Arthur Waugh, Former UCB Librarian, 1922-2009

Arthur Waugh, who passed away on May 15, 2009, was a librarian at UC Berkeley for 35 years. He served as the Architecture and then Environmental Design Librarian until his retirement in 1983.

Waugh earned his Master's in Librarianship in 1948. He first worked as Circulation Supervisor for the Reserve Book Room, then as an assistant to University Librarian Donald Coney. In 1951, Waugh became architecture's first professional librarian. He coordinated  the merger and move of the Architecture, City and Regional Planning, Decorative Arts, and Lanscape Architecture Libraries into the Environmental Design Library in 1964, when Wurster Hall was completed. He was also acting head of the Art/Anthropology Library until 1978.

Rest in peace, Arthur.

Maryly Snow
Emeritus Librarian, Visual Resources Library

Elizabeth Byrne
Environmental Design Library

Jul 28, 2009 | Categories: CU News | dmoore

Aija Kanbergs Retires after 37 Years of Service

Already nostalgic for her Latvian holiday pastries, homemade plum jam, and the bounty of her organic vegetable garden, which she shared generously, we will bid Aija Kanbergs a happy retirement at the end of June.

With two Stanford degrees (BA, MA) and all-but-dissertation from UC Berkeley's German Department under her belt, Aija began her library career in 1972 when she was hired as an LA II in the Romance/ Germanic Languages order unit of the Acquisitions Department. During the 21 years she spent in Acquisitions, Aija became head of the unit into which she was hired and was later promoted to head of the consolidated Order Division. In the 1980s, she served for a time as acting German selector and earned her MLIS from UC Berkeley. She also gave birth to her son, David.

In the early 1990s, Aija began charting a new career course, leaving the behind-the-scenes world of library acquisitions to join Doe Reference and Collections. Over five years, she provided reference service in Doe and managed the busy Doe Library Information Desk, at one time coordinating the schedules of several dozen staff.

In 1998, Aija joined the Teaching Library. Always maintaining a busy schedule of course-related instruction, she has served the unit, and the Library, in various roles: as coordinator of the Library Guides program; liason to the History 101 Honors Thesis Course; coordinator of Cal Day library activities; and liason to the Centers for Transfer, Re-entry, and Student Parents. Among her Teaching Library colleagues she distinguished herself as a master of the intricacies of searching Gladis and Pathfinder, and as a polymath with an appetite for learning that compelled her to prepare her instruction sessions by immersing herself in the subject matter of each course.

In 2005 with a small group of colleagues, Aija was honored with the Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Award for revitalizing UC Berkeley's participation in the AIDS Walk.

Aija, we will miss you. We say farewell with wishes for a long and healthful life in retirement.

-The Teaching Library

Jun 30, 2009 | Categories: CU News | dmoore

Doe/Moffit Instructional Services Librarian in Print

Lynn Jones, from the Teaching Library in Doe/Moffit Instructional Services, has an article in the June 2009 issue of College and Research Library News (C&RL News). "The Rewards of Research: Library Prizes for Undergraduate Research" provides a brief history of how UC Berkeley's Library Prize for Undergraduate Research came to be, surveys similar prizes given by other institutions and examines the benefits of these prizes to students, libraries and their institutions.

C&RL News is published by the Association of College and Research Libraries and is distributed to that organization's over 12,000 members.

Jennifer Dorner
Doe/Moffit Instructional Services 

Jun 30, 2009 | Categories: CU News | dmoore

Claudia Monroe Retires from Technical Services

Claudia Monroe will retire from the Library on June 29th, bringing her highly productive Library career to a close after 24 years. Claudia joined the Library Copy Service, located on the first floor of Doe under the supervision of Charles Jackson, on October 1st, 1985. Nine months later she was moved to Boalt Hall to establish and run a new service point there, which she managed until 1995. At that time, the Library Copy Service was restructured, and Claudia was transferred to the Doe/Moffit Circulation Department's Reserves Processing Unit. The Reserves Processing Unit handled the largest course reserve operation in the Library system, processing between 300 and 400 lists a semester for virtually all undergraduate classes as well as graduate classes in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Claudia quickly mastered the intricacies of her new position, and along with her supervisor Barbara Kizziee and colleague Toni Walker, contributed to a wonderfully efficient team lauded by both students and faculty for its quick turn-around time and friendly service. Claudio also served part-time on the Moffit Circulation Desk under Meredith Fleming and on the Main Service (now Priviledges) Desk under Joyce Ford. In addition, she assisted with various circulation processing functions.

In 1998, we had the great luck to welcome the Course Reserve Unit into the Collections Core Services Division of Technical Services. On top of her work with Course Reserves, Claudia began placing orders on vendor systems and receiving and processing books needed for reserve that the library did not yet own. In the wake of the Library's Severance Incentive Program in 2004 and another move and restructuring of the Course Reserve Unit, Claudia became a valued and productive member of the CCS Ordering Unit under the leadership of Jim Gordon. During this latest phase of her career, Claudia has handled bibliographic checking and ordering for the Latin American, Music, and South/Southeast Asian collections, while continuing to order materials needed for undergraduate course reserves. Claudia also provides much-needed support for Main Stack replacement and out-of-print orders. Finally, Claudia received training in periodicals check-in and subsequently handled the receipt and check-in of US Depository Materials, which are highly difficult and require specialized training.

Although we will deeply miss our beloved and productive colleague, we are happy that Claudia will be able to spend more time with her family and friends, especially her husband Lloyd, who retired from the Department of Integrative Biology last year. A heartfelt thank you from all of your Library and Collections Core Services colleagues for all of your hard work, and we wish you the very best of luck in retirement!

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

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

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