I'm pleased to announce that Daniel Hensley has joined the Thomas J. Long Business Library as Reference and Instruction Librarian. Dan's half-time position is funded by the Haas School of Business to ameliorate the effect of staff retirement on the Business Library's public services. He continues to spend the other half of his work time at San Francisco Public Library's Government Information Center, where he manages the Patent and Trademark Depository Collection. Before coming to San Francisco, Dan worked as a reference and instruction librarian at the University of Pittsburgh, which is also where he earned his M.L.I.S. and B.A. degrees. Welcome, Dan!
Susana Hinojosa has been selected as one of the two Arnulfo D. Trejo Librarians of the Year by REFORMA, the ALA-affiliated organization that promotes library and information services to Latinos and the Spanish-speaking. Susana is a recently retired government documents, social sciences, and outreach librarian at Doe Library, where she was employed for over thirty-eight years. She is also a past president of REFORMA. Susana has distinguished herself through her involvement with the Racial and Ethnic Diversity and the Intellectual Freedom Committees of the ACRL division of the ALA. The National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies and the California Library Association's Minority Concerns Committee have also benefited from her many years of involvement. Susana was a lecturer for many years at UCB's school of library and information science, where she inspired generations of librarians in her multicultural studies and outreach librarianship classes. Her steadfast dedication to equity, fairness, teaching and mentorship and her long term service to organizations focusing on Chicanos, Chicanas, Latinos and Latinas is recognized by this award.
A story online recounts Mia Jaeggli's achievement in digitizing exhibits at the Environmental Design Library (ENVI). A technical services work leader at ENVI, Jaeggli is also a student at SJSU's library school, which covered the story. Jaeggli notes that when she proposed the project, she received a positive response from Waverly Lowell, curator of the Environmental Design Archives. The first exhibit to go online in September 2009 was "Fatal Design," on the evolution of design for pubilc cemeteries in the U.S. Future collections will be based on physical exhibits shown at ENVI, while others will be "born digital."
Water Resources Center Archive (WRCA) is delighted to announce the completion of the digitization of the California Water Atlas (1979). When the book came out, it received rave reviews from both historians and scientists. One reviewer described it as "a very big and beautiful book....well-written, spectacularly illustrated, and filled with useful information for expert and layman alike." This Atlas, whose data is crucially relevant today, was ahead of its time in regards to visual representation of mapping and data. WRCA worked closely with David Rumsey's scanning facilities and powerful online map-viewing tools to realize this digitization effort. High-res images of each page, as well as PDFs of the entire atlas, are made available from the Historical Map Collection website. An online flip-book and other electronic versions (e.g. Kindle) are also available from the Internet Archive.Mr. Rumsey shared great interest in the project, and posted on his blog about the digitization.
Secondly, the Administrative Record (AR) for the Cosco Busan oil spill is is now avaiailable for viewing at WRCA. The AR is a live document that includes pre-assessment, assessment, and restoration planning in connection with the incident.
Head, Technical Services, WRCA
Friends of the Bancroft Library's Regional Oral History Office (ROHO) will be saddened to learn of the death of Amelia "Chita" Fry Davis, who died late in December 2009 in Carmel Valley after a long illness.
Known to the oral history world as Chita Fry, she joined ROHO in its infancy in 1959. For the next 25 years she designed and conducted comprehensive projects exploring significant topics in California history and their interaction with regional and national issues. Working closely with Willa Baum, ROHO director for 43 years, Chita was active in the founding of the Oral History Association and the development and direction of oral history throughout the country. Landmark projects included documentation of the governorship of Earl Warren, and of the Suffragists.
Gabrielle Morris and Ann Lage