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)
Please join us in congratulating Phylicia Mossiah on becoming our new Circulation & Technical Processing Assistant in the Engineering & Physical Sciences Division. Phylicia will be working at the Engineering Library in the mornings to assist with technical processing, and at the Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Library in the afternoons to assist with circulation and stacks maintenance. She started on October 28.
Phylicia had been working as a temporary technical processing assistant in the Engineering Library since last November, and was previously a circulation student employee in the same library. She received her B.A. in Psychology here, and she also has experience as a research assistant for the Institute of Personality and Social Research.
Engineering & Physical Sciences Division