Two highly valued Preservation Department staff members are retiring as of October 31. Cameron Olen joined the Department in 1981, the days of typewriter ribbons and carbon copies, as deptartment administrative assistant, a position that morphed into office manager as the department grew during the late 80s and early 90s with grant-funded preservation projects. Keeping track of project expenses and funds was no small challenge; during many of those years over a half-dozen different grant-funded projects were simultaneously underway, in addition to Library-funded preservation activities. Cam frequently substituted for the department head, using her broad knowledge of the department and the Library to get things done. She will be much missed.
Charles Stewart has been a key member of the Library's photographic team and a specialist in preservation microfilming since 1978. A proponent of traditional wet photography for its unique advantages as a preservation tool, Charles developed methods for optimizing capture of difficult-to-image materials, including rare books and MSS, and developed a unique system using microfilm for copying photos in large numbers inexpensively. Charles brought recognition to the Preservation Department with his technical expertise by consulting with other preservation microfilming operations in the US and abroad and by producing technical reports for the preservation community. Among major career events, Charles remembers vividly his work to keep operations going during several Library construction projects by erecting camera operations under makeshift conditions in various library stacks and cubbyholes and, when need, by working in a hard hat! Charles's contributions have been many.
Begging November 1 Robert Byler in the Preservation Microfilming Lab will continue to provide as many of our preservation microfilming services as possible. Maxim Osinovsky will pick up some of Cam's duties by serving as deptartment office manager in addition to his ongoing assignment as unit head for the Preservation Replacement Division of the Department.
On behalf of the Preservation Department staff, congratulations and much appreciation to Cam and Charles for their non-stop contributions over decades, and many thanks to Max and Robert for stepping in behind them.
Director for Library Preservation
Lee Leighton's last day in the Library was September 24, 2009. This marked the end of a distinguished era and the beginning of a new approach to managing Technical Services. In the reorganization of Technical Services, the Cataloging functions were regrouped into a new Catalog Department, which now reports to Bernie Hurley.
I am pleased to introduce the Cataloging Management Team, who will be working with me to plan, prioritize, and manage the activities of the Catalog department. This team includes:
Dana Jemison, who works 50 percent for Cataloging, will also be reporting to me. Her duties will include being the liaison to our Library Systems Office and developing specifications for programmatic record loading and maintenance projects.
Please welcome our colleagues who will join with me to form our new Catalog department leadership team.
Director for Library Technologies and the Northern Regional Library Facility
Congratulations are due to Alex Warren, who has announced his plans to retire as Head of Morrison Library on October 31, 2009. After his first year and a half working with serials in the UC Berkeley Library, he took a position in the Morrison Library in July 1972 and has continued to expand his duties for the past 37 years, culminating in his nearly two-decades-long role as Head of Morrison Library.
Beginning November 1, 2009 Imani Abalos will serve as the operations manager of the Morrison Library in an interim arrangement, handling all issues related to the facility, collections, staffing, and policies. Also, as of October 1, 2009 Zsuzsu Listro has assumed responsibility for events scheduling in Morrison Library.
In the Newspaper/Microforms Library, Victoria Jourdan has announced her plans to retire as Operations Supervisor on October 31, 2009. Allan Urbanic will serve as the unit head for the Newspaper/Microform Library in an interim arrangement, handling issues related to the facility, collections, and policies. John Robinson has also been appointed to serve as operations manager and student supervisor.
We hope to have a permanent staffing arrangement for both Morrison and Newspaper/Microforms in place by May 2010.
AUL for Educational Initiatives
Director, Doe/Moffit Libraries