Farewell to Angela Gorden

Angela Gorden, who managed the library news slideshow and blog, accepted a User Experience position with Evernote. Her last day was Friday, 4/22. Although Angela was only at the library since January 2015, we have benefited from her time with us. We are still working to implement various changes that she uncovered from usability testing, and the unified news blog. We wish Angela all the best and will miss her insight.

Lynne Grigsby
Library Applications & Publishing

Apr 27, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

Student Appreciation Party out of this world!

Thank you to everyone who helped make the Student Appreciation Party yesterday happen. It was quite a hit and in no small part due to the LCIS guys. They did the music, lights and movie.

Special shout outs to:

  • David Wong (the movie was a stroke of genius!)
  • JJ Mansalay (awesome job getting the crowd going and introducing our Masters of Ceremonies!)
  • Dave Duer and Sheehan Grant (you were the dynamic duo who kept the prizes moving and the crowd laughing!)
  • Jitka Horavova and Desi Gallardo (your hours of help and support kept me going!)
  • The entire LHRD, LBS and LCIS crews (you all helped me in so many ways!)

We will have pictures posted outside 110 Doe in the near future. Come see if you want to experience our version of Star Wars.

Judy Deliramich
Administrative and Student Employment Coordinator

Apr 22, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

Farewell to Jon Garrett

The Instruction Services Division is sorry to say goodbye to Jonathan Garrett, our Operations Assistant, who has been with us since May 5, 2014.

During his two years here he provided essential support to the teaching and learning mission of the Library and has applied his skills to a wide range of projects, among which were creating a responsive design for the Summer Reading List, managing the migration of the training rooms scheduling to bCal, providing significant support to the migration from Library a la Carte to LibGuides, developing a Drupal site for the MRC's videographies, and contributing to the improved webstreaming workflow for MRC. We are very appreciative of all his efforts and will be sorry to see him go.

Jon's last day will be Thursday, April 21. If you have questions about:

  • Scheduling the training rooms, please contact Cody Hennesy at chennesy@library
  • Getting an orientation to the training rooms or an account for instruction statistics, please contact me at dorner@berkeley
  • The posting and updating of the Doe Reference and RAS schedules, please contact Glenn Gillespie at ggillesp@library
  • Anything else, please contact me

Please join me in wishing Jon well in pursuing his next adventure!

Jennifer L. Dorner
Head, Instruction Services Division
Librarian for History and History of Science & Technology

Apr 20, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

Kudos to staff receiving rewards!


I'm delighted to announce a number of awards received recently by members of Library staff. The first set are staff who received a SPOT award from the Library this winter. Following that, announcement of a Berkeley Staff Assembly award to Elise Woods.

SPOT awards

The SPOT Awards, a component of the Staff Appreciation and Recognition program, recognize special contributions of individuals and groups working on a specific project or task that advances the mission of the Library and showcases the behaviors and values that are important to UC Berkeley. The Library generally calls for nominations twice each year; the next call will be later this spring.

The recipients in the most recent round:

Timothy Converse
Library Supervisor I, Northern Regional Library Facility
We recognize Tim for exemplary performance and remarkable services. During a six-month period when NRLF had several vacancies, Tim stepped up to increased responsibilities, independently handling most of the issues and problems that arose from daily ILL and circulation services; assisting with building-related issues; and handling workflows involved with the Google digitization project at NRLF. (Tim recently took a new position as Head of Deposit Services at NRLF.)

Janice Cripe
Serials Processing & Circulation Assistant, Life & Health Sciences Division
We recognize Janice for her contributions in addressing three challenges facing the Bioscience & Natural Resources Library. When the library experienced an unexpected staffing shortage, Janice took over the training and daily supervision for student employees of the unit, successfully orienting them to new positions and shadowing their work as they continued to develop. As the library responded to a shortage of shelf space, Janice assisted with the unit's monograph record maintenance to help meet the additional NRLF allocation; this work was managed in a way that avoided creating any backlogs. On her own initiative, she developed more effective workflows and record keeping practices to aid subject librarians in evaluating their print serials collection of more than 2000 titles, making the unit's transition from print to electronic more manageable.

Gabrielle "Gigi" Gillard
Stewardship & Events Coordinator, Library Development We recognize Gigi for her work with this year's UC Berkeley BIG GIVE program where she channeled the enthusiasm and caring she has for colleagues and our library users and friends. She coordinated all the Library's activities in cooperation with central campus Development & Alumni Relations and other campus units, with particular focus on boosting the Library's presence on social media. This proved valuable, helping the Library raise over $75,000 from over 200 donors. We appreciate Gigi's extraordinary efforts she made in encouraging and securing contributions from alumni, Library staff, and Library friends.

Sheehan Grant
Brian Light
Peter Soriano
Brice Sullivan

Chief Operations Managers for the Arts & Humanities Division, Social Sciences Division, Engineering & Physical Sciences Division, and Life & Health Sciences Division
Through their individual contributions and their exemplary collaboration, Peter, Brice, Brian, and Sheehan have had a powerfully positive impact on the University Library. Each is the Chief Operations Manager for a Division - new positions that fill an important leadership role in building the framework for a strong organization. Each has worked closely with their librarian division head in the development of policies, budgets, and goals as their new division takes shape; managed the physical operations and coordination of services in their division including dealing with campus reduction of custodial services, implementing operational efficiencies, and improving their support for student library employees; coordinated the work of career staff in their division including addressing performance issues, redesigning position responsibilities in light of organizational changes, and successfully filling vacancies; adapted services and projects to meet user needs effectively such as implementing laptop loans, sharing ideas to improve local technical processing, and organizing educational events to the benefit of all libraries; and encouraging collaboration, innovation, and teamwork within and across their divisions.

Lisa Hong
Interlibrary Lending Unit Student Supervisor, Interlibrary Services
Lisa stepped up as the new Google project manager. Her leadership has been instrumental in the success of the project over the last year, helping the Library digitize over 40,000 items. She evaluated the procedures then in place and made several changes that resulted in greater efficiency. Lisa demonstrated exceptional leadership in taking ownership of the Google project outcomes, marshaling resources to help accomplish these objectives and providing growth opportunities for temporary staff and students working on the project so that they could take on increasingly complex roles as they learned. She has dealt with internal stakeholders in a positive and professional manner. Her efforts helped us fulfill our commitments and safeguarding Berkeley's reputation as a reliable partner.

Jitka Horavova
Academic Human Resources Analyst, Library Human Resources
Jitka was nominated by a librarian who worked in a library that needed to fill several vacant positions all at one time. We recognize Jitka for being instrumental in the successful recruitment, helping the search committee chair learn the processes and work with the new AP Recruit site. We applaud her excellent communication skills, responsiveness and patience with all questions, and close assistance to ensure an efficient process. "She is truly a loyal, respectful team player committed to providing excellent service."

Dirk Kennedy
Gift & De-Accessioning Specialist, Acquisitions Department
We recognize Dirk for surmounting significant challenges to complete the processing of more than 12,000 books donated by Professor Armistead's household. In collaboration with three selectors, Dirk worked with titles in multiple subject areas and in tens of different languages. He demonstrated a strong service focus and excelled in process management, coordinating the work of temporary staff and students, successfully ingesting a large volume of books despite time and space constraints.

Excellence in Management Award

Elise Woods
Library Chief Financial Officer
The Berkeley Staff Assembly is awarding the Excellence in Management Award to Elise Woods. Elise's direct reports nominated her for this honor, a warm sign of the high regard in which they hold her. The BSA says the award "seeks to improve the quality of life in the workplace by identifying and publicly recognizing outstanding managers and supervisors....This year's theme, "Equity and Inclusion That Works" recognizes supervisors who are supporting the efforts of their staff to live by the Berkeley Operating Principle "We include and excel, together." Her staff, in nominating her, wrote that "Elise's management style epitomizes this year's theme, 'Equity and Inclusion that Works'. By following this principle, we cultivate trust, treat one another with respect and assume good intentions."

Please join me in congratulating all of the above, and in admiring their commitment to our mission to serve students, faculty and the broader public.

Jeff MacKie-Mason
University Librarian

Apr 11, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

New Native American Studies Librarian, Melissa Stoner

I am very happy to announce that Melissa Stoner will be the new Native American Studies Librarian in the Ethnic Studies Library. Her appointment begins on June 6. Many thanks go out to my fellow Search Committee members: Carmen Foghorn, Corliss Lee, and Sine Hwang Jensen. They were tireless in their efforts to find the best candidate and they succeeded. My thanks also go out to the members of CAPA who met with all the candidates, and to the LAUC-B Executive Committee for arranging the candidate lunches. To those of you who helped send the job announcement out far and wide: thank you! Also, thanks to all who attended the talks given by the candidates. As you may recall, Melissa has a strong background working on digital archive projects, which will help our library move toward preserving and making accessible our precious archival materials. Below is a short bio. When Melissa arrives, please stop by the library and say hello. Thank you! Lily

Melissa Stoner has a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University with an emphasis on emerging technologies and digital services. She also has a B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is currently Workflow Manager/Metadata Librarian for the National Digital Newspaper Project, funded by NEH and hosted by the Library of Congress on the Chronicling America website. Previously, she served as Digital Projects Manager for an Institute of Museum and Library Services project to digitize and preserve oral histories, photographs, born digital materials and ephemera for Nevada State College. During this assignment, she created the digital portal for the college's oral history collection. She also served as Reference and Government Documents Assistant at the Farmington, New Mexico Public Library, which serves a large portion of the Navajo Nation. She used her education in Criminal Justice in her work as a residential facilitator, assisting women fleeing domestic violence and also worked as a Legal/Victim Advocate, which included organizing webinars for staff professional development.

Lillian Castillo-Speed, Head Librarian
Ethnic Studies Library

Apr 11, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

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