Daniel Mateo Schoorl
Associate Editor, Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI)
Areas of Academic Specialty
Latin American Studies
How many years have you been in the profession?
Why did you become a librarian?
As a junior at UCLA, after transferring in from Sacramento City College, my first work study job on campus was at the Chicano Studies Resource Center. I helped process the Homeboy Industries Records (1995-2003), which is mostly comprised of correspondence of former gang members, parolees, and at-risk youth to Father Grey Boyle, the founder of Homeboy Industries. I thought it was incredible that a library at UCLA had this collection. My supervising librarian/archivist, Yolanda Retter, strongly encouraged me to pursue library school upon finishing my undergraduate degree. At the time I didn’t think much of it but she was really persistent and although we clashed a lot during my brief time working there I guess her persistence worked.
I’m on the Board of Local 1990 at UCLA as Secretary and am currently training to become grievance steward.
Why is it important to be active in our union?
It’s important to be active in union work because unions fight inequality and strengthen our democracy.
How are you contributing to this round of bargaining?
I’m organizing & agitating on my local campus
What aspects of working conditions do you want to see improve for your fellow librarians?
Salary, telecommuting options, professional development support, housing assistance, and academic freedom.
When you’re not fighting for the rights of Unit 17 members, what do you do to unwind?
I play soccer or ride my road bike.
What book are you reading right now?
Draft Animals: Living the Pro Cycling Dream (One in a While)