Congratulations to Judy Bolstad!

Judy was just awarded the 2010 Horizon Award from the San Francisco Bay Region Chapter of SLA (Special Libraries Association). The Horizon Award goes to a new member of the chapter "who has shown promise of becoming an outstanding member of the profession." Judy has been very active serving on numerous committees (Jobline, Bayline, Professional Development, Awards) during the past 5 years, and just completed a 3-year term as the editor of the chapter newsletter Bayline. Her award will be presented at the first 2011 dinner meeting of the chapter.

A well-deserved award to an outstanding librarian!

Debbie Jan
Public Health Library

Jan 13, 2011 | Categories: CU News | dmoore

Farewell to Tom Alexander

Tom Alexander, former head of the Public Health Library, passed away Monday, December 27th in his sleep.

Who could forget his infectious laughter or his zest for life? His love for cooking brought us many gourmet treats and from his travels he sent us gorgeous postcards from exotic places. Tom Alexander, or TA to his staff, relished life; a people-person, he took a great interest in his staff and everything around him. His humor, spirited personality, and enthusiasm were known throughout the Library. His support for his staff provided many opportunities for us to grow and try out new things. A number of PUBL librarians moved on to become unit heads themselves.

He started his career with the Library in 1970 in the Agriculture Library. In 1979, he took over as the head of the Public Health Library. The library as we know it today was created under his tenure; he crafted many of the state agency contracts and contract library services we still have today. The Public Health Library satellite library, Occupational and Environmental Health Library, began under his reign. His many library-wide activities are too numerous to count but included stints as LAUC-B President and CAPA chair. He retired on September 30, 1997 to travel, relax with family and friends, and take Spanish classes. During his many years in the Library, he touched many lives and had countless friends.

He will be sorely missed and our thoughts go out to his family. If you would like to share remembrances with his wife Ginger or the family, please email them to Megan Alexander, Tom's daughter.

Debbie Jan
Public Health Library

Jan 13, 2011 | Categories: CU News | dmoore

Pati Moran Wins Scholarship!

Pati Moran of the Kresge Engineering Library learned recently that she is one of four recipients of an Annual Membership Scholarship to the Association of Children's Librarians (ACL) of Northern California. Her eligibility was founded on an internship Pati did as part of her studies towards a master's degree in library science. Her children's services internship was completed in Spring 2010 at an Oakland Public Library branch located in the Fruitvale district, a mostly Spanish-speaking Latino/ Hispanic community. Pati assisted with programming, collection development, and adult and children's reference. Her award includes a membership to ACL, a subscription to its publication Bay Views, and attendance at the annual ACL Institute. These scholarships are a tribute to Dorothy Helfeld, a member and reviewer for ACL from 1992 to 2008. Congratulations to Pati!

Jean McKenzie
Kresge Engineering Library

Nov 05, 2010 | Categories: CU News | dmoore

Elliott Smith Joins BIOS

We are very pleased to welcome Elliott Smith to the Marian Koshland Bioscience and Natural Resources Library as a new Emerging Technologies Librarian. Many of you may have met Elliott when he was working at Moe's Books in Berkeley. He has an MLIS from SJSU, and earned his B.S. at the University of Chicago. Elliott served as a library intern at both UCSF and USF, as well as at our Music Library. In addition to his library experience, he was a lecturer in the Physical Science Dept. at Mills College, and a teaching assistant in chemistry here at Berkeley.

Elliott will be providing reference and instruction, as well as developing our Bioscience Library website.

He can be reached at 3-6482, or

Norma Kobzina
Head, Information Services, BIOS

Nov 02, 2010 | Categories: CU News | dmoore

Heather Thams Appointed to New Position

Heather Thams has been appointed to a new position in Doe/Moffitt Instruction and User Services as Reference and Instruction Librarian. For the last five years Heather has been employed as a Reference, Instruction and Curatorial Assistant at the Bioscience and Natural Resources Library. Heather's position is a part-time, two-year appointment. She will be located in 302 Moffitt, and can be reached at

Jennifer L. Dorner
Head of Instruction and User Services, Doe/Moffitt Libraries

Nov 02, 2010 | Categories: CU News | dmoore

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