Sheila T. Dowd, who served as the head of collections for 15 years, died peacefully in Mill Valley on March 2, 2015. Her library career began in 1948 in Germany, shortly after she had earned her library degree at Berkeley. A stint in Marseille followed, sparking an enduring love for France. In 1953 she launched her 35-year Berkeley career, beginning with social science reference, and moving on to the map collection and government documents.
Sheila's intelligence, dedication, and humor made her a gifted leader, and in 1974 she was named head of collections. She embraced the chance to serve the world's best researchers by building a collection that met their needs. Her national reputation encompassed roles in ALA, ARL, and the Research Libraries Groups. Upon her retirement in 1988 Sheila was awarded the University's highest honor, the Berkeley Citation.
All who knew Sheila remember her wit, erudition, and love of good conversation. Her impeccable prose graced all she wrote, and she could amuse herself in dull meetings by taking notes in verse. She was generous and loyal to family and a legion of friends. Until declining health limited her last years, she continued to live a life filled with culture, travel and friends. She touched many, and will be missed terribly.
An on-campus memorial event is being planned for Sheila, and will be announced soon.
Nicole Waugh, who has served as the administrative/ bibliographic assistant in arts and humanities, has accepted a State of California position at Mule Creek State Prison, and will be leaving Berkeley on March 11. For the past eight years Nicole has served as administrative assiatant in several Doe library units, responsible for purchasing and office/facilities management. She worked with selectors on numerous bibliographic, collection and web design projects, including updating web pages and LibGuides. While working full-time she managed to also attend library school, and last December received her MLIS from San Jose State University.
Please join me in wishing Nicole all the best in her new position. We will miss her and I am sure she will miss Berkeley, all but the two-hour morning commute from Sacramento. All the best, Nicole!
Reference Librarian, Art and Humanities, Doe Library
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