Former head of collections Sheila Dowd, who passed away recently, will be honored on April 10 at a memorial event in the Morrison Library, from 5 to 7 pm.
If you would like to make a contribution in honor of her memory, please make it to the Sheila T. Dowd Endowment for Western European Collections. Checks may be sent to the Development Office in 131 Doe, Berkeley CA 94720-6000, or contributions made online (select Library Fund, and enter the endowment name in the field indicated for special instructions).
A complete obituary can be found here.
After fifteen years at the Library, Tim Dennis left earlier this month to become the Social Science and Collections Data Librarian at UC San Diego.
Tim's career at the Library began in the Government and Social Sciences unit. He earned a Masters of Information at UC Berkeley in 2006, focusing on user experience and information design. He subsequently headed the library technology staff training program, and in 2008 helped to plan and then staff the Library Data Lab. He has also provided leadership in web development working on numerous Drupal-based projects.
Tim's enthusiasm, technical skills, and ability to work effectively with the Data Lab's diverse clientele will be missed. It has been a pleasure working with him over the years. We congratulate him on his new position, and wish him every success.
Head, Data Lab
Tyler Crooks has accepted a new job in the Optometry Department as a Business Systems Analyst. His last day at the Library is April 3.
During eight years of exemplary service, Tyler moved up the ranks in Library Business Services to become a Financial Services Analyst 3. In this role, he served as the travel & entertainment and Millennium payments lead. He excelled as a member of the Drupal project team, where he helped develop the online travel pre-approval process and reimbursement system. Throughout his career he excelled in halping us continually improve our business processes.
Working with Tyler and his high energy and enthusiasm has been such a pleasure. Although we will miss him, we wish him the best of luck in his new career. Please join me in congratulating Tyler as he moves into a new career in health care systems.
Chief Administrative Officer & Director, Library Finance and Operations
As of June 1, 2015 Sheehan, Brian and Brice will begin in their new positions as Chief Operations Manager:
Sheehan Grant joins the Arts & Humanities Division. Under the direction of Holly Hatheway, the Arts & Humanities Division consists of five libraries: Art History/Classics Library, Graduate Services, Morrison Library, Music Library, and South/Southeast Asia Library, and support for collections and services located in Doe Library/Gardner MAIN Stacks. These libraries are primary service points and provide research-level print and digital collections to support the research and teaching programs related to arts, language, literature, philosophy, and religion in a multicultural, global context. Sheehan has worked as the Night/Weekend Circulation Head at the Bioscience & Natural Resources Library, Head of Information Desks for the Doe/Moffitt Libraries, and Head of Library Privileges in the Access Services Division. His broad experience working with all libraries on a range of collections and service-related issues, and his supervision of large groups of students are assets.
Brian Light joins the Social Sciences Division. Under the direction of Susan Edwards, the Social Sciences Division consists of six libraries: Anthropology Library, Business Library, Data Lab, Education/Psychology Library, Environmental Design Library, and Social Research Library, and support for collections and services located in Doe Library/Gardner MAIN Stacks. These libraries are primary service points and provide research-level print and digital collections in several languages to support the research and teaching programs of the Haas School of Business, School of Education, School of Information, School of Journalism, School of Public Policy, School of Social Welfare, College of Environmental Design, and College of Letters & Science. Brian has worked at the Main Library at The Ohio State University and at the Education/Psychology and Social Welfare (now Social Research) Libraries at Berkeley. His experience coordinating services that span multiple library locations, participating in the redesign of library spaces and workflows, and serving as a project leader for the Education/Psychology collection review are assets.
Brice Sullivan joins the Life & Health Sciences Division. Under the direction of Susan Koskinen, the Life & Health Sciences Division consists of four library locations: Bioscience & Natural Resources Library, Optometry & Health Sciences Library, Public Health Library, and Occupational and Environmental Health Library (in Oakland). These libraries are primary service points and provide research-level print and digital collections to support the research and teaching programs of the College of Natural Resources, School of Optometry, School of Public Health, and College of Letters & Science's Biological Sciences Division; and support to some state agencies through contract arrangements. Brice has worked as the Stacks Supervisor at the Moffitt Library and Circulation Supervisor at the Engineering Library. His experience in busy user-oriented libraries, participating in major collection review projects, and with implementation of new services and processes are assets.
[Excerpt of email sent to allusers by Beth Dupuis, AUL Educational Initiatives & User Services and Director, Doe/Moffitt & Subject Specialty Libraries]
Sheila T. Dowd, who served as the head of collections for 15 years, died peacefully in Mill Valley on March 2, 2015. Her library career began in 1948 in Germany, shortly after she had earned her library degree at Berkeley. A stint in Marseille followed, sparking an enduring love for France. In 1953 she launched her 35-year Berkeley career, beginning with social science reference, and moving on to the map collection and government documents.
Sheila's intelligence, dedication, and humor made her a gifted leader, and in 1974 she was named head of collections. She embraced the chance to serve the world's best researchers by building a collection that met their needs. Her national reputation encompassed roles in ALA, ARL, and the Research Libraries Groups. Upon her retirement in 1988 Sheila was awarded the University's highest honor, the Berkeley Citation.
All who knew Sheila remember her wit, erudition, and love of good conversation. Her impeccable prose graced all she wrote, and she could amuse herself in dull meetings by taking notes in verse. She was generous and loyal to family and a legion of friends. Until declining health limited her last years, she continued to live a life filled with culture, travel and friends. She touched many, and will be missed terribly.
An on-campus memorial event is being planned for Sheila, and will be announced soon.