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.
Head, Kresge Engineering Library
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 www.nomfoundation.org for more information on the project.
Please join me in congratulating Virginia on this wonderful achievement.
Head, International and Area Studies
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
ACRL has recently published Informing Innovation: Tracking Student Interest in Emerging Library Technologies at Ohio University by Char Booth, who serves as the E-Learning Librarian in Doe/Moffitt Instructional Services. Informing Innovation examines Ohio University's efforts to move away from "technolust" and towards a culture of assessment in developing and implementing technology initiatives. Char presents findings from a study at Ohio University investigating the convergence of students and libraries with emerging information, communication, and academic tools. Joan Lippincott calls the book a "must-read" for academic librarians.
The publication is available as a free digital download on the ACRL site at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/publications/digital/
Doe/Moffitt Instructional Services
Barclay Ogden, head of the Library's Preservation Department, is the recipient of the 2009 Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award. The award, consisting of $1,500 and a citation, recognizes the contribution of a professional preservation specialist who has been active in the field of preservation and/or conservation for library and/or archival materials.
For decades, Barclay has contributed locally, nationally and internationally to the promotion of a wide range of library preservation issues, from library binding to digitization, from disaster preparedness to collection assessment and identifying preservation priorities. He has led and advised on numerous grant projects, ranging from preservation microfilming projects to investigating accelerated aging techniques for polyvinyl acetate adhesive in binding. One of his major contrbutions to the field of preservation has been in disaster planning and assistance. The NEH recognized the California Preservation Program as a model that could be adapted readily to regional disaster planning. To respond to this challenge, Barclay co-created the Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS http://westpas.org ). The service recruits preservation experts throughout the area to serve as trainers and consultants. Thanks to Barclay's leadership and vision, much-needed emergency response training is available in 14 Western states and Pacific territories.
Another major accomplishment is Barclay's work in the development of CALIPR (http://sunsite3.berkeley.edu/CALIPR/). Developed in 1991, CALIPR was one of the first automated preservation collection assessment tools for print-based collections, and has been used for years by libraries worldwide. Recently, Barclay initiated the adaptation of CALIPR for use in assessing vast collection of audiovisual materials.
The Banks/Harris Award is given each year by the Preservation and Reformatting Section of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, a division of ALA. The award is sponsored by Preservation Technologies, L.P. It will be presented at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston. Congratulations, Barclay!
Chuck Eckman, AUL Collections