Italian Libretto Collections in the Music Library

The Music Library has just completed a multi-year project to catalog two major collections of rare Italian opera libretti: the Taddei Collection consisting of 4,403 libretti dating from 1600 to 1953, and the Sicilian Libretto Collection containing about 930 libretti dating from 1650 to 1900. These two collections constitute one of the largest and most important collections of historical opera libretti in the U.S. Thanks to a Collections Access grant from the Library in 2005, they are now available to our faculty, students, and many users nationwide and worldwide. To browse the collections in Oskicat, type the title search "Taddei libretto collection" or "Sicilian libretto collection."

We are deeply grateful to the following graduate students for their dedicated work on the project: Rebekah Ahrendt, Laura Biggs, Sean Curran, Scott Edwards, Jose Neglia, Kimberly Parke, Camille Peters, Emily Richmond, Brandon Schneider, and Noel Verzosa. SJSU intern Elliott Smith also assisted.

An article by Rebekah Ahrendt and Camille Peters will be published in a forthcoming issue of Notes, the quarterly journal of the Music Library Association, with more detailed information about these collections.

Elisabeth Spohrer
Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library



Sep 21, 2009 | Categories: CU News | dmoore

Waverly Lowell Publishes Book on Greenwood Common

A book by Waverly Lowell, curator of the Environmental Design Archives (EDA), has been published by William Stout Publishers. Living Modern: A Biography of Greenwood Common explores an enclave of eight houses in the Berkeley Hills that was planned and developed by William Wurster between 1951 and 1957. Its houses were designed by renowned Bay Area architects including Joseph Esherick, Harwell Hamilton Harris, Henry Hill, and Don Olsen. A landmark of regional mid-century modernisn, Greenwood Common continues to thrive today. Living Modern is part of the Berkeley Design Books series devoted to the study of subjects drawn from the holdings of EDA.


Aug 24, 2009 | Categories: CU News | dmoore

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

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