Congratulations to Anne O’Toole for being named Santa Rosa Junior College’s (SRJC) Employee of the Month for March 2014. Anne has been with SRJC since 2006, and has dedicated 8 years of service to the College in the Media Services department. As a Media Resources Specialist, she acts as the lead classified worker in the Media Services circulation area, oversees the library’s media collection, supervises 4 student assistants, and schedules Media Services classrooms and conference rooms.
Cherry Li-Bugg, Dean III of Learning Resources & Educational Technology, nominated Anne for being a highly productive and engaged employee who contributes to the college outside of her immediate work area. “Anne is open to new ideas and is willing to think outside the box and be innovative to improve Media Services operations. She is also committed to providing outstanding customer service to students, faculty, staff and the community to the ‘Nth’ degree,” said Dean Li-Bugg.
When asked about her greatest accomplishment at SRJC, Anne talked about helping to coordinate the recent launch of the Classified Senate’s Mentorship Program. Although she no longer serves as the Mentorship Program Coordinator due to time constraints, she displays her commitment by continuing to serve on the committee and as an active mentor.
Anne is described by Dean Li-Bugg as being very student-centered in the services that she provides in the Media Services department. “She is encouraging of students in their pursuit of their educational goals and collegial with her colleagues in promoting the importance of education,” Dean Li-Bugg explained.
Anne received her AA degree from Northern Essex Community College, and later received her BA from the University of Massachusetts. Prior to coming to Sonoma County and working at SRJC, she worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1978, and later moved to San Francisco to work for Monaco Digital Film Labs from 1983 to 2006.
“When I began work at SRJC I was pleased to find that many of my associates’ films from my previous job had been acquired over the years for the media collection. A fun part of my current job is contacting these filmmakers when I am researching possible acquisitions for the collection. I really do enjoy every aspect of my job, but I especially like having direct contact with both faculty and students engaged in areas of great personal interest,” said Anne.
In addition to her job duties, Anne is also involved with the Accreditation Standard IIC (Library & Learning Support Services); Mentorship Program Committee; and other sub-committees and activities associated with the Classified Senate as well as acting Secretary. Dean Li-Bugg added, “She is well rounded…goes the extra mile to help others and has a nice friendly demeanor that is apparent to all.”
Apart from work, Anne enjoys food, dining with friends and family, listening to music and attending music festivals and concerts, sustainable gardening, hiking, and swimming. She enjoys spending quality time with her supportive husband and two stepchildren Aaron and Madeline.
When told of her nomination, Anne responded “I appreciate the honor of this recognition and accept it on behalf of all our deserving classified colleagues.”