New Budget Coordinator /Gifts Specialist position filled

I'm very pleased to announce that Dirk Kennedy has accepted the new position of Budget Coordinator/Gifts Specialist within the Acquisitions Department. Dirk began his new duties Monday, May 23rd.

Dirk continues to manage the library gifts and deaccessions program.

He also now officially takes on new responsibilities related to Millennium fund management. Dirk will handle day-to-day fund management reports and requests from selectors. Dirk has been helping with the fund management duties over the past seven months.

Larger issues regarding the budget (3-year projections; annual allocations, etc.) will be a mutual project of the AUL for Scholarly Resources, CDLG, and the Head of Acquisitions. with Dirk helping as called for.

For requests and questions you have been sending to Gail for the last two years (and to Jim Gordon before that) please now send to Dirk, and cc me,

Many thanks to Gail Ford for her help in filling this gap for so long and bringing Dirk and me up to speed on UC Berkeley's complicated fund management processes.

Welcome, Dirk, to this important new role!

Mark Hemhauser
Head of Acquisitions

May 25, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

Franklin Lei at Berkeley Fringe Festival

Franklin Lei
Vihuela, 19th Century Guitar & Acoustic Archtop
An Obscure History of the Guitar OR
A History of Obscure Guitars

Date: Saturday, June 11, 2016
Time: 10:30 am
Place: Trinity Chapel - 2320 Dana St., Berkeley CA

Franklin Lei at Berkeley Fringe Festival 6/11/16

May 24, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

Changes at Interlibrary Services

The Interlibrary Services department has seen more than its share of change in recent times, and I have more to report.

After eighteen years as the supervisor of our Special Agreement Libraries section (dealing with requests from the other UC campuses, as well as institutions with which Berkeley has consortial agreements), Mark Taylor has retired. Mark's last day was on Friday. A calm and quiet presence in the department, we will miss Mark's low-key humor and his willingness to help out wherever he was needed. Some of us will also miss the conversations about baseball (A's) and Basketball (Warriors). We all wish Mark well as he embarks on the next phase of his journey.

On a happier note, I am pleased to announce the addition of Joy North to our ranks. A recent arrival in the Bay Area, Joy earned a Master's degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Arizona, before going on to provide reference and other patron services at a number of public libraries in Illinois. She joins our Interlibrary Borrowing Service, where her strong library background and friendly personality will make her a very good fit. On behalf of our library community, I want to welcome Joy to UC Berkeley and to California.

Patrick Shannon
Head, Interlibrary Services

May 17, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

Professional Development Panorama

Professional Development Panorama
Wednesday May 25, 2016
1:30-3:00pm, 180 Doe

Please join us for the first ever Professional Development Panorama hosted by the University Library. This event, open to all library staff, is a chance for people who have participated in conference, workshops, online courses, or any other professional development opportunities to share highlights with their colleagues. The presentations will be brief "lightning talk" style, about 5-6 minutes each.


  1. Creating a Welcoming Environment For All
    Speaker: Michael Sholinbeck, Outreach & Instruction Librarian, Public Health Library

  2. Report on Get Global Ready workshop
    Speakers: Naomi Shiraishi, Japanese Cataloging Librarian, East Asian Library
    Michael Sholinbeck, Outreach & Instruction Librarian, Public Health Library

  3. Building your Identity Capital
    Speaker: Nancy Oanh Tran, Circulation Supervisor

  4. Together We Build a Diverse Inter-Asia Collection for Cal
    Speaker: Virginia Shih, Southeast Asia Librarian

  5. Digitization in DC
    Speaker: Jenna Jorgensen, Digital Imaging Specialist

  6. Basic Reference Skills for Non-Reference Librarians
    Speaker: Sarah Harrington, Information Desks Supervisor

  7. Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Excel
    Speakers: Elise Woods, Chief Administrative Officer
    Meilin Huang, Financial Analyst
    Lynn Tran, Library Buyer
    Desi Gallardo, Academic HR Analyst
    Richard Tran, Financial Services Analyst
    Nicole Wong, Financial Services Analyst
    Kris Leonardo, Financial Analyst

Snacks and light refreshments will be served.

The Professional Development Panorama is co-organized by the Staff Development Committee, Librarians Association of UC Berkeley, and the Library Leadership team.

May 12, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

Best Student Library Employees Ever!

Deemed by Fine Arts Librarian Kathryn Wayne as the "Best Student Library Employees Ever" the group recently celebrated its numerous accomplishments over the past year, both work and academic-related.

Student library employees in the Art History/Classics Library

Back row (left to right): Kristen McDeavitt, Lucy Vay, Kathryn Wayne, Rene Lopez, Virgil Tang
Front row (left to right): Josh Roque, Issy Lin, Jamie Ho
Photo by Julie A. Wolf, History of Art Department

May 10, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

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