Harrison Dekker, Databrarian

Harrison Dekker, along with Paula Lackie, has authored "Technical Data Skills for Reproducible Research" in ACRL's just published Databrarianship: The Academic Data Librarian in Theory and Practice. The e-book is on order for the Library, but Harrison's chapter is available now in e-Scholarship!

Congratulations Harrison!

Susan Edwards
Head, Social Sciences Division

Jul 21, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

Nga Ong departs UC Berkeley for CDL

Please join me in wishing Nga Ong the best as she heads to CDL as their new e-resource support analyst. Nga has led the E-Resource Unit at the Library for the past eight years. She has served on a number of important committees whose work has informed e-resource management, data acquisitions, workflow processes, and more. Of course she has also worked tirelessly to maintain and restore access to our thousands of e-resources. Thank you, Nga!

Nga's last day at Berkeley will be August 2nd.

Mark Hemhauser
​Head of Acquisitions, The Library

Jul 14, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

Announcing our Interim Art Librarian

In light of Kathryn Wayne's recent retirement, I am happy to announce that Holly Hatheway has agreed to serve as the Interim Art Librarian as of July 1, 2016.

During this interim period, Holly will be responsible for collections and outreach services related to art, history of art, and art practice. Since Holly will continue to also serve as the Head of the Arts & Humanities Division, the staff of the Instruction Services Division will be assisting with instruction as much as possible. Holly is reachable at

We plan to recruit for a librarian to take this position permanently though that process is often an extended one. My thanks to Holly for helping maintain quality service to students, faculty, and scholars during this period - fortunately this is a discipline near and dear to her own heart and I know we are in good hands.

Elizabeth Dupuis
Associate University Librarian
Educational Initiatives & User Services
Director of Doe, Moffitt & the Subject Specialty Libraries

Jul 08, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

Announcing Su-Lin Shum as the Library's Budget Director

I am very pleased to announce that Su-Lin Shum will join Library Administrative Services as our Library Budget Director effective July 15, 2016.

Su-Lin comes to us from our sister campus budget office at UC Davis. Her roles as Principal Budget Analyst and Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration of the Graduate School of Management provide directly relevant experience from an academic unit and campus-wide perspective. In fact, the UC Davis Library was one of Su-Lin's portfolio units, working closely with Library leadership to review funding priorities, key issues and assisted with strategic planning efforts; skills we plan to utilize as we create our own strategic vision and long range plan.

Su-Lin's extensive portfolio includes her significant budget and management experience that can be used across the many related responsibilities of this position, particularly multi-year strategic budgeting, financial analysis, management experience and financial reporting. Su-Lin has a BA in Economics from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from the Edinburg Business School, Heriot-Watt University. Su-Lin's interest in libraries extends to her prior role serving on the Greater Victoria Public Library's Board of Directors while in British Columbia where she helped shape the direction of a network of 10 regional public libraries.

At UC Berkeley, Su-Lin will serve as our Divisional Finance Leader (DFL) and will lead our annual budget process, establish a new financial management and reporting system, collaborate with AULs, Directors, unit managers and division heads on providing tools to assist with managing budgets and ad-hoc scenario financial planning. Su-Lin joins our team at a perfect time to hit the ground running with the start of the new fiscal year 2017.

I want to thank our interview committee members for their excellent work: Meilin Huang, Heidi Hallett (campus budget office), Kris Leonardo and Ty Johnson as well as the lead team members for their valuable time during the final interview process.

Elise Woods
Chief Administrative Officer
Director - Finance, Business & Operations

Jul 06, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

Announcing new Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources

I am pleased to announce that Jo Anne Newyear-Ramirez will join us as Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources effective 22 August 2016.

Jo Anne comes to us from her current position as Associate University Librarian for Collection Development and Management Programs at the University of British Columbia, where she served eight years. Previously she served ten years as the Assistant Head of Research Services at University of Texas at Austin, with broad responsibilities for collection management. During that time she was also selector-bibliographer for nursing.

As senior administrator for collections at UBC, Jo Anne provided stewardship to programs and practices that enhanced its library collections and supported existing and emerging academic and research needs of the university community. She was a leader on matters relating to collections, scholarly communications, open access, copyright/rights management, digital publishing and the institutional repository. She also provided leadership and direction to the Rare Books & Special Collections unit, technical services, and the University Archives.

Among many accomplishments at UBC, Jo Anne developed a preservation and conservation program. She developed and implemented the Library retention and collection location and storage strategy, which included creation of building plans and operational processes for a new long-term library storage facility. She developed a licensing negotiating strategy and model license framework for UBC. Jo Anne was also the lead investigator for UBC?s participation in the California Digital Library Mellon grant for the Pay-It-Forward Project on the economics of "gold" open access, headed by MacKenzie Smith (University Librarian at UC Davis).

At UC Berkeley, Jo Anne will lead our scholarly resource (collections and beyond) development, our new program in scholarly communications, and our Library-wide assessment and evaluation efforts. If you wish to welcome Jo Anne, you can reach her at

I want to thank Jean McKenzie for serving as our Acting AUL for Collections since July 2013. Following an unsuccessful search for the AUL for Collection Services in 2013, Jean accepted the Library?s invitation to transition from her position as Head of the Engineering Library into an interim AUL position. Jean brought a wealth of knowledge and experience from her many years as a selector and participant in library committees. Over the past three years, Jean made many contributions: she reshaped collections-related staffing and services especially within the Acquisitions Department, enhanced the roles of and collaboration among the Collection Development Leadership Group, implemented new funding models to better support multi-disciplinary fields, launched a new Data Acquisition and Access Program, contributed to improved selector training, served as interim selector and liaison for Germanic Studies, and ably represented Berkeley?s position in UC systemwide conversations as a member of the Collections Licensing Subgroup and the Shared Content Leadership Group. Also under Jean?s initiative, the Berkeley Library was selected as a host for the ACRL Scholarly Communications Roadshow and welcomed our first Scholarly Communications Officer this summer. Jean's role in this difficult job was extended by a year due to the transition in University Librarians, and I am especially appreciative of how much Jean supported and helped me during my first nine months here.

Jeff MacKie-Mason
University Librarian
Chief Digital Scholarship Officer
Professor, School of Information and Professor of Economics

Jul 05, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

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