I'm sorry to say goodbye to Kendra Stoll, our part-time temporary contract Instruction/Reference Librarian who was helping us during a staff member's maternity leave. Kendra graciously agreed to continue an additional 7 months past her appointment. Happily, she now works for the California Air Resources Board in the California Environmental Protection Agency Library in Sacramento and the PUBL librarians hope to see her there. With her prior work experience in the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), she was extremely helpful in providing us with the CDPH user's experience of our contract services. We are very grateful to Kendra for doing the lion's share of CDPH instruction in Sacramento. She also participated in the Library's Ask-A-Librarian service. Her last day was June 30, 2014.
On another note, I am pleased to announce the successful recruitment of Annis Lee Adams for PUBL's contract Digital Services Librarian position. Lee will be starting Monday, August 4th. Lee's most recent position is as the Reference and E-Resources Librarian at Golden Gate University. Prior to that Lee held various positions at the Health Sciences Library at the University of Hawaii at Manoa for 8 years so she brings a wealth of subject expertise and experience working with their Public Health Program. I look forward to welcoming her to the Library.
Public Health Library
Rebecca (Becky) Miller will begin her appointment as the Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences Librarian on July 14, 2014. She will start out at 60% and be full-time as of August 4, 2014.
Her professional background includes positions at the University of Wisconsin Arboretum; the USDA Agricultural Research Service; WRA Environmental Consulting; the EPA; and the Library at Touro University. She holds a BS from Brown, an MS in Conservation Biology & Sustainable Development from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MLIS from San Jose State University.
We are excited to have her join the University Library!
Recently, the Library learned that Mike Brown, a beloved employee of the Facilities Department from 1996 to 2004, passed away suddenly in August 2013. Mike was well-known and loved in the Library; he helped everyone as our own Mr. Fix-it. He and his wife had relocated to Oregon, where he had spent much happy time in his garden. Mike is remembered fondly by many Library employees, and our sympathies go to his wife and family.
Betty Lee has begun a temporary appointment as a Library Assistant in the Ethnic Studies Library. She will work with serials and help with circulation supervision. Because of her appointment, the Ethnic Studies Library will resume Saturday hours on March 15. Betty joins us from UC Davis, where she worked in the Shields Library.
Head, Ethnic Studies Library
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.