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.
The spring 2013 issue of Fiat Lux, the Library's quarterly newsletter, is now available online. You will find an essay by Sam Redman on the newly-endowed Library Prize for Undergraduate Research; reflections from Tom Leonard on flash mobs in the Library; and an appreciation of the Research Advisory Service, among other stories.
I am pleased to announce that Charlotte Rubens has accepted the position of NRLF Operations Manager. She will succeed Scott Miller, who is retiring this June. Charlotte's broad expertise includes 12 years at NRLF in various positions, including as acting NRLF head for a year, as well as cataloging and access services at other institutions. Her current position as head of our Library's Interlibrary Services Department involves managing a large and complex operation. Please join me in congratulating Charlotte on her new position.
Director for Collection Services, Technologies & the Northern Regional Library Facility