Redfern, Bernice I.

Redfern, Bernice I.

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Educational Background

San Jose State University, Social Science, 1979 MA

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Library Science, 1972 MSLS

San Francisco State University, History, 1970 BA

Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA, History, 1968 AA

Administrative and Professional Experience

San Jose State University, King Library, Library Faculty Chair. 2008-2009.

San Jose State University, King Library. Social Science Team Lead for Collection Development, 2007-2008

San Jose State University Library, Reference Librarian with responsibilities in collection management and library instruction/information literacy. 1979 to 2013.

San Jose State University, Social Science Reference Librarian with responsibilities in collection development and library instruction. 1973-1978.


University Council of Chairs and Directors, 2008-2009.

Academic Senate. Student Success Committee, 2006-2009.

Academic Senate. University Library Board. 2002-2006.

Academic Senate. Curriculum and Research Committee. 1997-1999.

Academic Senate. Public Safety Committee. 1992-1995.

College of Social Science. Curriculum Committee. 1992-1995, 1996-2003.

Faculty Mentor Program. 1989-2001.

Women´s Studies Program Advisory Board. 1985-1997.

Library. First Level Personnel Committee. Chair, 2002-2003, Spring 2009.

Selected Publications

¨The Difficult Library Patron: A Selective Survey of the Current Literature.¨ The Reference Librarian 36 (nos. 75/76): Winter 2001/2002.

¨Information Seeking Behavior of Multicultural Students: A Case Study at San Jose State University.¨ College and Research Libraries. 58,4 (July 1997): 348-354

Women of Color in the United States: A Guide to the Literature. New York: Garland Publishing Inc., 1989.

¨Current Literature on Frontier Women: A Review Essay.¨ History Teacher 20,1 (November 1986): 113-115.

¨Victoria Woodhull: A Radical for Free Love.¨ San Jose Studies. 3(Fall 1984): 40-47.

Personal Commentary

After retiring I became active in the American Association of University Women, San Jose Branch. I served a two year term on the Board of Directors and a two year term on the Building and Properties Committee. I joined several interest groups including Art Appreciation, Great Decisions, Family History and two book groups. I joined the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Santa Clara University and have taken several interesting classes on a variety of subjects with that group. I have taken several trips mostly in the United States to areas I have never visited including New England, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia, and the Southwestern United States.


Redfern, Bernice I.