Wayne Lawrence Silka, archivist, cataloger and special collections manager at Bancroft Library from 1976 to 2001 passed away suddenly on Feb. 4 at the age of 64. Besides developing deep and long-lasting friendships with his library colleagues, Wayne made Bancroft Library patrons, in particular those pursuing long-term research projects, feel welcome and special. His gift for friendship and his generosity of spirit will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife Marie Nadeau, his sister Jennifer Silka Westberg, his brother Gregory, three nephews and one granddaughter. A memorial service will be held in the Faculty Club's Seaborg Room on Monday March 17 at 11 am.
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Samantha Teplitzky as the Earth Sciences & Physical Sciences Librarian. Samantha begins her new position on March 3, 2014 and will have an office in the Physics-Astronomy Library, part of the Engineering & Physical Sciences Division.
Samantha has been the Reference Assistant at the Bioscience & Natural Resources Library for the past two and half years, contributing to reference, instruction and collection management projects. Previously she was the Earth Sciences Librarian at Stanford University, and was a Library Researcher for the Agricultural Archives Project organized by Le Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement in Gif-Sur-Yvette, France. Samantha has a BA in Geology and Art History from Williams College, an MA in Geography from UC Berkeley, and an MLIS from San Jose State University.
Please join me in welcoming Samantha to the University Library.
AUL and Director, Doe/Moffitt
Wei Chi Poon, Asian American Studies Librarian at the Ethnic Studies Library, retired on January 31. We congratulate her for 35 years of dedicated service to the Ethnic Studies Department. As the Librarian of the former Asian American Studies Library, she not only developed the wonderful archival collections and research materials that attract scholars worldwide, but was a pioneer in the development of Asian American subject headings. Her book "A Guide for Establishing Asian American Core Collections" (1989) was the first of its kind and has guided ethnic studies librarians for decades. As the Asian American Studies Librarian of the Ethnic Studies Library, she continued to work with the Asian American community to encourage them to donate precious archival materials to our library and to get funding to process them.
We in the Ethnic Studies Library will miss her but we are happy for her. She tells me she is looking forward to relaxing and reading books. I personally am very grateful for the many years she and I worked together. It just won't be the same without her!
Head, Ethnic Studies Library
Please join us in welcoming Susan Powell to the Engineering & Physical Sciences Division as our new GIS & Map Librarian. Susan started on January 15, and her office is located in the Earth Sciences & Map Library. She joins us from the Yale University Library, where she was the GIS Specialist for Metadata. She has a BA in Geology from Oberlin College, an MLS from Indiana University, and an MA in Geography from Indiana University.
Susan will be responsible for building and managing our map and geospatial data collections, providing reference, instruction, and consultations related to those collections, and overseeing metadata and catalog record creation for maps and geospatial data. In addition, she will serve as the selector and liaison for Geography.
Engineering & Physical Sciences Division
I am happy to announce that Jesse Silva has returned to campus as the Librarian for Federal and State Information, Political Science, Public Policy and Legal Studies, located in Doe Library's humanities and social sciences department. Jesse served as the UCB Federal Documents Librarian at Berkeley from 2006 to 2012 before accepting a position as Head of Government Documents at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. We are happy that Jesse decided to rejoin the Doe/Moffitt Library staff. He started his new position on Jan 7, bringing a wealth of knowledge and library experience in government information and other areas of the social sciences.
Please join me in welcoming Jesse back to UC Berkeley.
Head, D/M HSS