Dr. Alison English, PhD, MLS
Professor and Head Librarian
Specialties: Communications, Speech, Nursing
Alison came to VUSC in 1994 as a Cataloging and Reference librarian and became Head Librarian in 1996. She earned a BS in education and an MLS at the University of Alabama, and her PhD in Communication from Regent University. Prior to her employment at VUSC, Alison worked as a corporate librarian for Alabama Power Company and Southern Company Services in Birmingham. When she moved west, she became Director of Communications for a California-based missions organization. On campus, Alison has been involved in drama productions, and she directed the VUSC Spring 1998 production of Arsenic and Old Lace.
Her interests include drama, music theater, reading, walking, Southeastern Conference football, and golfing with VUSC colleagues.
Associate Professor, Chief Reference Librarian
Mel began working at VUSC in 1980 and is now Associate Professor/Librarian with primary responsibilities in reference, and supervising all aspects of periodicals–budgeting, maintenance, collating, and storage. A native of Ohio, Mel earned a BS in education at Trevecca Nazarene University and an MLS from Kent State University.
Besides working at VUSC, Mel has been employed as an on-call librarian in the Newport Beach Public Library system since 1982. His interests include gardening, coin collecting, reading, cooking, movies, real estate, and the desert.
Associate Professor, Cataloging Librarian
Mary came to VUSC in 1989. She is Associate Professor/Librarian with responsibilities in cataloging, reference, instruction, and in maintaining the VUSC Library Web Site. She is a native North Dakotan and earned her BA in history, English, and elementary education at Minot State University. In 1983 she completed her MLS coursework at Emporia State University in Kansas. She has also earned a master’s degree in Humanities from California State University, Dominguez Hills. At VU she has taught writing classes in the SPS program and is academic advisor for about 20 undeclared students.
Her interests include the Internet, library instruction, adult education, general education, and her four smart and beautiful granddaughters, her outstanding grandson, and their parents. When she’s not in the library, she’s out camping and hiking in the mountains, all the while reading her Kindle.
Associate Professor, Course Reserves Librarian & Archivist
Pam Crenshaw received her MLIS from San Jose State in August, 2005. She received her BA in Business from SCC in 1992. Pam began her career at SCC in 1975-1979 and returned in 1986. She previously worked in the Business Office, the Provost and President’s office, and Advancement before launching her library career. Because of her long-term association with SCC/VU she was asked to make the Archives her primary responsibility. She received her Certified Archivist certification from The Academy of Certified Archivists in 2009. She is one of only approximately 1,000 Certified Archivists in the United States. She has also completed a two week course with the Western Archives of the Society of California Archivists.
In addition to the Archives, Pam can be found at the reference desk, in the computer lab teaching students how to research, processing course reserves for professors and interlibrary loans for students and professors. She also serves as an academic advisor for undeclared students.
Pam holds membership with the American Library Association, California Academic and Research Libraries, Society for American Archivists, Society of California Archives and The Academy of Certified Archivists.
Assistant Professor, Reference and Instruction Librarian
Assistant Professor Elena is a Reference and Instruction Librarian. She received her MLIS in December of 2008 from San Jose State University, and graduated from VU with a BA in History and Political Science (1996) and an MA in Religion (1999). Her responsibilities include reference, instruction, developing the new catalog, among other things.
Elena holds memberships with Beta Phi Mu (the Library and Information Studies Honor Society), the American Theological Library Association, California Academic and Research Libraries, and the Society of Biblical Literature. Her professional interests include theological librarianship, international collaboration, grant seeking, and library outreach.
As an eternal student of history and theology, she understands the pressures of academic life and therefore keeps a plentiful supply of chocolate on hand to fulfill the immediate needs of stressed out students, staff and faculty alike. In her free time, she enjoys listening to KCRW, reading 18th century Gothic literature, watching European summer cycling races, traveling for mission and pleasure, and laughing.
Jack joined us in April 2007 as circulation supervisor. Jack was born in northeast Maine and raised in New Brunswick, Canada. He received a B.A. in Bible from Central Bible College, and an M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Jack pastored for 22 years in New Brunswick, Ontario, British Columbia, and Springfield, MA.
He enjoys fishing, hiking, and camping in the High Sierras, and skiis whenever he can the chance. Currently, one of his main preoccupations is keeping up with his 3 teenagers, Heather, David, and Katie.
Rachel joined the library in 2011 as the Library Associate. She is a two-time Vanguard graduate with her B.A. in Communication Studies and her M.A. in Education. She also received her teaching credential from Vanguard and has taught High School English/Language Arts. Her responsibilities include acquisitions, maintaining the budget, and inter-departmental communications, among other library roles.
Rachel also serves as an adjunct professor for the School for Professional Studies, teaching several general education writing courses.