Position Title: Acquisitions Librarian/Associate Professor
Employer: Fullerton College Library
Degree/Year: MSIS, 2004
Monique Delatte Starkey
"Contributing to the body of knowledge in the field of librarianship is incredibly rewarding."
Monique Delatte Starkey had a varied and impressive journey to her current position as the Acquisitions Librarian and Associate Professor at Fullerton College in California. With a bachelor’s from LSU in textile science, Monique originally intended to use her iSchool degree to become an apparel archivist. However, Monique quickly realized that she was less interested in preservation than she thought. She recalls many iSchool courses and projects that helped shape her career path, including a collection development project at PCL; business classes with Claudia Chidester; a college library class with Red Wassenich; and statistics.
After completing her MSIS, Monique was a business researcher for O’Melveny & Meyers. She then took a position with the County of Los Angeles Public Library. While working in teen and children’s services, she also served as an adjunct instructor at the Rio Hondo College Library. In 2010, Monique was recognized as one of Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers for her successful grant writing and teen programming.
Monique’s current position is full of rewarding responsibilities and tasks. Like all of the full-time faculty librarians at Fullerton College, she teaches library instruction and basic library tech courses. She says, “Teaching challenges me, and I learn from students all the time.” Monique “enjoys advocating for the needs of students.” In addition to teaching and reference, she also leads the acquisition team, and is intellectually stimulated by her duties in collection development.
For current iSchool students and recent graduates, Monique’s advice is to stay open to job opportunities, even if they are not ideal. The experience she gained as public librarian helped build her resume for work in an academic library. She also encourages students to get involved in professional development organizations, and attests to the benefits of YALSA and ALA. Through these organizations, Monique is able to continually contribute to the field. She has taught online courses for both ALA and YALSA, and in 2013, YALSA published her book, Practical Programming: the Best of YA-YAAC.