Announcing Su-Lin Shum as the Library's Budget Director

I am very pleased to announce that Su-Lin Shum will join Library Administrative Services as our Library Budget Director effective July 15, 2016.

Su-Lin comes to us from our sister campus budget office at UC Davis. Her roles as Principal Budget Analyst and Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration of the Graduate School of Management provide directly relevant experience from an academic unit and campus-wide perspective. In fact, the UC Davis Library was one of Su-Lin's portfolio units, working closely with Library leadership to review funding priorities, key issues and assisted with strategic planning efforts; skills we plan to utilize as we create our own strategic vision and long range plan.

Su-Lin's extensive portfolio includes her significant budget and management experience that can be used across the many related responsibilities of this position, particularly multi-year strategic budgeting, financial analysis, management experience and financial reporting. Su-Lin has a BA in Economics from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from the Edinburg Business School, Heriot-Watt University. Su-Lin's interest in libraries extends to her prior role serving on the Greater Victoria Public Library's Board of Directors while in British Columbia where she helped shape the direction of a network of 10 regional public libraries.

At UC Berkeley, Su-Lin will serve as our Divisional Finance Leader (DFL) and will lead our annual budget process, establish a new financial management and reporting system, collaborate with AULs, Directors, unit managers and division heads on providing tools to assist with managing budgets and ad-hoc scenario financial planning. Su-Lin joins our team at a perfect time to hit the ground running with the start of the new fiscal year 2017.

I want to thank our interview committee members for their excellent work: Meilin Huang, Heidi Hallett (campus budget office), Kris Leonardo and Ty Johnson as well as the lead team members for their valuable time during the final interview process.

Elise Woods
Chief Administrative Officer
Director - Finance, Business & Operations

Jul 06, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

Announcing new Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources

I am pleased to announce that Jo Anne Newyear-Ramirez will join us as Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources effective 22 August 2016.

Jo Anne comes to us from her current position as Associate University Librarian for Collection Development and Management Programs at the University of British Columbia, where she served eight years. Previously she served ten years as the Assistant Head of Research Services at University of Texas at Austin, with broad responsibilities for collection management. During that time she was also selector-bibliographer for nursing.

As senior administrator for collections at UBC, Jo Anne provided stewardship to programs and practices that enhanced its library collections and supported existing and emerging academic and research needs of the university community. She was a leader on matters relating to collections, scholarly communications, open access, copyright/rights management, digital publishing and the institutional repository. She also provided leadership and direction to the Rare Books & Special Collections unit, technical services, and the University Archives.

Among many accomplishments at UBC, Jo Anne developed a preservation and conservation program. She developed and implemented the Library retention and collection location and storage strategy, which included creation of building plans and operational processes for a new long-term library storage facility. She developed a licensing negotiating strategy and model license framework for UBC. Jo Anne was also the lead investigator for UBC?s participation in the California Digital Library Mellon grant for the Pay-It-Forward Project on the economics of "gold" open access, headed by MacKenzie Smith (University Librarian at UC Davis).

At UC Berkeley, Jo Anne will lead our scholarly resource (collections and beyond) development, our new program in scholarly communications, and our Library-wide assessment and evaluation efforts. If you wish to welcome Jo Anne, you can reach her at

I want to thank Jean McKenzie for serving as our Acting AUL for Collections since July 2013. Following an unsuccessful search for the AUL for Collection Services in 2013, Jean accepted the Library?s invitation to transition from her position as Head of the Engineering Library into an interim AUL position. Jean brought a wealth of knowledge and experience from her many years as a selector and participant in library committees. Over the past three years, Jean made many contributions: she reshaped collections-related staffing and services especially within the Acquisitions Department, enhanced the roles of and collaboration among the Collection Development Leadership Group, implemented new funding models to better support multi-disciplinary fields, launched a new Data Acquisition and Access Program, contributed to improved selector training, served as interim selector and liaison for Germanic Studies, and ably represented Berkeley?s position in UC systemwide conversations as a member of the Collections Licensing Subgroup and the Shared Content Leadership Group. Also under Jean?s initiative, the Berkeley Library was selected as a host for the ACRL Scholarly Communications Roadshow and welcomed our first Scholarly Communications Officer this summer. Jean's role in this difficult job was extended by a year due to the transition in University Librarians, and I am especially appreciative of how much Jean supported and helped me during my first nine months here.

Jeff MacKie-Mason
University Librarian
Chief Digital Scholarship Officer
Professor, School of Information and Professor of Economics

Jul 05, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

Announcing our new Literatures & Digital Humanities Librarian

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Stacy Reardon as the Literatures & Digital Humanities Librarian at the UC Berkeley Library as of August 8, 2016. She joins the Arts & Humanities Division under the leadership of Holly Hatheway.

Stacy joins us from Middlebury College where she is the Research and Instruction Librarian and subject liaison for English and American Literature; Creative Writing; Literary Studies; American Studies; Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies; Sociology/Anthropology; Race/Ethnicity; Chinese; and Spanish/Portuguese. She earned a B.A. in English Literature and Sociology from Oberlin College; an MLS from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science; and an MA in American Literature from University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and is currently working toward completion of her PhD in American Literature at UMass. Her disciplinary expertise, instructional and educational technology experience, user-centered focus, and strong interest in digital humanities create an excellent foundation for excelling in this position.

My thanks to the search committee members ? Holly Hatheway (chair), Mary Elings, Liladhar Pendse and Myrtis Cochran. I am grateful to Myrtis for handling the selection/liaison responsibilities associated with English and American Literature on an interim basis for the last year. It will be wonderful to have Stacy join us to start fall semester.

Elizabeth Dupuis
Associate University Librarian
Educational Initiatives & User Services
Director of Doe, Moffitt & the Subject Specialty Libraries

Jul 05, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

Sharon Goetz is leaving

Sharon's last day with the Mark Twain Project is tomorrow, Friday, July 1st. She's moving on to more challenging work and--I hope and trust--better-paid and more reliably-funded work. Of course we wish her the very best. But I won't even pretend to have mixed feelings about losing her. So far as I'm concerned, it's an absolute one-way loss for the Project, for the library, and for the university as a whole.

She is an extraordinary person and an unparalleled colleague. Sharon came to MTP eleven years ago, when we were still rusticated down on Hearst avenue. At that point she hadn't quite finished her PhD in medieval literature with the Berkeley English department, but she soon did finish (2006). She worked for us as a graduate student helping process the electronic files destined to be mounted on the still-to-be-created website, (MTPO). In 2005 we twisted the tail of the bureaucracy to get her hired as the Digital Publications Manager for the Project. Two years later, after enormous labor and great patience, she and Leslie Myrick were able to launch MTPO.

That pair of geniuses has managed and improved and enlarged the site ever since. In short order, as a world-class expert in TEI (don't ask) Sharon and Leslie (our world-class database expert) made it possible to read all of Huck Finn, more than 2500 letters, and all three volumes of the Autobiography--free of charge on the website, with more in the pipeline.

Sharon has always done much much more than her "job." She served on the library's Educational Initiatives Council, on the Library Prize for Undergraduate Research committee, and on the User Experience Expertise Group of the library. And whatever the need at MTP (especially when people left and left us hanging) she was always always there to fill in and help out, often so quietly you wouldn't know it. We imposed on her for all kinds of electronic expertise, so much so that the IT guys now don't really know where MTP is. She used her expertise in medieval transcription to train students in the more modest challenge of transcribing Mark Twain and those who wrote to him. And she was always the voice of calm and reason and unflappable patience for every aspect of our work. But I think it is safe to say that her crowning achievement has been ensuring the publication of our books on the website virtually simultaneously with their appearance in print. That and managing the website and other related matters so that her successor, whoever that may be, can step into an already functioning and organized and rational system to keep us going.

I've seen a lot of folks come and go at MTP, and I miss some of them still. But I'm going to miss Sharon more than all of them put together. Please join me in wishing her good fortune in her next challenge.


Jun 30, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

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

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