Efren Miranda, an administrative analyst specialist in the University Library, was recently named by his co-workers as Employee of the Month.
Miranda, who joined the university as a library student assistant in 2000, was pleased to be named. “It feels good to be selected,” said Miranda, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology from CSULB in 2002. “I think one reason I was recognized was that my co-workers see me bouncing around the building all the time doing 1,000 little jobs.”
CSULB President F. King Alexander praised Miranda for promoting a positive work environment through a combination of a strong work ethic and his communication skills. “Efren is a hard worker and has gone the extra mile many times during the remodel of the library facility,” he said.
In 2003, Miranda moved into a casual workers position in the university and by 2004, he was appointed to a full-time position with the Library. His current responsibilities include the supervision of shelving and of the library’s facilities. “It’s up to my staff to collect all the books, either in house or those that have been returned, and process them back into the library system,” he said. “We put them back where they belong so that they are available to other people.”
His supervision of library facilities translates to keeping the building clean and sharp. “This position relates to anything involving the physical maintenance of the library, from moving furniture to making needed repairs. One of the things I like best about my job is that no two days are ever alike. The best part is that there is something different every day.”
One of Miranda’s biggest challenges is the supervision of a 25-student staff. “I check with my own supervisors. Following their instructions about what projects they want to start puts me in constant contact with all the different parts of the library,” he said. “It’s my responsibility to make sure the students are where they are meant to be.”
From his vantage point, Miranda sees most of the student body come and go and is reminded of the challenges involved in making the facilities accessible. “I want everything at their disposal,” he said. “My objective is to make the library be as functional as it can be. And working in a library has changed the way I look at other libraries. There are those who think running a library is simple but it isn’t. I know now that there are a lot of man-hours involved in serving so many people day in and day out.”
Miranda chose CSULB because his original career goal was physical therapy. “I transferred here from Rio Hondo in Whittier because of what this university offered,” he said. “To this day, I follow my passion that I found studying kinesiology and spend as much time outdoors as I can.”
One of the stand-out qualities of working in the University Library is the administration, Miranda believes. “I have nothing but good things to say about working for our University Library Dean Roman Kochan who has been great to me,” he said. “But nothing would be possible without our student staff. I keep trying to tell them they don’t know how good they’ve got it here. I’ve worked in the real world and I found lots of people who don’t like their jobs and who take it out on others. They feel disgruntled and they try to make everybody else feel their stress. But at a university, everybody is here because they choose to be and that makes a big difference.”
Miranda recommends a university career. “I’m glad I work at CSULB and I’d tell anyone else that I support it 100 percent,” he said.
Miranda received several gifts with his recognition including a CSULB sweatshirt, four tickets to a CSULB home game of his choice, a $25 gift card to the Elephant Bar and Restaurant, a $10 gift certificate for Katella Deli, two coupons for the Original Tommy’s World Famous Hamburgers and one free Whopper from Burger King.