Vanguard University Faculty Librarians & Staff

Faculty Librarians

Pam Crenshaw, MLIS, CA

Associate Professor/Archivist/Interim Head Librarian

Archivist LibrarianPam 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 and processing course reserves for professors.  She also serves as an academic advisor for undeclared students. Pam serves the institution on the Faculty Senate, Undergraduate Studies Committee, and WASC Accreditation Steering Committee.

Pam holds membership with the American Library Association, California Academic and Research Libraries, Society for American Archivists, Society of California Archivists, and The Academy of Certified Archivists.

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Elena Nipper, MA, MLIS

Associate Professor/Reference and Instruction Librarian

Reference and Instruction LibrarianElena 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, cataloging, collection development, advising undeclared students, serving on faculty committees, and managing staff.

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.

Library Staff

Mel Covetta, MLS, MS

Part-time Reference and Instruction Librarian

Reference and Instruction LibrarianMel began working at VUSC in 1980. He was an Associate Professor/Librarian and is now working at the library part time doing reference and instruction. A native of Ohio, Mel earned a BS in Education at Trevecca Nazarene University, an MLS from Kent State University, and an MS in Educational Administration from Columbia State University.

His interests include gardening, coin collecting, reading, cooking, movies, real estate, preserving our natural resources, recycling, politics, world events, geography, and he especially loves the California desert.

Christine Cho, MSLIS

Systems Librarian

Systems LibrarianChristine started working at Vanguard as a consultant in Fall 2013. A year later, she joined the library team as the Systems Librarian. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a B.A. in World Literature and a MSLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to Vanguard, Christine worked as a Metadata Librarian at Hope College in Michigan and a Cataloging and Metadata Projects Specialist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her responsibilities include the maintenance of the library system, databases, and website; assisting students with their research via reference and instruction; weeding and original cataloging; and creating and maintaining the digital collections, which include images and Vanguard publications.

She is a member of Beta Phi Mu, Alpha Chapter.

Jack Morgan, MA

Circulation Supervisor

Circulation SupervisorJack 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. His responsibilities include hiring, training, and supervising twelve circulation student employees; scheduling student work shifts; library circulation assistance; reserve book access; and resolving computer and copying issues. Jack also serves on the Vanguard University Campus Safety Committee and is presently the “Building Marshal” for the Library.

Michelle Schonken

Library Associate

Library AssociateMichelle joined the library in 2013 as the Library Associate. She graduated from Vanguard in 2013 with her B.A. in English and minor in Anthropology. She is currently attending Wayne State University’s online program to complete her Masters in Library and Information Science. Her dream is to become a Reference and Instruction Librarian at an academic institution. Michelle’s responsibilities include acquisitions, budget maintenance, ordering supplies, managing the library calendar, creating and maintaining LibGuides, and assisting students with reference questions.

Steve Valdez

Library Assistant

Library AssistantSteve joined the library team in August 2015 as the Library Assistant. He was born and raised in Indio, California. On the playground is where he spent most of his childhood days. He graduated from LABI College in 1999 and received his credential to minister with the Assemblies of God denomination. In 2014, he graduated from Vanguard with his B.A. in Business. He is currently attending Emporia State University (Portland, OR, Campus) and plans on completing the Master of Library and Information Science degree by the summer of 2017. Upon completion of the Masters’ program, Steve hopes to revolutionize the academic library field by introducing new programs while keeping the library safe and sound. Steve is eager to assist students and staff and faculty in retrieving all resource needs. His responsibilities in the library include interlibrary loans, circulation organization and assisting patrons in the library, on the phone, and through email. He is also helpful in areas of information technology that consist of article research and printing needs. You can find him next to the library circulation desk.

Former Library Faculty

Dr. Alison English, PhD, MLS

Professor and Former Head Librarian

Professor and Former Head LibrarianAlison 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.

In Fall 2014, Alison moved into the Communication Department to teach full time.

Mary Wilson, MLS, MA

Associate Professor/Librarian Emerita

Librarian EmeritusMary came to VUSC in 1989. She is Associate Professor/Librarian with responsibilities in cataloging, reference, instruction, and in maintenance of the VUSC Library website. 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 taught writing classes in the SPS program, was an academic advisor for undeclared students, and served on faculty committees.

Her interests include library instruction, adult and 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.

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Dr. O. Cope Budge

President BudgeDr. O. Cope Budge was President of SCBC/SCC from 1959-1970. During Budge’s presidency the institution dropped “Bible” from the college name and became Southern California College. The move toward accreditation with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges began in 1959 and in 1964 the college became the first Pentecostal college to receive regional accreditation. Additionally, new buildings began to appear–the science building, gymnasium and student center, residence towers, dining commons and library. Strengthening the faculty was also a priority and by the mid-sixties over half of the full-time faculty had doctorates or were completing them. Budge resigned in 1970 to work at Continental Bible College but returned to teach until 1977. In honor of his service the Board of Directors honored him by giving the library his name.