Saturday, August 14, 2010

Enrolled in Cuesta College for library and information certification

Fifteen years after earning her BA in English from Sonoma State University, Cynthia Parkhill has re-entered the community college system. Drawing upon her lifelong reliance upon and support of libraries, Cynthia is pursuing certification in Library and Information Technology.

Cynthia is an editor and columnist for two Northern California newspapers, the Clear Lake Observer American and the Lake County Record-Bee. Cynthia frequently discusses support for the library in her weekly newspaper column.

Cynthia volunteers as administrator of a church lending library for her local Unitarian Universalist community. She also volunteers each week at the Lake County public library, pulling hold requests for users of the library throughout a three-county shared catalog system.

Other interests near to Cynthia’s heart include zero tolerance for bullying. Cynthia was bullied by her classmates at school and when, as an adult, she was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome (an autism spectrum disorder), she learned that being the victim of bullying is a common experience among people with Asperger’s syndrome.

Cynthia cites her local public library as a vital and important resource for learning about her diagnosis.

When people approach Cynthia wanting information about Asperger’s syndrome, the public library is the first place that she recommends that they go. Cynthia envisions someday curating a library collection that specializes in Asperger’s syndrome and ASDs.

Composed for DIST 101, Introduction to Online Learning

1 comment:

  1. A keyword search on the phrase “zero tolerance,” performed July 22, 2016, returned 14 usages in reference to bullying among writings on my blog, in which I expressed thoughts and concerns as a survivor of childhood bullying. But “zero tolerance” is imbued with specific meaning in the education community and, as a result, I need to clarify my past usage of this term:


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