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
I am happy to announce the appointment of Lydia Petersen as Interim Licensing Librarian, a half-time appointment beginning December 1, 2013 and running through December 31, 2014. Lydia is currently working half-time as a Business Librarian and is located in the Long Library in the Hass School of Business. In her former position at Harvard, Lydia licensed resources for the Harvard School of Business, for multiple libraries/schools across Harvard University, and for individual faculty. With Margaret Phillips becoming the selector for Education and Dana Jemison's move to a position at CDL, we are fortunate to have an experienced licensing librarian move into this important role.
As many of you know, Dana Jemison was also a Data Analyst, and I am happy to report that there is a plan for this work to continue. I want to thank Lynne Grigsby for working out the plan, which includes several of her staff members taking a team approach.
Acting Associate University Librarian, Collections
We are delighted to announce that the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded "Video-At-Risk: Strategies for Preserving Commercial Video Collections in Research Libraries" project, a joint 3-year study at NYU, Loyola University and UC Berkeley, is nearing completion. Through the project, we 1) generated high-quality preservation and access copies for 100 hours/81 titles of out-of-print VHS recordings in the Media Resources Center collection; 2) established practical guidelines for libraries across the country to use in determining the scarcity and replace-ability of their aging commercially purchased VHS collections; 3) drafted guidelines to clarify exemptions for copying audiovisual works under section 108(c); and 4) created a sample request for proposal (RFP) for institutions to use when engaging in large scale reformatting projects.
Locally, the project weathered a slew of major life events for participating staff members (one retirement and two babies!), highlighted the uniqueness of the Media Center's VHS collection, and aided in improving our VHS preservation workflow as magnetic media careen toward obsolescence. Many thanks to Gary Handman, who initiated the project; Antonella Bonfanti, Amelia Grounds, and Pamela Vadakan, who staffed the production and testing parts of the project; Lynne Grigsby, who inherited the files for preservation; Library Business Office staff member Kris Leonardo, who handled much of the project accounting; and Beth Dupuis, for providing administrative support.
Gisele Tanasse (Media Resources Center)
Barclay Ogden (Preservation)