Tony Aponte

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Tony Aponte
Sciences Collections Coordinator
UCLA

Areas of Academic Specialty
Collection Development; Engineering Librarianship
How many years have you been in the profession?
10
Why did you become a librarian?
Because being a rock star didn’t pan out. I’ve worked in libraries since I was 18 and always enjoyed it so thought I should make a career out of it.
Why is it important to be active in our union?
We’re louder together
How are you contributing to this round of bargaining?
I’m on the Statewide Bargaining Committee
I’m organizing & agitating on my local campus
What aspects of working conditions do you want to see improve for your fellow librarians?
Higher salaries at entry level; salary scale on par with the CSUs and California Community Colleges; workload and burnout; telecommuting options
When you’re not fighting for the rights of Unit 17 members, what do you do to unwind?
Play guitar and listen to heavy metal
What book are you reading right now?
Fantasyland – Kurt Andersen

What is your favorite movie?

Back to the Future trilogy???

Do you have a favorite sports team?
The two-time Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings!
Tell us something most people wouldn’t know or guess about you.
I majored in Electrical Engineering as an undergrad? Or maybe that I can cook decent vegan food?