Evelyn Taylor is a Library Specialist III at CSU Channel Islands, and the university’s first archivist (2000). She has just written a book about Camarillo State Hospital, the university’s former inhabitant on the beautiful grounds in Camarillo, Ventura County. The hospital closed in 1997 and its closure made CSUCI possible. After conducting a vast amount of research on the hospital, Evelyn felt it necessary to separate fact from fiction. She dedicated the book, “Camarillo State Hospital (Images of America),” to former employees and patients of CAM. “'One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest' it was not,” says Evelyn, referencing the Ken Kesey novel which was made into a movie starring Jack Nicholson. “I don’t think you could have worked at CAM if you didn’t love the patients.” In her 19 years at CSUCI, Evelyn has also served as Chapter Secretary for the Union, in addition to her present role as Steward. Here’s our Q&A with Evelyn Taylor: What do you most like about your job? Helping patrons find information that they never knew existed. Helping them discover the library, and most importantly, learning what an archive is and how it can help them. I try to make the word “archive” a little less intimidating. How does being in a union help you/your co-workers? I have never, ever worked at a job where out of the blue, the employer said, “Hey, you are performing way above expectations! Let’s give you a raise!” There is always strength in numbers. There is always strength in knowledge. I try to be a part of that strength to help my fellow employees. Who’s the publisher for your book? How is it getting promoted? The publisher is Arcadia Publishing, which publishes local history books around the country. We did a book signing at Institutional Ale, here in Camarillo and one at Bank of Books in Ventura. We have one scheduled at Leslie’s Hallmark in Ventura for July 13 and one for July 28 at the Camarillo Public Library. And, of course, once September rolls in, we will be doing one at the campus bookstore, the site of a portion of the old Camarillo State Hospital. How long was the process of putting the book together? It took two years, at least twenty hours a week straight to find information and photos. It was a second job. What surprised you most while writing the book? What new thing did you learn? How much Camarillo was NOT like “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” I learned that the community played a huge part in the hospital and that the hospital played a huge part in the community. It was a 60-year partnership. Where can people buy your book? It is available online on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Walmart, Target and Arcadia and in many local bookstores, such as Barnes & Nobel and Hallmark stores.