1) Myla Stokes Kelly, San Elijo Campus Librarian, will be retiring at the end of June 2017 after 29 years of service at MiraCosta College. Myla was hired in 1988 as the founding librarian at the new San Elijo Campus. She has been pivotal not only in developing and sustaining that library, but her influence has also been felt throughout the entire San Elijo Campus . Ever focused on student needs, she has been a tireless champion for improvement, within and outside the library.
Over the years, Myla has served in various capacities at the College including Library Department Chair, curator of the Mingei Collection, as well as numerous library exhibits, member of the Academic Master Plan and Sustainability Committees, and mentor and advisor to many librarians. She will end her tenure at MiraCosta as co-chair of the district-wide Budget and Planning Committee. Myla’s colleagues wish her well in retirement, and look forward to hearing about her new achievements in that arena!
2) The MiraCosta College Library has a major exhibition on display this spring. Uncommon Ground: Behind the Barbed Wire – a 75th Remembrance of Japanese American Internment brings together students, faculty, staff and the community to remember this dark period of American history. A major part of this exhibition is at the Oceanside campus and features a large scale model of both Manzanar and a guard tower created by students in the MiraCosta Design club; writing from MiraCosta English students and staff; historical pieces loaned from the Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego; an installation of the Poston piece from Wendy Maruyama’s Tag Project and many other items. A smaller scale display is featured at the San Elijo and Community Learning Center campuses. The filmmaker Claudia Katayanagi recently visited the Oceanside campus to screen her film A Bitter Legacy and the San Elijo campus will host a panel discussion with former internees later in April. Please visit our companion website at http://miracosta.edu/9066 for more information.