Curriculum Vitae

Carla Arbagey



Master of Library and Information Science, 2009

San Jose State University, San Jose, CA


Master of Arts, Art History, 2006

University of California, Riverside

Thesis: “William Blake’s Virgil Wood Engravings and the History of Virgil Illustrations”

Bachelor of Arts, Art History, 2004

University of California, Riverside

Honors:  Regents Scholar, University Honors Program, Magna cum Laude graduate, Phi Beta Kappa


Electronic Resources Librarian, 09/2012 – Present

UCR Libraries, University of California, Riverside


  • Manage the libraries’ electronic resources including books, journals, and databases. Analyze licenses for digital resources, set up database trials, and coordinate with the head of Collection Development, E-Books and PDA Committee, vendors, and subject specialists on the acquisition, processing, and maintenance of the libraries’ electronic resources
  • Catalog electronic resources in MARC format using OCLC Connexion, following AACR2 or RDA metadata standards; create and update bibliographic, order, vendor, and checkin records using Innovative Interfaces’ Millennium ILS
  • Conduct breach management for electronic resources as necessary, and serve as a resource for the proper use of UCR’s licensed digital assets
  • Manage the UCR Libraries’ instance of the ExLibris link resolver (SFX), including linking of e-books, providing access to free e-resources, and updating local print holdings
  • Collect and analyze statistics for electronic resources, including statistics for ARL and UCOP
  • Collaborate with staff library-wide to foster awareness of issues with electronic resources and their use
  • Update the UCR Libraries’ web pages as needed, including the A-Z electronic resources list, database trials page, and online licenses via the library’s content management system, Centaur
  • Staff the reference desk of the Rivera Library as assigned
  • Serve as a subject specialist for classical studies and philosophy: manage the collection budget, identify and purchase resources, serve as the faculty liaison, and provide specialized reference assistance in the areas of classics and philosophy
  • Serve on various library committees, including the Electronic Resources and Journals Committee, E-Books/PDA Committee, Collection Development Network, Journal Coordination Task Force, and Scotty ILS/OPAC Management Committee


Selected Accomplishments:

  • Took over cataloging of e-books for PDA and firm order purchases, cataloging an average of 150 e-books per month (1,800+ total in FY2013/2014)
  • Created a definitive workflow chart for WRCA processing through collaboration with the Water Resources Collection and Archives (WRCA) Harmonization Task Force and related working groups
  • Developed and implemented policies for the UCR Libraries’ No Serials Binding Task Force
  • Implemented an improved workflow for ExLibris’ SFX Knowledge Base updates that is 85% faster than the previous method
  • Continued to catalog anthologies for the Eaton Collection, which include enhanced contents notes (MARC 505), making short stories searchable by title in the Scotty catalog. Since 2010, cataloged over 900 Eaton collection books, including adding over 250 original records to OCLC


Interim Head of Acquisitions, 9/2012 – 4/2014

UCR Libraries, University of California, Riverside


  • Manage the daily functions of the Acquisitions Unit. Hire, train, develop, review, and supervise 7.0 FTE library assistants and 1.0 FTE student assistants
  • Lead regular Acquisitions Unit meetings with round-robin discussions to focus on issues of diversity, the UCR Principles of Community, and teamwork within the unit
  • Develop policies and procedures to improve acquisitions workflows
  • Collaborate with library staff in other departments and units within the library on acquisitions initiatives

Selected Accomplishments:

  • Established a cross-training program for all Acquisitions Unit Staff
  • Created a specialized order form for multimedia orders to streamline the ordering process for multimedia
  • Completed extensive revisions and updates of the Collection Services Department and Acquisitions Unit staff webpages and LibGuides
  • Developed a gift tracking system that eliminated the need to create order records for gift books
  • Developed a proposal to eliminate serials checkin and drastically reduce the current periodicals shelves in the Rivera and Orbach Libraries, resulting in improved accuracy of the catalog and additional free space on the first floor of each library (fully implemented in fall 2014)


Reserves Coordinator, Library Assistant IV, 08/2011 – 11/2012

Tomás Rivera Library, University of California, Riverside


Reserves Coordinator, Library Assistant II-IV, 03/2002 – 11/2012

Orbach Science Library, University of California, Riverside



  • Coordinate the day-to-day functions of reserves in the Rivera and Orbach libraries at UCR
  • Ensure processing of all reserve materials within 24 hours of receipt using online databases and Innovative Interface’s Millennium integrated library system
  • Maintain the reserves collection by updating and creating bibliographic records, ordering new materials, and repairing damaged books
  • Supervise 1.0 FTE staff and student assistants in the Rivera Library, train all Access Services staff on reserves processing
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate new policies and procedures for the Circulation/Reserves Unit.
  • Oversee the reserves collection budget and order textbooks and other materials for course reserves.
  • Serve as the faculty liaison for library reserves
  • Serve as a resource for questions regarding the Library’s copyright policy; interpret and apply U.S. Copyright law and fair use guidelines as they relate to e-reserves
  • Staff the circulation/reserves desk as needed in the Rivera and Orbach Libraries


Selected Accomplishments:

  • Played a primary role in developing, testing, and implementing the current reserve holds system, allowing UCR students to place holds on reserve materials for the first time
  • Developed and implemented procedures for processing reserve material using Millennium and successfully transitioned reserves processing from Innopac to Millennium in the Orbach Science Library
  • Created online manual of reserves procedures, including an extensive linked index
  • Implemented improved workflows and procedures as the Rivera Reserves Coordinator, resulting in:
    • reduction in processing time from an average of 3 days to less than 24 hours
    • reduction in paper consumption of approximately 66%
    • Decreased spending of the general allocation budget for reserves student assistants by 66%
  • Inventory project: analyzed over 70,000 volumes, including creating item records and map labels for all USGS Open File Reports, Water Supply Papers, and USDA Soil Surveys
  • Eaton Collection of Science Fiction & Fantasy Cataloger: original and copy cataloging of Eaton Collection items using OCLC Connexion with a focus on anthologies and books from the Locus Collection

Circulation Assistant, 06/2001 – 11/2001

Escondido Public Library, Escondido, CA


  • Provide circulation and primary reference services to a diverse group of patrons.
  • Assist patrons with the payment of fines.
  • Ensure timely and accurate loan and return of library materials.



Editor-in-Chief and Designer: The UCR Library Insider, a staff newsletter published by LAUC-R and the Library Staff Association (online version available at

Instructor: Using Microsoft Visio to Create a Workload Infographic, UC Santa Barbara, 9/15/2014

Instructor: Workshop Series: “Bringing the Mid-Level Manager’s Retreat to You;” sessions included: Approaching Change, Decision-making in the Library, Successful Communication Strategies and Non-violent Communication, UCR Libraries, 8/2014-9/2014

Invited Speaker, Open Access Programs in the Academic Library, Taylor & Francis Workshop at Loyola Marymount University, 8/18/2014

Poster Presentation: “Beyond These Walls: Reaching In, Out, and Beyond” (with Christina Woo and Marlayna Christensen), ALA Office of Outreach and Literacy Services Diversity & Outreach Fair, ALA Annual Conference, 6/2014

Instructor: Beat the PowerPoint Habit: Basics of Prezi, UCR Libraries, 5/2014

Presenter/Moderator: Academic Libraries Forum, Innovative User’s Group Annual Conference, Detroit, MI, 5/2014

Poster Presentation: “My Month with Bing,” California Library Association Annual Conference, Long Beach, CA, 11/2013

Panelist: “Perspectives of Online Education,” Lecturer & Librarian’s Union Brown Bag Discussion series, University of California, Riverside, 10/2013

Lecture: “Bing it On!  A project and blog exploring the Web’s #2 search engine” LAUC-R Chair’s Program, 07/2013

Presenter, Breakout Session: Reserves, Southern California Innovative User’s Group Conference, Soka University, CA, 10/2007

Exhibits Designer, Orbach Science Library Exhibits Committee, UCR, 2006-current

Past exhibits: Great Reads in the Sciences, The Salton Sea, Palms, Rattlesnakes, Tea: East & West


Little Free Library of Columbia Avenue

Library Director and Acquisitions Coordinator, 2014-

California Library Association Technology Interest Group (CLA-TIG)

Sync Newsletter Editor, 2014-

Librarian’s Association of the University of California (LAUC), System-wide

Diversity Committee Chair, 2014/2015

Newsletter Designer, 2014-

Website Re-design Ad Hoc Committee 2014-

Librarian’s Association of the University of California, Riverside Division (LAUC-R)

Vice Chair/Chair Elect, 2014/2015

Personnel Committee Chair, 2014/2015

Secretary, 2013/2014

Chair of the Committee on Diversity, 2012/2013-2014/2015

Library Representative to the Academic Senate Committee on Courses, 2012/2013-2014/2015

Library Staff Association of UC Riverside

Treasurer, 2013/2014

Secretary, 2007/2008


Technology New Leader, California Library Association, 2014

Kline Family Foundation Scholarship, Innovative User’s Group Annual Conference     , 2013

Best Savory Pie, UCR Library Staff Association Pi(e) Day Contest, 2013

Regents Scholar, University of California, Riverside 2000 – 2004

Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship, 2000 – 2004

professional associations

American Library Association (ALA)

California Library Association (CLA)

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)


Languages: French – conversational, reading and writing, cataloging; Spanish – basic reading and writing, cataloging

General Software and Apps: MS Office (including Excel and Visio), Google Drive (including Forms and Sheets), Macro Express, Acrobat Pro, Prezi

Library Software/Services: Millennium (Circulation, Cataloging, Serials, Acquisitions, and Management modules), OCLC Connexion, CDL Helpline, WordlCat local, Melvyl, CDL Scholarly Stats

Web Publishing: WordPress, Drupal, some HTML, Wyswig CMS

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest




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