2011 Eureka! Fellow Erica Cuyugan
Hello! My name is Erica Cuyugan. I have been a librarian since 2005 and worked briefly at the Benicia Public Library in northern CA before accepting a library position here in Santa Monica in 2006.
As the Teen Services Librarian for Santa Monica Public Library, I plan programs for the Main Library, oversee collection development for Main and three branches, lead the Teen Advisory Council through project and program planning, and represent the library on various school and youth organizations in the community. I provide reference and readers’ advisory support to children and teens and feel fortunate to be part of dynamic Youth Services team.
I currently serve on the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Local Arrangements Committee for Anaheim 2012 and previously served on the YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers and the YALSA Program Clearinghouse Committees. Locally, I am a member of the Southern California Library Cooperative (SCLC) YA Interest Group and have chaired both the YA Committee and YA Workshop Committee in the past.
I first became interested in the Eureka Institute while talking to a former Eureka fellow about her project. I was immediately intrigued by the opportunities that the Institute presented—a chance to network with professionals from across the state, to produce and implement a year-long project, and to learn more about what it means to be a leader from mentors and other librarians. I know these experiences will challenge me and equip me with the tools I need to move forward in my career.
In my spare time, I love hanging out with my family, going to music concerts, cooking, rollerblading, and watching the Food Network. I am a die hard “Gleek” and karaoke enthusiast! I have always loved teen literature (ever since the Sweet Valley High days of my youth!) and try to find the time to read and listen to books whenever I can.