“When I was in graduate school at UCLA, I was told, “It is not our job to teach you how to Be a librarian. It is our job to teach you how to Think like a librarian. That way, you can walk into any library and figure out what you need to do.” Vis-a-vis, it is my job to teach you how to think like a researcher, so you can create a strategy to research any topic.”Erica Bennett
Professor Bennett received her Master’s in Library Science from UCLA in 2005. While working full-time at Cypress College, she worked two mornings a week at the Long Beach City College campuses, and at Cerritos College and UCI Langson Library before achieving her full-time faculty position at Fullerton College in August of 2006. She received tenure in 2010.
Before becoming a librarian, Professor Bennett worked for nearly ten years in dramatic television production on such shows as The Young Riders, Under Suspicion, and The Big Easy, and she is also a playwright. Her short play for students El Primer Dia de Clases was videotaped in production in March of 2009. The final film Mendez v. Westminster: Families for Equality continues to air on KOCE-TV, the OC Channel. Her short play, “A Waffle Doesn’t Cure Insomnia” was published in the Best American Short Plays 2011-2012.