Armacost Library

Gabriela Sonntag

Director, Armacost Library

Degrees: M.L.I.S., University of Texas Austin; B.A., University of Arizona

Office: Library, Armacost Library

Office Hours: Tuesdays 3 PM to 5 PM and by appointment

Phone: 909/748-8096



Academic Interests and Areas of Expertise

  • Teaching, learning and information literacy
  • Student learning outcomes, assessment and accreditation
  • Evidence-based decision making
  • International information literacy programs especially in Latin America
  • Latin American Studies and Spanish Languages and Literatures

Professional Highlights

In 2011 Gabriela was one of 30 participants in the 1st Assessment Leadership Academy sponsored by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This followed years of campus involvement in academic program review and the assessment of student learning outcomes. At the 1st National Information Literacy Library Conference in Santiago, Chile, Gabriela was the keynote speaker and principal panelist. Since 1989 she has provided professional development seminars for librarians and faculty at universities in Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Spain, as well as the United States on the topic of information literacy.

Professional Affiliations

American Library Association, Association of College & Research Libraries, Southern California Instruction Librarians, California Academic and Research Libraries.

Publications, Presentations and Panels


  • Keynote speaker, Comité de Biblioteca del Instituto Chileno Norteamericano de Cultura. Keynote for three different events and provider of 3 different workshops on information literacy in October. (4 days)
  • Seminar, INACAP, Universidad Tecnológica de Chile. Invited to conduct professional development seminar for librarians in information literacy. October (15 hours)
  • Seminar, CETYS University. Fall 2009-Spring 2010. Invited by the University to provide professional development workshops for faculty on information literacy.



  • Sonntag, G. (2009) Not the same old BI: Using the information literacy program to impact higher education. Conference proceedings. March 4-6, Tijuana, B.C. MX.
  • Co-speaker “We’ve got the data, now what?” Southern California Instruction Librarians (SCIL) Works, February.
  • Workshop, Kansas State University and the University of Kansas. March 20th, 2009. Invited by the universities to facilitate discussion on new reference models. (7 hours).



  • Sonntag, G. (2008) Los resultados de los programas de alfabetización: la evaluación. IN: Brecha digital y nuevas alfabetizaciones: el papel de las bibliotecas. Madrid: Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Available at:
  • Thompson, S., & Sonntag, G. (2008) Building for Learning: Synergy of space, technology and collaboration. IN: B.Schader (Ed.), Learning Commons: Evolution and Collaborative Essentials. Oxford: Chandos Publishing. (30% contribution).
  • Sonntag, G. (2008). Measuring Student Information Literacy Learning Outcomes: Using the Program Review Process to Gather Evidence of Learning. Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment: Proceedings of the 2008 Library Assessment Conference. Seattle, WA. Association of Research Libraries.
  • Presented Paper. We have evidence, they are learning: using multiple assessments to measure student information literacy learning outcomes. IFLA World Library and Information Congress Québec, Canada, (August 10-14).
  • Speaker and Panel Organizer Understanding our first years: Three studies and a comparison. presented at California Association of Research Libraries, Irvine California. (April 4).
  • Presented Paper. Global Reach: Experiences of Libraries in China and Spain. California Association of Research Libraries, Irvine California. (April 5).
  • Seminar, Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico. Nov 5-7, 2008. Invited by the University to facilitate development of information literacy programs for the university libraries. (20 hours).



  • Sonntag, G. (2007) “In Search of Excellence: Qualities of a Library Teaching Model” IN: Curzon, S and Lampert, L (Eds.) Proven Strategies for Building an Information Literacy Program. Neal-Schuman.
  • Sonntag, G., and Palsson, F. (2007) “No longer the sacred cow – no longer a desk: transforming reference service to meet 21st century user needs” Library Philosophy and Practice, available at:
  • Invited Lecturer: Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Escuela de Verano. June.
  • Seminar, CICESE. Ensenada, Mexico. October 3-5, 2007. Invited by the United States Consulate to teach Information Literacy, a course for beginners. (20 hours) 


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