The UC Berkeley Library will be a far less vibrant place starting July 1, with the retirement of Patricia Davitt Maughan, a founding member of the Teaching Library whose work has had an indelible impact on campus libraries as well as on the national and international understanding of information literacy.
Pat came to UCB in 1982 as head of the Engineering Library, after working at Columbia and Syracuse Universities. She has brought her inimitable combination of fabulous personal style and rigorous analytical thinking to stints as Head of the Science Libraries, Library Communication Director, and reference librarian at the Business and Economics Library. As User Research Coordinator, Pat conducted numerous surveys and focus groups; she continued her exploration of user assessment as the Library's Townsend Fellow in 2001-2002. Pat's publications on assessment, user research and faculty development have reached an international audience, and she has presented her work to colleagues at the University of Konstanz in Germany, the University of Helsinki in Finland, and Tilburg University in the Netherlands.
As Project Manager of the Mellon Library/ Faculty Fellowship for Undergraduate Research from 2002-2008, Pat steered an extensive and innovative effort to promote research-based learning in the undergraduate curriculum. Over a period of five years, a combined total of 48 faculty and instructors from a variety of departments attended intensive summer institutes during which they developed or reshaped courses to incorporate library research as a significant component of the course pedagogy. Examples of Pat's unexpected expertise in video production may be viewed at the Mellon web site.
Retirement is only the beginning for Pat, who will be jetting off to Greece to direct the Hellenic Academic Libraries' Institute on Undergraduate Research (a program she designed based on the Mellon Project) and then exploring the Taklamakan Desert (!) as part of a long-held dream to follow the route of the fabled Silk Road . . . a most fitting ambition for a lady who effortlessly balances style and adventure. Her bereft Teaching Library colleagues wish her joy as she sets off to any part of the planet she has yet to conquer, and look forward to many postcards from exotic locales. Bon voyage, Pat!
--Teaching Library Staff
The Institute of Governmental Studies has released guides to the five ballot measures on the June 8 Primary Election ballot on the California Choices website. In addition to voter resources and in-depth analyses of the propositions, the site features a View Endorsements and Share Your Vote page where you can email people how you're going to vote, and compare endorsements from political parties, unions, newspapers, and other organizations. California Choices is a collaborative effort by the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley, Next 10, the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford, and the Center for California Studies at CSU Sacramento.
Catalogers: they define the phrase "unsung hero"--after all, how useful would great collections be without them? It is, consequently, with highly mixed feelings that the Media Resources Center bids a very fond farewell to its own local bibliographic hero, Mary Louise Smith. We are thrilled that she is about to embark on new life adventures, and we are massively sad (and panicked) to lose her.
Mary Louise first came to Berkeley in June 1969, having moved from Alaska to take a job in the Library. Her arrival was nothing if not momentous: campus was roiling with student protests against the war in Vietnam, and her first interview was canceled because National Guardsmen refused to let her enter Sproul Hall. True to her nature, she persevered, landing a job as library assistant in the Main Library Catalog Department, her home base for seven years. In the late 70s, Mary transferred to Moffitt Library, where she cataloged books and eventually took on sole responsibility for the Moffitt reference collection.
Mary's tenure as cataloger in the Media Resources Center began sometime in the late 80s, at a time when the MRC collection was beginning to really take off. Over the intervening years, she has weathered numerous sea changes in media forms and formats, from 3/4" videotape to VHS to DVD; from laserdiscs to interactive CD-ROMs to streamed media. She has also cataloged a spectacularly varied (and often quirky) collection of titles. Here's a typical roster of items sitting on her desk to be cataloged: Roger Corman's 1959 cult horror favorite, "The Wasp Woman"; the 1973 East German western, "Apaches" (Apachen); the 2003 documentary "Al Jazeera: Voice of Arabia"; and the second season of the TV hit "True Blood."
As MRC's collections have continued to grow in size and breadth over the past several decades, Mary Louise has found herself challenged with cataloging an increasing number of nationally unique items. A cruise through OCLC's video records would reveal that cataloging for a large number of the more obscure (and interesting) titles originated on Mary Louise's desktop.
The bad news is that even if we could fill the cataloger's position, we could never begin to replace Mary Louise. The good news is that we've gotten at least a temporary reprieve: Mary will be returning in July as a part-time volunteer (a part-time angel!) to assist in the stickier original cataloging.
So long, MLS, and good luck; we look forward to seeing you soon.
Director, Media Resources Center
Elizabeth Byrne and Waverly Lowell, together with Betsy Frederick-Rothwell, have co-edited a history of the architecture department, entitled Design on the Edge: A Century of Teaching Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, 1903-2003. The illustrated monograph combines scholarly essays written by faculty; reflections of faculty and alumni; a timeline/chronology; and a color portfolio of a century of student drawings, plus more. Byrne heads the Environmental Design Library, and Lowell curates the Environmental Design Archives. Read more about the book.
Librarian Corliss Lee, program coordinator in Moffitt's Teaching Library, was honored by the American Cultures Center at a recent reception, in recognition of her exemplary contributions and tireless support of the American Cultures program.