Spring 2011 issue of Fiat Lux, the Library newsletter, now available

The most recent issue of our quarterly Library newsletter, Fiat Lux, is now online. It offers articles by Cal faculty Kevin Padian and noted author Annie Barrows (84), as well as glimpses of a recent exhibit on Founders' Rock and of plans for the revitalized Moffitt Library. The issue can be viewed as a PDF and is also available for online reading at


Apr 12, 2011 | Categories: CU News | dmoore

Remembering Lois Farrell

Lois Farrell, the former head of the Natural Resources Library, passed away on December 13, 2010. She was well-known in the special libraries community, especially among the agricultural librarians groups, and even though she retired in 1983 from UC Berkeley, she kept up with many former colleagues until quite recently.

Lois came to Berkeley from Harvard University, where she had been the program director of the Vision Information Center in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine. She was appointed as head of the Agricultural Sciences Libraries in May 1969. She changed the name of the Agriculture Library in 1980 to reflect the wider disciplines being taught within the College of Natural Resources.

Her most noted contribution to the field of agricultural literature was the publication of the Guide to Sources for Agricultural and Biological Research. She was the co-editor with J. Richard Blanchard of UC Davis. The book was published by the University of California Press in 1981. Often referred to as "Blanchard and Farrell," it is still the definitive work in this area. The book was awarded the Oberly Award for Bibliography in the Agricultural Sciences in 1983, an award noted for the public recognition given to a bibliographic effort in the field.

Lois received an award in 1982 from the Associates of the National Agricultural Library, in addition to a LAUC research grant at the same time. As well as working closely with the director and staff of NAL, she formed professional ties with the publications unit of the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and was responsible for building an outstanding collection at Berkeley. I was fortunate to have been hired by Lois in 1980, and to have received extensive training from her in all aspects of agricultural librarianship.

Norma Kobzina
Marian Koshland Bioscience and Natural Resources Library

Feb 01, 2011 | Categories: CU News | dmoore

Congratulations to Judy Bolstad!

Judy was just awarded the 2010 Horizon Award from the San Francisco Bay Region Chapter of SLA (Special Libraries Association). The Horizon Award goes to a new member of the chapter "who has shown promise of becoming an outstanding member of the profession." Judy has been very active serving on numerous committees (Jobline, Bayline, Professional Development, Awards) during the past 5 years, and just completed a 3-year term as the editor of the chapter newsletter Bayline. Her award will be presented at the first 2011 dinner meeting of the chapter.

A well-deserved award to an outstanding librarian!

Debbie Jan
Public Health Library

Jan 13, 2011 | Categories: CU News | dmoore

Farewell to Tom Alexander

Tom Alexander, former head of the Public Health Library, passed away Monday, December 27th in his sleep.

Who could forget his infectious laughter or his zest for life? His love for cooking brought us many gourmet treats and from his travels he sent us gorgeous postcards from exotic places. Tom Alexander, or TA to his staff, relished life; a people-person, he took a great interest in his staff and everything around him. His humor, spirited personality, and enthusiasm were known throughout the Library. His support for his staff provided many opportunities for us to grow and try out new things. A number of PUBL librarians moved on to become unit heads themselves.

He started his career with the Library in 1970 in the Agriculture Library. In 1979, he took over as the head of the Public Health Library. The library as we know it today was created under his tenure; he crafted many of the state agency contracts and contract library services we still have today. The Public Health Library satellite library, Occupational and Environmental Health Library, began under his reign. His many library-wide activities are too numerous to count but included stints as LAUC-B President and CAPA chair. He retired on September 30, 1997 to travel, relax with family and friends, and take Spanish classes. During his many years in the Library, he touched many lives and had countless friends.

He will be sorely missed and our thoughts go out to his family. If you would like to share remembrances with his wife Ginger or the family, please email them to Megan Alexander, Tom's daughter.

Debbie Jan
Public Health Library

Jan 13, 2011 | Categories: CU News | dmoore

Pati Moran Wins Scholarship!

Pati Moran of the Kresge Engineering Library learned recently that she is one of four recipients of an Annual Membership Scholarship to the Association of Children's Librarians (ACL) of Northern California. Her eligibility was founded on an internship Pati did as part of her studies towards a master's degree in library science. Her children's services internship was completed in Spring 2010 at an Oakland Public Library branch located in the Fruitvale district, a mostly Spanish-speaking Latino/ Hispanic community. Pati assisted with programming, collection development, and adult and children's reference. Her award includes a membership to ACL, a subscription to its publication Bay Views, and attendance at the annual ACL Institute. These scholarships are a tribute to Dorothy Helfeld, a member and reviewer for ACL from 1992 to 2008. Congratulations to Pati!

Jean McKenzie
Kresge Engineering Library

Nov 05, 2010 | Categories: CU News | dmoore

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