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Cynthia Karpa McCarthy

Cynthia Karpa McCarthySan José Campus Librarian

Contact:
125 S. Market St., #200
San José, CA 95113
(415) 422-5580
(408) 343-3391
cmccarthy2@usfca.edu

What I do
As one of of two librarians in the San José Campus Library, I help undergraduate and graduate students with research in Counseling Psychology, Education, Information Systems, Nursing and Public Administration programs. I design and deliver library instruction and help maintain our library.

About me
I’m a Bay Area native who’s lived overseas and went to high school in Michigan and Southern California. After earning a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas-Austin, I worked as a reporter. Like many reporters who ran for the lifeboats during the newspaper industry’s precipitate decline, I went back to school to train for a new career, finishing my Master of Library & Information Science degree from San José State University in December 2010. I have worked as a page at Roseville Public Library in 2009 and as a cataloger for the Sausalito Historical Society in 2010. In 2011 and 2012, I was both a library assistant at USF’s San José Campus and a library specialist in Stanford University Libraries’ LOCKSS program. I gleefully returned to USF-San José as a librarian in January 2013. I'm also a part-time faculty librarian at San José State University.

Interests
My interest in California history lead me to write a book about the town I live in. Belmont, will be released on March 31 and is available now through Arcadia Publishing and Amazon. I'm looking forward to book signings in April and May at the George Center Manor House in Belmont, Barnes & Noble in San Mateo and Costco in Foster City and Redwood City.