Erica and Rosalyn have joined the Public Health Library crew as new temporary library assistants. Both are recent UCB graduates and former student library employees.
Erica started on June 3rd and is working in our Technical Processing Unit. She previously worked as a student library employee in the Newspapers and Microforms collection and most recently in the Biosciences and Natural Resources Library performing technical processing work. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Peace & Conflict Studies.
Rosalyn joined PUBL on June 17th and is working in our Document Delivery Unit, which provides services to our state contract clientele. Previously an Interlibrary Services student employee, Rosalyn received her Bachelor of Arts in Gender and Women's Studies.
I am very pleased to have them on staff.
Debbie Jan, Public Health Library
With much sadness, I am announcing that Kelly Ward's retirement began on June 27, 2013. Kelly has been part of the Public Health Library staff since 1989. First hired as a student employee while attending the School of Library & Information Sciences, he joined our staff in 1991 as a Library Assistant. Before arriving at UCB, Kelly worked in the theater as well as served in the U.S. Navy.
At PUBL, Kelly became a mainstay and over the years advanced through the LA ranks to become a Library Professional IV and PUBL's primary selector. With great professional pride and competence, he shaped the PUBL collection and took care of all things monographic. As the dependable, thorough, detail-oriented, and extremely conscientious person that he naturally is, he skillfully guided PUBL through our recovery after several major water leaks in our stacks in Warren Hall and he co-led the collection move from Warren Hall into University Hall in 2007. He was always very attentive to physical condition and preservation of our collection. Additionally, Kelly regularly worked at our reference desk. Personally, whenever I turned to Kelly with questions, he always managed to know or find the answers.
Kelly was a tremendous resource over the years for the Library at large, sharing his vast knowledge via many avenues - Branch Processing Manual, BTech, Technical Services Council, and several Millennium ILS working groups. He has also assisted in training a number of technical processing staff throughout the Library and served as chair of a number of groups.
It will be a very different PUBL without Kelly. He was often one of the first to arrive at work--after walking all the way from Albany, rain or shine, with his wife Jeanne, who retired from UCB last year, and one of the last to leave work. His reserved and quiet demeanor often masked his sense of humor and his twinkling smile often caught you off guard.
For this year alone, he and Jeanne have already scheduled trips to Italy and the Grand Canyon, and I'm sure there will be much more travel in the future. When "retiring" at home he hopes to get lots of uninterrupted reading time and hone his cocktail-making.
Please join me in wishing Kelly well in this new phase of his life.
Debbie Jan, Public Health Library
The Library is bidding a grateful farewell to a group of retirees whose careers at the University are drawing to a close. This season's retirees include (in no particular order): Gary Bland; Susan Francisco; Jim Boydstun; Claire Englander; Luan Huang; Scott Miller; Asya Usvtsky; Sheila Williams; Kate Fletcher; Meredith Fleming; Kelly Ward; David Kessler; Deborah Maxon; and Bernie Hurley.
We wish all of you the very best, in this new chapter of your lives!
Julie Lefevre and Terrence K. Huwe have published "Digital Publishing from the Library: A New Core Competency" in the Journal of Web Librarianship (Vol. 7 No. 2, 2013). Julie Lefevre is the Digital Services Librarian at the Institute of Governmental Studies Library, and Terrence K. Huwe is the Library Director at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment.
Congratulations to them both!
The University Library community was deeply grieved by Norma Kobzina's unexpected death from pancreatic cancer on May 4, 2013.
Norma is survived by her husband John, her son, and her sister. Born in the Bronx, she earned a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from Cornell, where she also met her husband. After moving to California, she taught college Spanish for eight years before earning a Masters in Library Science from UC Berkeley. This was followed by a career of over three decades as a librarian at Berkeley. At UC Berkeley, Norma immensely enjoyed the stimulating environment and her warm relationships with colleagues. Norma's joyous sense of life permeated everything she did, and the smile that was always on her face radiated happiness and good will. Complete obituary
In partnership with several schools and colleges with which Norma had deep ties, and with John Kobzina's enthusiastic blessing, our Library is organizing a memorial event on campus in the fall to celebrate Norma's life and work. The date will likely be in mid-August; to stay informed as plans develop, please email edupuis(at)library.berkeley.edu.
In addition, the UC Berkeley Library's Librarians Association has created a website to collect and publish brief memorials from her friends and colleagues. You are invited to contribute story or sentiment by emailing it to Susan Edwards at sedwards(at)library.berkeley.edu.