Our Teacher Librarian Laura Erickson opened West Ranch High School Library in 2005 when the campus moved to the permanent location. Mrs. Erickson has a Master Degree in Education (University of LaVerne) and a Master Degree in Library Science (San Jose State University). She earned her teaching credential from CSUN and her library credential from SJSU. She did her undergraduate work at UCLA and University of Hawaii, Manoa. She has been in the education field since 1978. Mrs. Erickson, is a mom of four adult children and currently a grandmom of six. She has lived in Santa Clarita Valley for over 30 years.
Her philosophy for the library is a open commons where all are welcome to study, collaborate and read. Often the West Ranch Library runs out of seats because students embrace the West Ranch Library. West Ranch Library is a school library which means along with being open before school, brunch, lunch and after school, Mrs. Erickson teaches library science related topics to all classes at West Ranch. Mrs. Erickson teaches three levels of orientation and research skills for 9-11 grade students as well as Digital Citizenship lessons for grades 9-12. Teachers collaborate with Mrs. Erickson to research topics in their curriculum. The library is open from 7:30-4:00 (M-Th.) till 3:30 (F). When space is available, the library is open to Open period students with ID and stickers. No Food or Drink are allowed in the library. Students are always asked to use quiet voices, but only the blue seating area is a silent reading zone.