Copley Library in the Local Community

Just a five-minute drive from the University of San Diego sits the Bayside Community Center, a Linda Vista organization that has been working to empower the neighborhood’s residents since 1932. Last year, Bayside developed an initiative, Cooperative Leadership Academy (CLA), to provide training for women who are involved in the Linda Vista community and who want to further their education. The University of San Diego partnered with Bayside to offer free courses to members of CLA, including classes on leadership and sociology.

Copley Library recently joined USD’s involvement with Bayside after getting a chance to tour the facility and to learn more about the Center’s mission and programs. Copley staff and faculty also got a chance to hear from Nadia Arambula, a Bayside representative and member of CLA. Nadia, no longer a stranger to the USD campus thanks to CLA, described the intimidation she used to feel passing by. The campus and all it stood for seemed completely out of her reach, but she still felt a growing desire to step foot in a classroom and especially in the library. CLA helped her and the rest of the women in the program achieve that opportunity. On February 18, they made their first official visit to Copley. There was a grand tour and orientation, including lunch, and 2 mini-workshops presented by librarians Alejandra Nann and Laura Turner.

Heeding Bayside’s mission of enrichment and empowerment, the short lessons centered on professional and scholarly resources. Alejandra’s workshop focused on the usefulness of social media platforms as professional tools, particularly LinkedIn and blogs, while Laura’s workshop demonstrated how to use Google Scholar to search for resources in Copley Library and beyond. To top off their visit, each member of CLA received a library card that allows them to check out up to 5 books at a time from Copley Library. At their departure, the mood on all sides was enthusiastic and appreciative, and Copley is already looking forward to future visits from Bayside and CLA.

For more information about USD’s partnership with the Bayside Community Center, please visit:


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