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Announcing new library liaison for Data Science Programs

I am pleased to announce that Harrison Dekker will serve as the library liaison to Data Science Programs.

In the past couple of years, the University has launched a series of programs and partnerships related to data science research and teaching. One of the most exciting developments is the creation of the Data Science Education Program focused on embedding courses throughout the undergraduate curriculum to develop students' "computational thinking and inferential thinking" and to "prepare students for a data-rich world." This initiative sparked the Library to create a new liaison assignment similar to those we have to other academic departments and academic support units.

This library liaison also plays a leadership role in supporting the creation, use and management of quantitative data -- working closely with Research Data Management Core Team, the D-Lab, the Berkeley Institute for Data Science's Education and Training Working Group, and the Berkeley Institute for Transparency in the Social Sciences -- to develop and actively promote best practices for data management and data reproducibility.

As the Data Librarian, Harrison has been engaged with many campus departments and instructors that provide an excellent foundation for this role, and I look forward to the new ideas he has for engaging our growing community within the Library to support students and instructors associated with the Data Science Education Program and related data science programs that are evolving.

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

Jul 29, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

Summer 2016, Fiat Lux newsletter

The Summer 2016 issue of Fiat Lux, the Library's newsletter, features stories about the 2016 student research awards; an innovative exhibit curated by graduate students that drew from half a dozen campus repositories; and the retirement of development director Dave Duer.

Jul 26, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

NRLF welcomes Ellen Dario

I am pleased to share the good news with you that we successfully filled the student supervisor position at NRLF that was vacated by Tim Converse in April. Please join me in welcoming Ellen Dario to the Access Services department. Ellen arrived on Monday, July 11, and she is nicely settling into her new role. I hope to get a chance to introduce her at at the next CSG meeting.

Ellen has worked in libraries for the last 15 years, most recently at the Academy of Art University Library in San Francisco where, among other things, she supervised students in the circulation department.

Aside from hiring, training, and coaching NRLF's student employees, Ellen's new assignments include assisting patrons at the public service desk, processing ILL requests and circulating materials to the campus libraries.

We are very pleased to have Ellen join the NRLF.

Jutta Wiemhoff
Operations Manager/Head of Access Services
Northern Regional Library Facility

Jul 25, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

David de Lorenzo to become Director of Special Collections at Oregon

It is with real regret that I announce the imminent departure of David de Lorenzo, Associate Director of The Bancroft Library. In September he will become the first Giustina Director of Special Collections and University Archives at the University of Oregon.

Oregon's gain is certainly California's great loss. In his fifteen years at Berkeley, David transformed Bancroft's largest division, Technical Services, and provided farsighted guidance for the Berkeley campus in the areas of electronic records management and born-digital archival materials. And he takes with him an all-but-legendary reputation for securing grant funds (six million dollars during his tenure at UCB) that have made many unprocessed collections available for research use.

Bancroft is actively engaged in a process to establish interim leadership in its technical services division.

David has been a much-beloved mentor to his Berkeley colleagues. He has also contributed, as a faculty member in the School of Information Studies at San Jose State University, to the training of hundreds of professional librarians and archivists, including a number who have interned at Bancroft.

All of us are very sorry to see David go. We wish him every joy and success in his new post.

Elaine C. Tennant
James D. Hart Director
The Bancroft Library

Jul 25, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

Announcing project leader for Library's digital literacy initiative

I am thrilled to announce that Cody Hennesy will be the project leader for the Library's digital literacy initiative.

The Library's digital literacy initiative was sparked by a recommendation in the Commission on the Future of the UC Berkeley Library. Jennifer Dorner and Cody Hennesy mapped out some possible approaches. Jean Ferguson and the Teaching and Learning Expertise Group lead initial steps and explored three topics last year. Beginning this summer Cody will be taking into account our experiences/expertise and those of our partners to outline our plan and next steps. Undergraduate students are a primary focus and we see strong ties with the newly renovated Moffitt Library to be opening fall semester and the possible new undergraduate curriculum currently being discussed by campus.

This project is a nice complement to Cody's other roles as E-Learning Librarian and builds upon the relationships he has developed with our campus partners such as Educational Technology Services, Center for Teaching and Learning, D-Lab, Research IT, and the Berkeley Resource Center for Online Education.

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

Jul 25, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

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