Congratulations to Michael Sholinbeck, 2011 ERMD Outstanding Member!

At the 2011 SLA Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Michael was presented with the Environment and Resource Management Division's Outstanding Member award for 2011. Currently the archivist for the division, Michael was chair in 2009 and director from 2005-07. During his tenure as chair, in addition to doing 2009 conference planning, Michael organized brainstorming discussions that resulted in the move of the division's website to a more interactive wiki; created an ERMD LinkedIn group; and collaborated in the creation of a new 3-year division strategic plan. As past chair, he facilitated the creation of the online guide to the BP/Horizon oil spill disaster, in coordination with Louisiana State University.

Please join me in congratulating Michael!

Debbie Jan
Public Health Library

Jun 28, 2011 | Categories: CU News | dmoore

WRCA's Paul Atwood Heads to UCOP

TheIt is with sadness that I announce that Paul Atwood will be leaving the UCR Water Resources Collections and Archives (WRCA). Paul has worked at WRCA since July 2002, and his last day will be July 12, 2011. He is taking a position as Information Technology Manager at the UCOP Office of General Counsel, in Oakland.

During his tenure at WRCA, Paul was head of technical services and archival collections.  In addition to his excellent project management skills which were utilized on many grant projects, Paul has excellent technical skills.  He was responsible for managing all of the digital projects that WRCA undertook in the last nine years and there were many.  He started and maintained several WRCA eScholarship repositories; added over 1500 digital images to WRCA?s Online Finding Aids; maintained WRCA?s web site; participated in a UCB ContentDM consortium that added over 4000 WRCA digital records to OCLC/Melvyl; and oversaw the inclusion of WRCA bibliographic records into the UCB OskiCat catalog in 2008-2009.

Paul?s knowledge and expertise were called upon again with the move of WRCA from the UCB campus to the UCR campus. He chaired the technical transition team which addressed issues pertaining to moving all of WRCA?s digital content including the extensive WRCA website.  Once the collection moved, Paul remained a key member of the Joint Cataloging and Technology Committee and served as WRCA?s Northern California liaison. Paul was also known for his remarkable online research skills.

Paul will be missed for his professional skills as well as his knowledge of art, film, music, hockey, bicycling and more.  Please join me in wishing Paul farewell.

Linda Vida
WRCA Director


Jun 28, 2011 | Categories: CU News | dmoore

Summer 2011 issue of Library newsletter now online

The most recent issue of our quarterly Library newsletter, Fiat Lux, is now online. You will find stories about Barclay Ogden in Preservation, and alumni couple Janet and Michael Rodriguez; highlights about the 2011 winners of the the Library Prize for Undergraduate Research; and plans for the revitalization of Moffitt. The issue can be viewed online at

Jun 28, 2011 | Categories: CU News | dmoore

Elizabeth Byrne's Retirement; Interim Head Appointment

Please join me in congratulating Elizabeth Byrne, Head of the Environmental Design Library, on the occasion of her retirement on June 30, 2011. Elizabeth has headed the Environmental Design Library since her arrival in Berkeley nearly 27 years ago and has a long and distinguished career at UC Berkeley, preceded by librarian positions at the University of Cincinnati, San Diego Public Library, Detroit Public Library, and the University of Louisville.  She built the Environmental Design Library?s collection to become one of the strongest architecture collections in the United States and also helped design, plan, and execute the Environmental Design Library?s 1999-2002 moves, seismic upgrade, and remodel.

She has edited a number of books including San Francisco Architecture and Design on the Edge: A Century of Teaching Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, 1903-2003. She helped create the first Library Guidelines for the National Architectural Accrediting Board in 1991. She was awarded Berkeley?s Distinguished Librarian Award in 1991, the Council of Planning Librarians? Holway R. Jones Distinguished Service Award in 1997, and named a Mellon Library Fellow for Teaching and Learning for 2005-2006.   A widely respected member of the university community, Elizabeth has mentored dozens of young librarians at Berkeley, and through the Association of Architecture School Librarians, the Association of Architectural Librarians, and the Art Libraries Society of North America. She won the Chancellor's Distinguished Service Award in 2011.

David Eifler has been appointed Interim Head effective July 1, 2011, for a 12-month period. David joined ENVI in 2007 as the Reference and Instruction Librarian, and became the Planning and Instruction Librarian last July. He has served as the ILS (OskiCat) Training Coordinator and on numerous library committees and working groups. Prior to becoming a librarian, David was Senior Manager for Biotech Planning and Operations at Bayer Corporation. He holds a Master of City Planning degree from UC Berkeley.

Please join me in congratulating Elizabeth and David.

Isabel Stirling
and Library Administration

Jun 13, 2011 | Categories: CU News | dmoore

AUL Isabel Stirling to Retire

Associate University Librarian Isabel Stirling is retiring this summer after twelve years of leading Berkeley libraries. As Director of Public Services and Head of Subject Specialty Libraries, her hands were always full. She covered our alphabet from Art History to Zoology, merged and surged collections across campus and beyond the campus, and was the go-to person when anyone using our libraries could not understanding how the delicate machinery worked. Everyone who is saying goodbye to her this month will have an image of Isabel getting something unstuck, often through an adjustment that no one else had thought of.

If you wanted to work in a great research library when everything was about to change, 1999 was the right time to come to Berkeley. Of the eight science libraries Isabel Stirling originally headed, six have been rebuilt and revitalized, and planning is underway for the other two. Directing eight libraries was once thought of a feat, in recent years she took on even more. Isabel helped us with troubles (searching Pathfinder for example) that we quickly moved beyond. She played a valuable role as Berkeley and peer institutions engaged libraries in Asia. She has been a stalwart of the US-China Library Conference.

Isabel's engaement with Japanese culture is known to us all. She published a historical study, Zen Pioneer: The Life and Works of Ruth Fuller Sasaki in 2006.

Isabel is retiring to Oregon, where she spent half of her professional career. She looks forward to seeing well wishers at the appreciation party on June 15, 2011 in the Morrison Library.

I am pleased to announce that Associate University Librarian Beth Dupuis is leading transition planning.

Tom Leonard
University Librarian

Jun 13, 2011 | Categories: CU News | dmoore

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