Welcome New Librarians

Three faculty librarians are joining the HSU Library this summer! Please welcome...

Leah Gazan will serve as the College of Professional Studies Librarian. Ms. Gazan holds an MLISc from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and is currently completing a master's degree in educational psychology. Her thesis research focuses on open educational resources and academic librarians’ professional identity and practice. As Instruction Librarian at Leeward Community College, Leah implemented student centered approaches to information literacy instruction, and as Information Services Assistant at the John A. Burns School of Medicine Health Sciences Library, she instituted a "Brain Breaks" program where members of the medical school community used the library as a relaxing and creative space. Leah Gazan will join us July 31, 2019.

Garrett Purchio will serve as the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Librarian. Garrett Purchio is the Teaching and Learning Librarian at Humboldt State University. A graduate of the San Jose State University School of Information, Garrett is passionate about preparing students for academic, professional, and personal success. He is excited to collaborate with students, faculty, staff, and others in capacities that create dynamic learning experiences and promote a commitment to lifelong learning. Garrett Purchio will join us July 31, 2019.

Kimberly Stelter will serve as the First Year Experience & Student Success Librarian. Ms. Stelter earned her MLIS from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with an emphasis in Special Collections. Her research interests include co-curricular learning experiences that promote lifelong learning, gamification, and makerspaces. Kimberly has held several instruction and research librarian positions at Humboldt State University Library. In her current position, she has collaborated with first year courses and STEM Place Based Learning Communities to incorporate information literacy into the curriculum. She is eager to collaborate with new and existing courses and learning communities across the disciplines and to provide co-curricular programming to support student success throughout college, particularly for first years, transfers, and students transitioning into their second year. Kimberly Stelter will start in the new position on July 1, 2019.

Please join us in welcoming Leah, Garrett, and Kimberly!  Suggestions for their introduction to campus and campus programs or departments, can be made to Cyril Oberlander, Library Dean at or 707-826-3441.

Librarian Leah Gazan Librarian Garrett Purchio
Librarian Kimberly Stelter
Leah Gazan,
College of Professional Studies Librarian
Garrett Purchio,
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Librarian
Kimberly Stelter,
First Year Experience & Student Success Librarian