Over the winter break, we completed several improvements to the public computing area in the Mathematics Statistics Library. The space is now more open, bright and inviting; a new larger desk provides more workspace at each computer; and outlets have been added at the study carrels for charging laptops and devices. Please visit the library and have a look!
In order to accomplish these improvements by the beginning of the semester, several projects had to be coordinated and completed -- from finishing our JSTOR review, shifting our abstracts and indexes, and removing old shelving, to hiring contractors, getting walls painted and floors polished, and installing new furniture and computer. Not to mention installing and taking down an exhibit in between! Sincere thanks are due to the many people who contributed to our success: Peter Soriano, Jennifer Osgood, Michael Vilarreal, Steve Mendoza, Paul Payne, Jay Boncodin, Eric Fernandex, Will Khusyony, J.J. Mansalay, Quaves McGhee, Cesar Portillo, Dave Wong, Aisha Hamilton, Al Galang, Don Robinson, and especially Jeff Johson and Sukhjit Johal for designing and coordinating the improvements.
Engineering and Physical Sciences Division
With great sadness, I announce that Sarah Ngo's last day at the Public Health Library is Friday Feb. 13. Many of you have had the opportunity to interact with Sarah in her roles as the Staff Development Committee Chair, staff representative to and co-chair of the LAUC-B Committee on Diversity, and a Library Exhibits Committee member. Her enthusiasm and cheerful personality are hard to miss. Sarah has worked for the Public Health Library for 7 years, first as a student employee, then as our Document Delivery Coordinator. Her baked goodies are amazing! And her exhibits for our display case were very creative and eye-catching. We will miss her enormously but wish her the best! Sarah has accepted an opportunity to work at the new UCSF Mission Bay Hospital that opened on Feb. 1.
Public Health Library
Rosalyn, a former ILS student employee, joined PUBL as a temporary, part-time staff member on June 17, 2013, and worked in our Document Delivery Unit, which provides services to our state contract clientele. Roz was a wonderful addition to our staff -- keeping our document delivery work flowing, updating our manual, filling in at the circ desk, and taking on projects as time permitted. During her time with us, she also started working for the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park. And happily for her, she will begin working fulltime for them in 2015, after taking some time off.
Her last day at PUBL was Friday November 17.
Public Health Library
Lee Adams is presenting a poster at the California Library Association conference in Oakland on Sunday, November 9 at 12:30 pm. The poster, What Does the Public Say? Analyzing Online News Article Comments about Libraries, addresses how people view libraries -- what they desire, value, and don't value about libraries based on a content analysis of 693 comments to 54 newspaper articles about libraries in the past year. Please stop by if you are attending the conference!
Erik Nelson is the new Head of Administrative Services at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at the Bancroft Library. He joins the Magnes after serving as the manager for the department of Near Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley for six years. During this time, he also managed the doctoral program in Jewish Studies.
Along with a stellar reputation and an excellent record as administrator at Cal, Erik brings to the Magnes a background in the arts that includes managing the departments of film, photography, new genres and design/technology at the San Francisco Art Institute for over ten years. He holds a BFA in Photography from the same institution. Welcome, Erik!