The Shusher

Public librarians, literacy facilitators, library lovers, loose cannons and a moderate sprinkling of Luddites. Moderated by Yago Cura, a jailhouse English teacher that also happens to be a substitute librarian for the Los Angeles Public Library.


Yago S. Cura / Los Angeles, CA.


 M.L.S., Queens College, 2009
Awards: A.L.A. Spectrum Scholar, 2007-2008

Adv. Cert. in Sec. Eng. Ed., Lehman College, 2007
Awards: Americorps recipient, 2005-2006

M.F.A. in Creative Writing, UMASS—Amherst, 2002
Awards: ALANA Fellowship, 1999-2000

B.A. in English, Florida International University, 1997


CA Preliminary Single Sub.Teaching Credential, 2011
Document Number: 110047921


07/11-Present At-will Librarian, Los Angeles Public Library
Assist Cent. South. patrons to enunciate their info. need.
Facilitate access of materials in catalog using C.A.R.L.
*Teach patrons to utilize O.P.A.C., navigate databases, and place holds.

 10/10—06/11, Ind. Contractor, ACE Tutoring                 
*Evaluate vocabulary acquisition, spelling, and mechanics of L.A.U.S.D. students.
*Determine California English Language Arts standards that need most remediation.
*Design a three month course of study equivalent to 36 hrs.

10/09-06/10, Project Associate, Research Fund of the City University of New York           
*Production of internal, bimonthly E-Newsletter using html.
Liaison with vendors, like travel agents, and organizations like N.C.C.E.P.
*Schedule staff meetings; plan meeting “talking points”
*Support Asst. Dir. of The Bronx Institute

01/09-12/09, Acad. Librarian, Bronx Community College
Facilitation of internet research strategies and bibliographic standards.
*Assist students select appropriate databases from school’s internet database index.
*Cataloging, reference, and collection development responsibilities as needed.

08/08-01/09, Info. Asst., Rosenthal Library
Facilitate student queries regarding materials.
*Furnish call numbers for course reserve materials.
*Prompt initial strategies for successful research methodologies.
*Trouble shoot students having difficulty with computers, Xerox machines, or card-vendor machines.

 06/08-06/10, Freelance Interpreter, The BX Children’s Law Center
*Translate queries and answers posed by lawyers and social workers of Children’s Law Center.

 08/07-01/08, Registrar Intern, Museum of the Moving Image
*Assist accessioning artifacts into OPAC.
*Index pending donations to permanent collection.
*Verify, organize, and register accession numbers.

 08/04-06/07, English Pedagogue, Discovery High
*Implementation of 9-11 grade curricula aligned to NYC and NY State standards.
*Moderate of Spoken Word club and One Mic monthly showcase.
*Integrate professional development protocols and mandates from the United Federation of Teachers.