Fayette D. Elliott Retires from Technical Services

On June 29th, Fayette Elliott will wind up a long and successful career with UC Berkeley by taking advantage of the Voluntary Separation Option and retiring. Fayette came to the university in 1991 after working in the private sector as an insurance underwriter. After a brief period of temporary work on campus, Fayette was hired as a career staff person when she joined Campus Disbursements in September 1991. In 1992 she moved to a position in the Engineering Department's Office of Research Services, and then joined the staff of the Physics Department two years later. Fayette was hired into Library Business Services in 1999 to reconcile book fund expenditures in INNOPAC against the Campus General Ledger.

In September 2000, a reorganization in the Library Business Services resulted in Fayette's transfer to the Technical Services Department's Collections Core Services Division. The purpose of the transfer was to centralize all INNOPAC fund monitering and management functions in a single unit. Fayette quickly became a valued member of the INNOPAC fund management team. In addition to doing book fund reconciliation, she assisted the Payments Unit with monographic invoice processing and has performed a number of complex special projects involving INNOPAC payment data. In these projects, she tracked patterns and trends in the expenditure of the Library's collections budget. Fayette recieved training in copy cataloging during a rotation within the Technical Services Department. Fayette also helped out part-time in the Earth Sciences Library, providing crucial assistance to the service desk and in technical processing during a critical staffing shortage.

Fayette's many interests will keep her busy and active in retirement. Fayette plans to pursue a career as an independent business woman with many irons in the fire, including direct sales, network marketing, and real estate and property development. She will be able to travel across the country, visit family members and perhaps even relocate. Now is her chance to take that dream cruise and do some international travel as well!

Best of luck in all your pursuits, Fayette, from your Library and Collections Core Service colleagues. Your bright presence and quick wit will be missed by all. Thank you for all of your hard work throughout the years, and especially during your time with Collections Core Services.

Rebecca Green
Head, Collections Core Services Division

Jim Gordon
Head, Ordering Unit, Collections Core Services Division
Technical Services Department 

Jun 30, 2009 | Categories: CU News | dmoore

Fatemah Van Buren to Retire in June

Fatemah Van Buren, Head of the Earth Sciences/Map Library, will be retiring at the end of June, after serving in various positions at UC Berkeley since 1984. Fatemah has been an active and tireless cartographic and geosciences specialist, and has worked hard in the past several years to greatly increase the size and scope of our digital map collection. She is an active member of the UC Stanford Map Group, and the Western Association of Map Librarians. She has initiated many digital preservation and digital publishing projects, and is always looking for ways to acquire and digitize important maps and materials for our faculty and students. Her expertise in cartographic cataloging has made her a valued member of the UC Map Group as well as beyond UC.

Fatemah is sought after for her expertise by faculty and students, and has developed partnerships with colleagues far and wide. She has provided excellent stewardship of the Earth Sciences/Map Library, and she will be missed by her staff and by colleagues throughout the library. We say farewell to her with great appreciation for her tremendous contributions, and wish her well in her future projects.

We are pleased to announce that Brian Quigley has agreed to serve as the .5 FTW Interim Head Librarian of the Earth Sciences/Map Library beginning in July. Brian, who has served as the Head of the Mathematics Statistics Library since 2007, will continue in that position half-time for the interim. For those of you who have not yet met Brian, he has been at Berkeley since 2000, where he first began his career as the Electronic Outreach Librarian in the Kresge Engineering Library.

Isabel Stirling
AUL and Director, Public Services 

Jun 15, 2009 | Categories: CU News | dmoore

Congratulations to Pati Moran

Pati was recently notified that she has been awarded a full scholarship to attend the ACRL Rare Books and Manuscripts Pre-Conference Meeting in June. The 50th Annual RBMS Preconference is entitled "Seas of Change: Navigating the Cultural and Institutional Contexts of Special Collections," and will be held in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Pati Moran has been a student since last fall in the San Jose State University library program, and has taken "Archives and Manuscripts," a class taught by David de Lorenzo of the Bancroft Library.

Jean McKenzie
Head, Kresge Engineering Library


Jun 15, 2009 | Categories: CU News | dmoore

Virginia Shih Receives Prestigious Library Award

Virginia Shih, the librarian for Southeast Asia, has been awarded a commemorative medal by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam for her work with the Han Nom special collections held by the National Library of Vietnam. She has been instrumental in organizing an international project to preserve and digitize these rare materials, consisting of about 5,000 volumes of classics, history, philosophy, and literature dating back to the 10th century. The award, presented by Pham The Khang, the National Librarian of Vietnam, is given to the most distinguished librarians of Vietnam, and is usually awarded to librarians only after long years of distinguished service. Virginia received this award at a ceremony in May in Hanoi. See for more information on the project.

Please join me in congratulating Virginia on this wonderful achievement. 

Allan Urbanic
Head, International and Area Studies
Doe/Moffitt Libraries

Jun 15, 2009 | Categories: CU News | dmoore

Welcome our new Head of Acquisitions, Cheryl Cook

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Cheryl Cook to the position of Head of Acquisitions, beginning July 6, 2009. Cheryl comes to us from the Library of Congress, where she has served since 2005 as Supervisor of the Automated Planning & Liaison Office (APLO), a 22-staff unit which provides information technology support to the Library Services Service Unit. During her tenure in APLO, Cheryl served as acting chief for a year. From 1991-2005, Cheryl served as Library Services Specialist with the LC Cataloging Dsitribution Service, where she was responsible for developing a range of cataloging products including Classification Web. Cheryl will be a familiar face to several in the Library, having worked from 1980 to 1989 as a serials cataloger in Technical Services.

Cheryl holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Comparative Literature from UC Riverside (English, Russian, German), as well as a M.B.A. (emphasis in government and nonprofit administration) from San Francisco State University. She is currently enrolled in San Jose State University's Library and Information Science program, where she is completing her third Master's degree.

Cheryl is uniquely poised to help the Library confront ongoing and emerging issues in acquisition management and client services, given her educational background and her broad range of responsibilities in technical services, technology product development, and management functions. Please join us in welcoming her back!

Chuck Eckman, AUL Collections, and Lee Leighton, AUL Technical Services

May 11, 2009 | Categories: CU News | dmoore

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