with a focus on Political Economy and International Relations. She moved to northern California at Cal State University library in 1987. Her interests with diversity and human rights has enriched the librarian services such as connects; her work as Ethnic Studies Librarian evolved and to Women Studies, which is part of the Humanities. She served as interim library for German Studies up to 2013. With the founding of the Sociology department, she was in several faculty interviews of its founding members. For several years until 2011, she invited me to teach the course on “Apartheid South Africa” in Anthropology.  For 26 years the UCI libraries’ experiences have her embedded in faculty and students’ research needs and library technological challenges to improve and excel in reference, collection building, research consultation and teaching. She was elected member of the American Library Association (ALA) Council 2016-2018; Chair of the Association for College & Research Libraries, Anthropology & Sociology Section (ACRL, ANSS). She also served as member of the Anthropological Association (AAA), the California Sociological Association (CLA).

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