Electronic Resources Librarian

I'm delighted to announce that Ian Knabe will join us as the Electronic Resources Librarian on August 16. Ian's experience includes license negotiation and management, e-resources troubleshooting, and publisher/vendor relations from positions at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD, and Stern, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, a law firm in Washington DC.

I am very grateful to Lee Adams from the Public Health Library who has been the acting licensing librarian since May 2015. Lee has performed most professionally and collegially in this role and deserves our greatest thanks.

Thanks also to the Search Committee for their excellent work: Jeffery Loo (Chair), Mark Hemhauser, Nga Ong, and Hilary Schiraldi.

Jean McKenzie
Acting Associate University Librarian, Collections

Jun 29, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

NRLF Operations Manager update

Please join me in congratulating Jutta Wiemhoff in taking on the new and permanent role of NRLF Operations Manager. Jutta was the successful candidate in a national search and I am very happy to have her taking on this role at the NRLF.

Many thanks to the search committee, Mark Marrow, Tim Converse and Cathy Martyniak (Director of the SRLF) and to everyone who participated in the interviews for this position.

Erik Mitchell
Associate University Librarian
Director of Digital Initiatives and Collaborative Services

Jun 28, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

Julio Guilleremo, rest in peace

Julio Guilleremo passed away yesterday. He was a friend and fellow UC Berkeley library retiree.

I came to know Julio when I first began working in the copy cataloging unit of technical services in 1999. At that time Julio was cataloging books for the Art History branch along with Main. His friend Alan Silverman would come by to chat and joke, and I enjoyed the daily levity as I was sitting right across from Julio. He also was a big time fan of Survivor from the first season, and as a result I also became a fan, so that became a topic for conversation, along with his interest in Alfred Hitchcock films.

Julio was also a very skilled photographer and a master in chess and similar board games. By training he was a mathematician.

- Steve Denney

Jun 27, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

Randal Brandt keeps things mysterious

Carambola - David Dodge

Randal Brandt has written the introduction to a new edition of Carambola by David Dodge published in February 2016 by Bruin Books. David Dodge was a mystery and thriller writer born in Berkeley in 1910. He is best known as the author of To Catch a Thief, which Alfred Hitchcock adapted into the classic film starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. Carambola, originally published in 1961, is a "chase novel" set in the Pyrenees about an American mining engineer named Andy Holland who, having only recently learned that he has a teenage daughter, is persuaded by his ex-wife to make a daring attempt to rescue her husband Harry Magill. Magill, the only father Andy's daughter has ever known, is hiding out in Barcelona facing a murder charge. Written when his own daughter was a teenager, this novel, with its theme of fathers and daughters, is Dodge's most personal story and is now back in print for the first time since the 1970s.



Randal Brandt is the Principal Cataloger for The Bancroft Library

Jun 22, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

Celia Emmelhainz co-recipient of Digital Humanities at Berkeley grant award

Congratulations to Celia Emmelhainz, Anthropology and Qualitative Research Librarian in the Social Sciences Division, who, along with Dr. Rosemary Joyce, Professor of Anthropology, is the recipient of a collaborative research grant from Digital Humanities @ Berkeley.

This grant will be used to support the development of the MayaLab web portal. The portal will serve as a public forum for students and visitors wishing to interact with the archaeology of Central America, as well as an internal collaborative space for international archaeologists preparing publications on classic Mayan civilization.

DH @ Berkeley recently awarded over $200,000 in grants -- for more information on the range of research funded, see

Susan Edwards
Head, Social Sciences Division

Jun 16, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

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