Christal Young has been a Reference & Instruction Librarian at the University of Southern California since 2014. Her subject areas include the U.S., British, & Canadian History, American Studies & Ethnicity, and Library Science. She also serves as the liaison to the USC International Academy program that prepares foreign students for undergraduate and graduate-level work at U.S. institutions.
Christal received her B.A. from USC in American Studies & Ethnicity with a concentration in African American Studies and her Masters in Library Science from the University of North Texas.
She is heavily involved in the USC Libraries’ Undergraduate Orientation Group and the Reference Taskforce. She currently serves as the library liaison to the University’s Committee to Eliminate Homelessness as well as the liaison to USC First Generation Taskforce. Christal is the immediate past chair of the California Academic Reference Librarians Discussion Interest Group-South (CARLDIG-S). Her research interests include library pedagogical and outreach support for first-year experience, first-generation students, and international students. Christal recently published a co-authored book chapter on library outreach to international students and has another forthcoming book chapter on library outreach program coordination.