Many thanks and a fond farewell to this year's retirees:
LAUB-B librarians who are retiring this year:
Congratulations to Cody Hennesy, E-Learning Librarian in the Instruction Services Division, who along with David Bamman, Assistant Professor in the School of Information, received grant funding from Digital Humanities at Berkeley for a research project, Predicting Dates of First Publication in the HathiTrust.
"Collections such as Google Books, the HathiTrust and the Internet Archive are enabling a fundamentally new kind of text analysis that exploits the scale of collections to ask questions not possible with smaller corpora. Historical analysis of this kind, however, depends on accurate dates of composition for the books in the collection; in order to measure how genre changes over time, for example, we need to be confident in the dates we believe the books were written. Because the bibliographic metadata for these collections identify dates of publication, not of composition, Predicting Dates of First Publication in the HathiTrust aims to leverage bibliographic expertise as a foundation for developing computational models that will predict first publication dates to enable more meaningful questions to be asked of these corpora."
Jennifer L. Dorner
Head, Instruction Services Division
Tiffany Grandstaff will be joining us as the Library's Director of Communications, starting Monday 27 June 2016.
Tiffany joins us from the Bay Area News Group, where she oversees visual communication strategy for over twenty-five publications, including the San Jose Mercury News, the Contra Costa Times, and the Oakland Tribune. Previous to managing the design, video/photo, graphics, and copy-editing departments in her role as Managing Editor for Presentation at the Bay Area News Group, Tiffany spent three years as their Design Director, and before that, she was Design Director for the San Jose Mercury News. From 2001 to 2006 she worked as a designer for newspapers including the Charlotte Observer (N.C.), the News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She has a BA in Journalism & Mass Communication from UNC, Chapel Hill, with a concentration in visual communication. You can view her portfolio at http://tiffanygrandstaff.com/.
In her new role, Tiffany will be leading a team of communicators, providing services to all units of the Library. We will form the team after she arrives, transferring several communicators currently scattered across multiple units to form a collaborative, high-performing team with a range of complementary skills (across print, Web, exhibit, audio, video and other formats), to better inform our multiple stakeholder audiences about the services we offer them, exciting new achievements and collections, and our vision for future initiatives that donors might support.
I am delighted to announce the appointment of José Adrián Barragán-Álvarez as The Bancroft Library's Curator of Latin Americana beginning 1 June 2016. He joins the curatorial group led by Peter Hanff.
José Adrián's previous position was the official Spanish Translator at the Texas General Land Office (a position mandated by the constitution of the State of Texas), where he managed and translated the agency's Spanish and Mexican archival material into English, and provided reference support for researchers. A graduate of UC Berkeley with BA degrees in Spanish and Portuguese and Latin American Studies, José Adrián completed his MA and PhD degrees in History at the University of Texas, Austin. His research there focused on transportation in eighteenth-century New Spain as well as on the episcopal Inquisition in colonial Oaxaca.
I am most grateful to the search committee that selected the excellent candidates we had the pleasure of interviewing on campus last fall-Teresa Mora (chair), Shayee Khanaka, and Theresa Salazar of the Library; and Professors Margaret Chowning (History) and Ivonne del Valle (Spanish and Portuguese).
Elaine C. Tennant
James D. Hart Director
The Bancroft Library
Please join us in welcoming Fedora Gertzman to the Arts & Humanities Division as the new Evening/Weekend Circulation Supervisor & Technical Processor for the Art History/Classics Library. She began her new assignment Wednesday, June 1st.
Fedora joins us from a recent technical processing and reserves rotation at the College of Alameda library; and previous experience working in the Geisel Library at UCSD. She brings a fresh perspective and infectious eagerness to the job; we are all very pleased to have her join the Art History/Classics Library.
In her new assignment, Fedora will be responsible for local public service operations, circulation student supervision, reserves, processing new monographs/serials and providing support for projects with the AHIAS Division Technical Lead.
Fedora can be found in the internal staff offices of the Art History/Classics (308F Doe); and you may reach her by telephone at 510-642-5358 or email email@example.com.
and Holly Hatheway