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Dave Duer, Director of Development scheduled to retire

Dear colleagues, and friends of the University Library,

It is with decidedly mixed feelings I write today to tell you that Dave Duer, our Director of Development, has scheduled his retirement for the end of June 2016.  I am thrilled for Dave and his wife Yvonne that they will have more very well-earned time to spend together and with family.  I am sad for the Library that we will be losing the daily engagement and energy of one of our biggest boosters and most loyal team members. 

I say losing the ?daily? engagement, because Dave is a truly loyal supporter of the Library, and I expect he will continue to help us over the years to come.  Indeed, Dave has agreed to work with us part-time after his official retirement to assist in the transition to new leadership, and in preparation for the launch of our next major fundraising campaign.

Dave first joined the UC system in 1987, as Associate Director of College Relations and Annual Fund Director for the College of Engineering.  After 10 years, he took a brief break to serve as Chief Development Officer for the UC Davis School of Medicine, before he saw the light and returned to our campus, this time in October 2000 as Director of Library Development.  Of course, his association with Berkeley started much earlier: Dave had his BA from UCB in Rhetoric. (Before that he graduated from El Cerrito High?as did my wife a few years later!)

In addition to his career in development for UC campuses, and before that other non-profits and schools, Dave has demonstrated his passion for service as a volunteer and board member for a number of non-profit agencies and community organizations.  He also spent a few years teaching, first in Richmond, and then in Zambia. 

Library development has been remarkably successful during Dave?s nearly 16 year tenure.  For example, we have received more than $162 million in cash gifts, from over 85 thousand individual gifts.  92 new endowments have been established, with a current market value of nearly $35 million.  During his time the Library raised funds for the construction of the C.V. Starr East Asian Library, the Bancroft Centennial Campaign, and the first phase of the Moffitt Revitalization Campaign, on which the construction is occurring right now.  He played a leadership role in establishing the ?Story Hour? program,  in re-awakening the Lunch Poem series and in creating a number of awards for students and donor volunteers.  It is no surprise the he received the campus?s Excellence in Management Award. 

Dave?s staff remember the cold, foggy, wet winter morning when his window sash broke while facilities staff were trying to repair it, leaving the window stuck open.  Dave, ever dedicated, closed the door to protect his staff, then hunkered down for the day to keep working in parka, gloves, hat and scarf. 

My predecessor, Tom Leonard, had the pleasure and privilege of working with Dave much longer than I.  When I told Tom that Dave was retiring, he responded,

"Dave has been a great ambassador for the Library in this new century.  He has been adept at making friends for the institution across disciplines.  Dave is recognized nationally for some of his approaches to fund raising, especially in helping Cal grads to understand how the quiet, stately place they remember pulses with new energies and approaches to knowledge.  Dave, with his staff and the help of his wife Yvonne, kept new ideas bubbling and both Carol and I salute him."

Very shortly, we will be announcing the search for someone to fill Dave?s oversized shoes.  As we are preparing for the launch of our next capital campaign, very soon, I expect to also be announcing searches for additional development professionals to build our team to full strength.  Stay tuned.

Over the next few short months, please take a moment to join me in saluting Dave and thanking him for all he?s done for our beloved library. 

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

Feb 11, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

Distinguished Librarian Award 2016 - call for nominations

The Librarians Association of the University of California at Berkeley (LAUC-B) is seeking nominations for the 2016 Distinguished Librarian Award. This Award recognizes excellence in librarianship, specifically as it furthers the teaching and research mission of the Berkeley campus.

For guidelines, including a description of the nomination and documentation process, please see www.lib.berkeley.edu/LAUC/dla/guidelines.html

Award recipients will receive a cash award, a commemorative certificate and will be honored at a reception in the late fall.

The deadline to submit an intention to nominate is May 1, 2016; the deadline for submission of packets will be August 1, 2016. Please send nominations to Lynn Jones.

For additional information, contact Lynn Jones or any member of the committee.

2016 Committee Members:

Lynn Jones, Chair of the Committee - LAUC-B Past Chair
Ramona Martinez, Affiliated Library Representative
Claude Potts, Library Representative
Nick Robinson, Member at Large
Alan Karras, Faculty Representative

I know there are many worthy candidates-- please help us honor our best colleagues by making a nomination.

Lynn Jones
Reference Coordinator, Doe Library
University of California, Berkeley

Feb 11, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

David Kessler: Baker, Swimmer, Giver, Retired Library staffer

David Kessler has retired from The Bancroft Library, but he's still a wonderful presence on campus. Read the Berkeley News item about our friend David.

Feb 02, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

Welcoming Anna Sackmann to the Library

Please join me in welcoming Anna Sackmann to the Engineering & Physical Sciences Division as the new Science Data & Engineering Librarian. Anna started in this position on Monday, January 11.

Anna's most recent position was Assistant Librarian for STEM and Instruction Coordinator at Notre Dame de Namur University. She previously worked as the Instruction & Information Services Librarian at Wendt Commons (Engineering Library) at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Anna has a BA in German and English Composition from Pacific Lutheran University and an MA in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Anna's office is located in the Engineering Library, and you can reach her by email at asackmann@berkeley.edu.

Brian Quigley
Head, Engineering & Physical Sciences Division/
EECS, Mathematics & Statistics Librarian

Jan 14, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

Welcome to Bonita Dyess and Beth Shippey in the EPS Division

I'm happy to announce that two new library assistants joined the Engineering & Physical Sciences Division on January 6th: Bonita Dyess and Beth Shippey. Both will be processing monographs and serials, working on collections projects, and providing backup at our circulation desks.

Bonita is the Circulation & Technical Processing Assistant for the Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Library and the Physics-Astronomy Library. She joins us from the College of Marin Library where she supervised student employees staffing the circulation desk, assisted with weeding projects, and routinely used create lists to discover dropped paging requests. She also previously worked at Chabot College in both the Library and the Learning Connection Center, first as a student and then as a staff member. Bonita can be reached by email at bdyess@berkeley.edu.

Beth is the Circulation & Technical Processing Assistant for the Engineering Library and the Mathematics Statistics Library. She joins us from the Berkeley Public Library where she staffed the circulation desk as an Intermittent Library Assistant. Previously she held temporary positions at the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive and as a Pictorial Collections Processing Assistant at the Bancroft Library. Beth can be reached by email at bshippey@berkeley.edu.

Brian Quigley
Head, Engineering  & Physical Sciences Division

Jan 13, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

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