Recently, the Library learned that Mike Brown, a beloved employee of the Facilities Department from 1996 to 2004, passed away suddenly in August 2013. Mike was well-known and loved in the Library; he helped everyone as our own Mr. Fix-it. He and his wife had relocated to Oregon, where he had spent much happy time in his garden. Mike is remembered fondly by many Library employees, and our sympathies go to his wife and family.
Betty Lee has begun a temporary appointment as a Library Assistant in the Ethnic Studies Library. She will work with serials and help with circulation supervision. Because of her appointment, the Ethnic Studies Library will resume Saturday hours on March 15. Betty joins us from UC Davis, where she worked in the Shields Library.
Head, Ethnic Studies Library
Wayne Lawrence Silka, archivist, cataloger and special collections manager at Bancroft Library from 1976 to 2001 passed away suddenly on Feb. 4 at the age of 64. Besides developing deep and long-lasting friendships with his library colleagues, Wayne made Bancroft Library patrons, in particular those pursuing long-term research projects, feel welcome and special. His gift for friendship and his generosity of spirit will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife Marie Nadeau, his sister Jennifer Silka Westberg, his brother Gregory, three nephews and one granddaughter. A memorial service will be held in the Faculty Club's Seaborg Room on Monday March 17 at 11 am.
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Samantha Teplitzky as the Earth Sciences & Physical Sciences Librarian. Samantha begins her new position on March 3, 2014 and will have an office in the Physics-Astronomy Library, part of the Engineering & Physical Sciences Division.
Samantha has been the Reference Assistant at the Bioscience & Natural Resources Library for the past two and half years, contributing to reference, instruction and collection management projects. Previously she was the Earth Sciences Librarian at Stanford University, and was a Library Researcher for the Agricultural Archives Project organized by Le Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement in Gif-Sur-Yvette, France. Samantha has a BA in Geology and Art History from Williams College, an MA in Geography from UC Berkeley, and an MLIS from San Jose State University.
Please join me in welcoming Samantha to the University Library.
AUL and Director, Doe/Moffitt
Wei Chi Poon, Asian American Studies Librarian at the Ethnic Studies Library, retired on January 31. We congratulate her for 35 years of dedicated service to the Ethnic Studies Department. As the Librarian of the former Asian American Studies Library, she not only developed the wonderful archival collections and research materials that attract scholars worldwide, but was a pioneer in the development of Asian American subject headings. Her book "A Guide for Establishing Asian American Core Collections" (1989) was the first of its kind and has guided ethnic studies librarians for decades. As the Asian American Studies Librarian of the Ethnic Studies Library, she continued to work with the Asian American community to encourage them to donate precious archival materials to our library and to get funding to process them.
We in the Ethnic Studies Library will miss her but we are happy for her. She tells me she is looking forward to relaxing and reading books. I personally am very grateful for the many years she and I worked together. It just won't be the same without her!
Head, Ethnic Studies Library