Member Spotlight - Catherine Friedman

March 2013

Catherine Friedman
Associate University Librarian for Academic Services
University of California, San Diego
LLAMA member since: 2001


Professional experience, particularly LLAMA activities

I have held a number of professional positions over the years, all in academic libraries.  As part of my professional work, I have been very active in ALA, including chairing committees within ALA, RUSA and RUSA/BRASS, and serving as RUSA President.  But during the last 10 years, my professional development activities have focused on LLAMA where I have chaired or been a member of several committees, and have participated in the LLAMA mentoring program. 

Most memorable LLAMA experience or contribution

Well I could say being elected LLAMA President, but that’s too easy an answer.  One particularly memorable LLAMA experience came from my participation in the LLAMA Mentoring Program.  I was really surprised by how much I learned about myself while serving as a mentor in that program.  I hadn’t expected the experience to have such an impact on me, but it did.  It provided me an opportunity to more fully understand my leadership and coaching strengths and frankly, some areas for improvement. 

What was the first job you ever had?

For my first library job, I worked as a student employee in a biology library shelving books and staffing the circ desk.  I remember I would sometimes stop shelving to look at the pictures in the disease atlases that were in the stacks.  I saw things I had never imagined before.

What was your favorite class in college?

It was a sociology class where we learned about crowd behavior particularly within demonstrations and riots.  And because of that class, I now know how to effectively navigate ALA Annual (sorry, that was a joke).