Mt. San Antonio College Library

Deb Distante
Bibliographic Instruction Librarian
Mt. San Antonio College

Hello! Since I'm always going on and on to my students about how you need to be able to find out something about the person responsible for the information found on a web site, I thought it might be a good idea to make such information available about myself. So, without further ado, here it is: information about me.

As you can see from the top of this page, my name is Deb Distante and I am currently the Bibliographic Instruction Librarian at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA. Mt. SAC is a large community college which serves a diverse population of students. As bibliographic instruction librarian, I have a number of responsibilities. As my title indicates, one of the things I'm responsible for is teaching students how to do research and how to use the online databases and other resources we make available here at Mt. SAC. Currently this instruction is mostly done in classroom settings and on a one-to-one basis at the information desk. Beginning in Fall 2001, I also began teaching a 3-unit Research Methods class. In January, 2007 also began teaching a 1-unit Introduction to Library Research class.

I have been involved with the Internet since 1991, well before there was such a thing as the World Wide Web. It's been quite the experience seeing how the Internet as a whole has evolved over the past decade. I recognized the great potential the Internet has for answering reference questions early on and became dedicated to learning how to best ferret out the information I needed to find. This is a constant challenge, as search engines continue to develop and be refined. I've found that you can never truly know how to search the Internet: it's a constant challenge to stay current with the latest developments. It also became apparent, early on, how much we needed to teach people on how to evaluate the information that they were finding on the Internet, especially after the World Wide Web took off and web sites began to multiply at an almost alarming rate. Needless to say, this is one of the things I continue to stress with my students. For information I've put together on how to do that, check out the Evaluating Websites handout I give out in all my library research classes.

I decided early on that I didn't only want to be on the receiving end of the Internet. I wanted to use it to make library information available to the world. Consequently, I sat down and taught myself how to do HTML. This was before the age of all the WYSIWYG editors, which meant I had to do it all by hand. Currently, I use Dreamweaver to create my pages for the most part but I still like to know how to make the page do what I want it to do myself. HTML and other scripting languages are developing much faster than I am and my knowledge now no longer does more than scratch the surface!

I've been a librarian now for 19 years and have seen some remarkable changes in how libraries operate with all the new technologies. During my time as a librarian, I've been a children's librarian, a reference librarian, a young adult librarian, an Internet Information Specialist, and a bibliographic instruction librarian. It's been a wonderful ride so far and I look forward to what the next few years are going to bring. For more information on where I've worked in the past, please see my online resume. As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Deb Distante
Bibliographic Instruction Librarian

909-594-5611 x4285

Page Last Updated:
December 7, 2006


Mt. San Antonio College
1100 N. Grand Ave.
Walnut, CA 91789