I'm happy to announce that two new library assistants joined the Engineering & Physical Sciences Division on January 6th: Bonita Dyess and Beth Shippey. Both will be processing monographs and serials, working on collections projects, and providing backup at our circulation desks.
Bonita is the Circulation & Technical Processing Assistant for the Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Library and the Physics-Astronomy Library. She joins us from the College of Marin Library where she supervised student employees staffing the circulation desk, assisted with weeding projects, and routinely used create lists to discover dropped paging requests. She also previously worked at Chabot College in both the Library and the Learning Connection Center, first as a student and then as a staff member. Bonita can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beth is the Circulation & Technical Processing Assistant for the Engineering Library and the Mathematics Statistics Library. She joins us from the Berkeley Public Library where she staffed the circulation desk as an Intermittent Library Assistant. Previously she held temporary positions at the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive and as a Pictorial Collections Processing Assistant at the Bancroft Library. Beth can be reached by email at email@example.com.
Head, Engineering & Physical Sciences Division
I am happy to announce that Helen Jentzen will be the new Life & Health Sciences Division, Evening / Weekend Circulation Supervisor. She began her new role on January 1, 2016.
Helen has been the Evening / Weekend Circulation Supervisor for the Bioscience and Natural Resources Library since November, 2012. She has an MLIS from the University of Illinois and a BA from UC Santa Cruz.
In her new role, Helen will continue to be located in the Bioscience and Natural Resources Library. See Helen's Staff Directory listing for contact information.
Head, Life & Health Sciences Division
This month we are concluding the Library Instructor Development Program; as of January the Teaching & Learning Expertise Group will provide the leadership for organizing events and activities that support our library instructors' development.
In June 2008 we launched the Library Instructor Development Program to provide all library instructors with opportunities to improve their skills and expand their knowledge through a structured program. Co-coordinators were appointed each year and they selected the topics as well as arranged a variety of learning activities such as guest speakers, events, active learning, journal clubs, peer coaching, and so on. This program helped create an engaged community of library instructors and connected us with campus contacts and national trends. My thanks to the people who served as coordinators and who participated in the program over the past seven years -- your efforts helped advance the Library's support of the campus' teaching mission.
In May 2014 we created the new expertise groups "to develop professional learning communities within our organization, encourage the sharing of questions and approaches across disciplines, provide a core group for guiding the Library on big issues, and be a springboard for innovative and effective ways to align the Library with the University?s mission. We envision expertise groups will undertake a wide range of activities -- organizing educational events, informing policies, researching an issue, providing expert advice, initiating and coordinating new programs and services, gathering and analyzing input from library and campus, and so on."
I feel confident in the Teaching & Learning Expertise Group's role as a mini-professional development network for our library staff, and this seems a good time to blend the Instructor Development Program into their work. I have asked the Teaching & Learning Expertise Group to provide opportunities for library instructors to improve their skills and expand their knowledge and they may choose to do that in many ways, not necessarily following the format of the previous program. I look forward to seeing what they bring to us in the new year!
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Director, Doe/Moffitt & Subject Specialty Libraries
It's my pleasure to announce that as of January 4th, 2016, Monica Singh will begin working full time as the Business & Evening MBA Librarian in the Long Business Library. Monica has served as the half time Evening/Weekend MBA Librarian since Fall 2000, providing excellent reference and instruction services to the Haas EWMBA Program. Monica will continue to work closely with the EWMBA program (including evening hours during the academic year), but will assume additional responsibilities to support the daytime programs as well.
Please join me in congratulating Monica on this new position.
- Susan Edwards
Head, Social Sciences Division
I am happy to announce that, beginning today, the Interlibrary Services Department will host a Holiday Food Drive, to benefit the less fortunate in our community.
Donations of sealed, non-perishable food items may be brought to our office at 133 Doe Library. Food collected before Thanksgiving will be taken to the Berkeley Food Pantry. However, the drive will continue to run until December 18, giving staff across The Library ample opportunity to participate.
The Berkeley Food Pantry has identified the following as the most needed items: peanut butter, canned soups and beans, rice, low-sugar cereal, gluten-free grains and pasta, shelf-stable non-dairy milk, boxes of teabags, salt, pepper, spices, and herbs. Of course, other non-perishable items would be appreciated.
Please do not donate items that are beyond their sell-by date, prepared or home-canned food, food in containers that have been opened, soda, chips, candy, and sugary snacks and cereal.
I would like to thank Library Administration for supporting this food drive, and I am sure that the generosity of our Library community will make it a success. Please contact me with any questions you may have.
- Patrick Shannon