New Staff at the Public Health Library

The Sheldon Margen Public Health Library welcomes Sarah Ngo as the new, temporary Document Delivery Coordinator (LA II). Sarah is a recent graduate of  the UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources, with a Bachelors of Science degree in Nutrition, emphasis in Physiology and Metabolism. She also previously worked as a student employee at the Public Health Library for 2 years. Outside of work, Sarah likes to explore her interests in cooking and baking.

Please join me in welcoming Sarah!

Judy Bolstad
Sheldon Margen Public Health Library

Sep 23, 2010 | Categories: CU News | dmoore

New LAUC-B Executive Committee Members

With the turnover meeting held August 19, 2010, the LAUC-B Executive Committee began its new term. The 2010/11 roster is as follows:
Susan Koskinen, Chair
Nick Robinson, Vice-Chair/ Chair Elect
Margaret Phillips, Past Chair
Shannon Supple, Secretary
I-Wei Wang, Treasurer
Ramona Martinez, Affiliated Library Representative
Kathleen Gallagher, Library Representative
Monica Singh,  Library Representative

ExComm welcomes the new members, and heartily thanks the members now going off the Committee. These include: Corliss Lee, 2009/10 Past Chair; Judy Bolstad, 2009/10 Secretary; Michaelyn Burnette, 2009/10 Library Representative; Sandy Tao, 2009/10 Library Representative.

Susan Koskinen
Chair LAUC-B, 2010/11





Sep 02, 2010 | Categories: CU News | dmoore

Staff Member at Public Health Library Leaving

Anca Giurgiulescu, our Document Delivery Coordinator, left the Public Health Library on July 30th. She worked in her position for almost two years, her primary responsibility being to provide services to our California state agency contract clientele. Anca was accepted to the MPH program at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, where her studies will  focus on "Urbanism and and Built Environment."  She is moving to New York City soon and starting school this fall.

Congratulations Anca! We wish you all the best in your future studies in public health.

Judy Bolstad
Sheldon Margen Public Health Library

Aug 02, 2010 | Categories: CU News | dmoore

The End of an Era -- Imani Abalos Retires

Imani Abalos (formerly known as Patricia) joined the Berkeley Library staff in 1969, working initially in the Reserve Book Room/ Moffitt Library Reserves Section and as a Moffitt Reference Aide. Eight years later she was named Head of Technical Service Operations for the Reference and Bibliography Collection for Doe Library. Since 1977 she has continued to work in the same general building but with nearly everything else changing around her -- building, technologies, staff, organizational structure, and the world of library services overall. Her job title and responsibilities evolved through the years to settle on Head of Reference Services in the Doe/Moffitt Libraries around 2004, though that title does not capture the full essence of her roles as project coordinator, operations manager, and staff champion. She has stepped up to an amazing number and array of special assignments and challenges through the years -- taken a leadership role with reference services and public services writ large in Doe/Moffitt and for the Library overall; helped shape the physical spaces of our libraries through several space planning committees and renovations; co-curate a library exhibit with Phyllis Bischof called "From the Streets to the Campus; from the Campus to the World; 25 Years of African Diaspora Studies at UC Berkeley"; served on more task forces and committees than one could name; and at some point managed nearly every public service unit in Doe Library, including taking responsibility for overseeing the transition of Morrison Library management in her last nine months. Beyond campus, she has served on committees for the California Library Association, ALA/Black Caucus of the American Library Association, and Association of College and Research Libraries.

In 1982 and 1985 Imani received the Special Performance Award for service to the Library and the University. In 1997 she received the Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Award for contributions to the University's mission of teaching, research, and public service, and the Berkeley Staff Assembly Excellence in Management Award for outstanding leadership in coaching staff to fully develop their capacity to respond to change. The Excellence in Management Award is particularly noteworthy as she was nominated by her staff who lauded her encouragement of their individual development by taking into account their professional interests and personal skills, modeling sensitivity in effectively responding to conflicts or problems in the work environment, and her positive approach to problem solving by using each situation as a learning opportunity. In 2004 she received the Library Star Award from colleagues, and in 2006 she was honored with Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Award for cumulative career accomplishments.

What has remained constant throughout Imani's career has been her dedication to users, commitment to public services, and advocacy for staff. Each day she brings a wealth of experience and historical context, along with an equal amount of energy, feistiness, and commitment. We are very grateful for the privilege of working with Imani as a colleague, who sets a high bar for long-term, high-powered career engagement. We will miss being able to rely on her for honest assessment and straight talk about how things are going and what can be improved.

Please join us in congratulating Imani Abalos on her retirement after 41 years with the Berkeley Library.

Elizabeth Dupuis
AUL for Educational Initiatives and Director, Doe/Moffitt Libraries

Myrtis Cochran
Interim Head, Doe/Moffitt Research and Collections, Humanities and Social Sciences

Jun 29, 2010 | Categories: CU News | dmoore

Pat Maughan Retires

The UC Berkeley Library will be a far less vibrant place starting July 1, with the retirement of Patricia Davitt Maughan, a founding member of the Teaching Library whose work has had an indelible impact on campus libraries as well as on the national and international understanding of information literacy.

Pat came to UCB in 1982 as head of the Engineering Library, after working at Columbia and Syracuse Universities. She has brought her inimitable combination of fabulous personal style and rigorous analytical thinking to stints as Head of the Science Libraries, Library Communication Director, and reference librarian at the Business and Economics Library. As User Research Coordinator, Pat conducted numerous surveys and focus groups; she continued her exploration of user assessment as the Library's Townsend Fellow in 2001-2002. Pat's publications on assessment, user research and faculty development have reached an international audience, and she has presented her work to colleagues at the University of Konstanz in Germany, the University of Helsinki in Finland, and Tilburg University in the Netherlands.

As Project Manager of the Mellon Library/ Faculty Fellowship for Undergraduate Research from 2002-2008, Pat steered an extensive and innovative effort to promote research-based learning in the undergraduate curriculum. Over a period of five years, a combined total of 48 faculty and instructors from a variety of departments attended intensive summer institutes during which they developed or reshaped courses to incorporate library research as a significant component of the course pedagogy. Examples of Pat's unexpected expertise in video production may be viewed at the Mellon web site.

Retirement is only the beginning for Pat, who will be jetting off to Greece to direct the Hellenic Academic Libraries' Institute on Undergraduate Research (a program she designed based on the Mellon Project) and then exploring the Taklamakan Desert (!) as part of a long-held dream to follow the route of the fabled Silk Road . . . a most fitting ambition for a lady who effortlessly balances style and adventure. Her bereft Teaching Library colleagues wish her joy as she sets off to any part of the planet she has yet to conquer, and look forward to many postcards from exotic locales. Bon voyage, Pat!

--Teaching Library Staff

Jun 16, 2010 | Categories: CU News | dmoore

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