A new chapter for the LINC leadership


Ingrid Chan, Staff Writer

To replace long-time librarian Pamela Hunter, who retired over the summer, Diamond Bar High School recently hired librarian Rachel Chandler to handle the school’s constantly busy Literary and Information Networked Center.

Chandler is not new to the district, having worked as the Suzanne Middle School librarian for the past year and a half prior to coming to DBHS.  In addition to that, she also has experience managing libraries as a student in college.

“DBHS’ location is very convenient from where I live and it just seemed like a great school in general.  So I thought to myself: why not work at Diamond Bar?” Chandler said.

When Chandler first began college at Azusa Pacific University, her dream was to be a history teacher. She got even closer to her goal after graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science. But, after experiencing work as a student teacher, she realized that it wasn’t the right occupation for her and ultimately decided she would rather work as a librarian.

As of right now, Chandler has not made any changes to the library as she has only been at the school for three weeks.  However, she does have a multitude of plans for the future, including promoting the use of the library’s 3D printer and inviting a variety of different clubs to work in the library.

“There used to be a book club here, so I’d like to get something like that started up again.  Earlier, I was interested in getting some of the programming clubs to use the library, too.  Tinker Tuesdays I know was just getting started, and I would also like to get some robotics competitions or other events going on in the library as well,” Chandler said.

Chandler’s acclimation to DBHS was greatly facilitated by the many student assistants who volunteer in the library, often stopping by to help her during free periods, lunch, and breaks, as well as by Peggy Laine, who manages the textbook room.

“Laine is also a huge, huge help and I’d be so lost without her right now. Especially in the first week I was here when she was coming to help before school, after school, and during lunch to make sure I wasn’t left all by myself, helping me figure things out.  Whenever I have questions, I ask her,” Chandler said.