For over 15 years the University of California Libraries coordinated activities through the Systemwide Operations and Planning Advisory Group (SOPAG). This group contributed to systemwide initiatives including regional storage facilities, resource sharing initiatives and shared electronic resource licensing.
This fall the new UC Libraries Advisory Structure, replacing SOPAG, was established with a focus on expanding avenues for input and tackling the next-generation of library policy and operations initiatives. These groups have already been active in UC implementation of Open Access policies and efforts to streamline resource sharing across UC.
Each of the Strategic Action Groups has a formally appointed Berkeley representative. Appointments are for two or three years, with some members on each group remaining each year for continuity. The Berkeley representatives are:
SAG 1: Scholarly Research & Communication: Erik Mitchell
SAG 1: LAUC representative: Lisa Rowlison de Ortiz
SAG 2: Access, Discovery & Infrastructure: Lynne Grigsby
SAG 3: Collection Building & Management: Beth Dupuis
SAG 3: Collection Licensing Subgroup: Jean McKenzie
A complete roster of the representatives from all campuses is available. Updates from each Strategic Action Group will be announced throughout the year.
On July 31, 2013, Camille Holser celebrated fifty years in the Library's Catalog Department! She began work on March 13, 1961 as a Library Assistant I in the Typing Division. At that time catalog librarians typed or wrote bibliographic data onto typing paper and the Typing Division typed the information onto multi-lith mats, which were then put into a machine that printed onto catalog card stock, four cards per sheet. The cards were cut apart and then filed into the card catalog.
From May 1, 1963 through September 1966 Camille served as a catalog maintenance assistant, and performed duties that included updating catalog cards. For example, when a subject heading needed updating (e.g., Dutch East Indies to Indonesia), she used an electric eraser to erase the old heading from a subject card, then typed the new heading onto the card. The dust created by all the erasure work was incredible, and she was glad when that era of work ended.
On September 30, 1966 Camille left her position at the Library to return to school, at UCB. On June 5, 1969 she was rehired as a Library Assistant I typist. She was promoted to Library Assistant II February 1, 1971 and to Library Assistant III on May 1, 1973. Form April 15, 1977 through February 1, 1978 she was the Head of the Maintenance Division. She says she did not enjoy being a supervisor and so from February until June 1982, she served as the Principal Maintenance Specialist, followed by work as a copy cataloger. In 1998 she was promoted to Library Assistant IV in the Copy Cataloging unit. In fall 2010, at age 70, she retired, and has since served as a volunteer cataloger.
Camille is greatly appreciated and respected by her colleagues and the department has been so fortunate to have a dedicated and capable person on staff these past 50 years. We hope you will join us in thanking and congratulating Camille on her 50 years of service in the Library?s Catalog Department.
Lisa Rowlison de Ortiz
A memorial service to celebrate the life of librarian Norma Kobzina will be held on Sunday, September 8, from 2 to 5 pm in the Morrison, located in Doe Library. The event is co-sponsored by the UC Berkeley Library and the College of Natural Resources.
Norma Kobzina worked at Berkeley for over thirty years as the library liaison to the College of Natural Resources, building strong ties to faculty and programs across the campus. She was a born teacher, a generous mentor and the Ultimate Librarian. Norma managed to combine breadth and depth of expertise with generosity, openness of mind and curiosity about the world. Her joyous sense of life permeated everything she did, and the smile that was always on her face radiated happiness and good will. She has left a lasting legacy for students, faculty, researchers and colleagues, both on campus and across the country.
The Library has set up the Norma Kobzina Fund to help support library services and natural sciences collections that Norma loved and to which she devoted her professional life. Donations to the Norma Kobzina Fund can be given at http://givetocal.berkeley.edu/ by searching for "Norma Kobzina." Until December 1 2013, your donation will be matched two-to-one, thanks to a challenge gift for up to $20,000 in gifts (the donor will provide $40,000). If the total fund reaches $50,000, it will become an endowment fund.
Photos of Norma and brief memorials from her friends and colleagues can be viewed at lib.berkeley.edu/LAUC/remembrances/kobzina
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On July 15, Claire Englander passed away after a long illness. Claire had retired from the Library's Catalog Department on July 1, after more than twenty nine years of University service. She began working as a secretary in 1984 for the College of Engineering, and later at the University and Jepson Herbaria. She also worked as an assistant to the disabled beginning in 1979. Her Library work, which began in 1986 at the Biosciences Library, included positions at the Bancroft Library, the Conservation/Preservation Department, the Map Room, and finally Technical Services Dept. Her most recent assignment was in the Catalog Dept. as a copy cataloger. Claire had made many contributions to not only the Library, but other areas across campus as well. She will be greatly missed.
A video tribute is now available for viewing. In addition, her family provided the appreciation in the July 15 message below.
"After a twenty-year fight with cancer, Claire died peacefully today. She was only 67 but wished everyone to know that she was ready. She was joined today and over the past few weeks by her sisters Ellen and Ruth and her brothers Dave, Phil and Bob. We will all miss her kindness, toughness and bravery, and her burning desire for knowledge. In her last few days she passed up invitations to watch TV with us, preferring instead to read Jane Austen or a text on vertebrate paleontology, or to write in her journal. Please join us in wishing her a well-deserved peace."
Erica Vasquez, our Technical Processing assistant, is pursuing her academic aspirations. She was just accepted to the PhD program in the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University for fall 2013. She has been offered a 5 year full fellowship and teaching assistantship. Her last day will be Wednesday, August 7th.
This is a wonderful opportunity for her and we will miss her cheerful presence!
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