José Rincón, MLS, MBA

Director of Library Service

Learning Services Coordinator
Adjunct Faculty

Native Angeleno José Rincón became university librarian at Marymount California University in 2015, having served as a corporate librarian at ZipEdTech and librarian and education coordinator at International Career Development Center. He believes deeply in the transformational impact of education and finds new ways to support and celebrate learning. Since working in academic libraries, Rincón enjoys collaborating with students and faculty to help them achieve academic, professional and personal success. Each interaction is a chance to learn something new, and supporting library users teaches him how he might solve a technology issue or find research on an obscure topic. He truly enjoys helping students find the resources they need to be successful.

Rincón has also worked as a marching band coach at the University of California, Los Angeles and a reference and instructional assistant for one of the largest research libraries in the country, the Herman B Wells Library at Indiana University. While completing his master’s degree at Indiana, he mentored the women of Gamma Phi Omega sorority and served as a career analyst for the School of Library and Information Science. It was during graduate school that Rincón decided he wanted to pursue a career assisting university students with their research. The Herman B Wells Library offered him the chance to work with students from the Kelley School of Business, giving workshops on how to locate relevant information for their course projects.

In his role at MCU, Rincón provides professional research, reference and consultation services; oversees library operations and administration; and maintains the library and its materials. He focuses on assessment, information literacy instruction, reference services, virtual study hall for student athletes, online database services and tutoring services. He has also designed, implemented, coordinated and assessed the library instruction program, which has included teaching an online information literacy course since 2017. Additionally, Rincón works with faculty on course design, course-specific library guides and an annual Celebration of Scholarship.

After a year as librarian at MCU, he longed to go to school again and enrolled in the school’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program, earning his second master’s in 2018. In his free time, Rincón likes exploring new restaurants, attending theater productions and hiking Southern California trails.

Education
MBA, Marymount California University (2018)
MLS, Indiana University, Bloomington (2012)
BA, California State University, Northridge (2003)

Awards
Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club Educator of the Year (2020)
Marymount California University Staff Performance Award (2020)

Publications
Ono, D., and Rincón, J. (2021). A Continuance of Marginal Cost Methodology in Project Change Management. Academy of Business Research.

Ono, D., Rincón, J., and Thomas, A. (2020). A Criteria-based Approach to the Traveling Salesman Problem (TSP). Western Decision Science Journal.

Presentations
Rincón, J. (2021, March 24-26). A Continuance of Marginal Cost Methodology in Project Change Management. [Conference presentation abstract]. Spring. 2021 International Conference of the Academy of Business Research, New Orleans, LA, United States

Grants
Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC) COVID-19 Library Grant (2020)
Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC) Grant for First-time Conference Attendees (2016)