Holiday Food Drive - 2015


I am happy to announce that, beginning today, the Interlibrary Services Department will host a Holiday Food Drive, to benefit the less fortunate in our community.

Donations of sealed, non-perishable food items may be brought to our office at 133 Doe Library. Food collected before Thanksgiving will be taken to the Berkeley Food Pantry. However, the drive will continue to run until December 18, giving staff across The Library ample opportunity to participate.

The Berkeley Food Pantry has identified the following as the most needed items: peanut butter, canned soups and beans, rice, low-sugar cereal, gluten-free grains and pasta, shelf-stable non-dairy milk, boxes of teabags, salt, pepper, spices, and herbs. Of course, other non-perishable items would be appreciated.

Please do not donate items that are beyond their sell-by date, prepared or home-canned food, food in containers that have been opened, soda, chips, candy, and sugary snacks and cereal.

I would like to thank Library Administration for supporting this food drive, and I am sure that the generosity of our Library community will make it a success. Please contact me with any questions you may have.

- Patrick Shannon

Nov 23, 2015 | Categories: CU News | admin

Celia Emmelhainz - Anthropology and Qualitative Research Librarian

Celia Emmelhainz will be starting work on 11/16/2015 as the Anthropology and Qualitative Research Librarian. Celia comes to us from Colby College in Maine, where she was the Social Science Data Librarian. Celia also has an MA in Cultural Anthropology and worked as both an anthropologist and librarian in Kazakhstan.

Susan Edwards
Head, Social Sciences Division

Nov 06, 2015 | Categories: CU News | admin

Stanford's ePADD Team visits The Library

The UC Berkeley Library was pleased to welcome colleagues from Stanford University on October 29, 2015 for a lively demo and discussion of ePADD, a new open source tool for email archives. Glynn Edwards, Peter Chan, Josh Schneider, and Vihari Piratla introduced the new software, developed at Stanford's Special Collections & University Archives, which supports archival processes around the appraisal, ingest, processing, discovery, and delivery of email archives.

The morning presentation was hosted by Berkeley's Digital Archives News Group (DANG!) and attended by over 40 UC Berkeley staff.

Glynn Edwards, ePADD Project Director and Head of Technical Services at Stanford's Special Collections & University Archives, described how the project grew out of a personal email visualization tool called MUSE, built by Sudheendra Hangal during his PhD work in Stanford's Computer Science Department. When Special Collections archivists learned about MUSE, they immediately realized how it could be applied to the archived email correspondence in their care.

Supported by a grant from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission, and joined by Hangal, the Special Collections team (consisting of Edwards, Project Manager / Digital Archivist Peter Chan, and Community Manager / Assistant University Archivist Josh Schneider) designed a tool called ePADD to support email creators and archivists (ePADD stands for email Processing, Appraisal, Discovery, and Delivery). A second phase of development, supported by an IMLS grant, is in progress, and brings Vihari Piratla to the team as a Software Engineer.

UCB librarians and archivists were treated to a live demonstration of ePADD and learned how to upload email messages, review correspondent names, screen messages for private information, create "lexicons" of keywords, assign authority headings, and prepare email archives for researcher use. More information and a link to download the free ePADD software can be found on the project website.

DANG! is a campus reading and discussion group formed by UC Berkeley staff Emily Vigor, Michele Morgan, and Kate Tasker in March 2015, which hosts monthly brown bag sessions to discuss digital preservation and born-digital collections. DANG! meets on the first Thursday of the month in Doe Library, Room 303, from 12pm-1pm.

Kate Tasker
Digital Archivist, The Bancroft Library


Nov 05, 2015 | Categories: CU News | admin

Remembering Grace Dote

Following is an announcement from Jeff Perloff, Professor of Agriculture and Resource Economics. Grace Dote, as many will recall, was a librarian at the Giannini Foundation Library and one of the founders of LAUC.

I just received a phone call from Cookie who told me the sad news that Grace Dote has died. As she seemed to look younger every time I saw her and was always planning her next trip, this news was a shock to me.

Grace was our Giannini Foundation Librarian for decades before her retirement. In recent years, she came back out of retirement several times to help us reduce the size of the library while still protecting our unique holdings. Even though shrinking the library that she'd help build over the years must have been agonizing for her, she took to the task with her usual no-nonsense, efficient approach. Her attitude was that she was going to do whatever the Department thought was in its best interests. She finished this task last year. Cookie told me that she understands that Grace left some money to the Giannini Foundation.

Grace loved to travel, going to Japan and many other countries. In her most recent trip to Japan, she took her nephew's family with her, including two young children.

She was a first-rate photographer, who shared her travel photos with us. Moreover, in the pre-digital era, she was the Department's unofficial photographer at many events.

She enjoyed going to the opera with friends. Although she later regretted letting me know, she also enjoyed watching sumo wrestling.

I'll miss her. She was a lovely, thoughtful person, and one of the most efficient people I've ever met.

- Jeff

Oct 29, 2015 | Categories: CU News | admin

elissa mondschein retires

After eighteen years of stellar service in ILL (and before that, at the NRLF), elissa mondschein has retired from the Library.

elissa was the Head of our Interlibrary Borrowing Service, and recently she participated in our Making Effective Referrals presentation, describing the services that we provide to Berkeley patrons, and explaining some of our seemingly arcane procedures. As always, she put a great deal of effort into making the project a success.

We will remember elissa for her humor, her devotion to excellent patron service, her friendliness, and her penchant for using only lower case letters in her name.

(Excerpt from allusers email from Patrick Shannon, Head of Interlibrary Services)

Oct 21, 2015 | Categories: CU News | admin

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